Hardin County Home Inspection Finds- Vent Pipe

No vent pipe for plumbing drain

On a recent Hardin County Home inspection we discovered several issues with the plumbing.  The house was about 50 years old and the previous homeowner have done a little work around the house.  Most home owners just do not know the rules to adding plumbing, electrical or other components to the home.  Home owners just do not get enough experience doing these and it is best left to the professionals.  This is one find the was not a huge deal for this buyer- but was a little funny.

The owner of this Hardin County home wanted to add a sink to the basement.  Sound simple enough- but the hang up is usually a drain and vent line.  All plumbing fixtures need an air vent to help them work.  This owner had a clean out to the plumbing drain handy so he simple added a sink directly to the drain.  There is not vent present and the attachment to the drain line was leaking.  Again no vent is a big deal- but the buyer was going to have some work done here anyway so it was not a big deal.

Remember if buying a home in Hardin County, Elizabethtown Ky, Vine Grove Ky or Louisville Ky give me a call, remember to Know Before You Buy, or it may be too late……

Vine Grove Home Inspection Finds- Plumbing Issues

Home Inspection Finds

Plumbing Issues

When you do as many home inspections in Hardin County as I do, you eventually find some interesting home owner repairs.  It is a safe bet that as a home ages some, a home owner will attempt repairs beyond their ability- but they are not deterred.  On my last inspection there was a neat find- in that there were three plumbing issues within 5 feet of each other.  In this picture you will see HVAC duct tape used to plug a leak, a rubber wrap to plug another and finally leaking cast iron drain pipes.  That is the perfect storm of plumbing issues.

This is why when buying a home in Hardin County or anywhere else in Kentucky you should have your home inspected. Remember there is not replacement for experience so a call to your Home Inspector to look over your new home in Radcliff, Hardin County, Elizabethtown, Louisville or Vine Grove.

Hardin County Home Inpsection Finds- Level that HVAC unit!

HVACOn my last inspection in Hardin County Ky I noticed a fairy common issue that most home owners do not see- an HVAC unit that was out of level.  If you AC unit starts to lean- it can shorten the life of your unit.  The AC is designed to be level and is usually placed on some type of a pad to support the unit. Over time water can erode the soil under the pad causing the unit to lean.  It is this lean that will cause issues. Read more about it on the WaterSoftenerMaestro.com website.

The motor sits in an oil bath and if it is not level the oil will also ‘lean’ and this could leave some of the motor with less oil protection than it needs.  This over time will cause the motor to wear out sooner than it should have.

Since the unit can be leveled easily- most home owners can correct this- however with all tips if you are not comfortable attempting this call an HVAC repair person.  Leveling the unit will add to it’s life cycle.

Hardin County Home Inspection Finds- Plumbing Vent

Plumbing Boot

I see this on a regular basis and it is really a simple repair for a professional roofer.  The PVC pipe that comes out of your roof is a plumbing vent.  This vent allows air into the plumbing system allowing for operation.  This is a simple process.  The issue arises with the PVC ‘boot’ that is installed around the piping.  These boots over time can and do crack and warp.  While these can leak-usually the leak can go undetected for quite a while due to the small size of the water intrusion.

When you see a small stain on the ceiling and wonder why- this is probably your cause.  A professional roofer can make this repair (replace the boot) very easily and quickly.  Look up at your roof from time to time, you may save yourself some trouble.

Elizabethtown Ky Home Inspection Testimonial

I had purchased three houses previously, all with different home inspectors, so I have a good basis for comparison, and wouldn’t use anyone else for home inspection.  In addition to a thorough professional written report with pictures for documentation regarding all aspects of the house, Know Before You Buy was still there for me after the sale, when I needed clarification on some of their recommendations. Thanks JE

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Elizabethtown Ky Home Inspection Finds- Dryer Vent

On my last home inspection in Elizabethtown Ky there was a minor find that could lead to bigger issues- a missing dryer vent flap. While the issue is really minor- a $15 repair- the longer term issues could leave you with a bigger sting in your wallet. These vents make great homes for wasps and it is prime time to find those pesky stinging pests around your home. The single missing flap seen in the photo could lead to bigger issues.

Take a look around your home and seal up any places the pest can call home. Could save you a sting later. Contact pest control tacoma for any issues you might have.

