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Don’t pressure wash your roof!

Exposed fiberglass underlayment and granular loss were noted at a recent home inspection in Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island.  This was likely caused by someone pressure washing moss off the roof system.  The issue is that moss has rhizomes, or roots, that imbed into the roof coverings.  When mechanically removed, they take with them the asphalt and granules from the roof coverings, exposing the underlying fiberglass mat, and rendering the roof system compromised.  I strongly recommend against the practice of pressure washing as I’ve seen too many roofs destroyed by this practice.  Treating your roof on a semi-annual basis with zinc granules is advised to help prevent moss growth.  If the growth is pronounced, treatment more often will help speed the process, but it will take time.  Personally, I like a perfect roof, so I treat my new roof four (4) times annually with zinc granules readily available at all hardware stores.  Some homeowners prefer Tide with bleach, others say baking soda works.  Treat, don’t pressure wash!

Electrical trouble: double-tapping

At a recent home inspection in Mount Vernon, Washington, I noted dangerous double-tapping or electrical wires in the old electrical panel.  Double-tapping the main service entrance conductors (wires) at an older fuse panel is a definite safety issue that can lead to overheating of the undersized wires and at the lugs themselves.  Double-tapping is where two (2) electrical wires are connected under one screw or terminal in an electrical panel.  Further evaluation and repair by a qualified electrician was advised.  It would also be prudent to update the old fuse panel for improved safety.

Mold in Attics . . . Why Should I Care and What to Do About It?

It’s true, mold in attics rarely affects the indoor air quality in homes, so what’s the big deal?  Why is it a reportable issue, why does it scare homeowners and what can be done about it?  This is a common issue for homes in the Pacific Northwest, so I wanted to take a moment to address it because there’s also a lot of hype and misinformation out there about mold. Continue reading

VIDEO: Can’t Find Furnace Filter? Look UP High Inside Furnace!

Sometimes, it’s difficult to find your furnace filter(s). This video, taken at a recent home inspection in Anacortes on Fidalgo Island, describes where the filters are located and how to replace. Your home inspector should have identified and filters, inspected, and brought to your attention their location. Oftentimes, filters are located within the furnace cabinet itself, and up high. These can be somewhat difficult to change, but with a little practice, it’s quite manageable. Replacement every 3+- months is advised, ensuring that the ARROW on the filter points in the direction of the furnace.

All Islands Home Inspections services all of the San Juan Islands, including Orcas Island, San Juan Island, Friday Harbor, Shaw Island, Lopez Island and non-ferry served islands. We also service Anacortes and all of Skagit County, Whatcom County, Whidbey Island and all of Island County.

How to Turn the Gas OFF to Your Home!

This video explains how to turn off the gas at the gas meter from a recent home inspection in Anacortes on Fidalgo Island. It’s important to know where your shutoff valves are located, and how to turn them off in the event of an emergency.

All Islands Home Inspections services all of the San Juan Islands, including Orcas Island, San Juan Island, Friday Harbor, Shaw Island, Lopez Island and non-ferry served islands. We also service Anacortes and all of Skagit County, Whatcom County, Whidbey Island and all of Island County.

If you’re looking for a home inspector that’s so thorough and experienced you won’t end up buying the “Money Pit,” then you need Tim Hance of All Islands Home Inspections working for you. Tim Hance is a board certified Master Home Inspector who has personally conducted over 8,000 home inspections. Tim Hance is college educated (University of Washington, B.S. Chemistry, 1996), was a licensed contractor for a decade prior to becoming a home inspector and has extensive experience in real estate development.

 

 

January Home Hints

January is a good time to inspect furniture, cabinets and vanities for loose knobs, pulls and hinges. Tighten or repair as necessary. Tighten screws on drawers, doors, and furniture. Lubricate squeaky door hinges with lightweight machine oil. Free sticky doors by trimming edges or shimming hinges with thin pieces of cardboard. Check the house and make a list of minor household repairs needed. Make a list of broken electrical face plates, missing pulls or knobs, locks that need lubrication, and spots that need caulking around sinks and tubs. Go to the home improvement store and buy everything you need to make all of your repairs at once!

VIDEO: Siding Damage Adjacent Deck

Tim Hance with All Islands Home Inspections discovers water damaged siding where it abuts the deck at a recent home inspection and discusses importance of keeping this interface flashed/sealed to prevent siding damage (and the possibility of underlying structural damage). All Islands Home Inspections services all of Anacortes, the San Juan Islands, Skagit, Whatcom, Island, San Juan, and Snohomish counties. If you’re looking for a home inspector that’s so thorough and experienced that you won’t get stuck buying the “Money Pit,” then you need All Islands Home Inspections working for you! We’ve inspected over 8,000 homes to date and feel we are simply the best in the industry. We look forward to working with you soon, THANKS!

 

 

VIDEO: Vulnerable roof-to-wall flashings

Tim Hance with All Islands Home Inspections discusses vulnerable roof-to-wall flashing details discovered at a recent home inspection. All Islands Home Inspections services all of Anacortes, the San Juan Islands, Skagit, Whatcom, Island, San Juan, and Snohomish counties. If you’re looking for a home inspector that’s so thorough and experienced that you won’t get stuck buying the “Money Pit,” then you need All Islands Home Inspections working for you! We’ve inspected over 8,000 homes to date and feel we are simply the best in the industry. We look forward to working with you soon, THANKS!

VIDEO: Dangerous Water Heater TPR Valve Extension!

Tim Hance of All Islands Home Inspections discusses why it’s important that the TPR extension be solid piping instead of flexible for safety reasons. It’s also important that it discharge within six (6) inches of the floor for safety reasons. Thanks for watching!

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