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VIDEO: Unsafe deck structure

At a recent home inspection in Anacortes, I recently discovered beetle exit holes in one of the deck support posts. When I probed the post, my screw driver went directly into the heart of the post! I discovered several other deteriorated posts and beams, together with some unconventional deck construction practices, which warranted further evaluation and repair by a contractor for safety reasons

VIDEO: Insulate Exposed Garage Water Pipes!

It’s important to insulate any and all exposed water supply piping- whether it be in the crawl space, attic, or garage- as freezing weather conditions can lead to breakage in unconditioned (unheated) spaces of the home. Water pipe insulation is readily available at hardware stores and is easily installed. This video was taken at a recent home inspection in Anacortes on Fidalgo Island.

VIDEO: OLD Oil Lines in Attic, Possible Old Underground Oil Tank Too?

I discovered what appear to be abandoned oil supply and return lines in the attic of a recent home inspection in Anacortes on Fidalgo Island. This suggests there was an oil fired appliance in the home, historically, likely an oil furnace, subsequently removed. Typically, when oil tanks and appliances are removed, so too are the oil supply and return lines. In this case, while I didn’t see any visible evidence of an underground historic oil tank on the property- originally constructed in 1957- I recommended verifying that the previous oil tank had been properly removed and/or decommissioned. Decommissioning oil tanks, especially if underground storage tanks, can be costly, so it was important to follow up on this detail for my clients.

Roof membrane failure

Why isn’t there snow on the deck in that spot?  Looking closer, you see that the deck membrane has failed, together with the underlying structure.  If you note any seams or openings in your flat roof membrane, it’s important to seal them right away.  Water is unforgiving and leads to structural and insect damage if left unchecked.  This was discovered at a home inspection in Anacortes on Fidalgo Island.

Bathroom vent FAIL

Close, but not close enough!  Bathroom vent ducting shouldn’t discharge into the attic.  Instead, it needs to be routed all the way to the exterior to help prevent elevated moisture conditions in the attic area that can lead to mold growth.  I also recommend insulating vent ducting in the unconditioned (unheated) attic area to help prevent condensation within the ducting itself.  This was discovered at a recent home inspection in Anacortes on Fidalgo Island.

Video: Waterbed in crawlspace?!

The crawl space looked great, new vapor barrier installed, nice and clean. However, when I got into the deeper recesses of the crawl space, I noted it was like I was walking on a water bed! 3-4 inches of standing water was under the black plastic vapor barrier in many areas. Standing water and water intrusion in crawl spaces puts the building at risk of water, insect and structural damage and is nothing to be dismissive about. In this case, at this Orcas Island home inspection, I recommended further evaluation by a qualified contractor to make necessary repairs and eliminate water intrusion into the crawl space area.

VIDEO: When to Service your Gas Fireplace!

At a recent home inspection in Anacortes on Fidalgo Island, I discovered a gas fireplace clearly due for servicing and cleaning. When you begin to see a white, brown or black film beginning to present on the glass front of the fireplace, that’s your first sign that the appliance is due for servicing. As the video explains, it is highly recommended that you hire a professional to do so because if it’s not done properly, you risk carbon monoxide entering the home and soot byproducts outlining the ceiling and wall studs in the home. Manufacturers typically advise servicing annually.

Deteriorated deck ledger

The deck ledger of this home was completely deteriorated.  Amazingly, the ledger installed wasn’t pressure treated or bolted to the home.  Because the most common point of failure for deck systems is at the ledger, e.g., where the deck abuts the home, this is a definite safety issue.  I recommended further evaluation and repair by a qualified contractor.  This was discovered at a home inspection in Anacortes on Fidalgo Island.

VIDEO: Zinsco Electrical Panel – SAFETY ISSUE!

Sylvania Zinsco electrical panels are known in the home inspection industry to be safety issues and replacement is typically advised by home inspectors. This particular Zinsco panel was discovered at a recent home inspection in Anacortes on Fidalgo Island. The issue concerns the connection between the breakers themselves and the aluminum fin bus bar which can become compromised and lead to arcs, faults and fires. Home Inspection 101 covers this for all licensed home inspectors to be called out as a safety issue for clients. Were this my home, the very first thing I’d do is replace the Zinsco electrical panel entirely.

Handyman Roof Rafters in Attic

Handyman framing practices, rafters heavily shimmed at their bases, was noted in the attic of a recent home inspection in Anacortes on Fidalgo Island. While there weren’t any visible issues presenting within the home at the time of inspection, this really should be corrected by a qualified framing contractor to ensure the roof’s structural integrity is maintained over time.