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.

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. 

Radcliff Home Inspection: Rafter Solutions

Truss 'modification'

I just completed a Radcliff Ky Home Inspection and there were a few interesting finds, however; one that was most interesting is pictured here.  The home had two furnaces installed in the attic.  Fairly common to find the furnace in a slab home in the attic in this area but what was not common was the installation method.  See this installer had an issue with the truss system in the attic- it was in the way of the install.  Complex solution is to get an engineer to evaluate, reconfigure a truss cord or two correctly and then complete the install-wall of which takes some time.

Easy solution- reciprocating saw, new wood blade and cut on the dotted line.  While I have seen my fair share of truss /rafter ‘modification’ on inspections this is one of the better ones.  This installer left the other end of the truss just laying on the attic floor. IF you are going to ‘alter’ a truss then at least clean up your mess. 

Remember that when hiring a contractor for repairs- make sure they are reputable and check references.  This alteratiuon is fixable-but it will nto be cheap.  Radcliff Home Inspection

Remember for your Meade County, Elizabethtown,  Radcliff and of course Louisville Home Inspection needs call Know Before You Buy, or it may be too late……

Condo Inspection-Louisville

Breaker PanelI get asked all of the time by clients if it is really necessary to inspect a condo before purchase.  While it is true that many patio home/condo communities have master agreements that take care of the exterior of the community (roofs, lots, facade, ect) there are still issues that can be discovered.  You will be responsible for the interior of the unit and if it is discovered that the exterior has issues- you may be able to resolve them before closing using the current owner to help navigate the community board.

On my recent condo inspection there were a few issues discovered on the inside including a roof leak-but the exterior offered a find that could be real serious in an emergency.  When the condo unit (8 units in this one building) was built the electrician did not label the main distribution panel which houses the main disconnect breakers.  While this is not normally a big issue- if you had an emergency and had to shut off the power it would be a guess.  Not of course you would shut them all off in an emergency- it would be some much easier if they were labeled.

There were some other issues discovered-but issues regarding safety should never be ignored.  Should you get your patio home/ condo inspected? It is an inexpensive process to make sure you are covered.

Rineyville Ky Home Inspection Finds

Ever had a drip of water appear from no where? On the last Rineyville home inspection the clients and I noticed a small water puddle forming along a garage wall.  Seem odd to us at the time- we had just finished running water in the bathroom so could this be the cause?  Turns out YES.  Upon a little further investigation- we discovered a leaking pipe behind the garage wall.  What made

Plumbing Leak

this worse is that the plumbing in this area included a compression type fitting hidden behind the wall and had probably been leaking for some time.  Since the water only appeared in the garage no one probably noticed it.  This catch save the prospective buyers a plumbing repair bill and probably helped the sellers since know they know the rest of the story.

Louisville Ky Home Inspection Tip

Fall Leaves

Fall is here and the leaves are beginning to ( if they have not already) fall.  There are a few things we need to start doing to get our homes ready for the fall season and one of the first items to address is gutters.  Although not real glamorous-gutters serve a great purpose for our home.

First they keep the water from running right down on our heads when we are trying to enter our homes, second they make great nesting places for birds and finally and more importantly they keep water away from the foundation of our home.  That is the reason for the post- AC Repair hate to tell you this but it is time to think about cleaning our gutters.

Keep in mind that if you have a tall home, do not like heights or lack the skills to clean your gutters please call someone to help you.  There are many company’s out there cleaning gutters for reasonable prices so please go and View the Vale Carpet Cleaning Cardiff website.  If you are comfortable, make sure your ladder has a sold foundation on the ground and be careful,you do not want to turn a pleasurable experience like cleaning the gutters into a trip to the emergency room!

Make sure you get all of the wet leaves away from your downspouts and the foundation of your home- also check to make sure the splash blocks point AWAY from your home and if needed add extenders to the downspouts to get the water away from your foundation. 

Downspout

While gutters may not be that glamorous- they need some basic care to perform the intended function which is to keep water from harming the foundation of your home.

Stay tuned for the next fall/winter preperation tip.

Elizabethtown Ky Home Inspection Find

When looking for your new Elizabethtown Ky home you should always get a home inspection completed.  That goes for new construction as well as existing homes.  Below are a few pictures of the recent finds on new construction.  All of these items are fairly easy to repair-but you need someone helping you. You can contact Know Before You Buy Home Inspection Services for a complete inspection for your prospective new home in Hardin County, Spencer County and Meade County.

Small Water Stain on the Ceiling? This could be the cause

Small Spot on Ceiling

On most homes today when you look up at the roof, you see a white PVC pipe sticking up from the home. This pipe is usually a plumbing vent that goes out of your home through the roof.  Most homes today use a neoprene ‘boot’ around the PVC pipe that over time dries out and the gasket or flashing cracks. When this occurs, usually the first sign is a small stain on your ceiling.  If you see a small stain on your ceiling after a good rain, your first look should be this boot and pipe area.  I recommend calling a professional roofer for the repair, they are trained to walk on roofs and can make this repair fairly easy. 

Plumbing 'Boot' Issues

Elizabethtown Ky Home Inspection Find: Grading Issues

Downspout Missing Splash Block

On my last inspection in Elizabethtown Ky, the client and I noticed an all to familiar site- downspouts missing the splash blocks allowing water to pond by the foundation. What made this more interesting is that this one missing splash block was causing water to enter the garage.  When you lack splash blocks or the flexible downspout extenders, water can and will pool around your foundation and leak into your home. 

Fortunately this was easy to spot since the garage leak was obvious, but if this had been a finished basement, this leak could go undetected for some time and cause damage.  This summer while you are outside watering your grass, look at the downspouts and make sure either a splash block or extender is in place.  Could save you big in the long run. 

Garage Leak

Elizabethtown Home Inspection Finds: Deck Issues and Maintenance

Today’s Elizabethtown Home Inspection revealed a few items that need to be addressed this spring and may also be on your deck as well. The deck is a painted wood deck, two stories high and is bolted to the home.  The deck is actually bolted to the home correctly, which is a rare find today and the overall structure was in good condition.  However, there are a few things that stood out, so check your deck. 

1.  The were several (actually many) nails that had begun to rise from the handrail and the deck boards.  The nails overtime will come loose and the nails stick up from the boards.  These need to be reset or replaced with screws, they will actually bite you if you are not careful.  A toe will find these nails every time.

2.  The top rail had begun to splinter.  This is where everyone wants to run thier hands across and nothing worse than a splinter.  Make sure the rails where people grab are sanded and smooth.

3. The biggest issue was where the band boards joined in one corner, the boards had pulled loose.  It is a repairable issue, but if this is not corrected the band board could pull loose and cause the deck to become unsafe.

4.  This is a good time to check your handrail and spindles to make sure that they are tight and in good condition.  You do not want a person leaning on the rail taking a header so you need to make sure it is secure.

5.  Pressure wash or otherwise clean your deck.  Over the winter the deck may have had some moss or mold grow on top.  This will be very slippery when it gets wet and could cause a fall. 

Check over your deck this spring, look for loose nails, ‘splinter’ traps and make sure all of the joints are properly secured.  You want to enjoy your deck this summer, not become victim to it.