Thursday, September 30, 2010

Nashville Home Inspections - Orange Plumbing Pipe - What is That For?

Nashville Home Inspection - Orange plumbing pipe, what is that for?

So you are walking around the new house you bought and you see a panel on the wall in the garage. You look inside and you see the orange plumbing pipe in the picture below. What is that? I thought most plastic plumbing pipe was white. Like PVC.

HINT: Orange is one of the colors in a flame.


ANSWER: So this orange plumbing pipe is used for a fire suppression sprinkler system. It should not be accessed by a plumber for any part of the supply system to the potable water for the house. And the sprinkler heads could look like the white dot in the picture below, mounted on the ceiling throughout the house. These are "pop-down" devices designed to descend into the area below to allow water to be distributed down.


Thank you,

Richard Acree

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

http://habitecinspections.com

Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections blog at ActiveRain, WordPress and Blogger and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one. You can also follow HABITEC on Facebook or Linked. Thank you!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

SALE on Home Inspections in Nashville and Middle Tennessee!

FALL HOME INSPECTION SALE IN NASHVILLE AND MIDDLE TENNESSEE!

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, (HABITEC) is pleased to announce that our FALL HOME INSPECTION SALE starts October 1, 2010 and goes through December 20, 2010!! During this time, if our schedule will allow, HABITEC will beat by 10% any reasonable and written price for a Home Inspection that is offered in the Nashville, Tennessee Metropolitan Area to include the Tennessee counties of Davidson, Dickson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Sumner, and Cheatham. *

For this limited time your Client can have one of the best home inspections in Middle Tennessee at the best price in the Middle Tennessee!

Please forward this exciting offer to your associates!!

Please click here to see details of this offer.

Please call me, Rick Cozby or Ron Rittiner at 615-376-2753 should you have any questions.

Thank you,

Richard Acree

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

http://habitecinspections.com

Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections blog at ActiveRain, WordPress and Blogger and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one. You can also follow HABITEC on Facebook or Linked. Thank you!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Nashville Public Speakers: DIY Home Inspections - Interior Spaces

Nashville Public - Guest Speaker: Do-It-Yourself Home Maintenance Inspections - Interior Spaces

HABITEC Home and Building Inpections, LLC,
offers public guest speaker classes in Home Inspection topics of interest to all home owners and renters. This post is specifically about the presentation for Interior Spaces.

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Interior Spaces and Components - 1.0 hour - The purpose of this class is to learn how to evaluate interior components common to all interior spaces such as walls, floors, ceilings, doors, and windows and to discuss topics particular to kitchens, bathroom and laundry rooms such as appliances, sinks, showers, toilets, GFCI electrical, drains and ventilation.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------These classes are available to your group with Richard Acree as the Guest Speaker. Whether it be a civic organization, church congregation, work group, renters association, or just a group of friends, these classes will educate and entertain your group with information everyone needs to know.


The classes are offered as a power point presentation with hundreds of fascinating pictures and interesting perspectives offered by Richard. These classes also give those attending a chance to interact with a certified and licensed Home Inspector, ask questions and discuss in general and in detail the issues that all home owners or renters should be aware of. The classes are offered for a small fee. Please call 376-2753 for more information about the fee and to schedule Richard to speak to your group.

PURPOSE: The purpose of these classes is to explain to home owners or residents how they can look at their own homes or residence to better maintain them. Many of the issues that are identified by a Home Inspector could have been identified by a home owner or renter if they simply knew where and how to look at their own residence. Terminology, methods of inspection, tools and limitations of the Do-It-Yourself Home Maintenance Inspection processes will be included. The end result of these courses will be to help home owners know and understand how to safely and visually look at their residence to better maintain their residence.

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FEES: Fees for these classes are very affordable, especially if your group can provide the venue, projector and projector screen. Please call HABITEC at 615-376-2753 to discuss fees and scheduling a presentation. Thank you!

