This is a picture of the bus bar inside of the electrical panel. Two neutral (white) conductors are terminating in one port. This is called a "double tap". When double tapping is present, we recommend having a licensed professional evaluate this panel as it can cause over-heating and arching due to conductors coming a loose; which will lead to an electrical fire over time.
Sell your home faster! As the seller, here are some benefits: - Having a home inspection done before the buyer hires an inspector will allow you to assist in the home inspection process. You and the agent will be alerted immediately of any safety issues, and you as the seller will be able to dispute or clarify any misstatements before the report is generated and shared to any other agents or buyers. A great marketing tool that comes with a yard sign and a great way to attract buyers!
This picture was taken at a brand new house. Here we see shingle granule loss and other shingle damage. This was probably causes from the builder walking on this section of roof maybe dragging other tools or heavy equipment (ladders or scaffolds). This type of issue may not cause any active leaks now but is an area of concern in the future. We recommend this area be further evaluated and repaired by a licensed roofer.
Similar to a flap or door, a throat damper can be opened or closed. Although your damper may be constructed with a good quality metal, it can still suffer from corrosion over the years. Rust is the most common problem with throat dampers because it can cause issues opening and closing the damper. To be sure your home is as energy efficient as possible, you should have your rusted damper repaired or replaced.
The red arrows in the picture indicates the path of the dishwasher drain hose entering from right to left. This minor defect can cause two issues: 1. Although an air gap is installed, odor can develop inside of the dishwasher if the door is left closed before completely dry. 2. Crud can get trapped in the plastic which will eventually obstruct the flow of the drainage and increase chances of waste entering back into the system. We would recommend installing the high loop.
Commonly, bathroom sinks will develop a leak in the basin. In this picture, it was observed that the overflow drain connected to the basin is sealed with a sealant. Over time this caulking will deteriorate and allow moisture to penetrate the barrier and cause water damage to the surrounding areas. This is a minor defect that can become major if it is not maintained appropriately.
Newer ranges are light enough that it doesn?t take much weight to cause them to tip over, but they?re heavy enough to injure or kill small children trapped beneath. Hot items on the stovetop, too, can burn or scald anyone who accidentally tips the range over. Anti-tip brackets can prevent this from happening and they are required by UL standards but they aren?t installed in a huge portion of ranges. Inspectors should know how to check for brackets and what to tell the client if none are found.
This is a picture of rood damage found at the eaves. During the home inspection rusted soffit vents was found after doing the initial walk around. Usually when you see rusted soffits it is a pretty good indication of a potential roof leak. After getting on top of this roof it was clear to see that this was the case. Failure at the roof eaves is usually caused by no or improperly installed drip edge. This roof will need to be repaired.
Here is a picture of a TPR (Temperature Pressure Relief) Valve with its extension piping reduced. This is a safety hazard. If the water pressure on this water tank gets to high the TPR Valve should vent off excess pressure. Reduced vent piping will not function properly. It?s a restriction and causes the pressure to continue building. At some point the tank will explode. Water tanks have TPR Valves and the extension piping should be ?? that ends 4 to 6 inches from the floor.
This wear pattern on a shingle is usually an indication of the tab bending. It could have been at installation or the wind could be getting under it and lifting it up. The bending caused the granular to become loose and fall off. This shingle tab will probably break at some point and need to be replaced. Recommend repair by a licensed roofing contractor.
This is a picture of a pyramid V crack. This is an indication of settlement or dropping. This cracking was found in the mortar. In Florida, settlement cracks are common due to the sandy soil. When cracks are found on a house it?s important to look for offset, and the cracks size. Minor cracks are considered anything that is 1/10. inch (the size of a quarter) or cannot be felt by hand. I would recommend to seal and monitor this crack to prevent possible moisture intrusion.
When we perform an attic inspection it's important to look for moisture stains. These look like dark spots on the roof sheathing and can be a good indication of a potential roof leak. That is exactly what this picture is; a roof leak caused by faulty flashing on a exhaust vent penetration. We recommend a licensed roofer evaluate this roof and repair as needed.
It is important to fill the sink bowl up so that water can flow from the sink overflow. Some sink bowl overflow seams are weak and can leak. You will never catch this unless you take the time to test the sink correctly. We take our time on every inspection. Remember, you can't fix what you don't know is broken.
It is not required for your home inspector to walk on the roof, but we do! We want to give you the best home inspection possible and we feel that the best way to do a roof inspection is to walk the roof. This was a house in Riverview FL. We have a variety of ladders to help us get where we need to go.
InterNACHI is the world's largest association of professional home and commercial property inspectors. As part of their membership requirements, InterNACHI inspectors must complete dozens of inspection-related courses and pass hundreds of quizzes and exams. This is to insure that a InterNACHI certification really means that the inspectors are top tier inspectors and are up to date on the latest issues and building codes.
Safeline is now a RecallChek Authorized Dealer! During the inspection, we collect the model numbers for all major appliances to submit them into the RecallCheck database. Any open recalls found or if recalls get released in the future you will be notified. It is important to know that when an appliance is recalled it is usually either a fire hazard or a shock hazard. Most families do not want these problems in their homes so we are very proud that we can now provide this service for you.
At this house, the condensate drain was clogged. The float switch had been removed so it would not cut the unit off due to the clogged drain line. As a result, there was a large water leak coming from the evaporator unit. If this unit had been in the attic or inside the house there would have been significant water damage. Luckily, this unit was in the garage. The drain line needs to be cleaned out for this unit to operate properly.
