How to Prevent and Repair leakage in your Bathroom?

Bathroom leakages are a common issue in Buildings & Apartments. Leakages are the main concern to the residents living in the buildings.

Bathroom leaks can create difficulty for both the person using the bathroom as well as the room located under/ adjacent to the bathroom which can be sometimes an apartment below yours. Leakage through the bathroom usually affect either the Ceiling of the flat that is directly below or the Adjacent Wall (i.e. Wall Common to the bathroom).

Leakages can lead to many issues like Peeling of paint, Fungi formation, and further defects due to spreading of moisture. These can be very unpleasing in sight and can cause a health hazards to the residents by creating unhealthy and unhygienic condition.

Preventing bathroom leaks immediately on notice is the best way to avoid any significant damage and problems1. Let us discuss today about how to prevent and repair leakage in your bathroom.

Prevention is better than cure: Applicable Also For Plumbing Leaks

Having regular checkups for various bathroom fixtures and plumbing sections can go a long way in preventing any leaks. Regular checkups along with plumbing maintenance can be conducted to avoid further problems. Some sections of a bathroom are more prone to leaks than other. Regular check-up of pipe joints, drain traps etc can make sure that any small leakage is noticed at the initial stages and is repaired before it can cause any big problem.

Plumbing leaks not only affect your pipes and water pressure, but they can also cause damage to your home. A leak that goes undetected under a sink or in a wall can lead to further spreading of moisture and pipe corrosion. Repairing the long-term damage caused by a small leak is costly and an even bigger headache for you due to the inconvenience it may cause. Hence plumbing maintenance is best way to prevent plumbing leaks.

Check and Repair leakage in bathroom

The most common places for plumbing leaks to originate are plumbing fixtures such as Showers, WC & from its junction with wall, sinks etc. You can save yourself from the hassle and expensive repair bill of the damage caused by plumbing leaks in your bathroom by just keeping an eye out for a few signs that there could be a leak in your bathroom.

1. Showers

If the leak occurs while the shower is in use, it could be coming from shower head or faucet below the shower head. It is a fact that Loose shower head will leak in no time. So you have to see that there any leakage at this component.

2. Toilet

Leak in the toilet can happen due to absence of gasket or improper installation of WC etc. There can also be leakage in cistern tank which are generally caused by blockages. And for other signs of leakage always check the surface of wall and floor depending on where WC is mounted on.

3. Sink Faucet and Trap

Leakage at faucet and bottle trap or any other plumbing trap for sink are also one of common causes for leaks in bathroom. This occurs due to improper installation of trap and improper joints.

4. Leakage through Concealed Plumbing pipes

If there is any leakage from the concealed pipeline, then it is a tricky case to detect the leakage without much destruction of finished surface usually tiles in bathrooms. For this case, it is better advisable to hire the experts which can detect the conceal leakage with the help non-destructive method through infrared technology. Hence this can save your money and provide you hassle-free living.

Apart from this, there can be leakage at bathtub which are not commonly used in homes. Repairing a leak in your bathroom is a not an easy task. So better get it repaired by a skilled plumber. But of course as mentioned earlier for cases of concealed leakage you have to hire professionals who are experts in damp inspection which includes detecting the source of leakage and suggesting you long term solutions for specific issues.

Additionally other sources of seepage in a bathroom are improper grouting around drain outlets, tile joints etc.


Our objective was to make you all educate about the most common problem of leakage in your bathroom. Along with it we have tried to give you some content which surely will be helpful for you to prevent and repair leakage in your bathroom.

No Damp in your house? Are you sure?

Home, new or old, is always the sweet and prized possession of the owner. You are additionally proud of it as you claim your home to be free from damp. You chose the builder yourself, did the best of the furnishing and took time in setting up your home. You proudly announce that there is no single damp mark in your house. Hold it there! Are you sure there is no damp? Possibility is you are not looking at the right places.

Here is a list of 5 such secret places from where damp can play peek-a-boo with you. Read on to know more.

1. All clear behind the furniture?

You have furnished your interior with heavy and large-sized furniture. All OK till then. But do you know what is happening behind them? There is a whole new “behind the scenes” story awaiting you. Poor ventilation between the furniture and wall causes condensation to intensify and the place in between is cold enough for the moisture to be retained. This gradually leads to a damp patch with flaky paint. You will find this phenomenon most commonly in your bedroom. Know why?-Because you produce moisture when you breathe and it accumulates overnight.

You should not set heavy furniture like cupboard, wardrobe, etc right against the wall as moisture accumulation is highly possible.Also, setting heavy furniture against the wall increases the possibility of termite infestation from damp. Leave some space for air circulation. But the moment you discover a damp mark, do not leave it to grow. Call for home inspection services or contractors immediately.

You can take small measures on your own also to control the moisture content of the indoor air. Use a dehumidifier, cover your cooking utensils while cooking, and if it is rainy season and you cannot hang your clothes outside, choose a well-ventilated area indoor to dry them. Always keep your entire house well ventilated.

2. The ‘Intermediate’ Wall

The wall common between the bathroom/ kitchen in your house and the adjacent rooms are more prone to moisture seepage leading to damp. Bathroom is such a place where the surrounding is wet most of the time. During showering or washing daily wear clothes, water vapour rises and settles on the walls and then seeps through to the other side due to deteriorated wall tile joints or joints between the floor and walls. This may often skip your sight for these damp marks appear very low down where the shower or other water units are in the bathroom.

Never ever neglect the fresh signs of damp or try to do a quick fix by putting some new paint on the damp patch. This will only bring more trouble as the water will be sealed within the wall and gradually completely rot the wall. Call for experts in damp assessment and identify the root cause.

First check visually, if you think there is a need, change the sealant around the shower unit. This will stop the leakage. While building the house, the builder and you – both should be extra cautious to make bathroom walls damp-proof. Additionally, you must be careful about cracks which may damage the common wall by acting as gateways to the leaking water. Make sure to put an exhaust fan in the bathroom. This will exhaust the vapour. Once the sources of moisture intrusion are repaired and the damp is dried out properly, use new paint with primer and emulsion to repair the dampened wall.

3. Wall behind WC

Who checks now and then behind the WC? Right, almost none. This makes the wall behind WCs a perfect secret place for damp occurrence. Wall-mounted WCs are most convenient. But this may also cause damp in the way similar to how furniture brings damp to the wall.The space between the WC and the wall is narrow. This allows the moisture and vapour to settle in perfectly and stay there uninterrupted. If the wall is an outside one, there are higher chances of rain water seepage through it.

