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STANDALONE SATURDAYS: LOPEZ SUNRISE

Win a $20 Starbuck’s gift card, it’s easy!  Simply take your photos and/or videos, and tag them with #AllIslandsLife on Twitter or Facebook. 

Throughout the year, those who tag with #AllIslandsLife will have a chance to win some fun prizes, such as a $20 gift card to Starbucks (which happens to be this month’s prize yet again)! 

To be eligible for this chance to win a whole lot of caffeine, please tag your imagery by March 24, 2019 (tomorrow!). We’ll announce the winner in the April issue of our new, shiny newsletter, so make sure to subscribe using the signup form below.

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UH OH: YOUR ELECTRICAL PANEL IS NAKED!

I think this goes without saying, but you really need to make sure your electrical panels have fully installed cover fronts. When I say fully installed, I mean that all the appropriate fasteners are in place and the front is secure. 

And when I say appropriate fasteners, I mean screws that are not sharp—which can potentially pierce underlying wiring. 

And when I say potentially…I’m just kidding. No more italics

So, what if you don’t have a panel cover front in the first place? This is a scenario I recently came across recently during an inspection in Mount Vernon. 

Obviously, if the circuits, circuit breakers, conductors, and other fun stuff are exposed to the world, you are inviting trouble to the party. 

And trouble is a terrible guest. 

The takeaway? Get your panel a cover, pronto!

Do you have questions or comments about electrical issues or home inspections in general? Go “All” in and tweet us (@AIHomeInspect).

MORE IS BETTER RIGHT? NOT WHEN IT COMES TO GOLF SCORES & VAPOR BARRIERS

Vapor barriers are ideal for reducing/limiting moisture in the ground from evaporating and migrating up into the crawl space. This helps to prevent problems that arise when moisture condenses on cold surfaces, such as ductwork and wood. 

Unless you enjoy hearing phrases such as wood rot, mold and mildew, you’d be well-advised to use a vapor barrier. The takeaway? A vapor barrier is a good idea.

But what about vapor barriers? As in multiple barriers being used at the same time? Do you get extra credit if you use more?

Nope. 

In fact, I recently came across a crawl space in which two vapor barriers were installed in the crawl space. In my report, I wrote that the use of two vapor barriers actually causes problems because water can become entrapped between vapor barrier layers, prolonging evaporation time which can lead to stagnant water conditions. 

In other words, one barrier is more than enough.

Do you have questions or comments about vapor barriers, crawl spaces or home inspections in general? Go “All” in and tweet us (@AIHomeInspect).

STANDALONE SATURDAYS: FENCE ON A HILL

Win a $20 Starbuck’s gift card, it’s easy!  Simply take your photos and/or videos, and tag them with #AllIslandsLife on Twitter or Facebook. 

Throughout the year, those who tag with #AllIslandsLife will have a chance to win some fun prizes, such as a $20 gift card to Starbucks (which happens to be this month’s prize yet again)! 

To be eligible for this chance to win a whole lot of caffeine, please tag your imagery by March 24, 2019. We’ll announce the winner in the March issue of our new, shiny newsletter, so make sure to subscribe using the signup form below.

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ENCAPSULATION CONSTERNATION: INSULATION CONCEALS CRAWL SPACE PIPE CORROSION

So, you’ve done the right thing in your crawl space and insulated water supply pipes. All is good, right?

Not so fast. 

During a recent visit to a home on Lopez Island, I came across this unfortunate issue: copper water pipes showing substantial corrosion—such as calcification deposits—despite the fact they were tucked into insulation. 

However, insulation is useless and even harmful when it displays signs of moisture intrusion. In this case, that’s the precise scenario I encountered.

The prognosis wasn’t good because the majority of the water supply piping was concealed behind pipe insulation. Therefore, much to my dismay, I had to recommend that all the water supply piping underneath the home be further evaluated by a qualified plumbing contractor to make repairs as deemed necessary. The only way to do that is to remove the insulation and take a look.

