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Grading issues around New Construction
Home Foundation Issues

Common Issues Found with New Construction Home Inspections, Part 1

This new construction home is supposed to be closing this month. Obviously landscaping/grass still needs to be installed (and the downspout needs to be extended), but another very important issue here is the grading. It is very common to see improper grading in new construction which can and does lead to water intrusion and many

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Home Inspector

Meet Rick & Lori DOherty of Doherty Home Inspections

​​We are a small family business entering our 5th year in business and we strongly believe in QUALITY vs QUANTITY. We provide highly detailed home inspections using next generation web-based software that allows us to include videos in each report. We also utilize technology such as thermal imaging, moisture meters, infrared lasers, and more to ensure you get the

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End Of Warranty Inspections

Buying a New Home or Nearing Your End of Warranty?

​I had the privilege of doing an End of Warranty/11th month inspection on this beautiful home this week. I also did the pre-purchase inspection for our client a year ago. As expected, new issues had cropped up over the past year and our client is now well-equipped with a detailed report (with pictures AND videos)

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Crawlspace

What’s Hiding in Your Crawl Space?

​Disconnected ducts in your crawl space can go unnoticed for months (even years). This can lead to unwanted moisture/humidity and inefficient heating and cooling in your living space. Call us at 919-914-0606 or schedule online for a very thorough inspection of your entire home – especially the areas you rarely see.

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What’s Missing Here?

​Do you know what this water heater in the garage is missing? A safety post (bollard). The bollard protects the water heater from vehicular damage (should a car lurch toward it) and prevents the water tank from rupturing. Can you imagine what would happen if 40+ gallons of very hot water suddenly came rushing out all

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Home Inspections

Can You Name This?

Can you identify this white material and why it is a cause for concern? I see this fairly frequently, especially in crawl spaces and attics. You might think it is white mold (testing it would give a definitive answer) but it is most likely wood-destroying fungus. As the name suggests, this fungus actually breaks down

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Animal And Insect Issues

Slow and Steady…

​Hey buddy! Made a new friend at yesterday’s inspection. This tortoise was living a grand life. I’d much rather run into friendly fellas like this than some of the critters and insects I see every day but nothing really phases me anymore (except maybe really large poisonous snakes who think I look tasty). My attitude

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Can you Name Three Tools An Inspector Uses To Detect Moisture?

  ​Think you can spot moisture intrusion with the naked eye? Not always. The picture on the left is a seemingly dry crawl space wall and floor. However, when viewed through the thermal imaging camera, you can see all the areas of blue which may indicate moisture intrusion. A wood moisture reading is taken in

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InspectiNG A Piece of History From 1750

    What a treat it was to inspect this house built in 1750 – yes, 1750! Before we were even an independent nation. There were some issues, of course, and new additions and upgrades. But overall, the craftsmanship and quality from 270 years ago was just incredible. In addition to this home, last week

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Do Your Gutter Guards Work?

Gutter Guards/Leaf Filters … do they work? What is your experience with them? ​Despite the August heat, fall will be upon us soon and with that comes what seems like 10 million falling leaves. Many homes now have gutter guards on them, ideally to prevent leaves and debris from accumulating inside the gutters. But do

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