A loose faucet, a leakage in the flush tank pipe, or conceal leakage in the WC outlet can also, cause damp.

Proper ventilation is one solution to make your bathroom damp-free, but definitely not the only one. You have to address it seriously. Again, call for experts in damp assessment or home inspection to understand what is causing it and what can be done to remove it for good.

4. Wall on which the geyser is mounted

When you installed the geyser in your bathroom you chose a spot well away from the water sources like showers etc so that the moisture does not cause any problem to it, right? Little did you know that the installation itself will bring forth moisture accumulation leading to damp in the bathroom. The vapour from shower and bathing will rise upwards and when it reaches a cold spot, it tends to settle there. That is how you get the damp on the wall where you mounted the geyser. This is more of a problem if the wall is common to other room or it is an outside wall. These would mean more damage.

If you detect any musty smell of damp in your bathroom, investigate where it is coming from. Delaying the same would cost you heavily.

There could be other reasons of damp on the wall behind geyser. Check the appliance carefully. Is water dripping from it? That indicates more than one diagnosis ranging from a high pressure build-up inside the tank to loosened drain valves to a salt-corroded water tank. It is normal for water to drip from the temperature-pressure relief valve, which is supposed to release water upon sensing excess pressure build-up inside the tank. But if the dripping continues, you must call an expert and fix it. Geyser problems1 are not to be kept unaddressed to avoid damp and unnecessary electrical hazards.

But off course, if you feel that you are unable to visually understand the issue, Call experts for advice for any type of dampness, as it is important to detect the source first and then solution can be done.

5. Floor tiles

Floor tiles are affected both ways when it comes to damp. A crack or worn-out grout, hollowness in the floor tiles, or some problem in the joint between the floor and walls can cause moisture problem, if not addressed in a timely manner. The ground underneath the floor can also bring up problem of dampness. If you overlook or it skips your scrutiny, someday you will find your floor tiles popping up from their places.

For this damp/ seepage issues, solution will differ depending upon the source of issues/ defects.

Now that you have read about the secret places invaded by damp, go check these places in your home and do the necessary with utmost urgency. With timely action and collaboration of home inspection experts, you can do away with the damp issues and continue living with zero worries. To get quick help, click here.

Prevent Electrical hazards at home in this extended Monsoon

1. Never On/ Off the switches With Wet Hands
2. Unplug all electronic devices during thunderstorms
3. Close windows located near plug points during rain showers
4. Use the correct Size and Type of Electrical Wire
5. Protect the socket board in balcony area/ Terrace
6. Prevent Dampness and Water Leakage/ Seepage

Water is one of the important resources used for generating electricity. I think this is one of the known fact but you would be surprised to know that water and electricity never go hand in hand!

Electricity and water are a dangerous combination, and using electrical appliances can be a matter of life and death if it comes in contact with water.

It is rainy season and you probably have your home moist. It is very important to take safety precautions during the rainy season.

Homes need to be protected in the rainy seasons so that the houses do not catch fire, or so that any other electrical damage does not take place. It is to be seen that rains cause heavier electrical damage than any other season and therefore, precautions should be taken accordingly. There are many simple things that you can do to protect your home from rain and avoid electrical accidents.

Mostly such accidents happen due to negligence of the user on the part of electrical safety rules. In this article, we are therefore mentioning some electrical safety tips that you can do to protect your home, loved ones, and avoid accidents caused due to electricity.

As this time, monsoon is extended due to weather changes, so we thought to make you aware of some safety tips to prevent electrical shock for current weather.

Below are simple electrical safety tips that can be followed to save yourself and loved ones from fatal accidents.

1. Never On/ Off the switches With Wet Hands

One of the simplest rule is – Never touch any fuse or switch with wet hands during monsoon.

When you touch a switch with wet hands, there is a possibility of water going inside the switch and coming in contact with the exposed metallic electrical parts of the switch. Water, being a good conductor of electricity will immediately pass the current to your body through your hands. Thereby resulting in a mild to severe shock to you depending on the water content. To avoid this possibility of an electric shock, it is advised that we should not operate any electrical switch with wet hands.

When you come back home in a wet condition, dry yourself first, before switching your gadgets on. You can use a wooden material object like scale or other object made from poor conductors of electricity to manage switches, if necessary.

2. Unplug all electronic devices during thunderstorms

Lightning is a common thing during monsoon, during which current can be conducted inside your home through electronic wires resulting in major fire accidents.

Using plugged in appliances during a lightning storm is risky, not because it attracts lightning (no way that it could) but because, it is connected to earthing line, if by chance, a lightning discharge could happen to strike the building or the ground around building. Thereby electrical current could be conducted through the building’s wiring to the appliance, and then to the user.

3. Close windows located near plug points during rain showers

It is the general thing to shut all doors and windows during heavy rains. Even if you do not follow this convention, you must check if your electrical fittings are near the windows. Rain droplets may enter your home from there and moisten the plug points, making them vulnerable. So always try to close windows near electrical plug points.

4. Use the Correct Size and Type of Electrical Wire

Always remember to use electrical wires of adequate capacity with ISI marks as per load. Similarly, all the electrical appliances like Air conditioner, Washing machine, Microwave oven, Water heater etc., should be of ISI mark from well-reputed manufacturers.

5. Protect the socket board in Balcony/ Terrace area

Usually in some houses, electrical outlet is provided at balcony area for washing machine. There are chances of rainwater coming in contact the electrical outlet. So better to use splash guard (Splash proof box cover1) for this electrical outlet (socket board).

6. Prevent Dampness and Water Leakage/ Seepage

Always try to avoid the dampness or leakage/ seepage problem in your home especially the area with electrical outlets like electrical system and switches. Also see to it that water does not come in contact with the electrical wiring of your house. This happens mostly due to seepage/ leakage or other sources of moisture. Do not touch any electrical appliance that comes in contact with water.

Apart from this, one more point to be taken care before/ after monsoon i.e. to avoid accidents, get all your electrical fittings checked before & after monsoons, which would be a good practise. Loose fittings and improper connections increase chances of electric shocks.


Through these preventive tips, our objective was to make you all aware about how to protect yourself from electrical hazards in this weather. If one follows these electrical safety tips, it is possible to avoid accidents occurring due to electrical hazards like electrical shocks and fire, which can be more dangerous than one can imagine.

