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Moving to a new home is pretty exciting. However, you should be careful in selecting a new place to move in. Before finalizing that purchase, you should conduct proper building inspections in mornington first to ensure that the property is in good condition and you won’t end up complaining once you moved in.

Part of the total home inspection is checking on the floor. It should be on your priority list because that is one way to ensure safety for you and your family. Floor damage can cause serious injury and can be a safety hazard.

Here the things you should watch out for when doing floor inspection.

Flooring cupping

Once you’ve entered the house, you may see a really attractive hardwood flooring. Observe the flooring if you can notice that something doesn’t look right. You may see that the floor seems rippled or wavy. Can you see that small ridges along the edges are raised? This is what you called cupping.

It’s a common problem for hardwood flooring. Regardless of what type of wood is used, cupping can happen to most types of them. It occurs when there is excessive moisture beneath the flooring boards. Once the hardwood interacts with moisture, the side of the board expands. When the edges of the board are higher than the centre, it’s called cupping, while crowning is when the centre is higher than the edges.

You can check off early stages of cupping with the help of lighting that comes from the windows and reflects to the floor. Depending on the level of the cupping problem, the flooring can be fixed or replaced.

Repairs and patches

You may not notice some damage to the flooring when you inspect the home. That’s good. However, you need to be completely sure that there is really none. If the home has a basement or space below the subflooring, ask if you can go underneath to inspect. Previous owners might have put on vinyl flooring or carpeting to cover holes on the floors. These holes may be where pipes used to go through. So instead of patching the holes, they covered it with carpets.

Also, look for a sign of moulds. Moulds tend to eat organic materials which cause for the flooring to crumble. Poke at the flooring as well as the framing and see it crumbles or shake. If there is no damage, it should be solid.

Abnormal sounds

The floor that makes a squeaky sound pops and other noises mean there might be separation on subflooring, loosen nails that connect them to the joist, improper installation of tiles, and incorrect lamination. These problems can result in flooring to make sounds, and you know how irritating these sounds can be. A creak and squeaky floors do not only apply to older homes, but it could also be present in newer ones.  If there is too much noise of the floor in the entire room, it means the materials have already worn out; thus, flooring needs to be replaced.

Cracking Tiles

 To prevent tiles from cracking, the surface beneath it should be strong and rigid. If you inspect a house and you notice that many tiles are cracked, it means that subfloor isn’t that strong enough to hold the tile up thus needs replacing.

These are the most important factors that need to be checked in doing floor inspection. For accurate and detailed assessment, it would be best if you bring an expert with you to help with the inspection. A professional inspector can help you find problems discussed above and also have the knowledge to identify other matters which you may know nothing about.
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