Frozen wood, pipes, and windows
Home inspectors have a poker they use to poke wood on the outside to see if there’s damage from termites or carpenter ants. This gets more challenging in the winter, when water freezes on porches. “You poke it and it’s like poking an ice cube,” Brock said. “You have to have the experience to know the difference. You hit it and it shouldn’t sound that way. Maybe it’s because water got in and is frozen, so it doesn’t sound the same as a regular piece of wood.”
Pipes and windows can also freeze. A frozen pipe can hide potential leaking problems you’ll have down the road. Frozen pipes can also crack, leading to new leaks. Frozen windows, caused when rain gets in the window track and freezes, can be hard to open and close.