Summertime grilling is always fun but if you have vinyl siding, those steaks and burgers need to be cooked to perfection at least 10 FEET from your siding. Heat damage to vinyl siding caused by grills is something we see A LOT during home inspections. And the scary part is that the damaged siding is minor compared to the real danger - burning down the house. Thousands of home fires are started every year because grills are too close to vinyl siding. Please stay safe and happy grilling!
If you plan on doing a little dining and dancing on your deck this summer, please make sure the support beams ACTUALLY TOUCH THE GROUND. These floaters are sure to wreck a good time if not fixed soon! It seems so obvious, but things like this get overlooked all the time - and if you're buying a home, major safety hazards should be addressed before you close. Let us help you make informed decisions that will help keep your family safe and protect your investment. The inspection report you receive will serve as a road map to your home, helping to identify the major components and where they are located, as well as pointing out areas of concern. Inspections are critically important and well worth it!
YES x 2. This home gets it right! First up - the downspout has an extension attached to it that continues underground AWAY from the foundation. Having a 3-foot extension (underground or above ground) is a quick and easy way to help keep your foundation dry. We cannot tell you how many homes the inspector sees that have multiple downspouts that drain directly down into the foundation, which can cause all sorts of problems like excess moisture and organic matter (i.e., MOLD) in the crawlspace (just two examples). Second - the bushes near the home are trimmed so that no foliage touches any part of the home. Tree branches, bushes, and other vegetation touching siding and roof shingles causes wear, damage, and serves as a conduit for insects. As in bugs. As in... late night shouts for help to kill the creepy crawly above the bed.
Can you spot the difference? It's a bit hard to tell to the untrained eye. The top right breaker in the electrical panel has been added or replaced. The new breaker is a different brand from the panel enclosure and is not listed on the label of the inside panel (not viewable here). Breakers must be UL listed and certified for each panel to ensure proper operation. The compatibility of the breaker to the panel needs further evaluation by a licensed electrical contractor to ensure safe and proper operation of the overcurrent protection systems. This is extremely important because without proper compatibility, the top breaker might not trip if overloaded which can lead to overheating and possibly cause a fire. These electrical panels are one of the many systems that gets checked during a home inspection.
Wooden decks and stairs can be downright treacherous in the summer (think bare feet and/or thin sandals), especially when nails become exposed. Channel your inner MC Hammer and pound those nails back in to save you and your steppers from trips, cuts, and worse. Take a walk around your deck and wooden stairs and check out all of the nails (and look for splintered wood too!) to keep those summer nights easy like Sunday morning.
The pipes under your sinks have some very important jobs. One is to effectively drain the water from the faucet, and another is to keep sewer gases from entering your home. The issues in the picture on the left are the flex piping (1) which has a high rate of clogging, and (2 & 3) multiple P-traps - there should be only one. One P-trap creates an effective water barrier/seal that traps unwanted sewer gasses. Two or more traps impede flow and are more likely to get clogged.
We love the smell of plaster dust in the morning (ok, not really). Back in the day, we discovered early on that demo days could be strangely therapeutic - all that smashing and punching and no one gets hurt. That is, until the inevitable until-then-unknown problem arises. Then the wallet begins to hurt a bit. But demo days were still fun.
Watch this short video for some great insights and reasons why getting a home inspection before you buy or sell is so important (for buyers AND sellers!).
NO DIVING ALLOWED - This standing water at the edge of the home's foundation is a big no-no. It can seep into the foundation walls, lead to wood decay, and is a breeding ground for insects. This particular area should be filled in with soil (plant a shrub!), landscaping rocks, or other material to prevent water accumulation.
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