Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Saving Energy

So in today's home ownership environment energy consumption is a daily battle. Although green energy providers and sources are expanding, the costs of energy are rising as well. Indoor air quality has a significant impact on the performance, efficiency and cost of operating your central air systems for example. We've attached a great article from Realty Times on these very issues...

http://alturl.com/ib9bd

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tile Roof System

So let's talk about tile roof systems for a moment. Contrary to what you might think most leaks don't occur in the field. Look to the flashing detail including but not limited to valley's, changes in exterior elevation and or the penetrations. Tight valley tile installation and poor flashing detail is a "roof leak" waiting to happen. The tight valley configuration can and will restrict run off during heavy inclement weather conditions, this allows water flow to migrate off the valley flashing onto the paper and or to the interior of the structure.

Today's recommendation.... Refer to an independent licensed roofing contractor for further evaluation/service as needed to ensure roof systems integrity prior to close of escrow.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Window Leak?

So today's topic is the dreaded window leak... But is your window actually leaking. On a recent inspection the Owner was kind enough to disclose that she had a leak at the living room corner window during inclement weather conditions. Indeed there was water damaged plaster and stains at the lower sill, wall surfaces and baseboard below the window. Once we removed the vertical blind, additional water damage, black discoloring and possible mold growth were noted at the upper header and plaster surfaces. A tight crawl in the attic revealed that the source of moisture was not the window but rather a roof leak coming from the fireplace chimney flashing.

Today's recommendation.... Refer to an independent licensed roofing contractor for further evaluation/service as needed to ensure roof systems integrity prior to close of escrow.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Sub Area

So, today's topic "The Sub Area" is often forgotten or at least ignored by many homeowners. If you're home is constructed on a concrete slab foundation, this article won't apply directly to you. If however your home is constructed on a raised foundation with accessible crawl space, read on.

On a recent inspection in San Diego, CA our subject property was an original 1930's vintage craftsman cottage. It's on a perimeter masonry stem wall foundation with interior post and pier foundations. Myself, the termite inspector and a plumbing contractor who is performing a video camera inspection of the 80+ year old waste line system will all access the sub area during the course of our respective duties.

I'm looking for general condition of the foundation and components, moisture, drainage and bracing of the existing structure. First, the sub area is damp with muddy soil conditions at multiple locations, (Poor perimeter yard drainage is responsible for same). The isolated post/pier foundations show visible degradation, newer post/pier foundations have been added but lack pressure treated material and are prefabricated resting directly on grade rather than poured in place. The perimeter sill plate framing is not braced and or anchored at the stem wall foundation to resist movement during an earthquake. As we continue to crawl the perimeter we discover multiple foundation cracks ranging is size from hairline to 1.25" in width with visible deflection.

After crawling the interior perimeter we begin the interior field area of the sub area. Next up, fire damage was discovered directly under the interior hallway off the bedrooms. Further review of the interior structure revealed deflection of interior floors, plaster cracking at wall/ceiling surfaces and doors being out of square.

Our recommendation.... Time to enlist the services of an independent licensed foundation contractor for further evaluation and service as needed to ensure structural systems integrity prior to close of escrow.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Air Conditioning

Let's talk central air systems! More specifically let's think about the air conditioning side of your system. In basic terms everything about your AC system has to do with air flow.

Better air flow at the air filter, evaporator coil, condenser coil and ducting all lead to an efficient system. As you can see in today's picture the condenser coil is in substantial disrepair with damage to the cooling fins and housing. Time to get the HVAC Contractor out for a visit as this coil is in need of replacement.

Remember, always use licensed contractors when working on your property, pull those permits when required and when in doubt, error on the side of safety.

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RHIS - Rental Housing Inspection Service

The goal of our "Rental Housing Inspection Service" (RHIS) is to identify and document substandard conditions in rental properties,
promote greater compliance with basic health and safety standards and preserve neighborhood quality and property values.

My service focuses on identification and documenting health and safety issues in residential rental properties that are:
  • Issues regarding occupant safety - (Unsafe Conditions)
  • Threats to structural integrity of the building - (Unsafe Conditions)
  • Items having a negative impact on the surrounding neighborhoods
Our "Rental Housing Inspection Service" (RHIS) for single family dwellings, duplexes, and apartments. The inspection objective is to identify, report and correct substandard housing conditions through voluntary compliance from landlords and property owners. This will ensure that residential properties meet minimum health and safety standards.

It is our intent to educate property owners of the need for preventative maintenance to ensure residential properties meet minimum health and safety standards. In many instances, the owner/tenant may be unaware of the property conditions and issues.

Inspections identify inadequate sanitation, structural hazardous, hazardous electrical, plumbing, or heating systems, faulty weather protection, fire hazards, inadequate exits, and unhealthy or unsanitary premises. The identification and correction of substandard housing helps property owners improve their property and neighborhood. This will help to ensure that families are living in a safe property and also benefit the property owner through improved tenant relations and revenue metrics.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Water Heater Safety

Today's picture is of an interior mounted water heater in a 1980's condo somewhere in Irvine, CA. This particular unit is "Gas" fired. There are a host of issues with the installation, none more important than fire safety.

As you can see in the picture, the close proximity of stored chemicals and combustibles is unacceptable for a gas fired unit. The fire box of the unit is blocked and facing the stored materials as well. Nice touch with the fire extinguisher...

Remember, always use licensed contractors when working on your property, pull those permits when required and when in doubt, error on the side of safety.

Call us today - we perform home and commercial inspections throughout California including Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, Irvine, San Clemente, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo and a community near you!

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