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Thank you,

Richard Acree

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

http://habitecinspections.com

Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections blog at ActiveRain, WordPress and Blogger and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one. You can also follow HABITEC on Facebook or Linked. Thank you!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Nashville Guest-Public Speaker - DIY Exterior Surface and Components Inspection - 9.24.10

Do-It-Yourself Exterior Surface and Components Inspection

HABITEC offers public guest speaker classes in Home Inspection Topics of interest to all home owners and renters. This post is about the Exterior Surface and Components presentation. This is a one hour course with Richard Acree providing the presentation. The purpose of this session is to learn how to evaluate all exterior components of the residence to include exterior shell material, windows, doors, drainage, landscape material, driveways, walkways, patios, decks, steps, stoops, porches, electrical connection, and plumbing devices. This is similar to the Water Management System Course but goes even further to include components not directly related in the management of water mostly outside the residence. Look at the picture below to see an example of items covered in this presentation.


These classes are available to your group with Richard Acree as the Guest Speaker. Whether it be a homeowners association, civic organization, church congregation, work group, renters association, or just a group of friends, these classes will educate and entertain your group with information everyone needs to know. The classes are offered as a power point presentation with hundreds of fascinating pictures and interesting perspectives offered by Richard. These classes also give those attending a chance to interact with a certified and licensed Home Inspector, ask questions and discuss in general and in detail the issues that all home owners or renters should be aware of. The classes are offered for a small fee. Please call 376-2753 for more information about the fee and to schedule Richard to speak to your group.


Nashville Guest Speaker
The purpose of these classes is to explain to home owners or residents how they can look at their own homes or residence to better maintain them. Many of the issues that are identified by a Home Inspector could have been identified by a home owner or renter if they simply knew where and how to look at their own residence. Terminology, methods of inspection, tools and limitations of the Do-It-Yourself Home Maintenance Inspection processes will be included. The end result of these courses will be to help home owners know and understand how to safely and visually look at their residence to better maintain their residence.

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FEES Fees for these classes are very affordable, especially if your group can provide the venue, projector and projector screen. Please call HABITEC at 615-376-2753 to discuss fees and scheduling a presentation. Thank you!

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Thank you,

Richard Acree

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

http://habitecinspections.com

Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections blog at ActiveRain, WordPress and Blogger and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one. You can also follow HABITEC on Facebook or Linked. Thank you!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Nashville Public-Guest Speaker: The Top 10 Most Common Home Inspection Issues - 9.24.10

Guest Speaker, Nashville - The Top 10 Most Common Home Inspection Items You Need to Know About

This one hour presentation lists the Top 10 Most Common Items identified by HABITEC Home Inspectors in Middle Tennessee Home Inspections and these are items you need to know about. Richard Acree, President of HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, uses a power point presentation to show and explain what the most likely issues are with any home that HABITEC sees in a Home Inspection. Knowing about these 10 issues will help the home owner or resident avoid some of the most costly and difficult issues that can be a problem in any home, whether it is for sale or not. Once you know what to look for and how to spot these issues, you can prevent these issues from becoming a problem in your residence. Please call HABITEC at 615-376-2753 to book Richard at your next gathering! See the picture below for a sample of the Top 10.


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COURSES OFFERED: HABITEC offers public guest speaker classes in Home Inspection topics of interest to all home owners and renters. These classes are available to your group with Richard Acree as the Guest Speaker. Whether it be a homeowners association, civic organization, church congregation, work group, renters association, or just a group of friends, these classes will educate and entertain your group with information everyone needs to know. The classes are offered as a power point presentation with hundreds of fascinating pictures and interesting perspectives offered by Richard. These classes also give those attending a chance to interact with a certified and licensed Home Inspector, ask questions and discuss in general and in detail the issues that all home owners or renters should be aware of. The classes are offered for a small fee. Please call 376-2753 for more information about the fee and to schedule Richard to speak to your group.


PURPOSE: The purpose of these classes is to explain to home owners or residents how they can look at their own homes or residence to better maintain them. Many of the issues that are identified by a Home Inspector could have been identified by a home owner or renter if they simply knew where and how to look at their own residence. Terminology, methods of inspection, tools and limitations of the Do-It-Yourself Home Maintenance Inspection processes will be included. The end result of these courses will be to help home owners know and understand how to safely and visually look at their residence to better maintain their residence.

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FEES: Fees for these classes are very affordable, especially if your group can provide the venue, projector and projector screen. Please call HABITEC at 615-376-2753 to discuss fees and scheduling a presentation. Thank you!