Merits and Demerits of False Ceiling in your home

There used to be days when you visited your ancestral house during your summer vacation and would see someone cleaning the ceiling fan standing on the rungs of a high stool. Such high was the ceiling. Now let us get back to your apartment or the newly built house you possess. Pretty much like most of the commercial and residential buildings, you also have false ceilingto hide things like the AC ducts, wiring, and light holders, etc.Are you sure that is all the unwanted things yourfalse ceiling is hiding? Do you know how much risk can the ceiling carry with it? Read on to find out……

Types of false ceiling

False ceilings are of various types1. The building you live in, your personal preference and budget, the structural load the ceiling has to bear – all determine whether the false ceiling will be of gypsum board, plywood, Plaster of Paris, or metal panels. Needless to say, each material has a different look, lifespan, advantages and disadvantages. Gypsum ceilings are by far, the most popular type in India.

Advantages of false ceiling

Home inspectors and interior designers are often found to be divided in opinion regarding the advantages and disadvantages of false ceiling. The contribution of the same in enhancing the beauty of the interior décor cannot be denied. It gives a complete look to the room and creates multiple scopes of decorative lighting. Also, if you are at the topmost floor of your building, false ceiling2 helps you in controlling the indoor temperature. The trapped air between the actual ceiling and the false ceiling acts as an insulator and takes the extra load off the AC. Some other advantages are as follows:

  • It is easy to install false ceiling with the help of right kind of tools.
  • A false ceiling hides the plumbing pipes and electrical wires giving the ceiling a clutter free neat and clean look.
  • It is easy to re-assemble the panels of a false ceiling in case of repair works.
  • The removable nature becomes a major advantage of these ceilings in case of any damages. It requires a lesser amount of investment at the time of repairs or renovation.

Overall it can be said that the reasons modern homeowners find false ceilings appealing are they are easy to install, come in medium pocket-pinch, and give interior design a trendy makeover.

Disadvantages of false ceilings

All is well till now. Let us take a look at the demerits of this modern home decor element:

  • Hiding damp patches with a false ceiling to make your interior designing look spotless? You have no idea what you are inviting! It is easier for moisture and damp to gather in between the false and the original ceiling. Result? You and your loved ones suffering from ‘sick building syndrome.’
  • The damps that you are hiding under your false ceiling could spread with time causing the original ceiling to be affected badly.
  • Unlike houses of yesteryears, today’s apartments do not have very high ceilings. Adding a false ceiling further reduces the height making you feel somewhat stuffy. But then, it is a relative thing and may vary from person to person and also on the space for which the false ceiling has been considered.
  • Now, if damp happens, can pests be far behind? Soon or later, you will find termites crossing the length of the ceiling. Once this particular pest has invaded, getting rid of them is next to impossible. The biggest problem is that the termites will spread to other parts of your house also. Who doesn’t know what a pain they are!
  • The lack of regular cleaning may allow other insects and rodents to settle in the space between the original ceiling and gypsum ceiling. A complete nuisance!
  • Is your false ceiling made of metal panels? Greater possibility for you to face damp problems. Metal cools faster than gypsum. Hot and humid indoor air after coming in contact with the false ceiling gets converted into tiny water droplets. That makes the other walls damp as well.
  • We all know: Seeing is believing. So, you won’t believe your AC ducts are having any leakage as you can’t see it from below.The moisture, or to be precise, the seepage of it makes both the false and original ceiling, especially if the former is made of mineral fibre board, soggy and discoloured.
  • If your builder compromised with the quality of material, you are in deepsoup. Lightweight materials lacking sturdiness will soon fail to bear the weight of the wires and ducts tucked beneath it and become sagging.

Apart from this, always check accessibility should not be a problem in false ceilings since they are supposed to have trap doors. The trap door provisions are kept for the maintenance people to access plumbing pipes or valves, AC gas pipe, and electrical conduit for service or repair. Problems appear when such provisions are not kept. In that case, cracks, leakage/ seepage, damp and other associated problems may go unnoticed for days.

Additional Preventive Tip

Home Inspection can help keep false ceiling problems at bay

Home Inspection of the house prior to setting up false ceiling can help you avoid many common false ceiling problems. Electrical inspection which is most of the time a part of the home inspection service makes sure that the ducts and wires are not too heavy for the ceiling to carry and wiring is done properly. If you skip the inspections at the beginning, you have to be very vigilant later on. You need to take maintenance seriously:

  • Clean the intermediate space at regular intervals
  • Never leave any repair jobs for later
  • Take immediate action for a stitch in time saves nine!

False Ceiling has revolutionized contemporary interior designing. Go for it without a second thought when you are planning your interiors. But at the same time, make home inspection a part of your home’s regular health check-up routine. That will help you keep each design element of your home intact for a long time. Want to learn what all is covered under home inspection? Click here.


False ceilings have been equally criticized and praised for their respective traits and drawbacks. These ceilings provide numerous options to express your imagination and make a customized and different look. Despite their own share of disadvantages, false ceilings have some remarkable benefits. They are very much useful while decorating your office or the newly built house and in modern constructions, false ceilings are used far and wide. Our objective was to make you aware about its merits and demerits, so that you can use it in an effective way in your homes.

Eco-Friendly Ways to decorate your home this Durga Puja

Festivity is in the air!! The essence of festival along with lightings and happy faces all around resonate the message of MaaDurga’s arrival.

Durga Puja is one of the major festivals being celebrated all over the country. It is a celebration of the victory of the Goddess Durga over the evil demon Mahishasura. Goddess Durga is worshipped and the festival is celebrated with great glory in Bengal and other parts of India.

Durga Puja is one of the most famous festivals celebrated in Eastern and North Eastern states but most famous one is particularly of Kolkata in honour of Goddess Durga during the period of Navratri. It is celebrated for ten days, however starting from the sixth day till the ninth day, the Pandals with grand idols of Goddess Durga are open for visitors. The idol is then decorated with flowers, clothes, jewellery, & various sweets are kept in front of the Goddess.

And in northern and western parts of India, this nine-day festival is celebrated in another way which has a different legendary story behind it. It is the victory of Lord Rama over the cruel and demonic Ravana, the one who kidnapped his wife, Sita. The nine days of the navratri see the recital or enactment of the epic ‘Ramayana’ and the tenth day is the final fight between lord Rama and Ravana. Rama kills the ten-headed Ravana by shooting an arrow in his navel, the source of his power and Ravana dies. The same is also presented in Ramlila which concludes on the tenth day, that is Dussehra. However, in the Southern states of the country, Navratri is celebrated by worshipping different goddesses and celebrating their victory. In navratri, many peoples keep fast during this nine days.

