Beach House Inspection
As a home inspector who specializes in beach houses, I know that these homes have unique characteristics and challenges that set them apart from other types of properties. From the exposed decks and salty air to the relentless wind and moisture, there are several things that can impact a beach house’s structure, systems, and overall condition. In this article, we’ll explore some of the specialized conditions that beach houses are subject to and how they can affect your inspection process.
One of the most significant challenges that beach houses face is exposure to saltwater. Saltwater can cause corrosion and rust on metal components, which can lead to premature wear and tear. For example, air conditioning condensers, which are typically located outside, are particularly vulnerable to corrosion from saltwater exposure. The salty air can cause the condenser fins and coils to corrode faster than they would in a non-coastal environment, which can impact the unit’s performance and lifespan. As a home inspector, you’ll need to carefully examine these components and report any signs of corrosion or damage.
Electrical systems are also subject to increased corrosion in beach houses. Outlets, switches, and light fixtures that are exposed to salty air and moisture can deteriorate faster than those in non-coastal homes. Corrosion can cause connections to loosen, which can create a safety hazard. As a home inspector, you’ll need to be particularly vigilant in inspecting the electrical system of a beach house. You may need to remove covers and panels to look for corrosion and damage.
The wind is another factor that can impact a beach house’s structure and systems. Beach houses are often subject to strong, constant winds that can wear on the roof, siding, and other exterior components. Wind-driven rain can also penetrate the exterior and cause water damage. As a home inspector, you’ll need to carefully examine the roof, siding, and other exterior components to check for signs of wear and damage. You may also need to look for evidence of water damage inside the home, such as stains on the walls or ceiling.
Another specialized condition that beach houses may face is exposure to sand. Sand can be abrasive and can cause damage to exterior components such as windows, doors, and decks. Sand can also accumulate in air conditioning filters and ducts, which can impact the unit’s performance. As a home inspector, you’ll need to inspect the exterior components of the home for signs of sand damage and check the air conditioning system to make sure it’s functioning properly.
Moisture is another factor that can impact beach houses. In addition to wind-driven rain, high humidity levels and sea spray can cause moisture to accumulate in the home. Moisture can lead to mold and mildew growth, which can impact the indoor air quality and create health hazards. As a home inspector, you’ll need to carefully examine the home for signs of moisture and mold growth, paying particular attention to areas that are prone to moisture, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and basements.
In addition to these specialized conditions, beach houses may also have unique features that require specific inspection techniques. For example, homes that are elevated on stilts or pilings will require a different approach to inspecting the foundation and structure than homes that are built on a traditional foundation. Beach houses may also have additional features such as hurricane shutters or seawalls, that will need to be inspected for damage and proper installation.
Inspecting a beach house requires a specialized approach and knowledge of the unique conditions and challenges that these homes face. Daigle Inspection will pay particular attention to components that are prone to corrosion, wear and tear from wind and sand, and moisture damage. And Daigle Inspection is familiar with inspection techniques for special features such as elevated foundations and hurricane shutters. You can be confident in your decision when Daigle Inspection takes an in depth look at your beach house.