Buying a Home? Inspect the Plumbing First

Legacy Home Inspection always encourages you to get to know your home before you buy. This includes taking a long hard look at the plumbing, even in a new home. Here are some suggestions and photos that show you what you could run into. Call us today and we will guide you through the process and help you get the right solution.

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If you are in the market for a new home, it is wise to have the entire structure inspected, including the plumbing, before you close the deal. You can also inspect the plumbing system yourself if you know what to look for. Never take everything at face value, especially when it comes to a major purchase like a home – doing so can make you end up spending a ton of cash later on down the road when you discover problems within the plumbing system. Most sellers are motivated to get rid of their real estate right now, which makes pointing out any big problems that you find all the more important.

 

  • Inspect the home’s water heater. You will be looking to see if it is big enough to accommodate your needs (a family of four should have at least a 40 gallon tank), where it is located, and the water heater’s age.
  • Make sure that the plumbing throughout the home is prepared for freezing weather by having pipes wrapped. The vents throughout the home should be the type that can be closed off in the winter time during periods of intense cold.
  • Determine the type of sewage system the home has, whether waste goes to a municipal sewer system, or if there is a septic tank installed. Inside the home, check the kitchen faucets and bathroom faucets for leaks or drips. Check underneath sinks to check for leaking pipes.
  • Flush the toilet in each bathroom. They should empty and then refill correctly.
  • Turn on the shower in the room farthest from the home’s water source. Check the temperature of the water and the water pressure.

Inspecting Brick Veneer

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A home inspector can easily identify the signs of problems in brick veneer. Weep holes can become blocked and not allow water to exit from behind the bricks, leading to deterioration of the brick and mortar. Additionally, brick ties can be improperly installed or loosened over time, and the veneer can separate from the wall. Separation or detachment from the wall is the most important thing to inspect for with brick veneer. Looking along window and door openings, you might see the lean of detached veneer, meaning more brick shows at the top than at the bottom.  A detaching veneer may have a decided bow to it or can show signs of cracking as it pulls loose and separates from the house.

As with solid brick walls, the home inspector should examine the wall for cracking in the brick and deterioration of brick and mortar. Examine weep holes in the lower course of bricks in the veneer to be sure they are open as water behind the wall cannot escape if weep holes are blocked.  Often times there is brick veneer on only a portion of the house, so be sure to check areas where the veneer meets other surfaces.

 

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Common Electric Panel Problems

As a trained home inspector, I have opened and inspected hundreds of residential electric panels.  Whether they are main service panels or subpanels, there always seems to be a short list of recurring issues in these panels.  This post is designed to help you identify these potential problems and be able to contact a professional to have them corrected.

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These are just a handful of the problems I normally see inside an electric panel during a home inspection.  Call us today for assistance in your home inspection and guidance on how to correct the issue.

Roof Inspection, Why?

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Legacy Home Inspection always recommends that you take time to really know your home before you purchase. We have high winds, extreme weather and other factors that ensure you will need to understand your current roof condition. When we inspect your home we go from roof to foundation. Here is what we do when we inspect your roof.

What does a roof inspection include?

Experts say one benefit of scheduling a “peace of mind” type of roof inspection every one or two years is the ability to catch potential roofing problems before they become bigger. It’s also helpful to get a professional estimate of how much useful life your roof might have left.

Here are common components an inspector will examine:

  • Overall appearance of the roof, both exterior and interior. This will indicate whether there’s surface deterioration or any physical damage.
    • Evidence of ceiling cracks and leaks.
    • Condition of fascia, gutters and drains, skylights, chimneys and vents.
    • Curled, broken or missing shingles.
    • Areas where water may collect, like roof valleys.
    • Damaged or missing flashing points.

Should you hire a contractor to inspect your roof?

There are a couple of reasons to consider hiring an expert roofing contractor. For one thing, climbing a ladder and getting on a roof can be dangerous. For another, there could be subtle signs of problems that only an expert would notice.However, it pays to beware of roofing scams. You want to be sure to hire an established, reputable and reliable roofing inspector. Before agreeing to any suggested roofing work, be sure to do your hiring homework.

That includes asking friends, family and neighbors for recommendations, as well as checking a trusted online consumer review site. Get multiple bids, ask for and check references and make sure the company you hire is appropriately licensed and insured.

Call us today for a reliable review!

 

Legacy Home Inspection Site Launches

We are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website! After two months of hard work and dedication, we are delighted to officially announce the launch on July 27th, 2015. The new site launch is available and the URL is www.inspectedbylegacy.com

Our goal with this new website is to provide our visitors an easier way to learn about Investments and how you can be involved. The new website is interactive and gives better access to our past work, customer reviews, information on why you should choose us, and of course our latest offerings. Our current and prospective clients will find useful information about our services on the homepage of our website.

Amongst the new features the site contains integrated social media buttons for Facebook and Linkedin to foster improved communication with the clients. We will be constantly updating our content with helpful information, articles, blogs, newsletters, company announcements.

We hope you find the new website with a fresh look, easy to access information and we also wish to establish this portal as a source of information for those who visits our site.

For any questions, suggestions, feedback or comments, please email us.

Thank You!