To learn more about protecting your pipes, Home Depot recently created a “how-to” video on the topic. Hope it helps you!

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IF YOUR HOME’S TEMPERATURE ISN’T CONSISTENT, IT MAY HAVE A CROSSOVER DUCTING ISSUE

So, what is crossover ducting? It may sound like an iconic basketball move, but it’s actually ducting that transfers air (either heated for cooled) from one side of a home to the other. If you notice that your house is not symmetrical in its heating or cooling capacity, there may be an issue with your crossover duct.

I recently came across an issue with furnace supply crossover ducting in a crawl space underneath a home in Sedro-Woolley. The ducting was mechanically damaged, and I recommended it be further evaluated by a qualified HVAC contractor.

Do you have questions or comments about heating systems or home inspections in general? Go “All” in and tweet us (@AIHomeInspect).

STANDALONE SATURDAYS: FERRY WAKE

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Throughout the year, those who tag with #AllIslandsLife will have a chance to win some fun prizes, such as a $20 gift card to Starbucks (which happens to be this month’s prize yet again)! 

To be eligible for this chance to win a whole lot of caffeine, please tag your imagery by March 24, 2019. We’ll announce the winner in the March issue of our new, shiny newsletter, so make sure to subscribe using the signup form below.

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DUCK YOUR HEAD: OLD HOUSE BASEMENT STAIRS

Low ceiling heights can be challenging for some folks, as this stairway in a Bellingham home recently showed. Older homes often featured lower ceilings, which can literally (but most often figuratively) cause homeowners headaches. 

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One thing is for sure: This is definitely not a low-ceiling issue.

To help address this issue, I suggested the homeowner demark the low-ceiling height, which is typically the most advisable course of action—unless you are in the National Basketball Association and can afford to rip out the whole thing and build it again

Thanks for watching, and here’s to happy, stress-free stepping.

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CHIMNEY SYSTEM CRACKS ARE NO LAUGHING MATTER

During a recent home inspection on Orcas Island, I came across a CMU masonry chimney system that made me feel like I was a comedian. That’s because it was cracking up. Get it, “cracking up?”

Okay, I admit that was pretty bad. Alright, back to the chimney, minus the poor attempt at humor. Maybe…

Chimney cracks do come in all shapes and sizes. As you’ll see in the video, this particular crack extended nearly the entire length of the system when viewed from the outside. I say nearly because outwardly, it appeared to stop just short of the home’s independent footing. This is important because if it did, it would be a telltale sign of potential significant structural damage.

However, without popping off the chimney cap at the top, it was impossible for me to know this for sure. The best course of action, in this case, was to recommend further evaluation by a qualified contractor, who could verify my initial hunches and also seal the cracks.

While these cracks were probably not a big deal, they were the likely contributing factor to water intrusion (presenting as efflorescence deposits and water stains) near the fireplace in the home’s living room. Invasive moisture is just one of many reasons to repair chimney cracks.

See, no more terrible jokes. At least until next time, right?

Do you have questions or comments about chimney cracks or home inspections in general? Go “All” in and tweet us (@AIHomeInspect).

STANDALONE SATURDAYS: FIELD OF DREAMS & LAST MONTH’S WINNER

Well, our first #AllIslandsLife photo contest has come and gone. Thanks for all your entries last month! In the end, there could be only one winner.

Congratulations to Lori Christensen, Broker with RE/MAX Whatcom County!  She submitted a lovely picture of Mount Baker. I’ve worked with Lori for years and have found her to be the consummate professional, always working very hard for her clients. Thanks for the great photo, Lori, and enjoy the coffee card!

Are you feeling a bit envious? Don’t worry: we are running another #AllIslandsLife contest this month and giving away another $20 Starbucks gift card.

It’s easy!  Simply take your photos and/or videos, and tag them with #AllIslandsLife on Twitter or Facebook.

To be eligible for this chance to win a whole lot of caffeine, please tag your imagery by March 24, 2019. We’ll announce the winner in the March issue of our new, shiny newsletter, so make sure to subscribe using the signup form below.

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