While there are different reasons behind the celebration of the nine-day festival, but every story has one theme in common – the victory of Good over Evil.

This was all about this festival, now just jump into our topic for the day without further wasting time. People use many things like artwork, furnishings, decorative items and other things to improve the interiors of their homes in the Durga puja time. Most people like to choose very beautiful and expensive things for this purpose. It may surprise you that some waste things that we usually throw away can be used for decorating the house. It is an unusual and uncommon idea.

You can make beautiful decoration pieces using a little bit of creativity and thinking. It will also help in saving money as using the waste material is quite inexpensive. It is also possible to reuse old and unwanted things to make something new thus avoiding wastage which is eco-friendly in current scenario.

Let us go through some home decoration ideas from waste material this Durga puja:

1. Lace Lamp

It is hard to believe that beautiful hanging lace lamp can be made at home with little more than some creativity. Lace isn’t just for clothes anymore. Learn below how to decorate any room with a beautiful lace lamp:

Requirement for making Lace lamp

  • Lace material
  • Big balloon
  • Wallpaper glue
  • Pin to pop the balloon and a basic lighting kit

Directions for making it:

  • First, blow up the balloon and tie it.
  • Collect all of your lace, paint and soak them with wallpaper glue or fevicol (in little dilute form).
  • Hang your balloon on a string and place your glued lace all over the balloon, making sure they all overlap each other. Add another coat of glue after the lace is completely covering the balloon.
  • When the glue is dry, pop the balloon and attach a nice cord to it. To insert the bulb inside you just cut a small tear on the top of it, insert the bulb. Use a LED light for maximum security, they are very cold and won’t affect the lamp. You are done and can start enjoying it.

To get more idea, you can click here1 to watch the video which is a little different in steps but result is same.

2. Make Rugs Out Of Old Clothes

If you have old clothes that you no longer wear, turn them into a beautiful rug for your home. For this, take fabric to make the bottom of the rug. Make strips from old clothes by cutting them up. Attach the fabric strips to the base by tying it with thread or any other option. Place the rug on the floor. For your better understanding of how to do this, click here2.

3. Flower vase with Magazine paper or newspaper

If you are interested in arts & crafts, you can learn something new like making flower vase with magazine paper or newspaper. Advantage of this is you can easily use old magazine paper or newspaper which is usually stacked at home in a corner. You can read an article by instructables3 to get an idea to use magazine paper for making vase. And also can watch a video by Home madearts4 for making vase from newspapers.

4. Use glass bottles for growing indoor plant

This is very easy way to decorate your home. For this you need a glass bottle which are easily available in home like empty bottle of ready made sauce, pickle etc. Best indoor plant which can grow in water is Money plant, which can survive using minerals in the water. This gives very positive energy and also have other benefits beside adding to beauty of home. You can read an article by Jewel pie5 to understand how it can be done. Additional tip, just take care that you should not fill the bottle completely with water as it requires some air to grow.

5. Tin Can Candle

Tin Can Candle is one of the economical way of decorating home with light in this festival. They look very beautiful and unique. For this you would require tin can, bigger nail and tea candle. For more understanding of how this can be done, click here6.

You can also make some home decor things from the plastic bottle. To know more regarding it, click here7. By recycling your plastic water bottles, you can positively impact the environment in several ways.


This eco-friendly and economical ways could be useful for decorating your home. If you want to do your bit for the planet, you can decorate your home in this Durga puja with these ways. So that with arrival of Goddess Durga you can take a step towards improving environment and also stay happy.

We would like to give you heartily wishes for this festival. May the divine blessings of Goddess Durga enrich your life and fill your home and heart with happiness and joy. Along with it give you and your family a healthy life.

Always ready to serve better. We ensure Long, Safe & Healthy Life of your Dream Homes.

What And What Not to Do to Increase Your Home’s Lifespan

One of India’s oldest buildings is the Sanchi Stupa built by Emperor Ashoka in 3rd century BC. It is still standing strong with a little help of reconstruction here and there. Just give it a thought, what may have gone into building this structure to make it sustain the wrath of time. What is the oldest house you have seen in your life? Your ancestral house made by your great grandfather maybe? Remember, what is the age of the home? Now when you are at the threshold of having your own house, you must know how to strengthen it so that it doesn’t degrade over time and instead increase its lifespan.

In India, unlike the western countries, residential (and commercials as well) buildings are made of concrete structure giving it a lifespan of 40 years while that of an apartment is 50-60 years. But an article in The Hindu by Kishore Pate1 mentions that a building with quality construction can have an average lifespan of 80 years after which the need to remodel will arise. A detailed home inspection from the beginning of the building can avoid early onset of weakening of a house. Regular maintenance can make a house last even two or three centuries!

Now you may wonder, how and why a home ages? These are inanimate objects, right? Yes, they are. But the elements, a house is made up of, go through continuous degradation due to environmental effects and of course, human neglect. India’s tropical climate, fluctuation of temperature, and the long span of monsoon with humid weather adversely affect the house. Poor quality of construction with faulty base and design of the house, pipelines and cable wires, windows and doors fail the time test resulting in early aging of home.

So, what to do to overcome all these and make your house stand strong? A home inspection is the first and most generalized answer for it acts like the health-check-up of a home and gives you timely alerts for maintenance and repair. But you need to be careful about several other things. Here is a list that may come in handy:

1. Quality materials

Architects and builders from various parts of India have opined that housing materials have to endure weathering elements and natural forces leading to their deterioration in quality and life. It will be best if you can spare time to handpick the materials. Otherwise, do a proper market survey and choose your builder who puts faith in high-quality materials. But don’t be much relaxed as your continuous absence from the site can cause discrepancy. Visit the site regularly and stay in touch with the builder. Higher the quality of concrete, cement, bricks, wood or ply of doors and windows, tiles, pipeline fixtures and so on, more secured is your house against the time test.

2. Wall and floor design

If you can afford it, go for marble or granite for your floor as this gives the floors life expectancy of over a century. Modern floor tiles also ensure value for money. When the house is in the construction phase, see to it that proper rod bindings are in use to ensure the walls endure the full tenure of lifespan. But you must remember that it is not a one-time job. Clean the floors and walls regularly and check the grouting for any retouch. This will enhance their overall sustenance.

