A: Potential buyers should keep an eye open for any of these water damage signs to avoid expensive post-purchase repairs:
◆ Upward water seepage into walls could indicate cracked foundations or a lack of damp-proofing.
◆ Dips in paving or the driveway could indicate that the soil below the surface is being washed away by groundwater or a pipe leak.
◆ Roof leaks, especially around flashings, skylights or chimneys, and any downward water seepage into walls.
◆ Blocked or damaged gutters could result in rainwater not being properly channelled away from the roof and outer walls.
◆ Low tap water pressure, which can be a sign of water service supply deficiencies.
◆ Signs of mould.
– Berry Everitt, chief executive, Chas Everitt International property group