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home inspector omaha: Omaha Home Inspection: Anti-Tip Bracket Missing on Oven - 02/25/11 11:23 AM
The manufacturers make anti-tip brackets for a reason. If a curous child opens up the oven door and stands on it, there is a chance that the oven can tip over onto them. We've all seen ovens that were loose and others that were jammed so tightly into the countertop opening that even a 300 lb adult wouldn't tip it over. They'd break the door off the hinges first;-) Where I see ovens loose and not secured down are where the homeowner has recently replaced the flooring...most times with Pergo flooring. I see this a lot also when houses are flipped (0 comments)
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home inspector omaha: Home Inspections Omaha: 5 Business Days to Complete Home Inspection...Are You Kidding Me?! - 02/15/11 07:27 AM
It's mid-February and we've went from -10 degrees with windchills of -20 to -30 last week to hitting the 60's this week. That surge in warm weather has turned the switch 'ON' in the Omaha real estate market. I started Monday booking every time slot for the rest of the week! It's a great feeling compared to the slow winter we just rolled out of. When the busy season comes upon us, it never ceases to amaze me the # of agents that shoot themselves and their Buyer clients in the foot. They pull out their standard contracts and make the (38 comments)
home inspector omaha: Omaha Home Inspection: Potential carbon monoxide poisoning on high-efficiency furnaces - 01/28/11 12:45 PM
Below are 2 pictures taken from a home in Blair, Nebraska. The high-efficiency furnace had 2 areas of active leaks. During testing, they weren't leaking CO gas, but active condensate was leaking out in both places. If you have a high-efficiency furnace, please check around the exhaust fan and all of the connections on the PVC exhaust line for any leaks. These can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. For more info, please go to our website: www.omaha-home-inspection.com.
home inspector omaha: Home Warranty vs Home Inspection - 01/03/11 01:21 PM
Home warranties are an insurance coverage on a home for a set amount of time. Some home warranties cover the listing, some only go into effect for the Buyer after closing, others cover both the listing and after closing. Most home warranties provide coverage for 1 year. The homeowner can chose to extend the coverage at the end of the year. Each home warranty will list out what items of the home will be covered and which will be excluded. Home inspections are a snapshot of the condition of the property on the day of the inspection. Their purpose is (0 comments)
home inspector omaha: Home Inspection Omaha: Window in Shower Surround - 12/13/10 09:45 AM
It's very common to find a window in the surround of the tub/shower in older homes. As a safety issue, I will point the window out if it's not tempered glass. The reason is somebody can accidentally put their elbow through it and have large pieces of glass on them. If the glass is replaced with tempered glass and it's accidentally broke, the glass breaks in to tiny pieces just like your car's windshield minimizing harm to someone. Most investors that flip properties forget to change out the old window. For more home inspection tips, go to: www.Omaha-Home-Inspection.com.
home inspector omaha: Omaha Home Inspection: Mice Move Into Electrical Panel Box - 12/11/10 03:59 PM
There was an opening in the side of this sub-box that screamed "move-in ready" to some mice in a Herman, Nebraska home. At this point in my career I've lost count how many dead mice I've found fried in panel boxes. Eventually, they start to smell;-) www.Omaha-Home-Inspection.com for more fun pics taken from real inspections.
home inspector omaha: Omaha Home Inspection: Rolled Insulation Forgotten At Eaves - 12/10/10 12:23 AM
Below is a prime example of what wind can do along the eave of a home when the Builder doesn't install batt insulation along the eaves. This home is a high-end custom built home in West Omaha. As you can see, the loose blown insulation has been blown back leaving the ceiling over this bedroom exposed. This will be a significant loss of condition air over the years if not corrected. For other home inspection tips, check out: www.Omaha-Home-Inspection.com.
home inspector omaha: Omaha Home Inspection: How Do You Disclose Used Car Oil Dumped Into Ground On Property? - 12/02/10 05:58 PM
This charming home in South Omaha even comes with quite a bit of contaminated soil. The previous genius homeowner changed the oil in his cars and drained the oil into a hole in the ground in the garage. Now that the Listing Agent has become aware, I'll be curious to see if that little factoid is disclosed to future buyers. I'm not sure of many Buyers who will want to pay for cleaning up all of that contamination. For more wonderful surprises found on my home inspections, check out: www.Omaha-Home-Inspection.com.
home inspector omaha: Omaha Home Inspection: No Insulation In Exterior Walls - 12/01/10 09:06 PM
In the Omaha Metro, most turn of the century homes don't have insulation in the exterior walls unless a company has come through and blown in Cellulose insulation. To find out, simply remove an outlet or switch plate cover on an exterior wall and look. If you don't see any insulation, there's your answer. You can hire an insulation contractor to either drill holes through the siding or through the inside walls, they'll blown in the insulation, and plug the holes afterward. Your utility bills will thank you greatly! For more tips, check out our website: www.Omaha-Home-Inspection.com.
home inspector omaha: Omaha Home Inspection: Don't block your A/C or Heat Pump - 11/20/10 04:16 PM
Air conditioners and heat pumps need to be able to expel heat during the cooling season. When vegatation or other obstacles block the air movement around the fins, it makes them work much harder. This can cause your cooling system to wear out faster and your utility bills to run higher. Keep them free & clear so they can do their job. For other helpful tips, go to: www.Omaha-Home-Inspection.com.
