Could you get scalded by 180 degree water? One in every four water heaters we inspect have an issue with the temperature pressure relief valve (TPR). The valve is usually located on the side, close to the top (some older units it’s on the top). There must be a pipe attached to the TPR that […]
What do all these pipes have in common? They come from water softeners that are incorrectly and dangerously installed. They could contaminate the drinking water in the home they are in and possibly the whole subdivision. Water softeners have a pipe coming out of the control unit at the top of the softener (there is […]
Would we “call” this “disadvantage home team”, found in an attic last week, quirky reuse of a tennis ball container as an electrical junction box. Yes it works, No its not permitted!
Unsafe Garage Door Openers? Do you have one? Is yours safe for children or pets?With Christmas and cold weather coming children may be playing in your garage. Your garage door opener should have a photoelectric safety beam mounted to the bottom of the door track and located between 4 to 6 inches from the floor. […]
Cold Weather is on the way, as fall turns cold pipes freeze. Hose Bib’s are the worst offender, when garden hoses are left attached. All garden hoses should be disconnected to prevent the faucet rupturing inside the wall as a result of the water in the hose and faucet freezing. Hose bibs like the one […]
SECURE YOUR HOME and don’t let the garage door be your weak link. When all your house doors are locked and deadbolts set, your garage door emergency opener pull cord, may be accessible from the outside if the J -bar is not installed at an angle equivalent to the 2 position on your clock. So […]
BEFORE YOU GO CLEANING GUTTERS and carrying ladders around you should perform a safety check. Look to see where your electrical service comes in. If it is to a roof mast or attached to the side of your home, take a look at the electrical connection between the power company wire and the wire from […]
COULD YOUR ATTIC BE DANGEROUS TO YOUR HEALTH?Dangerous Attic Insulation may be hidden above your ceiling. In newer homes the insulation is usually soft and puffy fiberglass or a cellulose (very finely ground paper). In some older homes a granular product with a silver glint to it may have been used to insulate the attic. […]
Bathroom venting is simple and necessary to remove excess moisture from the bathroom, a fan, a pipe and a vent on the roof or exterior wall. This professionally remodeled home in a Dayton historic area appeared to have it all until we questioned the direction of the piping in the attic. None of the pipes […]
As a Home Inspector we are very like the family doctor, observing and suggesting a remedy or referring our client to a specialist. Recently we inspected an old farm house in Jamestown and as we finished the client arrived, smiling and happy with the “how is it going comment”, any “deal killers” says the Realtor? […]
If the pipe is longer than this the dryer will operate poorly. Having said all this this the most common problem we see is with roof terminations of the dryer vent pipe where the home has been re-roofed. The correct vent is the first photo, however the screen must be removed or it becomes blocked […]
Water softener drain pipe connections are a constant issue that we observe and write up. The backwash drain pipe from the softener must have a back-flow prevention device when it is terminates at a drain, in other words there must be an air gap between the end of the pipe and the top of the […]
Its amazing when you think of it, five years ago house prices had tanked, were at rock bottom with no hope in site. The only homes we were inspection were bank Repo’s. These were homes that had been trashed by the evicted home owners and left to sit with everything from roof leaks to missing […]
Saw this on front of a kitchen counter in Kettering, probably installed in the 50’s and thought it showed such pride in quality and workmanship. The kitchen though old was perfect. Tried to find Valley Kitchens but they did not last as long as their workmanship.