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Thank you,

Richard Acree

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

http://habitecinspections.com

Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections blog at ActiveRain, WordPress and Blogger and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one. You can also follow HABITEC on Facebook or Linked. Thank you!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Nashville Public-Guest Speaker - DIY Home Maintenance Inspections

Nashville Public - Guest Speaker: Do-It-Yourself Home Maintenance Inspections

HABITEC Home and Building Inpections, LLC,
offers public guest speaker classes in Home Inspection topics of interest to all home owners and renters. Please see the list of subjects below. These classes are available to your group with Richard Acree as the Guest Speaker. Whether it be a civic organization, church congregation, work group, renters association, or just a group of friends, these classes will educate and entertain your group with information everyone needs to know.


The classes are offered as a power point presentation with hundreds of fascinating pictures and interesting perspectives offered by Richard. These classes also give those attending a chance to interact with a certified and licensed Home Inspector, ask questions and discuss in general and in detail the issues that all home owners or renters should be aware of. The classes are offered for a small fee. Please call 376-2753 for more information about the fee and to schedule Richard to speak to your group.

PURPOSE: The purpose of these classes is to explain to home owners or residents how they can look at their own homes or residence to better maintain them. Many of the issues that are identified by a Home Inspector could have been identified by a home owner or renter if they simply knew where and how to look at their own residence. Terminology, methods of inspection, tools and limitations of the Do-It-Yourself Home Maintenance Inspection processes will be included. The end result of these courses will be to help home owners know and understand how to safely and visually look at their residence to better maintain their residence.


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SUBJECTS


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Top 10 Items You Need to Know About - 1.0 hours - The Top 10 Items identified by HABITEC in most Home Inspections are things you need to know about. Hear from Richard what the most likely issues are with any home that HABITEC sees in a Home Inspection. Knowing about these 10 issues will help the home owner or resident avoid some of the most costly and difficult issues that can be a problem in any home. Once you know what to look for and how to spot these issues, you can prevent these issues from becoming a problem in your residence.


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Amazing Home Inspection Pictures - 1.0 Hour - Richard presents a full hour of amazing photographs of issues found on Home Inspections. You won't believe some of the things HABITEC Home Inspectors find while completing everyday Home Inspections. Informative, funny, scary - you name it. You will feel all these emotions as you see what we see as we go about the business of completing Home and Commercial Building Inspections. See the pic below for an example of these amazing pictures.


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Water Management Systems - 1.5 hours - The #1 issue in most Home Inspections and Commercial Building Inspections is a failure of one or more component of the building water management system. Mostly located on the outside of the house, failure of any components of this system can lead to structural failure and/or mold, two of the most costly and difficult issues to deal with. Listen to Richard explain what the components of this system include and what you can do to prevent failure within this system from costing you thousands of dollars and a lot of headaches.

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Exterior Surface and Components - 1.0 hour - The purpose of this session is to learn how to evaluate all exterior components of the residence to include exterior shell material, windows, doors, drainage, landscape material, driveways, walkways, patios, decks, steps, stoops, porches, electrical connection, and plumbing devices. This is similar to the Water Management System Course above but goes even further to include components not directly related in the management of water mostly outside the residence.

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Interior Spaces and Components - 1.0 hour - The purpose of this class is to learn how to evaluate interior components common to all interior spaces such as walls, floors, ceilings, doors, and windows and to discuss topics particular to kitchens, bathroom and laundry rooms such as appliances, sinks, showers, toilets, GFCI electrical, drains and ventilation.

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Plumbing Systems and Components - 1.0 hour - The purpose of this session is to learn how to evaluate plumbing issues including supply piping, drain/waste/vent system, leak identification, pipe support, faucets and fixtures, plumbing fixtures and hot water heaters. Issues pertaining specifically to kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms are discussed.

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Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning - 1.0 hour - The purpose of this session is to learn how to evaluate the systems used for heating, venting and air conditioning the structure. Session discusses furnaces, air conditioning systems, fireplaces, and insulation.

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Structure and Foundation; Roof and Attic - 1.5 hour - The purpose of this session is to learn how to evaluate the building structure is constructed looking at the building from the foundation up, into the attic and on the roof. Items covered include materials used, construction methods and installation, ventilation, insulation, water management, the exterior roof coverings and the inside of the attic spaces with special attention as to how the attic components make up the roof and attic ventilation.

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Electrical Systems - 1 hour - The purpose of this session is to learn how to evaluate electrical components including panels, conductors, circuit breakers, outlets, switches, lights, and the grounding electrode system. Richard helps make sense out of the mystery that often surrounds a home or commercial electrical system.