The NEC (National Electric Code) requires all exterior, garage, kitchen counter top, laundry, and bathroom outlets to be GFCI protected. There are two common ways of doing this. One way is at the breaker panel using a GFCI breaker. The other way is using a GFCI wall outlet receptacle. A GFCI monitors the electric current flowing through the outlet. Any sense of loss will trip the outlet protecting users from electrical shock. All GFCI outlets and breaks should be tested monthly.
We check the lawn sprinklers for operation if your house has them installed. We take the time to check each zone for proper operation; checking all spray heads for the correct pattern and and damages. In the event that we find something wrong we will make sure it is noted on the report.
When I perform an inspection and come across a porch like this I stop and ask myself; Why is this porch roof sagging? There are a lot of reasons that could cause this to happen. What's important is to make sure that my clients know that this is not normal, it could have hidden damages, and it will cost time and money to repair. In this case the wooden posts are and afterthought. This porch roof has been leaking and the rafters are damaged causing them to sag.
Safeline home Inspections also helps to connect you to other great local business in the area. We only refer other businesses that we know, like, and trust personally. If you would like a recommendation please let us know. Give us a call at 813-418-7547 and we would be more that happy to help connect you.
Safeline offers a FREE BuildFaz Report with every inspection that we perform. The BuildFax Report makes it easy to understand the critical details about a property so you can make a smart decision when it?s time to buy. Details like how old the wiring is, the roof, or the furnace. The details that can have a huge impact on your investment choices. Let Safeline get all int information for you. Call us to book an inspection today.
The Florida Association of Building Inspectors,Inc. has promoted professionalism in the industry through qualifying their members to assure the public?s confidence. The association has adopted formal inspection guidelines (Standards of Practice), a professional Code of Ethics and stringent membership requirements that give consumers an assurance of professionalism.
Have you seen these metal things lying around in your garage? They are called storm shutters, and if you have them for all window openings on your house they could save you some money on your home owners insurance. Make sure you get a wind mitigation inspection done to take advantage of the savings.
Safeline Home Inspections is now offering free 90 day warranty protection with every general home inspection. Have less stress worrying over repairs for the first 90 days. If something breaks our 90 Day Warranty has you protected! Our warranty covers the repair cost up to $2000 with zero deductible. Take some of the stress out of the Home Inspection process with Safeline's 90 Day Warranty and SewerGard protection.
Double taped wiring occurs when two wires are connected to a connection that is only designed for one wire. When two wires are compressed under a one-wire connector the wires may not be securely fastened. Loose electrical connects lead to heat which could lead to fires. New code specifications require even neutral wiring (white wiring) to also have its own separate contact. Only the ground wiring (bare copper) is code compliant if double/triple tapped if the terminal lug is designed for it.
Safeline Home Inspections is fully licensed and insured (FL HI9014). Corey has completed AHIT's (American Home Inspectors Training Institute) Master certified home inspector and Wind Mitigation training courses. He also completed PHII's (Professional Home Inspection Institute) Manufactured Home Inspection course and is a FABI (Florida Association of Building Inspectors) associate inspector. With over 200 home inspections performed last year he is on track to become a RPHI by 2017.
Rusting in galvanized pipe can greatly reduce water pressure and will eventually cause leaks as the rust creates holes in the pipes. So if you ever see brown water coming out of your faucets this is most likely what is happening; rusting in the pipes. Galvanized pipes typically last between 20 to 50 years depending on water quality. To prevent rusting pipes most new homes use Chlorinated Poly Vinyl Chloride (CPCV). This stuff works great, no rusting, and can potentially last a life time.
This picture comes from a house that was newly renovated. The drywall ceiling was replaced, and the old insulation was taken out. Problem is that the new insulation was never put back in the attic. It is important to have antiquate attic insulation to help cut down on the cost of heating and cooling a house.
If your electrical panel is hot, CALL AN ELECTRICIAN! This electrical panel that was hot and after removing the cover we found the main service cable burnt and the main breaker melting. This is a obvious fire and electrical shock hazard and needed to be repaired immediately.
Asphalt shingles are not recommended for roofs with a pitch less than 4:12. If a double underline is used the minimum slope is 2:12. Why? Water leaks. When the slope is not steep enough rain water will not run off it fast enough and eventually cause leaks.
Here is a roof with a 1.2:12 pitch with asphalt shingles. Notice hoe the area is still wet compared to the rest of the roof. If not repaired I expect this area of the roof to fail prematurely.
This is what the first 2 pages in a general home inspection report will look like. All problems found on the general home inspection are listed on the 2nd page. Colors items in red are major concerns broken or inoperable items. Items colored yellow are potential safety hazards or deferred cost big ticket items (items that are working but are at the end of their service life and could cost thousands to replace). White Items are improvement items (light bulbs, and inoperable outlets ect.).
Inspecting the AC unit comes standard with every general home inspection. We are able to tell the units age by looking at its serial number. In this case the unit was manufactured in 1995. That would put this unit at 21 years old. This particular unit was not working. This unit is at the end of its service life and is recommended to be replaced. Units like this typically last 10 to 15 years if they are services well.
During this inspection Mold was found growing under the kitchen sink. Water is essential for mold growth. If this source of moisture is not found and eliminated, the mold growth will return. In this case the kitchen cabinet was fairly new, the moisture problem was never fixed and the mold came back.