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Thermal Imaging and the Inspection

I use infra-red thermal imaging technology in all of my home inspections. The thermal imaging camera helps me identify insulation problems as well as finding areas of hidden moisture. Thermal images are incorporated in the inspection report along with a digital photograph of the problem. Thermography has some limitations. All findings must be followed up […]

These case of the melted siding

Reflected sunlight melts siding It is well known that reflected light from neighboring windows can melt vinyl siding. It has been stated in construction literature that vinyl siding begins to deform at 165°F. I was fortunate to be able to see this phenomenon as it was happening. I was able to document the damage to […]

Combustion Air

There needs to be enough adequate fresh air for the furnace and water heater to operate properly. A lack of this combustion air can cause the gas appliances to operate poorly and possibly even create carbon monoxide- a dangerous gas. An average sized furnace and water heater needs an open basement floor plan if there […]

Sump crock and pump

The Sump Pump The sump crock collects water though a drainage system around the perimeter for the foundation The sump pump removes the water from the sump crock. The system is designed to help keep the basement dry. There are two components to every sump pump: the pump that discharges the water and the switch […]

Water, water, every where

I say it at every inspection, “90% of the problems I see at a home inspection are related to water”: Roof leaks, wet basements, cracked foundation walls. leaking plumbing pipes, holes in the exterior siding, condensation in the attic, and on and on. Water causes structural damage as it causes decay of wood products that […]

Bath Venting

A common problem that I see on home inspections is the bathroom vent fan not properly installed. More accurately, it is the flexible duct for the vent fan that is usually the problem. Every manufacturer recommends the vent fan discharge to the outside but they don’t include the vent connector with the fan. The duct […]

Ice Damming

The Problem Remember, 90% of all problems in a home are associated with water! Ice damming is a serious problem where melting snow re-freezes at the eave causing a dam. More melting snow accumulates and water has the potential to migrate into the home. Shingles are designed to shed water by overlapping and allowing gravity […]

Wet basements and sewer backups in older homes

This house has an older style foundation drainage system. It is made out of segments of clay tile referred to as the footing drain. This drain system collects water from the ground around the house and any water from the roof or gutter that migrates down the outside of the foundation wall. This footing drain […]

GFCI Outlets

The GFCI Mapping Electrical Circuits – Interactive Tutorial A “GFCI” is a ground fault circuit interrupter. A ground fault circuit interrupter is an inexpensive electrical device that, if installed in household branch circuits, could prevent over two-thirds of the approximately 300 electrocutions still occurring each year in and around the home. Installation of the device […]

Sewer and storm drain

Many older homes have by design the basement floor drain, foundation drain and sewer drain all tied in together and going out to the street. If the city has not separated the storm drain from the sewer drain there is a chance that it can all come backing up into your basement.  It was a […]