Colorado Springs is a beautiful place to live and many people move to the city for the variety of seasons that occur throughout the year. However, with summer and winter being so different, homes in Colorado Springs withstand a lot of wear and tear.
Here are the defects that we find the most often when inspecting homes in Colorado Springs.
Damaged Driveways & Foundations
Since Colorado has so much snow, the streets get salted and de-iced. These materials get on cars when they drive on the roads. In turn when the cars are driven back and parked in the driveway of a home, these chemicals melt off with the snow.
When the snow gets on the driveway and sits there, it begins to melt and release the chemicals and salts from the road onto the driveway.
In addition, homes that do not have the correct drainage systems can have foundation issues. When rainwater and snowmelt pool at the base of a home, this can cause the foundation of the home to shift and crack.
Burst or Cracked Pipes
Colorado is one of the states that fluctuates in temperature the most. With 20 degrees and snowing nights coming after 55 and sunny days, the weather can be very unpredictable.
Not only does this make it harder to dress for the weather, but it makes it easy to forget to winterize properly.
- Often, pipes that have water running through them during the day can become too cold and freeze at night.
- While the pipes might not burst immediately, over time this can create cracks in the pipes that allows water to escape.
- Some of the homes in Colorado Springs have been there for a long time, and may have pipelines that are not as equipped for this to happen.
Home inspectors frequently find damaged pipes and water lines for this very reason in Colorado.
Like any area that people live, the homes in Colorado Springs need to have roof repairs every so often. With a variety of weather conditions ranging from high winds, beating sun, below zero freezing blizzards, and golf ball-sized hail, Colorado homes see it all.
These elements take a toll on the roofs of homes, and means that they need to be replaced regularly. One of the most common materials used for roofing is asphalt shingles, because they are durable and easy to replace.
Asphalt shingles, however, are not the longest-lasting material, and inspectors find roofs that haven’t been properly taken care of quite often.
The electrical wiring in older homes in Colorado Springs is another defect that we run into fairly frequently.
While it is sometimes from an electrician who messed up or wasn’t properly trained, it is often because of quick home renovations and home-electrician jobs.
Since Colorado is such a high-demand location for people to move to, older homes are often bought and “flipped” quickly in order to make a quick buck. However, these quick renovations can cover up or disregard major system issues – and the electrical wiring is usually one of them.