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Home Inspector - Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - 3380-000723
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How to identify poison ivy from the fakes.Well, it's summer and that means, please sing along, 'tis the season, for poison ivy.  People often take walks in the woods in summer.  So, look out! Poison ivy is the bane of every Boy Scoutmaster and scout camp in history!  It's also the bane of hikers ...
07/06/2018
This is a head's up - beware the cheap LED light fixture!We have a 20 year old house, which we built.  It was time to upgrade the fluorescent kitchen light fixture.  I wanted LED.Looking around I wanted one that provided good light, lots of lumens.Watts measure the amount of energy a light bulb u...
06/07/2018
Unprofessional Roofing 101, and how this home inspector  could tell.  It took him about 5 minutes.The house information said, "New roof!"And from the street it looked great, roof and gutters.But a home inspection is to try to take a close look at things.So this home inspector  did look closely.Ev...
03/15/2018
The basement floor slab in this new home is a problem!What's going on with this floor?  It is only four months old.The homeowners have been in the house for one month.The basement is the indoor play zone for three small children.  There is a lot going on down there!A week or so prior to this phot...
03/03/2018
This kitchen cabinet front is a "repair" in new construction.Imagine buying a house for over 7 figures.  What would you expect?The best?  Good but not the best?LESS THAN THE BEST?During the great reveal is this what you, as the buyer, would want to encounter?Obviously the kitchen "professionals" ...
02/09/2018
This is step one of roof flashing.  Counter flashing is step two.So, on this new house, where's step two?This is step one.It is called step flashing.A piece of metal is bent at a 90 degree angle and placed under each shingle in a step fashion all the way up a roof.It abuts the side of the house, ...
02/07/2018
How can you see extreme door inefficiency? You can feel it.You can understand it.But how can you see it?With a thermal camera, of course!And who better but Mighty Mo?This is a panorama of two thermal images stitched together to show an exterior door front on.It was so poorly fitted into the frami...
01/31/2018
Is this a kitchen cabinet or a slow cooker?Chris Ann Cleland actually came up with that title.While doing my typical thermal image sweep of this house I wondered why there was no HVAC register in the bathroom.Well, there was one!  And thermal imaging is the perfect way to find it!It was there, bu...
01/25/2018
When homeowner repairs are uninformed and go awry.Homeowners often go ahead with "repairs" that are improper or simply uninformed.Concrete driveways can spall.  Spalling means that the exterior layer, the final layer sometimes called the cream, cracks, flakes, or chips off.That thin, top surface ...
01/24/2018
A pin-hole leak can do a lot of damage.A pin-hole leak is exactly that, a very small leak at a joint or other corrosive deterioration in copper tubing.  It is sometimes called a progressive leak.This pin-hole leak looks to have begun where the yellow arrow points.That is a soldered joint.It must ...
01/17/2018
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