home inspector omaha: Omaha Home Inspection: Shifted Clay-Tile Liner In Chimney - 11/02/10 08:15 AM
This is one of the more extreme shifted clay-tile lined chimneys I've ran across. Usually on older homes from the 1940's-1960's, they'll have a clay-tile liner. Most often, the mortar joints have deteriorated out allowing the flue gases a secondary avenue to flow. Shifted liners and cracked liners are found frequently as well and pose the same problem. Whenever there is a breach in the liner, there is a threat of catching the house on fire and having flue gases leak into the home which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. Because this is connected up to the furnace and water (2 comments)
home inspector omaha: Curb Appeal Sinking On This Omaha Home Inspection - 10/21/10 06:09 PM
This beautiful 3,500+ s.f. home in Omaha, Nebraska had it all! It truly was a dream home!!! One of the biggest issues found during my home inspection was the unique front that set this home apart in the neighborhood was sinking. I'll show you... The photo below shows where the weight of the overhang sits...directly onto the concrete steps. Based on the settlement, I don't believe there are any footers under this area.
The next photo is a close up of the settlement of the concrete steps.
Pay attention to the railing up against the exterior wall. Notice the (0 comments)
It's that time of year again. The days are getting shorter and cooler. To ensure that your house remains in prime condition over the winter, a good weekend spent on preventative maintenance is a great investment. By making a thorough inspection of your home inside and out you can detect and repair problems before they become issues. This can save you time and costly headaches down the road. If there are repairs below beyond your comfort zone, hire a licensed Contractor to handle the job. GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS Neglected gutters can lead to (0 comments)
home inspector omaha: Omaha Home Inspection: Is Your Dryer Vent a Fire Hazard? - 10/10/10 09:55 PM
Dryer vents should be a maximum 25' in length, minus 5' per 90 degree turn, minus 2.5' per 45 degree turn. The only time the dryer vent can exceed this length is if the dryer manufacturer specifies it. Some of the higher efficiency dryers can be upwards of 50', but common sense says you shouldn't push your luck. If the dryer vent is too long, the dryer may not be able to push the moist air out, thus building up with lint. They should be made of approved dryer vent material...rigid metal with interior smooth surface or the flex type (that (1 comments)
home inspector omaha: Blistered Shingles Found by Omaha Home Inspector - 10/04/10 02:32 PM
These photos were all taken from the same roof in Glenwood, IA. It looks like hail damage, but it's not. This is a manufacturer's defect. The manufactured batch of shingles had too much tar in the mix. When the sun beat down on them, the tar bubbled up, causing the granules to pop off. See the 3rd photo for a clear understanding of what's occurring. To learn more, please read my "Defective Shingles: A Homeowner's Nightmare" article.
home inspector omaha: Omaha Home Inspector Finds Problems With Brick Foundations - 10/01/10 09:28 AM
When do you know a brick foundation is shot? If a large portion of the wall has mortar deteriorated to the point that you can stick a screwdriver more than 1/4" into the joints, then it's past the point of simply being able to tuck point. If the brick wall is out of plum, this too is not a good sign. When a significant portion of the wall is deteriorated, the only solution may be to jack the house up, remove the foundation, build a new one, and set the house back down. There are other options too. If the joists (1 comments)
home inspector omaha: Council Bluffs Home Inspection: Ice Dam Membrane Too Short On New Construction - 09/30/10 09:48 AM
This is a house located just north of the humane society in Council Bluffs in a new development. The ice dam membrane is supposed to be installed from the eave up 2' past where the exterior wall meets the roof. They are 1 row short. Oops! The sad thing is the new homeowner will never know until a heavy snow that melts too fast causes the roof to leak in the middle of winter. Should new construction be inspected? ABSOLUTELY!!! To see more new construction mistakes, go to our New Construction Nightmares - Photo Gallery.
home inspector omaha: Defective Shingles: A Homeowner's Nightmare - 09/28/10 03:48 PM
When homeowners have their roofs replaced, many expect a new roof to last at least the length of the manufacturer’s warranty. If the homeowner chooses the 35-yr asphalt composite architectural shingle, then common sense figures that the roof should last outwards of 35 years before needing to be replaced. That’s assuming there’s no Act of God (ie-hail) that totals the roof somewhere in between now and 35 years. If a homeowner ends up with defective shingles installed on their roof, the estimated remaining useful life plummets significantly and can turn into a costly nightmare. This article will explain and document some (0 comments)
home inspector omaha: Nasty Flame Rollout On Furnace - 09/27/10 07:52 AM
Last week, I inspected a foreclosure. The furnace was from the 1970's and looked like it had about 4 cracks in the heat exchanger. I wasn't able to verify them due to the fact that the furnace wouldn't stay running for more than about 25 seconds at a time. What was happening was the flue pipe was clogged. As the flue gases would build up, they would have nowhere to go, it would cause the flames to rollout and automatically shut the furnace back down. The wiring near the burner tubes were all melted and the sides of the furnace box (1 comments)
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