Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Nashville Home Inspection: What's Wrong With This Picture? 1/27/10

HINT: None! Everybody knows what's wrong with this picture. The real question is, How do you get it down from there?



Answer: Hire someone who knows what they're doing! Trying to get this down without experience in this kind of work can easily damage the house and cause injury to people involved.

Thank you,

Richard Acree




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Monday, January 25, 2010

Nashville Home Inspections: What's Wrong With this Picture? 1/25/10

HINT: A radon mitigation system is suppose to take air/vapor/radon from below the home and transport it to the outside of the home, usually at the roof line.



ANSWER: The idea is to capture the radon gas before it enters the home, including the crawl space. It usually works best if the pipe is under the moisture barrier, not on top of it.

January is National Radon Awareness Month. With all these cold temps we've seen this year, the radon test numbers have been impressively high!

Thank you,

Richard Acree



Comments in this blog posting are the copyrighted intellectual property of Richard Acree, President, HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, and contributing members of BlogSpot, and are intended to educate and otherwise assist home owners, sellers and buyers, building owners, sellers and buyers, realtors, real estate investors, property managers, and lenders in the process of owning, buying or selling homes or commercial buildings. HABITEC is a residential (home) and commercial building inspection company serving Middle Tennessee including Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, Dickson, Belle Meade, Columbia, Spring Hill and more! In addition to building inspections HABITEC offers Environmental Services for mold assessments, radon testing and water quality analysis. Additional information about HABITEC can be found on our website at www.habitecinspections.com, or call 615-376-2753.

Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections Blog at www.activerain.com/blogs/habitec, and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors at http://activerain.com/groups/TennesseeHomeInspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Nashville Home Inspections: What's Wrong With This Picture? 1/4/10

HINT: Well, I suppose I could make a pool out of it??


ANSWER: The Cone of Compression is the area from the base of a foundation extending out and down at a 45 degree angle. The Cone of Compression is not suppose to be disturbed once it is established. Otherwise the Cone can become unstable and start to move. In this picture the foundation for the piers running through the middle of the crawl space of this home has been significantly disturbed. We're not sure why or how this happened to such a significant degree, but you can see where the black plastic moisture barrier has been carried down the hill and into the sink hole. On site the plastic was also starting to be buried under more runoff. If something isn't done soon to stabilize the piers they too will start to slide down into the hole. Then the entire floor house will start to collapse.

Thanks,

Richard






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