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Environmental Issues: Radon and Mold - 1 hour - The purpose of this session is to discuss two of the most significant environmental issues common to many homes and buildings in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Radon is a colorless and odorless gas that can seep into any building and create elevated concentrations of radon gas. The EPA credits radon with approximately 20,000 deaths per year due to lung cancer caused by radon gas. Mold is common in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Richard will explain how mold can become an issue inside your residence or building and what you can do to prevent mold growth or mitigate should you already have a mold issue.

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FEES: Fees for these classes are very affordable, especially if your group can provide the venue, projector and projector screen. Please call HABITEC at 615-376-2753 to discuss fees and scheduling a presentation. Thank you!

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Thank you,

Richard Acree

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

http://habitecinspections.com

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Continuing Education Course for REALTORS in Tennessee!

Continuing Education Course for REALTORS in TN!!

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, is pleased to announce that our Continuing Education Course for REALTORS licensed in TN has been approved again by TREC for 2011-2012!! This 6 hour course is taught by Richard Acree, President of HABITEC shown in the pic below, and is available at very affordable rates. Additional information about this course is available on our website at http://habitecinspections.com/EducationMaterial.aspx .


HABITEC offers this course in Home Inspection topics pertinent to REALTORS. Please see the list below. The classes are offered as a power point presentation with hundreds of fascinating pictures and interesting perspective offered by Richard. These classes also give REALTORS a chance to interact with a certified and licensed Home Inspector, ask questions and discuss in general and in detail the issues that come up during a Home Inspection.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this course is to explain the rules of the State of Tennessee, Department of Commerce and Insurance, for Home Inspection procedures, methods and requirements. The classes will help REALTORS understand what the Home Inspector should be looking at and what the Home Inspector should be looking for. Terminology, methods of inspection, tools and limitations of the Home Inspection processes will be included. The end result of this course will be to help REALTORS understand the State of Tennessee rules and requirements for Home Inspections and better prepare the REALTOR to discuss the Home Inspection Report with their Client. The Client will then be able to understand the report and make a better decision regarding the real estate transaction.

COURSE SUBJECTS:

Introduction, Sign-In and Overview - 30 minutes - 0 Credits - This time is spent introducing the Instructor, signing in for class, collecting fees, going through an overview of the following classes and schedule, and discussing general requirements of Home Inspections. This class is best suited for realtors new to the business although experienced realtors may also find this session informative.


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Exterior Surface and Components - 50 minutes - 1 credit - The purpose of this session is to review exterior components of the house to include exterior shell material, windows, doors, drainage, landscape material, driveways, walkways, patios, decks, steps, stoops, porches, electrical connection, and plumbing devices.


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Interior Spaces and Components - 50 minutes - 1 credit - The purpose is to review interior topics common to all interior spaces such as walls, floors, ceilings, doors, and windows and to discuss topics particular to kitchens, bathroom and laundry rooms such as appliances, sinks, showers, toilets, GFCI electrical, drains and ventilation.


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Plumbing Systems and Components - 50 minutes - 1 credit - The purpose of this session is to review plumbing issues including supply piping, drain/waste/vent system, leak identification, pipe support, faucets and fixtures, plumbing fixtures and hot water heaters. Issues pertaining specifically to kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms are discussed.


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Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning - 50 minutes - 1 credit - The purpose of this session is to review the systems used for heating, venting and air conditioning the structure. Session discusses furnaces, air conditioning systems and fireplaces.


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Structure and Foundation; Roof and Attic - 50 minutes - 1 credit - The purpose of this session is to discuss how the building structure is constructed looking at the building from the foundation up, into the attic and on the roof. Items covered include materials used, construction methods and installation, ventilation, insulation, water management, the exterior roof coverings and the inside of the attic spaces with special attention as to how the attic components make up the roof and attic ventilation.


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Electrical Systems - 50 minutes - 1 credit - Purpose of the session is to discuss electrical components including panels, conductors, circuit breakers, outlets, switches, lights, and the grounding electrode system.


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LOCATION: Classes will be conducted either at a facility of choice provided by a group of realtors or at a location provided by HABITEC. Class locations must be consistent with rules established by the Tennessee Real Estate Commission (TREC). According to TREC, "No course in real estate which is designed to satisfy educational requirements ... may be conducted in a facility which is also used for conducting business of a [real estate] broker or a brokerage firm". All classes will be open to any REALTOR licensed in the State of Tennessee. Permission to attend any class will be granted on a first come, first served basis and may be restricted by the number of seats available. REALTORS with reservations will be guaranteed a seat. Walkups will be granted access if seats are still available.

