Exteriors

Cracks in Foundation Walls

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Cracks in foundation walls are often indications that the footings are failing. The cause may be that the footings were not poured to the proper depth, the reinforcing steel is missing, undersized or the soil supporting the footing is not stable. When significant cracks are discovered in a foundation wall a structural engineer or specialty […]

Exteriors

Warped Vinyl Siding

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During a recent home inspection we discovered that a large section of warped vinyl siding on the left side of the home. At first glance it seemed reasonable that the hot water tank direct vent might have contributed to the warped siding. After all, it appeared that the siding was warped from excess heat. But […]

Exteriors

Roofing Inspections

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Roofing Inspection Standards The inspector should: • inspect the roofing materials • inspect the roof drainage systems • inspect the flashing • inspect the skylights, chimneys and roof penetrations • describe the methods used to inspect the roofing The inspector is not obligated to: • inspect any antennas • inspect the interiors of vent systems, […]

Exteriors

Exterior Inspections

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Exterior Inspection Standards The inspector should: • inspect the siding, brick, stone, and/or stucco • inspect the exterior trim • inspect the visible flashing • inspect the exterior doors • inspect the decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, railings • inspect the eaves, soffit, fascia • inspect the vegetation adjacent to the home • inspect grading, […]