Water Damage

Sneaky Leaks Revisited

Sneaky Leaks in the Crawl Space Another day, another inspection, another plumbing leak in the crawl space. Those who have had an inspection with us know how thorough we are with testing your plumbing fixtures, faucets, tubs, sinks, the whole shebang. But it doesn’t stop there. If you have a crawl, you can bet we …

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Plumbing Leaks in the Crawl Space

Crawl Space Tips

Did you know that having an adequate vapor barrier in your crawl space (one that reaches each corner of the crawl) is one of the easiest and best ways to reduce moisture in the crawl? It literally says it in the name – vapor BARRIER. You want a nice dry crawl space so that your …

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Crawl Space Challenges in the Triangle

   We see this so often in crawl spaces in North Carolina. Why? Well, we have a very humid climate, which is exactly what mold likes. There’s not much we can do about southern summers. HOWEVER – there is A LOT we can do to combat moisture intrusion, organic growth, and wood rot found in …

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New Construction Home Inspections

    Even in New Construction homes like this one, water intrusion and high moisture levels can quickly create organic growth (e.g., mold) on surrounding materials. In this case, we noted suspected mold on support beams which was verified by mold swab tests. Since this area is also going to be partially finished, an indoor …

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The Value of a Home Inspection

Why is this photograph concerning? Water intrusion into the crawl space is never a good thing because 1) it can introduce organic growth/mold that can impact air quality in the home, and 2) it can cause wood rot or other damage to the home’s support structure. You should never skip or waive a home inspection, …

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Crawl Space Water Intrusion Doherty Home Inspections

Crawl Space Captain

Homes with crawl spaces need extra TLC. Water is the #1 enemy to your home and the entire structure is designed to shed water away from it. When water gets into your crawl, bad things can happen (think rotting support beams, mold entering into your living space). Crawls are dark, dirty, cramped – not a …

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Pro Tip for First-Time Home Buyers (or anyone really)

Are you a first-time home buyer? Even if you’ve been living in your home for awhile, do this now: Check closet and pantry ceilings for stains. They can alert you to potentially very costly leaks. Even if you are buying a property As Is, finding leaks early is key to preventing significant damage. I check …

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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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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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