Check Siding for Evidence of Decay, Cracking, or Insect Damage

Regular maintenance keeps your siding looking new and lasting longer against the elements and unwanted pests.

No one want bugs in their home. Cracks and openings in the siding provide them easy access.

As a home inspector & general contractor, I see cracks in walls on a daily basis while performing inspections, some are common, others are not.

Whether its stucco, masonry or wood siding, all three types need to be maintained differently.
Seal any openings, monitor any cracks and try to determine the source.

If it is a hairline crack off of the corner of a window it may not be a big issue. However if the crack is wider at one end than it is at the other, that may indicate movement.
Corner cracks at windows can allow moisture to enter the wall quickly and unless everything else is done properly it can cause damage to the home.

Look at your grading and drainage.
Does everything slope away from the home? Do you have plants next to the home or sprinklers that spray on or next to the home. This can damage most sidings rather quickly so if it hapenig, stop it now and repair the siding before it gets worse.
Do you have a drip line where the water that runs off of the roof lands next to the house?
If you have gutters, do the downspouts drain away from the home or next to it?

Most movement in this area is triggered by moisture, if you control the moisture, you control the movement.

While you are at it, look at the fence around the yard and see if it shows signs of movement as well.

If you need a hand figuring out what caused the cracks, give us a call.

Scott Warga, is the Qualifying party for ACSI American Construction Specialists and Investigations LLC,(ROC216772) a dual licensed residential and small commercial contractor. He is also a qualified Gilbert Arizona home inspector certified by the Arizona Board of Technical Registration (#38062) and was appointed to the Arizona Board of Technical Registration’s Enforcement Advisory Committee. He has years of construction experience and has performed residential and commercial property inspections for over 10 years. He has specialized in forensic inspections, investigating failed, damaged and defective construction for over 5 years. He is a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), (#205826) and currently sits on their board of directors. He has been an instructor of home inspection at Mesa Community College, for Inspection Training Associates, a Kaplan Professional School and Arizona Sun-Tech Home Inspection School. He has served as District Chairman & Vice President for the Arizona chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors and an approved instructor for both them and the Arizona Department of Real Estate. If you need an Arizona Home Inspector, he is your guy

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