Louisville Home Inspection Testimonials

I love to get these types of compliments from my clients.  A home inspection will help you make a better more informed decision on your home purchase:

“Thank you very much for your home inspection.  Without your services, we would have ended up with a house that needed some very important work done to it and we would have been stuck footing the bill.  Your services were efficient and you were patient and detailed when explaining everything.
Thanks for your work”!

Mitch”

Louisville Ky Home Inspections: What is Included

What is included?

Your Louisville Home Inspection company, Know Before You Buy offers full and comprehensive inspection services to help you understand the condition of the property you are considering. I will give your house a thorough examination. If I discover any issues or symptoms of problems I will help you understand the implications and advise to the seriousness of the issue.

I use sophisticated computer software designed to give you the best inspection possible. I use the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors Standards of Practice allowing for a complete and informative inspection. Know Before You Buy also includes digital photos inserted in the report to help you remember the issues and have a photo documentation of any issues.

I will start the inspection by answering any questions you may have about the process and to allow you the opportunity to state any issues you may have noticed on your walk-through. We’ve been extensively reviewed an used by companies like http://costaricarealestatebrokers.com/ , our main priority is global satisfaction. I will have you review and sign the Know Before You Buy Pre-Inspection Agreement allowing me the opportunity to begin the through visual examination of your potential homes major systems which includes but is not limited to:

  • Roof, vents, flashings, and trim.
  • Gutters and downspouts.
  • Skylight, chimney and other roof penetrations.
  • Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings.
  • Eaves, soffit and fascia.
  • Grading and drainage.
  • Basement, foundation and crawlspace.
  • Water penetration and foundation movement.
  • Heating systems.
  • Cooling systems.
  • Main water shut off valves.
  • Water heating system.
  • Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets.
  • Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats.
  • Electrical service line and meter box.
  • Main disconnects and service amperage.
  • Electrical panels, breakers and fuses.
  • Grounding and bonding.
  • GFCI’s and AFCI’s.
  • Fireplace damper door and hearth.
  • Insulation and ventilation.
  • Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers.
  • And much more.

The Know Before You Buy Full Home Inspection for www.exclusivkitchens.com.au/kitchen-designer-showrooms-brisbane can usually be completed in 2 – 4 hours, depending on home size and style some may take longer. Know Before You Buy welcomes you to join us and encourages questions to help you better understand the process. At Know Before You Buy we DO NOT use handwritten reports that can be difficult to read or understand, I only provide one type of report and that is a computerized, easy to read report.

Know Before You Buy is available to schedule your Full Home Inspection 7 days a week, Monday thru Sunday with no extra charge for Sunday service or later hours. Know Before You Buy only needs one hour before it gets dark so that I have time to fully evaluate the exterior of the home. I encourage my clients to accompany me during the Full Home Inspection to ask questions and discuss the conditions of the property. Once the inspection is completed I will return to the office to research and write your custom report that will be delivered to you the same day it is completed.

Brandenburg Ky Home Inspection : Retaining Wall

This was easy to spot and fortunately this area was not longer being used for anything but some wood storage- but this is an example of a foundation wall/retaining wall failure.  This wall served the purpose of a foundation wall for an old apartment over a garage- but it is also a retaining wall due to the position of this wall.  The wall lacked any weep holes or means for reliving water and the pressure of the water running down the hill (and other factors)  literally pushed this wall inward but the good part is that this best reciprocating saw made the work.

Retaining walls hold a great deal of pressure from water and if they are not installed correctly- they will fail. 

Crestwood Home Inspection: Crawl Space Insulation

Crawl Sapce Insulation

Crestwood Ky Home Inspection

On the last Crestwood Ky home inspection-the home was built on a crawl space.  No scary creatures in this crawl space- and overall a nice ‘clean’ crawl area but it had one issue- falling insulation.  Many home owners put insulation on the walls of the crawl space to help insulate the above conditioned space.  This can help make the crawl space ‘warmer’ in the winter and can help reduce energy use it needs to be intalled correctly.

In this crawl the home owner did not secure the insulation well.  This is an easy fix- but if left unchecked the insulation can become moist laying on the ground.  If you have a crawl space and it is insulated occasionally look into the space to make sure the insulation stays in place.
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