What’s the R-Value of Blue Jeans?

How well is your house insulated?  Insulating a house in all the right places can have a huge impact on energy bills.  At a minimum, insulation should be inside walls and in attic spaces.  During a home inspection, we can report on the areas that are visible and make estimates of the current R-values and offer suggestions. In an unfinished basement, the rim joist cavities are usually ...


Not So Classic Attic Status

  Not So Classic Attic Status By Jon Vacha Recently, while outside walking around a house that I was inspecting a neighbor yelled over the fence, “have you seen the raccoon yet”? Apparently, there was a hole in the soffit near the roof in this house and the neighbor had been watching raccoon come in and out of the attic space. When I got into the attic I was cautious while moving around the ...


Tips for Summer Maintenance by Steve Vacha   Every season has its maintenance and things to remember. Number one problem for most home owners is not controlling surface water.  Extensions as needed and keep gutters clean. Maintaining sprinkler systems:   Verify it is working correctly and there are no broken pipes or spray heads especially next to the foundation. Keep male dogs away from AC units.  This is probably one of the most costly things to ...


Troublesome Roof Leaks

Troublesome Roof Leaks by Steve Vacha There are few things that concern a prospective buyer as much as moister penetration into a home. When it comes in the form of a roof leaks, it can really raise red flags for them. If roof leaks are not addressed in a timely fashion, they can lead to significant damage and possible mold. A damaged or leaking roof causes leaks that are often easy to detect and decide how to repair. But, what about the leaks ...


New construction blunder

Even new construction should be inspected, especially if you are not familiar with the Builder. Here is a spot over the master bedroom/bath area I recently found around the side of the garage attic area that somebody forgot to insulate...whoopsie!! -Tim Krof


Ice Damming

Stopping Ice Dams by Steve Vacha If a home has a history of ice damming, fall is the time to try to prevent further problems. Ice damming occurs with heavy snow on the roof starts to melt.  The melting is usually caused by inadequate insulation in the attic.  Too much warm are in the attic area warms the underside of the roof or the sheathing, which causes the snow on the roof to melt.. The snow melts and drips down the roof until it ...