connecticut ct home inspections: Sucking Wind - 11/01/11 01:47 AM
One item I’m sure no one is thinking about right now here in Connecticut after the horrific Nor’easter blew through is Air Conditioning. That is unless you’re a home inspector. The unfortunate consequence of cold weather is air conditioners can not be run to test their function. The inspector must perform only a visual assessment of the equipment. Occasionally that is more than enough to spot problems.
Climbing into an attic during a recent inspection I found the A/C systems air handling unit. Giving it the once over quickly I noted a large of amount of cloth “duct tape” on the … (7 comments)

connecticut ct home inspections: The Draft - 10/10/11 01:05 AM
Back some years ago, the draft was something to be avoided, with some young men going so far as to flee to Canada. Yet all along and it’s still true today a draft can be desirable in some instances, while in others not so much. The draft of which I speak has nothing to do with manning an army, but with air flow.
Since we humans prefer to stay warm, we have for centuries relied on burning something to produce heat. At first it was wood and it still is for many people, especially as the price of our more modern … (7 comments)

connecticut ct home inspections: Kick It Out Blues - 10/04/11 01:33 AM
You might think of the song by Heart after reading the title, but this post has little to do with kick ass rock and roll. This is more a tale of the blues.
Roofs, every home has one. Without a roof you would have a big skylight…that let’s in all the elements. So the roof is very important. What is also important with the roof are the flashing details. It is often said the devil is in the details. I couldn’t agree more.
What often separates good work from great? The minute details, the care, the knowledge that someone took to … (12 comments)

connecticut ct home inspections: Isn't It obvious? - 05/20/11 06:37 AM
It happens to every one every day, a DUH! moment. Something so obvious we missed it because it was right in front of our face. You know how it goes, you're tearing apart the frig looking for the juice. You're grumbling under your breath or at least you think you are, your wife comes along to investigate the source of your agitation. She asks what's wrong; you say someone has taken your juice. She reaches by your twisted up face, grabs the bottle and says, in that special tone of hers,
You mean this juice.
Yep, we have all been there.
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connecticut ct home inspections: Shots Fired - 05/11/11 11:49 PM
People move for so many varied reasons. Change of job, new addition to the family, less family. As a Connecticut home inspector I'm there to help them with the first part of their move.
Recently I had a young couple whose motivation for moving would seem to be a growing family. The home they were purchasing was on a quiet back street next to a school. The home was in need of plenty of work, which this couple seemed more than willing to take on.
As usual I inspected the exterior first, getting up on the roof. As I was finishing … (20 comments)

connecticut ct home inspections: A Visit to The Sardine Packing Plant - 05/09/11 11:55 PM
I love to catch fish, I love to eat fish. One of my favorite little fishies to eat is sardines. They look so nice and neat all packed inside the tin. I even love the tin, well I did when the tins came with the key and roll open top. When you inserted the key and began to roll back the metal, it was anticipa-ya-tion.
Finding your favorite fish snack packed in a can is quite fun and tasty. Finding electrical wires packed up tight as sardines is not enjoyable, but cause for concern.
It is always fairly easy to tell … (15 comments)

connecticut ct home inspections: Not To Forget - 04/19/11 12:37 AM
I think it's human nature to purposefully forget when something bad has happened, either personally or on a broader scale such as witnessing a natural disaster. The emotions we feel at the time are strong and unpleasant, subsequently we push them away into a dark corner of our mind, buried deep under our memories.
The winter just past here in Connecticut was one of much pain and suffering for many people. Record snowfall in January caused homeowners to experience water infiltration into their homes from ice damming. Some unfortunate souls had structural issues. Roof collapses were common.
It is spring now, … (42 comments)

connecticut ct home inspections: Feelin' Hot, Hot, Hot - 04/18/11 02:01 AM
Being in hot water is no fun unless you're at a spa. As a kid growing up here in Connecticut, I found myself in hot water occasionally, when I wasn't going to church or helping the needy. 
If you believe that I have some cheap ocean front property for sale in Kansas.
In our homes there is a means of heating the water so that we can enjoy a hot shower or wash or hands. The thing about hot water is, well it's hot and can burn you. Depending on how hot the water the burn can be minor to severe.
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connecticut ct home inspections: Where Am I? - 04/10/11 02:03 AM
In our travels we happen upon unique stuff. The trick is to recognize it when it's in front of us. There can be something intriguing in what at first glance appears mundane. Or that could just be my warped sense of what I find interesting.
Here is something I found fascinating, can you guess what it might be?

