Recently we inspected a home in Yellow Springs built in 1920, our report mentioned that there was Knob & Tube wiring in the home. Our client was very diligent and immediately hired a licensed electrician to inspect the wiring and recommend if any rewiring would be necessary. The electrician went through the 900 Square foot […]
Video: Furnace must have a disconnect switch and not always where you think it might be.
In this day and age it’s all about multi tasking in our lives and multi purpose when it comes to equipment. Inspecting a home recently, we were surprised to find a secondary use for a kids paddling pool! Up in the attic, strategically positioned to collect water as it leaked into the attic was their […]
The lovely big new windows installed in this remodeled house “passed” the five point test to determine if they must be made with safety glass. Safety glass required when window meets all 5 requirements: 1) is less than 18″ from floor2) top of glass is more than 36″ above floor3) sash glass exceeds 9 sq […]
Sometimes we all get caught up in what needs to be inspected and what must be repaired when buying a home. All to often we forget what life is all about and what is important in life. Last week I arrived at a very small condo on a bright sunny morning and was greeted by […]
Video shows problem with casement sashes. Casement windows are windows with sashes that generally open with a crank handle and they are hinged at the side or top. All the top of the line casements windows are made of wood, some with an aluminum cladding on the exterior. The area that rots is the bottom […]
Inspecting a house in Xenia recently I got to question the thought process of architects. A nice small 900 square foot ranch did not have much space for the furnace so the architect put it in the crawl space (under the house). This is not a problem as long as it works, but like all […]
These old fuse boxes in a beautifully built asbestos lined oak cabinet were a big step up from the single exposed wall mounted fuse. These boxes were the forerunner to the breaker panels of today. The asbestos lining was used to contain any sparks or fire in the days before we all realized that mesothelioma […]
This month has been the month for old drain cleaning signs from the 50’s still attached to basement ceiling rafters. Drains have had issues for years, older cast iron pipes were easily damaged by tree roots, while newer PVC pipes are rarely damaged by tree roots but often blocked by disposable diapers, feminine sanitary products […]
Video of: Remodeling around the furnace or water heater can cause all sorts of problems for someone who is not familiar with the instillation and operation of the equipment in their home.
Modern PVC drain pipes have reduced the number of blocked drains substantially. This old house in downtown Dayton was built in the early ‘50’s had a sixty foot run to where the blockage was in 58, again in ‘66, ‘03 and ‘06. These were all bad years for this houses main drain according to the […]
If defects in a new home are not found before it is purchased from the builder, they become the problem of the new owner after they move in or when they go to sell and the defects are discovered during the inspection period. This inspection for a purchaser of a new construction home saved them […]
Why do we as a whole ignore the most basic safety issues until its too late. Manufacturers of everything from kitchen stoves and garage door openers to smoke alarms package their equipment with owners manuals that address how it should be installed and what maintenance will be needed. These manuals are rarely read and their […]
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. […]