Tag Archives: Langley

LIVING ON THE EDGE: DRIP-EDGE FLASHING DETAILS PLAY A BIG PART IN PROTECTING ROOFS

In my reports, I address flashing details (or the lack, thereof) quite often. Considering we live in a very wet environment, this makes perfect sense.

Today, I’d like to discuss metal drip-edge flashing details briefly. A drip-edge flashing detail is a material applied on a roof’s edge that gives the roof system more capacity to direct water away from the system.

Why is drip-edge flashing important? Well, lots of reasons, including:

• Insects and small pests are better deterred from infesting a roof system

• Water is better directed into building gutter systems and away from exteriors and foundations

• Shingles are better shielded from water damage

• Underlying rooflines are better protected from rot

I recently came across a home in Langley that was lacking drip-edge flashing. As a result, some of the roof system’s OSB sheathing was swelled and deteriorated. I advised them to address this as soon as possible.

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

ACTIVE LEAK AND CORROSION AT GALVANIZED PIPE FITTING: IT’S JUST A MATTER OF TIME UNTIL THIS GETS MUCH WORSE

If you don’t take care of leaks when they first occur, a funny thing begins to happen: they get worse. Recently, during an inspection in Langley, I discovered an active plumbing leak in the crawl space at the main water shutoff valve. 

I also noted corrosion at the galvanized pipe fitting. I stated in the report that my clients should consult a qualified plumbing contractor to take care of this before the problem worsened.

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

INFOGRAPHIC: SAFETY FIRST FOR WATER HEATERS

Most people don’t think about their water heaters until the hot water doesn’t flow. Cold showers have a way of getting a person’s attention, don’t they?

Don’t be one of those people.

In addition to regular maintenance, it is essential to observe certain safety practices when it comes to these workhorse appliances. We’ve listed a few tips in the infographic for you to consider. We hope they help!

Do you have questions or comments about water heaters? Go “All” in and tweet us (@AIHomeInspect).

STANDALONE SATURDAYS: FERRIES AT DAWN

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.

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.

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

THAT SETTLES IT: SETTLING CRACKS ARE NOT ALWAYS THE END OF THE WORLD (MOST OF THE TIME)

Even though it may be a bit alarming to see a large crack in the foundation of your home, a good deal of the time it’s not something to fret over. For instance, the character of a crack can tell you a lot about how serious it may be regarding structural integrity. 

During a recent home inspection in Langley, Washington, I came across a good-sized break in a concrete foundation that had “rounded edges”—as opposed to a “sharp” or “fresh” cracks. This pattern told me it was likely historical. Furthermore, structural engineers had outfitted the home with concrete supports to contain any further settling issues, and the homeowner provided me with a letter from an engineer that showed the matter as previously evaluated.  

In the end, monitoring for movement into the future and repairing if noted is all you can do.

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