Posts Tagged ‘home’

Kevin did this home inspection on a brand new home in the Foley, AL area. While traversing the attic he found this damaged structural framing member a.k.a. a Truss

Damaged truss new home

You can clearly see the break in the truss and someone attempted to fix it with 2 nails, then bent the nails over to hold it together.

All repairs to engineered lumber must have a letter or engineering stamp indicating that the repair has been approved.


And, what is engineered wood flooring?  I Googled up “Engineered flooring” and got About 30,900,000 results (0.98 seconds)

Technically, engineered wood is any wood product that is not solid wood. Producers of wood panel products like to call plywood the first engineered product. Plywood consists of thin veneers of wood that are stacked so that the grain of one layer, or ply, runs perpendicular to the plies above and below it. An adhesive is applied between the plies and they’re bonded together on a hot press.


It is nearly impossible for a home inspector to know how many layers of laminate flooring are involved or how many times it can sanded (if any). Sometimes we might find a left over piece of flooring somewhere on site. If we are really lucky there might be a box of it sitting around. Then, you can do some research to find out general care instructions.



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.

Frog rider

Remember to look first while cleaning your pool

I recently inspected this home built in the early 1970’s. The ceiling was a textured type and it looked like the older Celotex type covering. It felt more like Styrofoam. So, I found a loose piece of about 2″ square and brought it home to do some research. I got out a lighter and held it onto the piece for seconds – it didn’t stop burning and smoking for over a minute!

While posting this on our web site and thinking about which of these items I report on during our home inspections, I couldn’t help but notice a common thread…
Parents not watching our children like we should. Now we need the government to tell us about some rather evident safety hazards. I know accidents happen but, if you have children, take care of them and yourselves the way responsible adults should.

CPSC Releases the “Top Five Hidden Home Hazards”
Each year, 33.1 million people are injured by consumer products in the home. Some hazards are from products the Agency has warned about for years; others come from new products and technologies. To keep Americans informed of dangers, the CPSC has identified the Top Five Hidden Home Hazards – associated with products that people may be using everyday, but are unaware of the dangers that they can cause. These home hazards are often unseen or unnoticed by consumers.
To learn more about these and other home hazards, and to sign up for recall information, visit our Web site at
Since 2005:
1 Death, 86 Injuries;
8 million magnetic toys recalled.
Recalled Products
Each year there about 400 recalls.
Average of 22 deaths per year;
31 in 2006 and an estimated 3,000 injuries.
Windows & Coverings
Average of 12 deaths annually from window cords;
Average of 9 deaths and an estimated 3,700 injuries to children annually from window falls.
Pool & Spa Drains
15 injuries, 2 fatalities from 2002-2004.