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Do home inspectors include drainage ditches in inspections?

Cammie Bellamy
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In North Carolina, home inspectors are required to inspect the grounds of a property only if they impact the conditions of a home.

According to the N.C. Home Inspector Licensure Board’s standards of practice, home inspectors must inspect “vegetation, grading, and drainage with respect only to their effect on the condition of the building.”

Wilmington-based home inspector Cully Weiss used the example of a drainage ditch that overflows and floods a home’s crawl space. If that ditch had the potential to damage a home, it would be included in the inspection.

“Unless something is adversely affecting the property, typically it would be beyond the scope of the inspecting,” he said. “It if fits into the ‘ugly’ category – ditches filling up in a rainstorm, no, that would not apply.”

He said ditches that flood into driveways or grading that slopes toward a house would be included if they harm the structure.


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