Did some mishap during the installation of your deck’s stair system cause one (1) or more of your steps to be uneven in step height? This can definitely be a tripping hazard and should be addressed for safety reasons.
For this reason, I recommend further evaluation and repair by a qualified contractor.
Knob-and-tube (K&T) wiring was at its peak in popularity between the years 1880 and 1930/40, serving buildings the best way available at the time (it is now obsolete). K&T wiring is not inherently dangerous in itself, but hazards can arise from handyman modifications and insulation enveloping these wires over time.
K&T wiring is not grounded, so it cannot serve 3-pronged appliances/outlets. This type of wiring is not available for new construction, but is not required to be removed in older construction either. This being said, I personally recommend you remove K&T wiring and have it further inspected by a qualified electrician to be on the safe side.
Properly caring for wood shake roofing is essential—and not as difficult as you think. Recently, I came across wood shake roof coverings in Skagit County in need of some TLC.
I considered the wood shake roof coverings on this house as being in marginal-to-poor condition, evidenced by a substantial deterioration of wood shakes. As a result, I advised likely replacement of these roof coverings by a qualified roofing contractor.
To learn more about wood shake roof coverings, and how to care for them, check out the video in this post.
If you have questions or comments about roofing systems or home inspections in general, tweet me (@AIHomeInspect).
Foundation/crawlspace vents have covers that really should be removed entirely for proper ventilation. In fact, I strongly advocate against installing vent covers at all. Ventilation is absolutely critical to maintaining proper humidity levels in the crawl space under the home and to prevent moisture and insect damage.
I recommend keeping crawl space vents open all year, provided the water supply pipes in the crawl space are properly insulated. For more information on foundation/crawlspace vents please check out this YouTube video I made several years ago on the topic:
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 me (@AIHomeInspect).
I thought I’d take a few minutes to let you know about the many ways we can connect on social media. When I post, my goal is to share useful information with my audience while having fun along the way.
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