A video, viewed 18 million times, shows the exterior of a house being torn down before the effects of extensive water damage become visible.
J2 Building Consultants posted the video on his account of the siding being loosened from a house and with a slight push from the consultant crumbling parts of the barrier between the siding and the insulation from the structure.
“[People] This is why you always hire an inspector, even if it is 500 to 700, it is better than losing thousands, “wrote one commenter.
The company’s TikTok account agreed with the commenter and recommended annual inspections of condos, apartments and houses.
At Newsweek’s request, a representative from J2 Building Consultants declined to comment, but confirmed that the damage was due to water damage.
An article written for Angi discussed water damage and what it could mean for a structure. It can be caused by a number of different events, including a leaky pipe or a flooded basement.
“Within the first 24 hours of a leak or flood, mold growth, floor, wall and electrical damage, and even structural problems can occur,” the article says.
It found that water can seep into parts of the house, causing swelling of drywall, furniture, doors and window frames. Water damage can also cause paint or wallpaper to peel off.
Mold can spread throughout the house, making the location dangerous. And the amount of labor and money it takes to fix the damage and mold increases.
“To minimize the spread of mold and the risk of serious structural damage, repairs to water damage should begin within 24 to 48 hours,” said Angi in the article.
In general, it is best to seek help from a professional restoration service and the resident of an apartment should contact their insurance company as soon as possible.
A TikTok went viral after showing the exterior of a house and what happened to it due to water damage. Above is a picture of a damaged wall.
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Commentators on the viral TikTok were amazed at the discovery and praised the advisor. Others shared their fear of what they might buy if they bought a home of their own.
“If this was a pre-sale inspection, this inspector saved the buyer a huge headache down the line,” wrote one viewer. “Whoever he works deserves a 10-star rating.”
Another wrote: “When his hand went straight through the insulation, my soul left my body.”
This isn’t the only TikTok viral that revealed what a home had to fix.
Newsweek reported in September that AJ, who is posting videos on his TikTok account @inspector_aj, was walking the inside and outside of a single family home that he claimed was on the market for half a million dollars. His video has received nearly 50 million views since it was released.
The TikToker, who said he was a certified professional inspector, showed off various parts of the house and his findings, including a loose electrical outlet and toilet, a shower stall with lots of sealant around the shower head, and a warped porch.