FEES: Attendance for all credited courses is charged at one low sum. Special Group Rates are available! Please call 615-376-2753 for details and reservations!


REFERENCES: The following REALTORS have attended the Class and have graciously offered to use their name as references for the course.

Susan Diebolt, 497-4344, susan@thedieboltgroup.com, Bill Edwards, 516-4736, EdwardsW@crye-leike.com Donna Goff, 293-8734, dgoff@realtracs.com, Danielle Hagar, 429-7333, danielle.hagar@crye-leike.com, Sherita Hill, 397-3871, sherita.hill@crye-leike.com, Carol Horan, 370-1303, carolhoran@comcast.net, Annette Hutchinson, annette.hutchinson@crye-leike.com, Billie Lewis, 373-2044, lewisb@crye-leike.com , Tina Perry, 417-9982, tinaperry@realtracs.com Martha Sloan, 330-1771, sloanm@crye-leike.com, Debra Snodgrass, 583-5050, snodgrass@realtracs.com Mykalynne Taylor, 419-9130, tnhousehunter@gmail.com, Jon Young, 403-8254, jon@thinkyoungrealtors.com

Thank you,

Richard Acree

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

http://habitecinspections.com

Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections blog at ActiveRain, WordPress and Blogger and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one. You can also follow HABITEC on Facebook or Linked. Thank you!

Nashville Home Inspector - Crawl Space Insulation Damage - 9.20.10

Crawl Space Insulation Damage

Did you know that sometimes the insulation in the crawl space gets damaged? "How can that be?", you ask. Well, at least I did. Take a look at the pic below. What do you think caused this?

HINT: Look down as well as up.


ANSWER: This is what insulation can look like after it has gotten wet. The pooled water on the moisture barrier is left over after the May 2010 floods in Nashville, TN. The water was high enough in the crawl space to reach the joists and insulation. See another picture below.


Depending on the extent of the damage, this insulation may have to be replaced. Surely the area above the insulation has to be checked for water damage as well. Below is what the insulation should look like.


Thank you,

Richard Acree

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

http://habitecinspections.com

Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections blog at ActiveRain, WordPress and Blogger and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one. You can also follow HABITEC on Facebook or Linked. Thank you!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Nashville Home Inspector - Roof Failure and the Ripple Effect - 9.18.10

Roof Failure and the Ripple Effect!

So I was walking around the outside of a home the other day doing a Home Inspection in Nashville Tennessee and saw something frightening, yet all too familiar. See the picture below. I wondered how the seller could leave this for a potential buyer to see, easily, and I wondered what caused this damage to begin with. Then I also thought, how far does this go? Where does the damage stop? What is the ripple effect? So if you see this type of damage, what do you think caused it and where does the damage stop?

HINT: Water follows the path of least resistance. What could be the water source of the damage in this pic?


ANSWER: A possible source of this damage is in the background of the pic above. Note the gutter and downspout behind the damaged eave. To see how this all got started you have to go up on the roof. Look at the pic below. This is the view looking down from the roof on this same corner of the house. Notice the loose and lifted shingle. You can see debris has a path into the gutter from here. What you cannot see is how clogged the gutter is. A lot! Sometimes people think that once they install gutter guards they are done cleaning gutters. NOT SO! Even in a well maintained gutter system with gutter guards a lot of little stuff gets by gutter guards and can eventually clog the gutter/downspout. Not sure why the shingle broke loose, but it is consistent with all else that is going on in this corner. Was the loose shingle a victim of the ripple effect or ground zero for the start of the ripple. You can see that by color this shingle looks newer than those around it so this may be a poor attempt at a roof repair that also failed.


So, back to the ripple effect. Hard to know what came first in the pic above, the loose/damaged shingle or a failed/clogged gutter/downspout system. Regardless, the water management system failed at this point and the ripple effect was to damage the eave below as the gutter/downspout clogged and water followed the path of least resistance to the eave. So do you think the ripple effect is done? Think again.

