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Home Standards: Providing a Higher Standard of Service

Electrical Panel Missing Knock Out Cover

Jon recently came across an electrical breaker box that was missing knockout covers. Uncovered spaces in a breaker box are a potential safety hazard and can be fixed by clicking in "knockout covers." Simple and easy ...and VERY important! Safety First!JON VACHAVice...

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Electrical Panel Installed in Bathroom

Electrical Panel Installed in Bathroom

During a recent inspection of a new construction home, Steve discovered an interesting scene. Electrical panels are not allowed to be installed in bath areas by building code for new construction properties. Had this been an older home, it would be "grandfathered in"...

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Plumbing Vent and Electrical Safety Concerns in Attic

Plumbing Vent and Electrical Safety Concerns in Attic

While inspecting the roof of a 90-year-old home recently, Paul found a few air vents that were improperly flashed. The shingles should go over the sides of the vent to prevent rainwater from getting under the fixture and go into the house. During his home inspection...

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Inspector Aaron Finds Huge Bird Nest in Attic

Inspector Aaron Finds Huge Bird Nest in Attic

During a recent inspection of a home built in the 1990s, Aaron discovered a large bird's nest in the attic above the garage. Wildlife in a home is never a good thing as they may pull out insulation to continue building their nests. Less insulation can negatively...

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Inspecting a Wood Shake Roof

During a recent inspection of a home with a wood shake roof, Jon discovers some of the shingles are deteriorating from years of exposure to the sun, rain, and other weather conditions.JON VACHAVice President & Certified Inspector jon@hsinspections.com  Mobile:...

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Unique Radon Mitigation System

During a recent home inspection, Steve discovered a very unique radon mitigation system.  Radon mitigation is used to reduce radon gas concentrations in buildings. Radon is a significant contributor to environmental radioactivity and has been proven to cause serious...

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Safety Glass Required for Windows Lower than 18 Inches

Inspector Paul discovered windows that are lower than 18 inches in this home. Local building code says that fixed or operable windows must include safety glass if the bottom edge is less than 18 inches above the floor. Safety glass is a type of glass specifically...

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Electrical Meter Ground

Inspector Aaron discovered the ground wire for an electrical meter was not properly installed. An electrical ground rod is typically located near the main electrical service panel and is often made of either copper or copper-coated steel. In the event of a system...

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Exposed Wiring under Dishwasher

Exposed Wiring under Dishwasher

As home inspectors, it seems sometimes we've seen it all. Recently inspector Tim discovered an exposed wiring spice located right under a dishwasher door. Should the dishwasher leak (they often do), this would be a big safety concern. That's also another safety issue...

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