Sorry for the Long Delay, I have been very busy with Inspections.
I inspected a Double a Month or so back and one side was mostly incomplete.
The Second Inspection I again looked at the outside first as I always do then move to the basement for the Major Mechanical s. I observed the Furnace flue pipe Venting into the rear chimney... But wait a minute here I did not recall seeing a Chimney nor Flue pipe on the rear of theses units.
Went back outside and double checked and no vents where observed. I turned the Furnace on and grabbed my Thermal Imaging Camera and headed for the 3rd floor.
The 3rd floor / Attic is finished and on the back wall was the chimney. A chimney that was taken down below the roof line by the Contractor preforming the work.
Upon a closer look I could barley see the Clay flue liner enter the ceiling area. I used the Thermal Camera and sure enough the Furnace is vented into the Ceiling of the attic. That's correct... All of the Carbon Monoxide was entering the Attic space. I also leaned from the buyer that this area is going to be their Bedroom.
I provide Thermal Imaging on every Inspection for the buyers safety.. Why? Because what you can't see with your eyes can harm you. Below you will see what everyone would have viewed, beside it is what I see.
Who's Protecting you?
Well I wish I could say that these pictures are not from the same home... However they are.
I know I shouldn't have opened the panel but I did test it before I touched it.
7 Double tapped breakers and 3 Triple tapped breakers.
Sometimes it gets pretty scary / unhealthy to be an Inspector.
In today's age we all work hard... and it seems saving to get ahead is a thing of the past, Something else is waiting inline that needs repaired or replaced , Its something we can always count on. Of course none of us want to spend more than we need to.
As a Professional Home Inspector I get to see these home repair savings on a daily basis and as an Independent inspector I feel the trust that a buyer puts into your hands should be an honor and not a way to make a fast buck. These are normally Hugh investments, Whether it is a $20,000 home or a 2 million dollar home it still means just as much to the buyer. Period!
Home buyers look at a home and see the new roof shingles and hear the roof is only 2 years old and think they are buying a safe / leak free home when in fact the damaged sheathing under it has been repaired with aluminum coil metal and is UN-safe to even walk on. Or the home has a new electrical panel with 60 year old knob and tube wiring still powering the home. 50% of the homes I inspect have open grounds on the wall plugs from being wired incorrectly.
The list could go on and on however the best way to prevent this type of danger is to make sure the contractor has the correct license for that trade and will be purchasing a permit for your repairs. This protects you as a consumer.
If defects are found in your new home most are easily properly repaired from a qualified licensed professional.
I am a retired home builder and remodeling contractor and would never consider offering a repair service to a buyers home I just inspected. I am there to inspect the home not inspect for future work.
Certified Professional Inspector
So you have your home on the market for sale, (Awesome) now lets make your home inspection ready.
Realtors / Buyers / home owners are all unhappy when your home inspectors report states " Not Inspected, No Access" And I certainly understand and agree with them 100%. All components of a home should be inspected.
Having said that, as a thorough inspector I need access to all areas of your home, attic, crawl space, closet access, mechanical s ( furnace / hot water tank / water meters / electrical panels etc,) Clear access being the key word.
Many homes I visit on a daily basis have closets full of clothing blocking access to the scuttle hole for the attic of that home. As a home inspector that follows the code of ethics that area will be reported as No access. Why? I can't move your stuff out of the way to gain access to any area of your home period.
As a home buyer if I where to see an area that was not inspected because of no access I wouldn't be all that happy with it.
The term No Access / Not Inspected is not a term you want to see on a home inspection report you just payed for especially when it is because you didn't want to clear the way. You wouldn't pay $300,000 plus for something you knew nothing about and neither should the buyers!
Its far scarier to see not inspected than to see needs maintenance on any item of the home inspection report.
Today lets talk about a Home Inspection before you put your home on the market.
Why would anyone want to do that you may ask? Isn't that just another couple hundred bucks out the window? Both great questions! There are a few main reasons why you should do this.
One of the biggest reasons is a counter offer based on defects of a home. If you didn't have a pr-inspection and you set your listing price your stuck with no where to go other than to lower the price for your home and or lose the buyer.
