Home Inspections

Structural Issues in Historical Homes

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During a recent inspection of a historical homes we discovered numerous issues in most of our Standards of Practice inspection categories. The foundation was made of brick with brick piers and some newer masonry block piers. The floor structure was wood joists and the subflooring was a combination of wood planks (original) and plywood (from […]

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 […]

Home Inspections

Dripping Tub Spout

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During a recent home inspection we discovered that one of the tub spouts was dripping. This is actually a rather common occurrence in homes. When the water is diverted to the shower head all of the water supply should flow up to the head. In other words no water should drip out of the tub […]

Home Inspections

Exterior Door Jamb Wood Rot

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During a recent home inspection we discovered some exterior door jamb wood rot. Unfortunately this is a rather common issue due to lack of home owner maintenance. As you can see from the photo the jamb is not completely sealed with paint. Additionally you can see that the bottom part of the jamb appears to […]

Home Inspections

Hot and Cold Reversed at Shower

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During a recent home inspection we came across a shower head that had the hot and cold reversed. All of the other showers in the home were working properly. The hot water should always be to the left when you stand in front of the shower valve. Of course that would place the cold water […]

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 […]

Heating Systems

Heat Pump Not Heating Propery

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During a recent home inspection we discovered that one of the heat pump systems was not heating properly. This particular home had three heat pump systems. One system was for the second floor, another system for the first floor and the third system was for the walk out basement level. Due to the cold outside temperatures […]

Electrical

Exposed Electrical Connections

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During a recent home inspection we came across an exposed electrical connection in the attic. While there were a few other electrical issues discovered during the home inspection we wanted to take a minute to talk about exposed electrical connections in general. All electrical connections between two sets of wires should be connected properly and concealed inside […]

Home Inspections

Ventilation Inspections

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Ventilation Inspection Standards The inspector should: • inspect ventilation of attics and foundation areas • inspect kitchen, bathroom, laundry and similar exhaust systems • inspect clothes dryer exhaust system Checklist of common Ventilation Issues  Bath fans venting into the attic or crawl space  Dryer vent hoods and ducts that are clogged with lint […]