 
 

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connecticut ct home inspections: Furry - 03/19/11 12:38 AM
Some things should just be furry and soft, like your cat. Unless you have one of those bald varieties (shudder). My two daughters have all manner of fuzzy and furry stuffed animals. They can never seem to have enough of them.
Interestingly enough a common house hold appliances produces lots of fuzzy, furry stuff, the dryer. Dryer lint for most of us is scraped out of the lint trap and thrown out in the trash. For the creatively minded, they see it as a cool art medium.
For me being a Connecticut home inspector, I see dryer lint as more of … (15 comments)

connecticut ct home inspections: More Disturbing Patterns - 03/15/11 01:42 AM
Yesterday I posted about a roof I had inspected here in Connecticut that had been assaulted by a fool with a power washer. What I did not discuss was the additional damage done by another contractor over this past winter.
Connecticut experienced a record setting snowfall over the course of the 2010 - 2011 winter. January was the snowiest on record. Roof collapses were occurring with alarming regularity. As a result roof clearing became an in demand business as frighten folks sought relief from snow anxiety. As what usually happens when a huge and unexpected demand for a service arises, the … (11 comments)

connecticut ct home inspections: The Water Heater Trap - 03/08/11 02:05 AM
I don't count how many times a week I look at something during a home inspection in a Connecticut home and scratch my head in wonder, but that bald spot on the back of my head does look like its getting bigger. Seriously, do contractors actually believe stuff like this condensate line stretched across the floor is okay? Would they install a drain line in this manner in their own home?
I sincerely doubt it.
The space here between the water heater and furnace is the only walkway to the electric panel. The customer for this inspection was a renter looking to … (16 comments)

connecticut ct home inspections: Foundation - 03/06/11 01:27 AM
Foun·da·tion [fown dáysh'n] n
1.  Support for a building: a part of a building, usually below the ground, that transfers and distributes the weight of the building onto the ground
That definition of the word foundation as it applies to buildings and its connotations imply significant importance. The foundation is where everything begins, is built upon and thus supported. If you start with a poor foundation, everything built upon it can be put in a precarious position.
Generally most foundations for homes consist of two main parts, the footing and the wall. The floor, when one is poured, is usually the … (13 comments)

connecticut ct home inspections: Radon Retesting, Does It Make Sense? - 03/03/11 01:06 AM
I would say about once a month I get a call from someone who is looking to retest their home for radon. Now this is not a bad idea, especially if improvements have been made to the home. However most of the calls I receive are from home sellers. As part of the buyer's inspection a radon test was done on the seller's home with the test results coming back over the EPA action level of 4.0 pCi/L. The seller feels there is a problem with the test usually for one of the following reasons;
When they bought the house the … (13 comments)

connecticut ct home inspections: Recirculation - 03/02/11 12:38 AM
One of the biggest complaints I hear from homeowners is regarding the lack of comfort in their homes, specifically with heating and cold drafts. I receive several calls a week regarding these issues. The reason people contact me is not because I'm a Connecticut home inspector, but because I'm a certified energy auditor and infrared thermographer. Often homeowners have been suffering with these problems for years without resolution in spite of having numerous professionals examine the house.
Some of these calls come from owners of newer homes. Now it might be hard to believe that a home only a few years … (18 comments)

connecticut ct home inspections: More Tales of DI Why - 02/28/11 12:48 AM
As any homeowner knows, doing repairs around the house is a constant chore. Something always needs fixing or maintaining. When it comes to most repairs or upgrades the best way to save money is to do it yourself. And there are people falling over each other to offer help. Not literally standing outside your door, but from the TV, internet and most big box stores. They make it seem so easy. Just buy the stuff you need, and go at it.
Often it's not any where as easy as it looks and some DIYer's skills may be some what lacking.
On … (11 comments)

connecticut ct home inspections: Wordless Wednesday - Down By The Riverside - 02/22/11 11:16 PM

 
 
 
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connecticut ct home inspections: What Can Brown Tell Us? - 02/12/11 02:20 AM
The color brown is not generally attractive, at least to me, your preferences may vary. Drab and dull come to my mind...and with home inspections it brings up another color, red.
This winter, in case you have been living under a rock, has been a record setter in Connecticut, with snow fall in January surpassing all previous records. The other factor that has been some what unusual is the sustained and bitter cold, which has kept all that snow around. Inspecting Connecticut homes has become a challenge.
The biggest issue for homeowners and those selling their homes is snow on the … (13 comments)

connecticut ct home inspections: Designing A Great Escape - 02/10/11 12:29 AM
Right now most everyone around most of the country must be thinking of escaping to a warm island retreat with the winter we're experiencing. But I am not here to offer tips on choosing a travel destination. The other day I wrote a post about required egress in a bedroom, specifically the window dimensions. The window shown in the post was one of those small windows commonly found in basements. A few of the comments alluded to how these small windows are really never safe at any time. I would tend to agree with those statements, all though when sleeping you're … (11 comments)

connecticut ct home inspections: I Was Framed! - 01/21/11 12:48 AM
I was framed!, screams the allegedly innocent criminal as he is sentenced to hard time in every hokey crime drama. In my job as a Connecticut home inspector I'm interested in framing, not some innocent sap, the kind that makes up a home or building.
Looking at an obviously reframed and sheathed garage on a recent inspection, I had to take offense. The carpentry was criminal.
Looking at the wall framing notice that the wall studs do not line up under the rafters. Also the door frame lacks a header. What may be hard to detect in the picture is the … (18 comments)

 
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