Archive for the ‘water’ Category

It’s not uncommon to find cracks in a brick veneer sided home. Lots of different reasons are possible. Most often in our area, it’s minor settling of the slab and or foundation. An inspector would have to look at the entire homes surroundings to help determine the cause and perhaps any correction needed.

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In this case, the cracks are from the slab footing cracking due to water being directed toward the home. Water sitting next to a foundation is never a good idea


After a rainstorm look for water puddling near your foundation.  If there are puddles you need to re-grade, install a moisture barrier, french drain, cut a swale, gutters, etc.

Ideally water will drain 3″+ away from the foundation of your home

This well meaning home owner didn’t know anything about installing traps under his newly remodeled bathroom sink.

All kinds of problems can arise from this. Including…sewer odors, poor drainage and other unsanitary results.

There are lots of rules to follow when installing sink drains and vents.

For some more basic information I often review ASHI web site





Very often I am asked how much longer will these appliance last. There are so many variables that I can’t accurately answer the question. Though NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) offers some guidelines and since I see so many different aged units I can often give some guidance.

The life expectancy of a typical appliance depends to a great extent on the use it receives. Moreover, appliances are often replaced long before they are worn out because changes in styling, technology and consumer preferences make newer products more desirable. Of the major appliances in a home, gas ranges have the longest life expectancy: 15 years. Dryers and refrigerators last about 13 years. Some of the appliances with the shortest lifespan are: compactors (6 years), dishwashers (9 years) and microwave ovens (9 years)” and water heaters 5-15 years

The other day I arrived at an inspection to find the water meter had been removed. Though this is nothing new lately, it is impossible to perform a full inspection without water. The selling Realtor thought the water was on (whoops)

So, I revisited a few days later after the new meter is installed. I turned it on at the street and there was plenty of water running inside. After 5 or so minutes I started loosing water pressure inside. I looked outside toward the water meter and saw water gurgling up through the ground.

Another good reason to make sure all utilities are on prior to the inspection.

While inspecting this pool recently I had a friendly reminder, look before you leap. I started inspecting the leaf basket and drain, while lifting the top off I peeked under to find a frog giving a ride to a spider.

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Remember to look first while cleaning your pool

WE were told that the pool company had fixed the pool and the closing was set for that afternoon. The buyer requested we check out the pool before closing…So we ran out to the home to find the pool water level was still to low to inspect it or the equipment. If you look close enough at these picture you can see the old and new water level had changed in the past few days.

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Looks like they may need a new liner.

Water, water, water

Water, water and more water 

I recently saw a TV commercial from a large drinking water company advertising how much we Americans fill the dumps with plastic bottles. Now they want to help save the planet by suppling us water in their filtered containers. They still offer the other non re-usable bottles. It seems like a double sales standard to me.

I have also recently read, that we have been brain washed into thinking we need to drink  gallons of water per day. I’m not sure how much of any of these stories are true.

Personally we have bottled water delivered to us by a local water company because our well water has a high bacteria count. As a family we do consume lots of water daily, we have old semi-water wasting toilets, live in the hot south, exercise every day, spend time in 140 degree attics during home inspections and so on.

No matter where your water source comes from, it might be a good time to have it checked and it is also a good time to evaluate your water usage. Water quality is probably the most common concern and the one most often tested for. Typically, a basic water quality test will check pH, water hardness, the presence of fluoride, sodium, iron and manganese, plus bacteria such as E-coli. Additionally, water may be tested for the presence of lead or arsenic.