Top 10 Home Inspection Issues

If you are thinking of buying a home, you should definitely have a home inspection

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If you are thinking of buying a home, you should definitely have a home inspection performed by Imperial Pro Inspection before you agree to the purchase. A home inspection will reveal a lot about your future dream house. Besides learning about all the mechanical operation of your home the inspection will reveal any obvious defects. The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) recently surveyed its members to find out what were the ten top home inspection problems.

Top 10 Home Inspection Issues

  1. Improper surface grading and drainage. This was by far the most frequently-found
    problem, reported by 36 percent of inspectors. It’s responsible for many common household maladies: cracked slabs and water penetration of the basement, footings or crawlspace. The most effective remedies for bad drainage include re-grading the ground around the house, repairing or installing a gutter and downspout system and providing positive drainage away from the foundation.
  2. Improper and undersized electrical wiring. Many inspectors, about 20 percent, found
    this to be the most common home inspection problem. It includes such situations as
    insufficient electrical service to the house, aluminum wiring, inadequate overload protection, improper grounding and dangerous amateur wiring connections. The inspectors say that much of the improper wiring they see was put together by do-it-yourselfers. This is a serious safety hazard, not just a cosmetic defect.
  3. Older and damaged roofs. About 9 percent of inspectors cited this as the most-common home inspection problem. Many wooden roofs are at the end of their useful life. Asphalt shingle roofs only last about 15 to 20 years. Roof leakage caused by old or damaged shingles or improper flashing is a frequent problem. It can be easy and inexpensive to repair damaged tiles and shingles and to re-caulk the roof penetrations. But, expensive, major roof repairs may be required down the road, if the repairs are put off.
  4. Deficient and older heating systems. Problems in this category include broken or
    malfunctioning controls, blocked chimneys, unsafe exhaust flues and cracked heat
    exchangers. These conditions represent more than simply inefficient heating. They are a major health and safety hazard. Heating systems should be serviced and maintained annually by a professional heating serviceman according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Although expensive, the newer more efficient central heating systems will help to recoup your investment by reducing heating and cooling costs
  1. Poor Overall Maintenance. Americans, on average, take better care of their cars than they do their homes. That’s the consensus of many home inspectors, who often come across cracked, peeling or dirty painted surfaces, crumbling masonry, make-shift wiring or plumbing and broken fixtures or appliances. Although some of these problems may seem more cosmetic than serious, they reflect the overall lack of care that has been given to a home.
  2. Structural Problems. As a result of problems in one or more of the other categories, many houses sustain some, although usually not serious, damage to structural components such as foundation walls, floor joists, rafters or window and door headers. These problems are more common in older homes.
  3. Plumbing problems. Plumbing defects ranked high among the house problems
    encountered. Included are the existence of old or incompatible piping materials, faulty fixtures and waste lines and improperly strapped hot water heaters. Surprisingly, some home inspectors reported finding natural gas leaks in the homes they inspected.
  4. Exteriors items. Flaws in a home’s exterior, including windows, doors and wall surfaces are responsible for the discomfort and damage caused by water and air penetration. Inadequate caulking and/or poor weather stripping are the most common culprits of a cold and drafty home.
  5. Poor Ventilation. Due to overly ambitious efforts to save energy, many home owners have “over-sealed” their homes, resulting in excessive interior moisture. This can cause rotting and premature failure of both structural and nonstructural elements. Moisture from unvented bathrooms and kitchens can damage plaster and may also lead to the accumulation of mold, which often causes allergic reactions.
  6. Miscellaneous items. This category included various interior components, such as sticky windows or dripping faucets, as well as a number of environmental concerns, such as leadbased paint and asbestos. To sum up the list, ASHI notes that 4 of the 10 items relate directly to the damaging effects of water. After a home is built, protecting it against water is the homeowner’s most important and continually challenging task, especially in the Houston area. Also, it is important to remember that the list represents a national average. Problems vary by climate, building codes, and the
    age of a structure, among other things. If you ever have any questions or need any help, please let me know how I can serve you.

Imperial Pro’s Top 10 Home Inspection Issues

Now that here’s what Imperial Pro Inspection has encountered.

  1. Foundation Issues
  2. Under-performing A/C
  3. Roof /Flashing Leaks especially at the Chimney
  4. Plumbing Leaks / Issues
  5. Unsealed Siding / Trim That Leads to Rot
  6. Unsealed Steel Lintels
  7. Missing GFCI Protection
  8. Automatic Garage Door Defects
  9. Proper Grounding / Bonding
  10. Improper Dryer Duct Venting


When you buy a home, especially a resale home, you are buying problems. Home buyers should expect to have defects revealed in their inspection report and also expect for latent, hidden or even undisclosed issues to possibly arise later. As long as you love where you live, most any issue can be dealt with. Limit your risk with a home inspection from Imperial Pro.

Houston Area Home Inspections

Imperial Pro’s affordable precision foundation inspections are our most utilized service that realtors, home buyers, sellers, investors, flippers, contractors, landlords and homeowners need the most. Imperial Pro is not in the business of foundation repair. We offer our clients the value of our unbiased industry-leading foundation inspections that our clients trust. Foundations in our area should be professionally inspected annually as part of regular home maintenance. Schedule your foundation inspection today. #lovewhereyoulive

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