It’s a Sign

An experience home inspector will follow the signs… silt marks on a foundation, a ceiling water stain.

One of the definitions of the word sign – is something indicating the presence or existence of something else, <signs of moisture>.

It’s not uncommon to identify several property conditions (signs) associated with a damp crawlspace… the perfect place for mushrooms to grow:

  • no gutters or downspouts terminating next to foundation
  • clogged gutters allowing water to fall next to the house
  • the yard slopes towards the house
  • poor yard drainage
  • leaking pipes

Schedule an inspection – mention “I’d like a peace of mind inspection” – Save $25

Bad Location

Note the location of the electrical wall outlet above the kitchen cooktop, a common 1950-60s installation for electric skillets or crock pots.

If a kitchen electric appliance is plugged in – there’s a good chance the power cord can drape across or contact a hot cooking element – melt the cord insulation – causing an electrical short.

An additional risk is that the electrical circuit breaker may not turn off resulting in an electrical overload and fire.

Schedule an inspection – mention “I’d like a peace of mind inspection” – Save $25

Asbestos Boots

Home inspectors find interesting conditions in crawlspaces, an area under a house and in attics.

Under an older San Ramon house, the inspector noted the heating ducts terminated at a ‘transition boot’ wrapped in asbestos.

The asbestos wrapped ‘boots’ are found between the round heating ducts and rectangular floor, wall or ceiling heat registers in a room.

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that was added to a variety of products in the past to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance.

Are asbestos wrapped boots a problem? Yes, only if the boots are damaged, rusted or deteriorating; and the asbestos becomes “friable” – where asbestos material can be crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder by hand.

Schedule an inspection – mention “I’d like a peace of mind inspection” – Save $25

Coffee Can Fix

What do coffee drinkers and home inspectors have in common? They both get a buzz.
Coffee drinkers get the caffeine kick and home inspectors get excited when they observe the creativity of home owners.
The photo was taken under an older San Leandro house… where a creative person used the large bulk coffee cans to patch a corroded heating duct.
Just the right size.
The inspector found that the West Coast Coffee company is a wholesale coffee roaster and distributor out of Portland, Oregon.
Schedule an inspection – mention “I’d like a peace of mind inspection” – Save $25