3. Interior designing

Did you know that how and where you place your furniture at home can harm the endurance level of a house and lower its life expectancy? Damp is a four-letter word which can bring horror to your housing experience. Rising damp from the ground, wrong installation of tiles on the walls, rainwater leakage, improper plumbing fixtures all are reason enough to lower your home’s lifespan. Hire a home inspection team to get the damp assessment done. If you are an NRI and come to live at your house here in India only for a month or two a year, you need to be extra cautious as the home will be left unattended for a long time. Before you go for interior designing and decking up your room, get a damp assessment done to stop leakage and seepage wear out your home. Don’t forget – a damp-free home is the ideal setting for interior designing and if not checked early, it can ruin the property within a few years.

4. Colour and waterproofing

Waterproof your roof and basement and paint your house at regular intervals. For obvious reasons, choose weatherproof paints. Cheap paints will not last long on the surface. Waterproofing your house will eliminate all scopes of leakage and seepage from occurring giving your house longer years to sustain the atmospheric adversities.

5. Maintenance

Maintenance of the house will also include regular cleaning and occasional home deep cleaning2. Especially, after the monsoon is over and the festive season sets in, look for spots where water and wastes have clogged the drains causing water to a standstill. This will invite dampened walls. Regular cleaning of blocked drains and other parts of the house will surely improve the property’s lifespan. Home inspection can ease this job if you implement them wisely and timely.

6. A stitch in time…

…saves nine. Do not leave small repair jobs for later. A crack here, a small leak on the pipe there, water spots on walls, a broken door handle are parts of your everyday life when you own a house. Be attentive to them or else these will lead to bigger issues in the future putting the house at risk of wearing down. Go for established brands and not obscure ones. You may face some pocket-pinch but small repair jobs will not remain small several months from now. Then you will have to cough up more. Again, put a home inspection team to work to identify such issues and take necessary (and sometimes precautionary) steps beforehand.

7. Electrical system

Cheap and poorly insulated wires, wrong installation of electrical items can lead to a short circuit causing huge loss to your house. In times of stormy weather, if the earthing system is not rightly done, thunder strikes can cause electronics to catch fire or simply destroy them. Choose your electrical fixtures minutely. Even better, call electrical inspection experts for making sure that the house is free from any risk of electrical accidents. This helps to further increase the life expectancy of your house.

8. Home appliances

The appliances you use at your home needs regular cleaning and servicing. Older appliances consume higher electricity and often tend to have lowered functionality. Buying new appliances every now and then is not a solution. Instead, give attention to them as to when they need some updated servicing3. This may not directly increase the lifespan of your house but ensuring their smooth functionality prevents chances of electrical hazards and damp from leakage in them.

9. Health check-up of the home

Will you go to a software engineer for your physiological ailments? Of course not! It’s the same for your home. You are not a doctor to inspect housing issues and take steps to eradicate them. Employing home inspection is utmost important for ensuring a healthy home and lengthening its life. Yearly maintenance, polishing of wooden window and door frames, dealing with fungus or termite, damp assessment – all must be done regularly to maintain the home in good health.


Do you want your house to wear down with you or do you want your future generations to boast of the house? To see your house live with you and the years after that, you must take care of it just like you take care of yourself. Don’t think your duty is over with financing the construction or purchase. It is a lifelong duty you should be cautious about. It is your responsibility to maintain your house to call it home sweet home. So, do you want an expert to visit your home? Click here.

The Causes of Cracks in your house

Presence of Crack on external or internal wall surface may be a sign that there is some problem. An occurrence of the building cracks is often a subject that raises numerous questions. Cracks may appear either at the initial stage or with time.

Crack is a very vast topic to discuss, still we would try to cover as much is needed at this time.

Various types of cracks in building mostly take place during construction or after completion. Usually, building component develops cracks whenever the stress in the components exceeds its strength. The building cracks may be structural cracks1 or non-structural cracks depending on its nature. It may be vertical crack, horizontal crack, or diagonal crack, etc.

Let us discuss the cause of cracks in your house.

Causes of Cracks in your house

1. Moisture changes

In India, houses are mostly made of concrete, bricks, mortar etc. These construction materials are natural water absorbing components. When they absorb moisture, they expand and on drying, shrink. Hence develops the cracks in walls due to change in moisture. Consequently, if building materials used possess expanding or contracting natures, then existing cracks increase or sometimes new cracks also get formed.

2. Change in Temperature

Cracks in buildings are also contributed by temperature fluctuations and the changes induced by it in building materials. We use the materials like concrete, mortar, burnt clay bricks, etc. for the construction of house. They expand on heating and contract on cooling depending on their properties. Due to the expansion and contraction of materials, internal tensile stresses are set up in the component of the house. Hence it develops the wall cracks due to change in temperature. This change in temperature of materials is also known as thermal movement. These types of cracks are observed on the exterior of the house.

3. Elastic Deformation

This would be too technical for you to understand. Structural components of a building such as walls, columns, beams and slabs, generally consisting of materials like masonry, concrete, steel, etc, undergo elastic deformation due to load in accordance with Hooke’s law i.e. The amount of deformation depends upon elastic modulus of the construction material, magnitude of loading and dimension of the components.

It is the structural components of your building2 which can fall prey to this phenomenon. Cracks in building require third party property inspection prior to building the house. This would save your valuable time to a significant extent.

4. Creep Movement

The construction materials result in deformation due to sustained load. The stresses are developed in the component of house due to slow time-dependent deformation and hence develops the cracks in walls. The tendency of the materials to deform permanently under stress is also known as creep movement.

Creep movement depends on many factors, such as: Water cement ratio in mortar and concrete, Use of admixtures in mortar or concrete, temperature and humidity etc. It increases with increase in water content, cement content and temperature.

There is always a chance of human error in building a house. While working, the ratio of mortar to concrete might be wrong and the admixtures used in either mortar or concrete could have been problematic. Any or all of this can cause your house to deform as the sustained load creates concrete cracks. The materials, besides crack in the house, can be deformed permanently leading to non-structural cracks. Arranging for home inspection by a specialists’ team can always help you identify the predisposing factors and take necessary steps.

