Check your Rubber Washer Hoses

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Home Owner Tip: Check Your Washer Hoses Rubber Washer Connection Hoses Can Wear Out. Most clothes washers come with rubber hoses to connect the hot and cold water supplies to the washer. These hoses, like any other rubber product, can wear out over time due to thermal cycling and drying out of the rubber. I … Read more

Electrical Hazards: Downed Tree Limbs on Service Drop

The Problem: I recently inspected a house that the electrical service mast, the conduit that the electrical wires enter the building, was pulled away from the house. The first picture shows what this looked like from the ground. The electric meter is still attached to the house, but the conduit is completely separated from the … Read more

Common Roof Defects: Nail Pops

Popped nail heads can lead to potential water leaks in your roof. The nail pops pictured can be cause by the heating and cooling of the roof material, then the roof nail can work it’s way out of the roof sheathing. Initially, the popped nail head will lift the shingle that overlaps the nail head. … Read more

Why you Should Consider a Pre-Listing Home Inspection

Eventually, your buyers are going to conduct an inspection. You may as well know what they are going to find by getting there first.  Having a pre-listing inspection performed ahead of time helps in many other ways, such as: It allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical and neutral third … Read more

Choosing the Right Home Inspector

Buying a home?  It’s probably the most expensive purchase you’ll ever make.  This is no time to shop for a cheap inspection.  The cost of a home inspection is very small relative to the value of the home being inspected.  The additional cost of hiring an InterNACHI-Certified Professional Inspector® is almost insignificant. You have recently been crunching the numbers, negotiating … Read more

Checking for Proper Downspout Drainage

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Did you know that downspouts draining too close to your foundation can cause water intrusion into your basement or foundation? It can also cause the soil around you foundation to erode away; potentially causing settlement issues with the house. Your home inspector should be checking for the downspout draining at least 4-6 feet from the … Read more