Water Damage

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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Grading issues around New Construction

CLICK to See Why Videos in Our Inspection Reports Make Such An Impact

At a recent home inspection, I discovered that the drain pipe in the crawl space under the kitchen was leaking. Since we use modern, web-based reporting software, I was able to take a video of the leak (far more informative than just a photo) and include it right in the report. Just another reason why …

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What’s Wrong with this Crawl Space?

What serious concerns do you see in these pictures and what is the main cause of these concerns? Pictures 1 and 2 are suspected MOLD. Picture 3 is rotted a rotted wood beam. What do they all have in common?  Moisture. It’s the number one enemy of your crawl space and your home and all …

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Gutter Leaf Guards – Do They Work?

​What are your thoughts on gutter leaf guards? Did you know that even with leaf guards, your gutters still need to be monitored and cleared at least three times a year? It is especially important to check on your gutters in the fall – an October, early December, and April cleaning will help keep water …

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Unique Roofs Mean Unique Challenges

You likely wouldn’t know it by looking at it, but the first two photos are of a ROOF. A Mansard-style roof, to be exact. And yes, those are leaves and plants growing ON the roof. A Mansard roof is characterized by having very steep slopes/pitch on each side of the house and a flat or …

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What’s Wrong with This Picture?

​Can you spot the problem here?​We’ll give you a hint… it rhymes with ‘hissing clownsprout’. . . ​. This gutter is missing a downspout (right side). That means that all of the water from rain, melting snow, etc. drains directly into the area next to and into the foundation. As water penetrates into the foundation …

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Comprehensive Inspections

Rick Doherty, NC Licensed Home Inspector, on a roof checking for wood and structural damage. Roof inspections, when safe and accessible, are just one of the critical areas covered in our comprehensive home inspections. Rick moves through your home (or potential new home) foot by foot in order to provide the most thorough inspection possible. …

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Gap in the Attic

This home had a significant – but not obvious from the outside – gap in the attic. I discovered it during the home inspection and made sure to alert my client, the buyer. Gaps like this are an easy entryway for animals and insects like bats, squirrels, birds, hornets, etc. If a bat colony decides …

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