5. Corrosion of Reinforcement

A typical character in Indian house is the use of steel. Most of the cracks observed in recent RCC building are due to the corrosion of steel. Initially, they do not pose any threat to the safety of the structure. Low quality of the steel reinforcement, poor grade of concrete, inadequate cover to reinforcement and poor workmanship both are equally responsible for this. The iron oxide film is produced on the bar which increases bar’s volume, thus setting up internal stress in concrete. Hence develops cracks in house due to corrosion. Such cracks can do further damage as these invite moisture in. In addition, if the concrete is also cracked, the damage chances are higher.

6. Movement due to Chemical Reaction

Due to chemical reactions, materials of construction results in the appreciable increase in the volume. The internal stresses are set up in construction materials which may result in outward pressure and hence forms the wall cracks. The materials involved in chemical reaction also get weakened in strength.

Sometimes, structural cracks on the walls are a result of chemical reactions that occur among the ingredients. For example, the soil that has been used can contain soluble sulphates. These sulphates often react with the cement which contains tricalcium aluminates and hydraulic lime in presence of moisture. Don’t worry – this is not another science check. Just know this much that the resultant chemical has a large volume as it tends to expand. Now you can easily imagine, when materials want to expand, what would they do? Answer is formation of Building cracks. Mostly, these are plaster weakening and masonry cracks.

7. Soil Settlement

Soil settlement is a vast topic and it is slightly difficult to make you understand. As per handbook based on causes of cracks3 in building, Shear cracks in building occur when there is large differential-settlement of foundation either due to unequal bearing pressure under different parts of the structure or due to bearing pressure on soil being in excess of safe bearing strength of the soil or due to low factor of safety in the design of foundation.

Your house is based on soil which might expand and shrink with the change in temperature and moisture content in it. This causes change in soil volume and foundation movement. Result is again the undesirable cracks on the walls of your house.

8. Growth of Vegetation

Existence of vegetation, such as fast growing trees in the vicinity of building or structure can sometimes cause cracks in walls due to expansive action of roots growing under the foundation. The plants begin to grow in the fissures of walls, and If these plants are not removed well in time, it develops the wall cracks in house.

Apart from all these causes, inadequate curing in any of structure may be made of masonry or RCC can be a cause for cracks in the building.


Cracking in structures is a common defect in a home whether it is new or old. Several factors other than the ones mentioned above can be responsible for cracks on the walls such as design of the house, workmanship of the people involved in construction, and building materials’ quality, etc. Not all of these are in your hand. But you sure can take preventive measures.

Crack repair is not always an expensive or tedious job. For repairs and remedies to be effective, it is essential to evaluate the causes and nature of crack in building. Apart from this, it is true that that minor cracks can turn into bigger cracks to threaten the structural integrity of your home, and that every crack should be taken a look at by a professional. So you can hire professional services to get home inspection that will help you out with 3D of issues – Detect & describe the issue and Direct the solution. They will suggest the solution as per issue in your home.

Damp on Kitchen Wall: Could Your Refrigerator Be the Cause?

Have you been noticing damp walls near and behind your refrigerator lately coupled with grey-black patches and foul smell? If there is no trace of damp in the rest of the house then chances are your refrigerator is leaking and/or there is a high condensation problem caused due to differential thermal exchange. Whatever be the cause you must be 100 percent sure about the source of the problem to decide how to fix it. We would advice you to opt for a comprehensive professional who are specialized in finding the source for moisture using advance thermal imaging technology. They will also detect the source and suggest you the solution as per affected area.

The root cause of damp originating from a refrigerator

There are quite a few reasons that contribute to the formation of damp walls near and behind the refrigerator. The root cause in almost all cases is differential thermal exchange.

An obvious outcome of refrigerator-mishandling, differential thermal exchange is caused due to frequent opening and closing of refrigerator doors or storage of food at higher temperatures. This causes formation of water droplets at the back and ceiling of the refrigerator. Proper handling and maintenance of the refrigerator is important in this regard.

Other causes of refrigerator-induced damp are:

Blockage of the drainage pipe

The refrigerator is designed in a certain way so that the water formed due to thermal exchange in the appliance passes through a drainage pipe and settles in a drip pan. From the drip pan, the water evaporates by absorbing the compressor heat. Now, often the mechanism of condensation1 is faulty, or the drainage pipe is blocked, or there is a leakage in the pipe. These cause a huge pool of water to settle below the refrigerator, which eventually leads to damp walls and fungal growth.

If you’re using a refrigerator(mostly the single-door ones) that requires manual defrosting, then do not forget to de-ice and empty the drip pan at regular intervals. Standing water in a receptacle can lead to further condensation and damp in the adjacent walls.

Dislodged condense pipe

If the refrigerator is one that does not require manual defrosting then it could be that the condense pipe has somehow become dislodged. The condense pipe is a small-bore tube depositing water above the compressor. If the pipe is out of place, the water may just be dripping on the floor or wall causing damp over time.

Ice build-up

Ice build-up is another major cause for the non-functionality of the refrigerator. If this occurs at a high rate, it can cause blockage of the drain pipe and eventually lead to the accumulation of water. This calls for regular and proper maintenance of refrigerator so that the common condensation problems can be avoided.

Condensation against a cold spot in the wall

Refrigerators give off heat at the back. There could be a cold spot on the wall that is right behind the refrigerator where this heat is directly going to and getting condensed. Cold spots are common in all buildings – old or new. Perhaps you should move your refrigerator from the area for a while to dry out the watery spots and see what happens.

How risky can damp be in the kitchen wall? – Forget aesthetics, damp in the kitchen wall, or for that matter in any part of the house, can be a formidable health risk. Don’t believe? Read it here. Moreover, nearness of a damp patch to an appliance and circuitry can also increase the risk of electrical hazards.

How to avoid damp-induced risks originating from a refrigerator?

‘Precaution’ is the keyword. Most of the problems related to refrigerator leakage and damp are the fallout of bad handling. So, you must be careful about using it the way explained in the manual. If that sounds like asking for too much, here are a few tips on how to use a refrigerator properly:

  • To avoid any water accumulation due to ice build-up or condensation problems, it is advised to reduce the number of times you open and shut the door of a refrigerator.
  • The number of stored food items must be reduced, so that the refrigerator can work at its optimum conditions without too much workload.
  • When putting a food-filled container inside, you must check that the temperature of the container is within low to room temperature range, and never too high.
  • Maintain the level of the refrigerator by adjusting the front and back screws of the platform on which it stands. The refrigerator  should not touch the floor.
  • Make sure the temperature of the refrigerator is set between 0-5°C, the door closes properly and the rubber gasket is not damaged.
  • Conduct cleaning and maintenance of refrigerator3 inside-out, at least once every 6 months. Check for dust build-up, leaking pipes and broken waterline.
  • Defrost your single-door refrigerator and empty the drip pan regularly.
  • Move the refrigerator away from the wall so that no leakage, no condensation can affect it directly.
  • Additionally, ventilation in all rooms is of utmost importance. Open the windows of your home when not using an AC or use a dehumidifier to control the indoor humidity.

