When It Rains, It Pours
I was describing a day I had this past week to a friend of mine. Her reply was, “when it rains, it pours!” Well, you can imagine the kind of day I told her about. When you say it or hear it, you know whatever proceeded that was anything but easy. My mind is so trained to think “real estate” that when I hear it, I think about houses and, specifically, roofs (it’s an illness, I know…)
When there is a hard rain, I think about my listings and hope there are no issues. Water can be one of those things that can cause a purchase to be derailed or a sale to fall through. Sometimes it’s easy. The tub overflows and seeps down through the floor to reveal itself as a stain on the kitchen ceiling. That’s easy to diagnose and, typically, relatively easy to fix. Other times it’s a bit more complicated. There is water in the crawl space. How is it getting in? That must be determined and then a plan of action must be designed to remove all the water. After removal, and determination of the cause, it must be fixed. Lastly, it is likely that a mold remediation or at least prevention needs to be executed. This can take some time and can be costly. And don’t forget the ones that are nearly impossible to figure out. There is evidence of water in the middle of a downstairs bedroom wall, not near a window, with no plumbing directly above it. Huh? Where in the world is it coming from?
I had a listing that had this issue. The roofer came out and was perplexed. He fixed a few things that needed repair that could have been letting water in but he wasn’t 100% certain it was resolved. A week went by with no sign of more water, and then it rained. The roofer was called back out and had to do a water test. This is where the roofer gets on the roof with a hose and another person is inside. They are trying to recreate the problem in order to figure out how to fix it. This is a tedious task and sometimes can be very costly because it is essentially doing more damage before it is fixed. Water can be in walls for quite some time before it shows up somewhere visible to us. This means the damage can be extensive. In some cases, walls need to be opened up, dried, mold remediated, drywall re-hung, and repainted. Not fun.
I suggest yearly roof inspections. Many roofers will do this for free. Just be careful that you are using a reputable company that isn’t going to create a problem so they can fix it. A lot of times, a small repair or two will save you thousands in the long run by catching a potential issue before it gets worse. Roof vents, plumbing boots, popped nails and lifted shingles are all items that can allow water to seep in and without repair, can cause it to pour when it rains.
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur baby, Tyler, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.