Buildings Exterior

18
Oct

Stopping Ice Jams

If a home has a history of ice damming, fall is the time to try to prevent further problems. Ice damming occurs when heavy snow on the roof starts to melt. The melting is usually caused by inadequate insulation in the attic. Too much warm air in the attic area warms the underside of the roof or the sheathing, which causes the snow on the roof to melt. The ...

18
Oct

Shady Solar Panel

Most solar panels convert around 15% of the sun's energy into electricity.  I don't think there is any energy getting converted, looks pretty shady to me!

11
Oct

I recently inspected a two-bedroom home with a very large insulated window with a defective thermal seal. I explained to the concerned buyer there was a less expensive alternative to replacement. Insulated or thermal windows are made with two panels of glass sandwiched over a spacer and sealant, creating a space between the panes that is filled with air or with a gas, usually argon or krypton. Most failed windows do not ...

08
Feb

Unconventional Chimney

Here's a  chimney I looked @ the other day. I called it unconventional and labeled it a safety recommending further evaluation. In the second picture it appeared to me that the flue pipe inside may have been too close to the window well metal because the paint and galvanizing looks like it has burned off. - Inspector Dave Six

06
Jul

They’re Out There!

Sometimes when doing an inspection, we come across what can I only be describe as “jaw dropping” examples of how not to build a house.  The other day, I had two such events in the same home.  While checking the electrical panel, I noted that all the circuit grounds had been tied together instead of going to the buss bar.  Then, the grounds had been intertwined with a (roughly) 14 ...

12
Apr

Moisture Concerns from Window Wells

I periodically read in disclosure statements that water has entered the lower level through a window well.  This normally happens in older homes, where the well does not have a drain system installed.  In heavy rains, the window well may fill up and start to leak into the house through the window.  Windows in residential homes are not built to be waterproof- water will seep through them.  This ...

21
Mar

Flashing Between Siding

    When you see stacked vertical siding, you must have a piece of metal flashing between the two pieces of siding (commonly known as drip edge) to keep out any possible water penetration. If not, you will usually find soft/deteriorated siding at the seams,affecting both the top and bottom pieces, as seen in the attached picture.   By: Tim Krof   We are a locally owned home inspection company serving the metro areas of ...

02
May

Steps of Biblical Proportion

Steps of Biblical Proportions By Steve Vacha     My wife recently came home from a Bible study and told me the steps to the main Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, are not consistent.  They were purposely laid out in an irregular pattern to emphasize to the pilgrim to be mindful on their journey up to the Temple. Many homes we inspect also have stairs of biblical proportions.  Trouble is, we are often not in the state of ...

10
Nov

Keeping Heads Out of Gutters

Keeping Heads out of Gutters By Jon Vacha Most gutters are designed to perfectly fit those gutter clips that Christmas lights hang on to. Gutters are also good for grabbing on to if you slip on a roof during an inspecting and start to slide off. When it rains they also work well for moving the water that falls on the roof away from a house’s foundation. Usually it is a good idea to have ...

04
Aug

Roof Inspections Important

Roof Inspections Important By Steve Vacha During inspection walk-throughs one of the biggest questions buyers have is “what is the condition of the roof?”  Home insurance companies are starting to focus more and more on that the same question. 10 years ago most insurance companies would insure composition and wood shake roofs without a lot of questions.   If the roof looked in decent condition from the ground chances are it would be insured. In the last several years, insurance companies have tightened their qualifications ...