Video of a very standard front yard: Take a look where the sewage clean out is located; in the basement or outside along the side of the foundation. This will tell you where the sewer line from the home is. Now look around for trees and see if there are any near the sewer line. […]Read More about Trees and Drains do not go well together.
Do You Have Space on Your Circuit for Adding a Receptacle? Wiring is basically simple if you are adding a receptacle. First, look at the circuit you want to add the receptacle to. There can only be a total of 10 receptacles on a 20 amp circuit that uses 12 gauge wire or 8 receptacles […]Read More about Adding a Receptacle, What You Need to Know
We arrived to inspect a pre-inspected home. This home had a “Pre-Inspected, Seller-Certified” sign right in the front yard. This would suggest to any reasonable buyer that there is nothing significant for another inspector to find wrong with the home. It suggests that the sellers wanted to be aware of every issue so they could […]Read More about Buying a Pre-Inspected Home? Beware
On the top or side of every water heater, there is a “TPR” Valve. This abbreviation stands for Temperature & Pressure Relief. It is a simple device that releases water from the tank and plumbing system to prevent the tank from bursting or exploding if the temperature in the water heater reaches or exceeds 200 […]Read More about Water Heater TPR (Pressure) Valve
Garage doors are considered by most home owners as a necessary part of the home and they are given no further thought. Yet every year ten thousand Americans are injured by garage doors mishaps. Most doors are installed correctly and the openers operate according to specification, but as time goes by there is wear and […]Read More about Garage Doors Pose a Danger to Children
Is there a hidden or undisclosed problem with hazardous contamination on the property you are buying? If you are buying a property and there is one of these monitoring wells, you may have a serious and invisible problem with the property. They are most often found in commercial properties that have had a business that […]Read More about Contamination Could Cost Millions $$
Climbing up on the roof of a large commercial building and looking at the HVAC units lined up there, it struck me how unrealistic some buyers are when they hire us to inspect commercial properties. This client only hired us for a half day despite our office suggesting that it would not be nearly enough […]Read More about Unrealistic Commercial Inspection Expectations
It’s nice to remember the days when everything was reparable. This outside hose bib was not only repairable, they even made it so easy, with the instructions printed on an attached metal tag. Even today, faucets are one of the few items in a home that a home owner can repair in a few minutes […]Read More about Old & Simple Hose Bib
When buying a house, don’t think that a home inspector is all you need to make sure your new home is everything you want it to be. That junk car in the neighbors driveway has been there for years and their is no reason you should think it will suddenly change. Junk in a neighbors […]Read More about Neighbors, the Good, the Bad and There Yours!
Looking at buying a new home? That small stream at the rear of the property may be the selling feature and the most appealing point as you consider making an offer. What you may not realize is that many of these small streams have been re-categorized by FEMA as potential flood zones. Flood zones are […]Read More about Flood Insurance Issue? Check Before You Buy.
Thinking of new flooring, forget laminated flooring. They are noisy to walk on, are easily damaged by moisture or water in bathrooms or kitchens. Water on shoes coming in from outdoors nearly always damages the entryway flooring . Vinyl has improved dramatically with the introduction of heaver weight, thicker plank vinyl. It is easy to […]Read More about Vinyl Plank Flooring Better than Sheet Vinyl
Continuing education is how we are spending one long weekend every year at the ASHI spring Expo in Columbus getting another fourteen hours towards our annual requirement! The state of Ohio now regulates Home Inspectors and demand annual continuing education to maintain your license. Being an ASHI inspector is another level of desire to be […]Read More about Continuing Education for Home Inspectors
Inspecting the basement of a vacant house, we came across this container marked poison! First of all its poison, which is dangerous to leave around in any house and especially a house that you are selling.A curious child or a adult wondering what is in the jar could be poisoned, possibly by just touching the […]Read More about Deadly Poison in a Home Basement!
If they can be nailed wrong, they will be. It seems that more than half of the decks we inspect have a problem with the joist hangers. For some reason (and its probably price) people want to buy a smaller joist hanger than necessary saving a few dollars and putting the deck in jeopardy. Joist […]Read More about Incorrect Joist Hanger Installation Unsafe!