Damp walls are a nuisance, especially when they become a stubborn one. Keep an eye on every corner of your home to trace them at the earliest stage. Take control and fight the damp away. However, a successful damp removal is possible only if you know its source. As earlier mentioned, professionals who are expert in detecting the source of the leakage causing damp in the kitchen wall, even if it is a refrigerator, locates the cold spots in your home, if any, and advises you on the right placement of your appliances if required or will suggest if you need to call service engineer for repair or servicing.

Enjoy this monsoon with your pest – free home

Monsoon is the season for which everyone wait for its arrival in India because of the pleasant atmosphere it creates.

Everything has a positive, as well as a negative side, so does monsoon. Besides getting natural relief from the scorching heat, the rainy season offers a fresh natural beauty all around. However, you must also be aware that the humid climate also aids in the growth of not just bacteria and fungus but pests and insects, too.

Your homes are safe haven for you and your loved ones, but also serve as the perfect refuge for pests, such as mosquitoes, rats, termites, ants, cockroaches etc. These pests can cause serious health hazards and illnesses, if not treated effectively.

So, Monsoon season in India becomes a perfect breeding ground for monsoon pests and rain insects leading to a lot of diseases affecting all.

Firstly, Let us have a look at the source of pests during monsoon.

Common Sources of pests during monsoon

  • Stagnant water is the most common breeding zone for mosquitoes
  • Damp bathrooms are another place where pests are found breeding
  • Water logged pots of indoor and outdoor plants
  • Dim, shady and damp areas in home are the favourite places for some pest in rainy season
  • If you do not keep your bathroom clean and dry, as a damp bathroom can attract some pest.

After understanding the common source of pest, have a look on some ways to control. So, below are few simple and amazing ways, one can follow to tackle pest problems and put an end to it at the earlier stages.

Ways to Keep Pests at Bay in this Monsoon

In order to enjoy the monsoon at home, you have to make sure that your house is completely pest free otherwise you may catch up a serious disease. Fighting monsoon will be much easier when you know of these amazing ways.

So let us jump in and see how to get rid of these monsoon pests easily and effectively.

1. Clear out stagnant water if any

Stagnant water is considered as the primary cause of many dangerous pests, especially mosquitoes. These mosquitoes are known for causing diseases such as malaria, dengue etc. Always look out for stagnant water near your house and garden, and try to get rid of it immediately before it attracts pests.

2. Clear out the garbage immediately

Clean out the garbage in and around the house to keep your home pest-free. Garbage can attract a lot of pests such as rodents and it is important to keep the surroundings clean, especially during monsoons.

Dirty areas not only attract rodents but can also give birth to several other harmful pests.

3. Use window nets

Window nets are very useful not only in monsoon, but in other seasons too. These nets will help you to keep out every pest. They are easily available in most of hardware shops. You just need to give your window measurement, and they will cut it out accordingly and also stick it to your window frames. You should also use a bed net before you sleep at night, to prevent yourself from pest attack.

4. Use camphor for cupboards

Camphor is a natural agent of keeping pests away. During monsoon, everything seems to be very damp and moisten. Keeping camphor in the cupboards would be an effective method during this season to keep the clothes safe from pests. And never keep damp clothes in the cupboards, dry it up completely and then store them.

5. Keep your bathroom clean and dry

A damp bathroom can be a breeding ground for pests such as cockroaches, and mosquitoes etc. These pests can easily breed in wet zones and bathroom being one, it is essential to keep it dry at all times to prevent any major pest infestation.

You should clean and dry bathroom after every usage. Consider using an exhaust fan to ward off the unusual foul smell in bathroom. The dry bathroom also is safe for kids and seniors.

6. Keep wooden items dry

Wood is a very vital food for termites. Damp wood may attract a lot of termites, make sure they are dry. These termites can damage wooden furniture fast, so it is essential to keep wood dry at all times. To know more, how to protect your home from termites, click here.

7. Good Effects of plants

Use plants that have pest-repellent properties, either indoors or outdoors. You could make a choice from some commonly found species – Basil, Lavender, Aloe Vera etc. Ensure to maintain them well.

Planting (Tulsi) Basil in your home will block the entry of insects/pests in your premise. It is known for preventing pests, especially mosquitoes, from entering homes. It is also known for killing mosquito larvae. If you already have a Tulsi planted in your garden or home, then good. If not, you should strongly consider planting a few tulsi plants before the arrival of monsoons.

8. Do away with clutter

A cluttered house creates a haven for pests. Discard unwanted cardboard boxes and newspapers. Reorganise your house, particularly the kitchen area and keep food items in sealed containers. Take care of your pets (if you have) by giving them a regular bath and do not forget to remove their excreta immediately.


Hope you are going to try some of these tips to get rid of monsoon pests for a healthy home. The methods or ways mentioned above are surely going to help you fight certain types of monsoon pests. With a little effort you can get rid of these pests at least from your home. But if you are facing a major pest infestation problem, then to effectively fight pests contact a good pest control1 agency available in your city.

Moving to a New Apartment? Home Inspection Can Be a Saviour

So, your dream home is ready to be moved in? You must be getting impatient to do the interiors and plan your house-warming party but hang on! Don’t rush. There’s an old saying: Precaution is better than cure. Check the property thoroughly before dialing up packers and movers. Everything looks perfect when new, and a home is no exception. Once you start living in it, the construction-related issues begin to surface one after another. Old resale properties have more hidden issues than new ones but then, the latter gives you a broken heart! How to fix a broken heart? Oops, the defects in a new apartment? Get a professional home inspection done before move-in. At least, you can then ask your builder or seller (previous homeowner) to repair the defects, which ideally, they should do and save significantly on your recurring future repair costs.

Sounds ‘unnecessarily’ expensive? Okay, let’s make things a little easier for you to decide by providing you examples of key findings based on various inspections of new home. MACJ-ABCHI has performed 1500+ inspections combining individual and developer based units inspection. The team has found various kinds of issues and they also suggest the solutions related to specific issues which can help you to get rectified on time.

