You might be forgiven for thinking that this inspector was inspecting a WWII submarine, it looks like a moment from Red October. Down in the basement of an old school in Dayton that has been repurposed into a lovely apartment building are a series of old abandoned distribution panels behind huge three inch thick steel […]Read More about Submarine in Dayton
If you are looking at buying a home or walking around your neighborhood you may have seen this disk shaped gizmo with a pipe up the side of a house. In the last twenty years there has been a growing interest in testing for Radon (a gas generated deep in the earth as limestone deteriorates) […]Read More about Radon Mitigation System
As often as this church has been used over the last 100 years, the thousands of hours parishioners spent in the pews, the thoughts they must have had of the beautiful sanctuary, I wonder how many people thought of what was above the ceiling. The attic above the sanctuary is twice as large as the […]Read More about Hidden Beauty
There are basically two types of shingles used for roofing in our area. Three tab shingles, which have a 20 year life and in our area last about 15 to 17 years. Or dimensional shingles which have a 30 year life and last about 25 years in our area. The flatter your roof the shorter […]Read More about When is the right time to replace a roof?
Saturday, May 1st 2021: Restaurant deck collapses in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee. Forty people fall sending eleven to the hospital, two with critical injuries. A quick internet search will reveal far too many unfortunate and avoidable incidents like this happening on a regular basis. What factors are at play with deck failures and how can we ensure […]Read More about Deck Dangers
No one wants hard scratchy clothing so fabric softener is the answer. There are two types, the liquid softener that is added to the wash or softener sheets used in the dryer. The photo is not of internal body parts but a dryer vent that has choked up with lint, as the lint builds up […]Read More about Fabric Softener
As homeowners, we don’t typically give too much thought about the lights in our homes as long as they are doing what lights are supposed to do. We flip the switch, instantaneous illumination, we can see and life is good! However, it is usually what we can’t see that can be a cause for concern. […]Read More about Not A Bright Idea!
How dirty can “in floor” heating ducts get? It’s not something most people think about. Vents near a dog food bowl tend to accumulate bits of kibble that escapes the hungry hounds appetite. Candy and small toys that junior looses are often hidden in there, but nothing as bad as the duct in this house. […]Read More about Where Is The Toilet Brush
One of the primary functions of our homes is to provide us with an adequate supply of fresh water for all of life’s necessities. From doing dishes and laundry to flushing toilets and taking showers, we use a lot of water. So naturally, it can be very distressing to turn on a faucet only to […]Read More about Case of the Low Flow Woes
Today we will be shining a technical spotlight on a handy piece of equipment used to assist in drainage. Yes, thats right folks- we are talking about the sump pump.Now you may be thinking, “sump pump – doesn’t that have to do with my sewage system?” Well in fact, no, it does not. Sump pumps […]Read More about Sump Pumps – Yay or Nay?
While inspectors focus most of their attention on the structure and components of a house, they also pay close attention to other things that may adversely affect or actively be affecting the building. Grading is one of those key areas of focus. Grading refers to the slope and contour of the ground in relationship to […]Read More about Making The Grade: Grading 101
It was bound to happen after twenty one years we inspected our first beauty salon. Retail stores and strip centers, doctors and dentists offices, restaurants, bars and drive thru’s, motels, schools, churches and industrial buildings, but never a beauty salon until now. You got to wonder, business must be so good they just don’t sell […]Read More about “A First for Us”
As warmer weather approaches thermostats are being switched from Heat to Cool in homes across the country. The satisfaction of knowing your system is ready and will be there to cool your house down to a comfortable temperature when it gets unbearable outside. These desires for a comfortable house is not necessarily the same in […]Read More about AC not cooling bedrooms
A dead bolt with a keyed lock on the interior of a residential door is prohibited. The locked door would pose a safety issue if the key was removed and there was an emergency requiring immediate egress. A knob on the inside and a key on the outside is correct.