The bigger question is why did your realtor not insist on you having an inspection before hand? Kind of seems they may not of had Your best interest in mind, A troubling thought!
Why take less money for your home when it could have been avoided by a pr-inspection and the asking price adjusted accordingly, or at least a small allowance made for the repair work in advance. I get to see the day of responses on buyers faces everyday and the disappointment is very real.
It is my recommendation to leave a copy of the report on the counter for your potential
buyers that way they know you are not hiding anything and that you also know the defects of the home and have the listing price set. I can email a PDF copy of your report to any potential buyers before hand at your request. The buyers always call me for an explanation of defects if any. And that is the important part of the inspection.
Most counter offers are well above $10,000.00 so how did saving a couple of hundred help?
When defects are explained correctly most buyers understand that they are really just small maintenance items that all homes have.
Contact me today to scheduled yours!
Your Buckeye Home Inspector
Fall is upon us and winter is close by. I know I'm sorry!
Today lets talk about Ice Damning & why and how it occurs. The real cause of Ice Damning is energy loss(Heat Loss) from walls and attic areas. Ever wonder why it seems to start at the edge of your roof area or in the valley?
The area directly above a homes walls is "around" 8" tall plus or minus, to the underside of the homes roof sheeting. A poorly insulated wall/attic allows that warm air to radiate upwards.
This radiation of heat causes a constant thawing/warming of that area and when the melted snow or rain gets past that point it re freezes and causes Ice Damning to form.
Some Roofers will tell you all you need is Ice Shield 3' up from the edge of the sheeting.
Ice shield does protect the sheeting from ice damage however it will do nothing to stop Ice Damning. Proper wall and attic insulation/Soffit Venting/Insulation Baffles are the cure for the problem.
Also keep in mind that a clogged gutter system also plays a Hugh part in creating Ice Damning when it is full of frozen water/debris from the fall.
Make sure your gutter are properly pitched and have debris protection installed.
Make sure the Insulation company didn't fill the soffit/wall area full of insulation without baffles- This happens all the time!
Make sure you have properly install soffit venting installed.
Remember Ladder safety Please
Stay tuned for more soon
A Waterproofing System:
What is it? Well most people feel it is Drainage tile for the basement area of their home and includes the sump pump and discharge piping away from the foundation/sealing of the exterior foundation walls. Partially correct.
A waterproofing system starts at the roof of your home (Gutter and Downspouts) and continues to a discharge point well away from the foundation.
Proper drainage / Grading away from the home is just as important as any other inspected item and is often overlooked or taken lightly. That is a costly oversight of around 15 to 20k when the foundation fails.
Trees planted within 6' of a foundation wall is a real problem with modern homes and tons of beautiful landscaping, Yes it does look really nice But at what cost?
Little attention is paid to the Gutter systems of a home, allowing water to fall straight down to the over dig area of the home (Excavated area to dig out your foundation) This is disturbed soil after the dig and settles for 15 to 20 years thereafter and if you don't keep a proper grade around the home water ends up pooling from the gutters and rain run off right next to your foundation.
Edged flower beds and thick mulch look really nice I agree. However in reality it creates a deep pooling area for water to lay trapped. Paver patios are beautiful but in order to properly install them the ground needs to be dug out to a depth of around 8" deep and sand installed for leveling. Well you just installed a mini swimming pool right against your foundation.
With the ground settling around your home from the over dig and the paver area 8" deep where do you think all that water is going? Correct! Right in your basement taking all that soot and dirt with it to clog your existing water proofing system. Most patios do not have a drain tile installed for drainage. Foundation companies love to see this! And as you can see below that is not a phone call any of us want to make.
Questions? Please feel free to ask!
Stay tuned for more soon
I recently moved my website here to be more responsive to both Mobil and Desk top
In doing so I lost 5 years of blog pages from the old site, I will re post as soon as I can. The entire website is a work in progress, Let me know what you think!
More Home Safety:
This is the 2nd time in less than a month that I have ran across incorrectly installed flue pipes.
This is something I get to see way to often during my home inspections.
I am not even sure what to say or comment on this one, This one is beyond being installed incorrectly.
This is a newly installed Gas hot water tank in a rental, I am glad no one had moved into this unit yet.
In the long run it cost less to do it right and is so much safer.
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