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On this page you an find stories from previous inspections, you can also find tips and tricks on how to improve livability in your home.

 

Feb 2016-02-17

The majority of homes we inspect have lots of little problems that can usually be fixed quite easily. The home inspection is to protect you from the big ticket items that could cost lots of money in the future.

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GFCI ( Ground Fault Circuit Interrupt) it’s a type of plug that protects you from getting electrocuted. IT is required for any plug that is less than 5 feet from a water source I.E. sink or laundry tub. In the following picture you can see that the electrician or lack thereof installed a AFCI (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupt) which is definitely does not protect you from electrocution.

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Plastic exhaust vents are a danger and should never be used for a dryer. It is a fire hazard and only rigid or flexible metal can be used. Checking to make sure you don’t have a plastic exhaust could stop a fire from occurring down the road.

 

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Downspouts should discharge above ground. Why you might ask? Well the answer is simple, we cannot see where the water is going.

Is it connected to proper storm sewer? Is it discharging somewhere in the backyard? Is it maybe clogged with leaves? The easiest solution is for to discharge above ground, the further away from your building the better. Usually a minimum of 3 feet from building is recommended.

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Insulation needs to be at a minimum of r-32 in the attic. The more the better r-50 is what the current standard is for new homes. We lose a lot of heat through the attic when it is not insulated and sealed properly.

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Obviously, someone didn’t have enough pipe to finish. Problems are present even in brand new homes. Don’t forget to get your Home inspected for it’s 30 Day inspection, 1 Year or 2 Year

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Frost in the attic from poorly vented plumbing stack. If the Frost and Moisture from the pipe are not repaired Mold will start to form on the inside of the plywood sheathing of the roof.
When you need a Qualified, Certified and Professional Home Inspector your one and only choice should be Power Home Inspection

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If not properly maintained roofs leak. Regular maintenance and annual check-up are needed just like they are for us humans. In this photo the roof was only showing water stains and moisture only captured by moisture meter.
Make sure to hire a professional for you next Home Inspection like Power Home Inspection homeinspectorgta.com

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It’s going to be quite interesting when a breaker trips and you have to remove your kitchen cabinets. Electrical panels need full access to the entire panel not just breakers.

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Another time planning is overlooked.

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Kitec is a company who made PEX tubing that was installed from 1997- to 2007. It was actually recalled in 2005 due to numerous reports of fittings failing. If you have the this PEX plumbing installed in your home it is a good idea to get it inspected and/or replaced. There was a law suit against the company and now there is 125 million dollars allocated for people who need to have their plumbing replaced. http://www.kitecsettlement.com/faq.cfm

It’s a good idea to check out if you have this type of plumbing installed in your home or condo. If you are having a hard time, give us a call
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-Boris Vorobyov (Certified Home Inspector)

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It’s always nice to have visitors.
Did you get a rodent inspection when purchasing your house?

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Most roofs eventually leak, especially without proper maintenance and initial installation. When your roof leaks you will get water inside your home and could have repairs bills that could be in the 10’s of thousands. Make sure you know your roof is not leaking by hiring a Certified Professional Home Inspector.

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Sometimes mold is obvious like in the picture. Other times it’s hidden and hard to find. Make sure you get your home inspected by a Certified Home Inspector

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Sometimes it’s very obvious when your installer does not know what they are doing. Other times a regular person doesn’t notice, always hire a home inspector to inspect your home when buying your home.

People also prefer to get a third party to inspect their renovations during construction to ensure everything is done correctly and to code.

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Many people don’t know that they should be getting a new construction home inspected, otherwise known as New Home Inspection. Some problems are obvious but a lot of them go undiscovered by homeowner until after the 2 years when your Warranty is up.

Make sure you get a New Home Inspection, 30Day, Year-end and 2 Year inspection are available at Power Home Inspection
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When the contractor misses the post and main support of your deck, always a good laugh.

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Did your home inspector get into the attic to check for leaks and any irregularities?

We certainly do and found a small pond in this attic.
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When you don’t hire a Licensed electrician that does the work with an ESA Permit, you tend to get a lot of sub-par and frankly dangerous wiring.

Make to have a Certified Home Inspector find these issue to avoid potential electrocution or possible electrical fires.
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It should be a big red flag for the landlord when the utilities for this 2500 square foot home come in at nearly $1500 per month, and even more during the summer.

Tenants turned the attic into a loft and removed the insulation. There is also 0 insulation in any of the joist bays resulting in 0 “R” Value and money literally being thrown out the window. Hopefully, the landlord does not cover the utilities.
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Be careful getting to the edge of this railing!
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Whoever said home inspection isn’t a dangerous job definitely never had to make friends with a snake.
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For your and your families sake please make sure, you change your smoke detectors when they expire. Yes, Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors EXPIRE! Never remove smoke detectors as they could save your life one day.

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Be careful walking under this light, Yikes!

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That’s why you install your A/C after the builder plants the grass or just think ahead.

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Especially commercial properties need inspections before you inherit large costly issues.