Let's take a walk inside the attic to this same area of the home. Remember, the roof, eaves and attic are all connected and rather closely. Look at the pic below. This is the area of the attic opposite the corner of the failed gutter and the damaged eave. Look how much water intruded and all the damage it did inside the attic. All because of a failed gutter. The only question remaining is how long was this allowed to go on. I suspect a long time.


Fortunately this did not show up inside the home, yet. But it is only a matter of time before it does, because of the ripple effect.

Thank you,

Richard Acree

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

http://habitecinspections.com

Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections blog at ActiveRain, WordPress and Blogger and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one. You can also follow HABITEC on Facebook or Linked. Thank you!

Tennessee Home Inspector - Beware the Home Addition - 9.17.10

Beware the Home Addition!

One fairly frequent and common theme noticed by HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, while completing home inspections in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, is that many home additions do not stand the test of time when it comes to structural integrity. Take a look at the pictures below. See if you can find any structural issues.

HINT: Structural stress cracks commonly appear in the downslope corner of the home/addition.


In the pic above you are looking at an addition to the original ranch style home. You should be able to see that the downslope corner of the addition is the one in the foreground. Looking at that corner, note that we have a crawl space vent to the right and an access to the crawl space to the left. Also at that corner is located a downspout that connects to an underground composite extension.

Now in the picture below we have zoomed in on the crawl space vent to the right. What do you see that could be a symptom of a structural event?


ANSWER: The grey mortar repair. In this case these gray lines of newer mortar indicate someone has been here to make a repair. Fortunately, it looks like it was done by a professional. But one thing to keep in mind when evaluating a stress crack is to look for sympathetic cracks on the other side of the wall, if possible. We do this to see how significant this crack is. Is it just the veneer that cracked, or something more than that? So now lets go inside that crawl space access we saw above. See the pic below.


AHA! There is more to it. This is a significant structural crack almost 1" in width in places. And it is located near the area where the crawl space vent is located. So these two events are related. Now the good news in this case is that the brick veneer was professionally repaired and the probable cause of this failure, water management failure at the corner downspout/extension, was also repaired. So life goes on here. But when you are looking at homes, beware the home addition!

Thank you,

Richard Acree

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

http://habitecinspections.com

Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections blog at ActiveRain, WordPress and Blogger and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one. You can also follow HABITEC on Facebook or Linked. Thank you!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Nashville Mold Inspector - Red Flags for Mold - 9.16.10

Red Flags for Mold

Tennessee Mold Assessments/Inspections completed by HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC, involve first a mold survey or inspection where we look for "red flags" that are indicative of conditions conducive to mold growth. Common red flags include a musty odor in the building, growth of foreign material on a wall, water leaks, and so forth. Sometimes the red flags can include non-standard issues like those common issues mentioned before. Look at the two pics below. Why would a home owner have these components as part of there air conditioning system?

HINT: Sometimes homeowners try everything under the sun that they can think of to deal with mold issues.


In the pic above you are looking at a UV cleanser that is bolted onto the HVAC ductwork near the interior unit of a split system. Now look at the pic below. This cannister of Bad Air Sponge was found near the same unit as is in the pic above. Hmmm! What do you think this is for?


ANSWER: The Eclipse UV Cleanser is available as an air purfication system for controlling mold, mildew, bacteria, germs, viruses, etc. UV stands for ultra violet, like rays from the sun. Get it, the sun?

The can of Bart Simpson Bad Air Sponge (get it?) is available, apparantly at Bed Bath and Beyond, to aid as an air freshener and odor removal.

So these two components have some common ground. They are used to mitigate air quality issues like those caused by mold. Hmmm. Someone better check the disclosure statement regarding mold issues in this home. If not there, maybe someone should ask the owner why these components are needed. Both of these components will qualify as red flags for mold growth in this home.

Thank you,

Richard Acree

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

http://habitecinspections.com

Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections blog at ActiveRain, WordPress and Blogger and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one. You can also follow HABITEC on Facebook or Linked. Thank you!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Nashville Home Inspector - Settlement Issues - 9.15.10

Settlement Issues.

Settlement around the outside of a home can show up in many different ways when a HABITEC Home Inspector is conducting a Home Inspection in Nashville and throughout Middle Tennessee. Look at the picture below. Can you see an indication of settlement at this front porch?

HINT: Despite all the hype lately about the "green movement", going green is not always a good thing when talking about a home.


In the view above look across the front brick steps at the color changes. Now look below at the closeup of the left corner of the entryway. Hmmm. Now something is suspicious. Why is the brick so green?


