Newsletters

15
Jun

Mold on Drywall- Tim Krof

On a 12-year-old house, this is the top of the drywall in the garage as seen from the attic getting condensation from the nail heads, which is dripping onto the drywall and causing small mold spots.

27
May

New Construction Inspections

Tim Krof Prior to becoming a home inspector I spent over 10 years working as a project manager for new construction homes. I know the pressure a builder can feel to complete the project on time. I also saw the stress a new build can put on a buyer. There’s no question that the housing market in our area is hot. It’s great to see the increase of new construction, but in today’s market, where builders are building as fast as possible ...

01
Mar

by Steve Vacha President Email Steve   It is estimated that a normal house receives up to 4,000 electrical surges every year. Ever wonder why your dishwasher or microwave suddenly stopped working one day? Electrical surges may be the hidden culprit. My new home’s A/C unit had to be replaced three times in the first 3 years. Finally, the HVAC tech suggested installing a surge protection device on the unit. The A/C has worked fine ...

27
Feb
14
Feb

  by Tim Krof Home Standards Inspection Services Email Tim   What a great Holiday Season! I hope everyone enjoyed good times with family and friends! I had an interesting time this year when a relative tried to start the traditional holiday fire after dinner. Have you ever seen more smoke coming inside the room than going up the flue when somebody is trying to start a wood burning fire? Although it was entertaining at ...

13
Feb
28
Jan

Return on Investment

When purchasing a home there are certain expenses that are of great value to the home buyer. Appraisals help banks to be confident they can loan large amounts of money to buyers.  The appraisal fee is a good return on investment.  Real estate agents’ fees are another expense that is worth every penny, as everyone knows. Home inspections cost money, but their value is immense in almost every situation. In our current “seller’s market”, some inspections ...

23
Jan

While inspecting a 127 yr old commercial building in Missouri Valley I saw some real "artwork". We still see a lot of cast iron sewer lines, however these had recently been resealed with the traditional lead/oakum seals.  It has become very rare to see this dying art practiced, due to the dangers of working around molten lead.

09
Jan

Downspouts that drain onto service walks can create hazardous conditions.   There are solutions for this.

04
Jan

This inspection was seriously limited by personal possessions!