Tag Archives: coupeville

IS IT NORMAL FOR MY PLUMBING FIXTURES TO BE GROWING CRYSTALS?

Have you noticed a white residue on any (or all) of your plumbing fixtures?  This may indicate calcification, which usually means that water softening and/or filtration improvements may be desirable.  Point-of-use and whole house filtration and softening systems are readily available.  Personally, I recommend having a water system contractor laboratory test the water and then make recommendations for improved water quality.  

LINT ACCUMULATION AT EXTERIOR DRYER VENT

Have lint accumulation at exterior dryer vents cleaned/cleared away.  Not only is it unsightly, but it prevents proper ventilation of the dryer appliance within the home.  

It’s super easy to clean exterior dryer vents.  Here’s a link I found online with some great tips and advice.  Here’s how to clean your dryer vent in 5 easy steps – CNET

YOUR HEATING SYSTEM NEEDS LOVE

Blah, blah, blah (eye roll)…you’ve heard it once, and you’ll hear it again: “It’s important to service the appliances in your home annually!” However, is this truly necessary? 

Of course, in a perfect world, we’d do so, but in most cases you can probably defer, take your chances, and end up ahead of the game in the long run. 

With your heating system, however, I emphatically say: “Service your heating system(s) annually. NO EXCEPTIONS, even if it’s brand new!” 

Service is vital to extend the serviceable life of the heating system and maintain optimum efficiency (e.g., reduce operating costs), but also for safety reasons. 

 If, for instance, a crack develops in the furnace’s heat exchanger, deadly carbon monoxide can be dispersed throughout the home. Annual heating system inspections and service by qualified HVAC contractors could, in fact, be lifesavers, and they’re inexpensive. 

August (summertime) is a great time to have your heating systems fully serviced before the upcoming busy heating system! 

 TIP: Ask the HVAC contractor to leave a sticker on the appliance with the date and type of service. Then get on their schedule to return again next year (and years following) around the same time. 

 While well-maintained heating systems are essential for you and your family, consistent maintenance also gives confidence to future homeowners (e.g., would-be-buyers will know your home is well and proactively maintained). Finally, please make sure you have carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout your home; I like the combination smoke-carbon monoxide detectors myself. 

There it is: install CO detectors and get those heating systems serviced! Super simple, super-smart moves.Do you have questions or comments about heating systems or home inspections in general? Go “All” in and tweet us (@AIHomeInspect).

Fun Facts Friday!

Named for the Roman god of war, Mars, March is the third month of the year. It has 31 days and is known as the first month of spring in the Northern Hemisphere due to the vernal equinox which occurs between March 19th and 21st of every year.

Sunday, March 8 is the start of Daylight Saving Time, which begins at 2:00 A.M. that night. Don’t forget to “spring forward” and set your clocks ahead one hour! We prefer to do this before bedtime on Saturday night, just so there’s no existential confusion the next morning.

March 8 is also International Women’s Day, which is a day that not only celebrates the achievements of women and the progress made toward women’s rights, but also brings attention to ongoing struggles for equality around the world.

ONE STEP FORWARD & TWO BACK: PLUMBING ‘FIX’ LEADS TO CRAWL SPACE ‘WHOOPSY’

Fix one thing, break another.  This is sometimes what happens when it comes to home repairs.

During a recent inspection in Coupeville, this was the case in this particular home’s crawl space. 

A plumbing contractor (or perhaps an ambitious but under-qualified and unlicensed homeowner) had installed an iron sewer line under the home.

However, in the process, they had decided it would be a wise idea to cut (and in turn compromise) one of the floor joists underneath the bathroom to accommodate that iron sewer line.

Probably not a great idea for the home’s integrity. Live and learn, right? 

If you have questions or comments about structural systems or home inspections in general, tweet me (@AIHomeInspect).

REAL ESTATE UNVEILED! PODCAST: FAQS WITH TIM & LIZ HANCE

Listen to the latest podcast here!

On this month’s podcast, Tim and Liz address commonly posed questions regarding home inspections and real estate appraisals, including:

• What is the difference between a real estate appraisal and a home inspection?

• Who is the client in a home appraisal or home inspection (buyer, seller, etc.)?

• How long do home inspections and home appraisals take?

• Should clients attend home appraisals and home inspections?           

• When is a reinspection required (for both home inspections and home appraisals)?

• What happens if the home inspector or home appraiser misses something? 

• How long are home appraisal and home inspection reports valid?

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RUNAWAY WATER HEATERS!

Why is it important that you double strap your water heater?  Not because it’s going to run away…but because of earthquakes!  Did you know that earthquakes are semi-common in Northwestern Washington?  

It’s recommended that you strap the bottom and top 1/3’s of your water heater appliance, which is customary in seismic zones.   This may seem like a step that’s done in an abundance of caution, but you wouldn’t want it to be your water heater that topples over in an earthquake and takes a fuel line out with it!  Also, FYI, most lenders require water heaters to be double-strapped as a condition of financing.   

Check out this link for more information on double strapping your water heater: Earthquake Country Alliance: Welcome to Earthquake Country!

WOULDN’T A LOCK PICK HAVE BEEN EASIER? THIS TOOK SOME TIME AND EFFORT!

As you can see from the picture in this post, somebody really wanted to get in that door. While the method used to gain entry was, um, interesting, this photo (taken during an inspection in Coupeville) also inspired me to consider home security issues.

Home security is an essential consideration for any home, and there has been a lot written about the topic. I’ve compiled a few articles that may help you in your security efforts, and I hope they inspire you to take action!

Author: Metal Floss

Title: “Security Experts Share 9 Ways to Make Your Home Safer

Recommended Because: A solid roundup of some low-hanging-fruit solutions that will make your surroundings feel a lot more secure.

Author: Family Handyman

Title: 22 Inexpensive Ways to Theft-Proof Your Home

Recommended Because: Well, for starters, we love the Family Handyman’s content. This post provides tips from a DIY, hardware installation perspective. 

Author: Angie’s List

Title: “6 Tips for a More Secure Front Door

Recommended Because: If you want to zoom in on securing your door alone, this article breaks down some clear steps to take. 

Stay safe out there!

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STANDALONE SATURDAYS: NOT A BAD PLACE TO SPEND A SATURDAY

On Saturdays throughout the year, I hope to give you a peek of what I see as a home inspector traveling around San Juan, Island, Whatcom, and Skagit counties through photos and videos I’ve taken along the way.

I’m sure if you know or live in Northwest Washington, you probably feel the same about how special it is here. That’s why I invite you to share your Northwest Washington imagery! Simply take your picture or video showing why you appreciate the region, and tag it with #AllIslandsLife on Twitteror Facebook.

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