ANSWER: So what we have here is an area where water pools due to the negative slope in front of the house. Negative slope is when the grade, and hence rainwater, runs towards the house. Due to the way this sidewalk has settled and the water that is trapped in this corner when it rains, a green fungal growth has started to grow. In fact the fungal growth has started to grow up the side of the house. Not good. The fix here is to repair the slope of the walkway and grade in front of the house so that the grade slopes away from the house at least 6" over the first 10'. Otherwise, this condition is only going to get worse.

Thank you,

Richard Acree

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

http://habitecinspections.com

Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections blog at ActiveRain, WordPress and Blogger and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one. You can also follow HABITEC on Facebook or Linked. Thank you!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Nashville Home Inspector - When Should You Repaint Exterior Components of Your House? 9.14.10

Re-Painting your house. When should you do that?

When is it time to repaint your home? Depending on many circumstances such as where you live and what kind of paint you use, the need to repaint can vary. At other times, you can just inspect the paint on your home and make a judgement call. Look at the picture below of a home front porch. Take particular note of the roof support posts in the foreground. From this distance do you think they need to be repainted?

HINT: If you can see what is behind the paint, it is time to repaint.


In the view above things look pretty good, right. So let's move in a little closer. See the pic below. Hmmm. Now something is suspicious. What are all those cracks?


In the pic below we see a closeup of a vertical crack in the paint and some of the many horizontal cracks in the paint. Clearly water can penetrate this vertical crack.


Another closeup below shows more cracks on these posts. And look in the middle. You can see a rectangle of missing paint material and the wood post behind.


ANSWER: Clearly, at this close-in picture you can see that these posts need to be resurfaced. Unfortunately, these posts have been allowed to deteriorate so far that simply re-applying more paint probably won't work. The old paint probably needs to be scraped down/off and the post wood needs to be coated with a primer before re-applying two coats of exterior paint. And next time, the homeowner should be more proactive and not allow the exterior paint to deteriorate this far before re-painting.

Thank you,

Richard Acree

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

http://habitecinspections.com

Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections blog at ActiveRain, WordPress and Blogger and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one. You can also follow HABITEC on Facebook or Linked. Thank you!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Nashville Home Inspector - Chimney Cap Failure - 9.13.10

Chimney Cap Failed

Imagine you are a HABITEC Home Inspector walking around the outside of the house as you start a Home Inspection. As you walk past the chimney you look up at the top of the chimney and see what is in the photo below. Hmmm. That's different. Probably should make a mental note about that and check it out when on the roof. What do you think it is?

HINT: Chimney caps are notariously famous for coming apart. Especially in older homes. Buyer beware!


ANSWER: The worse case scenario. After later getting out onto the roof, below is what you see. And it's not pretty.


And the closeup below confirms the condition of the cap. It has failed and needs immediate repair.


Makes you wonder why someone left it in this condition.

Thank you,

Richard Acree

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

http://habitecinspections.com

Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections blog at ActiveRain, WordPress and Blogger and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one. You can also follow HABITEC on Facebook or Linked. Thank you!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Nashville Home Inspector - Staircase Dimensions - 9.13.10

Staircase Dimensions

Staircases seem to always be a part of Nashville Tennessee Home Inspections completed by HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC. In older homes staircases can present a problem when it comes to dimensions. Look at the picture below. Does this look OK?

HINT: You are looking down the staircase leading to a basement in a house about 100 years old.


The pic below is a closeup of the stairs while standing in front of the stairs in the basement.


ANSWER: It is hard to know for sure without using a tape measure, but these stairs are very steep and therefore present a falling hazard. Look at the pic below to see the measurement of the step rise. Almost 9 inches!


The pic below shows the step run, or horizontal measurement. Less than 8"!


Proper step rise and run dimensions are shown below in a drawing from Code Check. Most municipalities use IRC numbers. In this staircase described above, both dimensions are wrong. If either measurement is inadequate the Client for the Home Inspection needs to know because this presents a safety hazard. When both dimensions are wrong, this is a serious falling hazard. So the answer is NO, this is not OK.



Thank you,

Richard Acree

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

http://habitecinspections.com

Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections blog at ActiveRain, WordPress and Blogger and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors. All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one. You can also follow HABITEC on Facebook or Linked. Thank you!