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One Common Flaw Spotted During An Edmond Home Inspection

Edmond Home Inspection: What is the problem and how to fix it?

During this time of year, a lot of people have closed on house deals prior to the start of fall so that they can settle in before winter. One part of finalizing details on a home is obtaining an Edmond home inspection. I continue to spot one important flaw repeatedly during a routine Edmond home inspection and for that reason I felt this particular category needed to be addressed. One of the most common flaws spotted during an Edmond home inspection is related to the drainage. I know we just went through the summer and rain may not have been issue then, but I also have to think about the home’s state as it will be if something isn’t taken care of.

Flaw spotted during an Edmond home inspection: Poor drainage

The problem: If you notice that your lawn often gets soggy after an average rain or water pools up in your driveway, you have poor drainage. If water continues to build up too much then over time it can back up to your house causing eventual structural damage or immediate signs of insect infestation, rot or mold.

A solution: Gutters should have downspouts that direct water away from your house. They should be extended 6-10 feet away from your foundation. You may also consider French drain installation. With French drains water will be forced to flow downhill as the drains are slightly sloped trenches filled with round gravel and a pipe that diverts water away from your house.

It may not be raining now, but the fall and winter storms are right around the corner. If I complete an Edmond home inspection, I will recommend that you have proper drainage for the safety of the home. You can hire a professional landscaping team to take care of your drainage problems for you. It may seem like it isn’t worth the upfront expense, but in the long run what proper drainage will save your house from will be worth it!

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Why Are Weep Holes in Brick Important?

Oklahoma City home inspection: Weep hole explanation

Many homeowners first discover weep holes while observing the outside brick surface of their home. Sometimes, they don’t even know they are there unless they are pointed out during one of my Oklahoma City home inspections. Many people think that when their home was built that the mason forgot to fill these holes in the bottom of the house. Some homeowners even think that the holes are there due to some sort of damage done to the home. I am here to debunk these misconceptions. As a trusted adviser for Oklahoma City home inspections, with many years of experience, I want to keep my customers informed. Below are a few questions I could get from customers and the answers.

Customer’s Oklahoma City home inspection question: So, what exactly are weep holes?

Answer: Weep hole openings are drainage holes left in the face of a brick. They are not damage done to you home; they are there on purpose. That’s right, the home builder did this for a reason! These weep holes are there in order to allow water to escape downwards through the cavity created and out to the outside of the wall surface through the weep hole openings.

Customer’s Oklahoma City home inspection question: Why are weep holes needed for brick?

Answer: These pretty, fired or sun-dried clay bricks are not waterproof. In fact, because brick is a very porous type of material it just soaks up the water. Without the weep holes, water would just penetrate into the brick which can cause damage to the home.

An extra tidbit: There are some companies out there that will try to sell vents to cover the weep holes. If you try to do this, just know that adding a wall vent or drain screen should reduce the chances of clogging from insects or animals, but if the wall was improperly constructed so that the opening does not actually vent the wall then the vent screen cannot correct those defects.

Give me a call (405) 301-3321) to find out more, or if you feel you need an Oklahoma City home inspection!