Key findings based on various inspection of new homes

The areas in your home or apartment will include Bedrooms, Bathrooms, Living and dining, Kitchens, Balcony (the number will vary accordingly) etc. The 7 basic elements comprises of wall, ceiling, floor, door, window, plumbing and electrical. Key findings based on several inspections of new apartment/home element-wise include:

1. Wall

Cracks, Hollowness on plaster, efflorescence and undulation are some common problems/ defect for walls depending on various inspections of new apartments.

  • Cracks – Crack can be seen on the wall of any new building in our country. Having cracks appear on your wall may just seem to be cosmetic, but it could be a moderate or indicate an important, structural issue. While it is true that that minor cracks can turn into bigger cracks thereby threaten the structural integrity of your home, and that every crack should be taken a look at by a professional. The first step to fixing the problem is identifying type of crack. There are two types – Structural and Non structural crack.
    • Non-structural cracks – These cracks are small, less than 3mm width,that do not at the moment threaten the integrity of your home. But of course if not treated at right time can create problem in future.
    • Structural cracksStructural cracks1 appear wider than 3mm width. They can appear in the wall beams or slabs. And they usually extend to the upper floor of your house.

    Tip related to cracks(non- structural depending width): Cracks can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal. Most significant is diagonal crack which is usually found at lintel level or load bearing element. To know the solution, read our 3D Knowledge series post.

  • Undulation – It happens due to uneven plastering or sometimes happen during putty application on wall i.e due to poor workmanship.
  • Hollowness on plaster – This happens due to improper curing after plastering, which can lead to further crack on it. Thereby resulting in decrease of strength.
  • Efflorescence – Efflorescence is a type of white deposit found on masonry and walls. Efflorescence is not a good sign as it means that the quality of construction material may not have been good. To know more details about the reason for occurrence and its solution, click here.

2. Ceiling

One significant and common observation based on several inspections is crack at ceiling at fan box position. This happens due to weakness in concrete and hammering. This can be repaired by crack seal.

3. Floor

Hollowness, cracks, gap at tile joints and improper slope are some common issues related to flooring which can create further problems if left unnoticed.

  • Hollowness – It is one of the common defects/ issues observed in homes. Hollowness can lead to further cracks in flooring & looseness from bed mortar. This can lead to water intrusion through cracks and which can create further problems in other associated or attached areas and damp/ seepage issues. To understand the Significance of checking hollow tile or stone flooring, click here.
  • Gap between tile joints – This is also very common issue which is neglected by people considering it as a minor thing. These gaps will be a path for water to flow and hence will create dampness/ seepage in associated areas. This source of water, if not rectified can increase damage in associated/ attached areas of the property. For this issue, filling the gap by tile grout as per manufacturer’s specification will be a solution.
  • Improper floor slope – An improper slope2 of the floor leaves scope for water stagnation. This problem is commonly faced in bathrooms. If the slope is inadequate or reverse around floor outlet then the excess water tends to stand and causes water pocket depending on cases. To get rid of the excess water you have to use wiper after every wash and every shower or get the floor slope corrected by a skilled vendor without delay.

4. Door

Misalignment of door panel, hinge problem, door not self latching are some issues which are commonly observed while inspection.

  • Misalignment of door panel – This happens due to improper installation of panel. If panel is not properly flushing with door frame after closing, then panel is misaligned. It can happen due to some other reasons too. So it is important to understand the reason.
  • Hinge fitting problem – If hinge is not fitted properly, then it will not be able to take load of door panel, which can create problem in operation of panel.
  • Door is not self-latching – This can happen due to improper groove plate installation problem or due to latch problem.

5. Window

Most common issues related to windows are absence of sealant and window installation issue like misalignment.

  • Absence of sealant – Based on inspection of new apartments, it is commonly observed that sealant is not provided at external sill and window frame. This gap will be a source for moisture to flow inside the home. If gap are not filled properly, it will lead to moisture intrusion, paint deterioration & damage to walls. Deterioration of sealant occurs in little older buildings.
  • Window installation issue – There are various types of issues which can occur in windows. Among this, most significant is installation issue. If not properly installed, can cause misalignment of windows which can create operational problem.

6. Electrical

Problem/ issues in electrical section can occur due to layout and fittings. Sometimes electrical layout has some issues which becomes difficult to change and sometimes fitting related problem as well as safety issues are also observed.

  • Layout related Problem – There are some times problems/issues in electrical layout of an area of home like position of socket board which can cause safety hazard in future.
  • Fitting related Problem – It includes improper connection of wires at DB, switch board and others.
  • Wiring/ Wire Gauge issues – If an electrical outlet of an equipment has inadequate wire gauge as per load, then it will cause overheating further leading to wire damage. Hence forth will cause equipment damage. Thereby creating a safety hazard for residents.

7. Plumbing

In plumbing also, issues can be due to layout and fitting. Loosening of faucets and other installation problems are some of issues that are commonly observed in new homes. If left unnoticed can result in increased moisture content of the home and dampness, watery spot on the walls and ceiling, damaged aesthetics, and long-term health threats.

Following are a few defects that aggravate plumbing problems multiple times:

  • Leakage in water pipeline – The use of non-branded, poor-quality pipes & improper installation can cause leakage in the water pipeline3 of even a new building. Some leakage are detectable with naked eyes and some are concealed which can be detected by professional services.
  • Grout Problems – If grouting around the floor outlet is not done properly, it can lead to seepage/leakage problem in below attached/ associated areas.
  • Leaky Faucets – A leaky faucet4 not only wastes water but also causes hassles for residents if left unnoticed. The typical causes for a leaky faucet5 include corrosion, mineral deposits on the internal parts, or defective gaskets etc. Ignoring leaky faucets can turn a simple cost into a nightmare. A guided inspection at an early stage can keep away these hazards.
  • Weak installation of water closet – A loosely installed water closet in the bathroom may give rise to annoying things like unchecked, continuous water leakage, sewer smell, etc. No matter how expensive WC you choose, a wrong installation can completely ruin its beauty and purpose.


We have just tried to give you an overview of commonly observed issues based on several inspections of apartments.

If still you need help detecting the probable defects of your apartment, Contact professional home inspection services. Remember, an aware homebuyer is a responsible homeowner. The earlier you detect the defects the better you are guarded against all future home ailments and accidents. This will help you have a healthy home for your family.