www.risleyhomeinspections.com Here are some examples from real home inspections on how vegetation and trees can affect your home. Tree branches and bushes that are near or in contact to your home Tree branches that overhang the roof or are in contact to the home, can abrade or damage the siding and roofing materials. Trees that overhang the roof also contribute to gutters becoming clogged with leaves more frequently and can shade areas of the roof. Roofing materials that stay
Here are some examples of electrical issues found during actual home inspections. All performed by Risley Home Inspections www.risleyhomeinspections.com Service entrance wires not installed without "drip loop". SE wires entering the mast head need to be arranged in a drip loop, to prevent allowing water to run down into panel. Service entrance wire sheathing deteriorated. SE cables are rated for exterior use, although over time the sun's UV rays can make them become brittle.
www.risleyhomeinspections.com (All photos are from real home inspections performed by Risley Home Inspections) A look at what goes on, inside your Cast Iron drain lines: Deterioration of cast iron pipes is normal after just 25 years, typically deteriorates quicker if standing water is allowed in pipes or at threaded joints. Wear and tear is normal in many residential pipe systems. Many older homes have cast iron or galvanized drain lines, unless they have been replaced since
www.risleyhomeinspections.com (All photos are from real home inspections performed by Risley Home Inspections) Every year, dryer duct or dryer lint fires cause millions and millions of dollars in damages, hundreds of injuries, and even deaths. Dryer vents and ducts can be something most homeowners do not really think about. Experts recommend cleaning your dryer vent and ducts at least two times a year, more frequently for larger families, since the dryer is likely running mor
Owning a home is one of the biggest investments for most people, so regularly maintaining your home is a must to keep it in proper shape. Here is part 1 of our home improvement advice to keep your home in tip top shape. In this first portion we'd like to focus on the exterior/outside portion of the property. Deck Maintenance During the warmer months, your deck can become a common area to hang out, host get togethers, and drink your morning coffee. So keeping it in clean shape
www.risleyhomeinspections.com When looking at a potential new home or even if you are a current home owner, being aware of the age of your appliances is very important. Appliances can be one of the more expensive repairs or replacements of the home so it is important to know the current condition. Although appliances can operate and run past their typical life expectancy, that does not mean they are operating efficiently nor should you trust that they are going to keep operat
www.risleyhomeinspections.com Leaks can waste water, raise your bill, damage your home, and encourage unwanted organic growth. Most common areas around your home for water leaks Plumbing under sinks - drain traps and water supply connections Faucets and fixtures Water Heater Water leaking from under bathrooms Roof leaks Water supply line piping Plumbing drainage piping Leaking under sinks Commonly during home inspections you can find leaking under kitchen and bathroom sinks.
www.risleyhomeinspections.com Testing your sump pump every once in a while is very important to know it will properly operate when you need it most. A sump pump is a key component in your home that helps prevent ground or rainwater from entering your basement and keeping water away from the foundation. Water from under or around your home drains into a sump pump pit, and is then pumped out and away from your home. Components to inspect: Sump pit/sump basket/crock Pump operati
www.risleyhomeinspections.com Air admittance valves (AAV's) are mechanical plumbing devices that can take the place of plumbing vents. How does it work? Air admittance valves work with a sealing mechanism that is lifted to let air into the drain system when there is negative pressure and allow proper drainage. Positive pressure causes the mechanism to close so that gases cannot escape into the home. #AirAdmittanceValves are very inexpensive and easy alternative to installing
When potential #homebuyers are looking at a new home, I'm sure most - if not all - are not looking into the condition of the attic. That is the home inspectors job! Here are a few issues you can expect to find when your #homeinspector is thoroughly inspecting the attic. These tips can be helpful for home buyers or even sellers who would like to know what to look for before listing the home, to catch those issues ahead of time and make the home selling/buying process go even s
A home inspection is a very important stage in the home buying process. After the seller accepts your potential offer, it is recommended to hire a certified home inspector to find potential hidden issues and assess the current condition of the home. A home inspection covers the exterior of the home, grading and vegetation, roofing, foundation, attic structure, insulation and ventilation, plumbing, electrical, interior room by room, your HVAC systems, basement and/or crawlspac
www.risleyhomeinspections.com Introduction Hot water heaters can typically last 10-12 years. With some basic maintenance once or twice a year, you can make sure you get the most out of your appliance extending its life expectancy and maintain its efficiency. Draining sediments from water heater tank: Overtime during the water heating process, natural minerals like magnesium and calcium form into sediment particles that will settle at the bottom of the tank. These sediments wi
The air conditioning unit is a very important system/component of the home. Preventive maintenance can help you make sure your unit stays operating efficiently, pro-long the lifespan of the appliance, and save you the costly repair of replacing the unit. Here are just a few quick tips on what to look for when inspecting your A/C unit to see if it is operating efficiently and in good condition. First things first, the age of the unit. Typical life expectancy of an A/C unit or