How was it missed? What are the signs?
One of the most important parts of your home is your roof. With that being said, the biggest issue in homes in my opinion is water. Doesn’t matter if its from the roof run off water, poor grading around your home, or even the plumbing in your house. Even the steam created from taking a hot shower can cause the paint to peel. When you get a home inspection completed it is very important that the inspector gets on the roof if possible. If they can’t get on the roof due to the pitch or because of snow, it is very important to make sure your roof is water tight. I will explain some things to look for when walking through a home to see if there are signs of water damage or a leaking roof. Not all signs are visible and look like the photo above (Image 1).
In the photo (Image 2) there are no immediate signs of damage or even active leaking. But as I have said time and time again, “People may show their worst side when selling a home.” They may try to hide defects. For example, the paint used on this ceiling is not a flat white ceiling paint. Most houses will always use a flat white paint. In homes that use a semi gloss or glossy paint, sellers are often attempting to hide water stains. This immediately draws my eye. Now this is not always the case, but it definitely will make me look closer. So lets take a look.
(Image 3) You will note that some of the paint is cracked or peeling. The walls and ceiling were painted over, but the signs are still there. In (image 4) you may be able to see it better. The first thing I do in this situation is put a moisture meter to the surface to check the moisture content. It doesn’t matter if the surface looks wet or the carpet below it is wet. If it hasn’t rained in several days this area may be dry. The best time to do a home inspection is right after a rain storm or while it is raining.
As you can see the moisture content was 100%, it was wet to touch as well. However, there is no staining.
If you were to have a home inspection, this could have been easily missed. It is very important that you know the signs as well. Make sure you find a good inspector. There is nothing worse then spending a ton of money on a new home, just to move in and spend more money on repairs that you did not see coming.