We get asked this question a lot! What should I fix first?
Especially when it comes to the Marginal Summary of our reports.
DEFECTIVE ITEMS REPORTED
When looking at the Defective Items List in Our Reports; One must look at what items
are safety hazards that would be detrimental to the life of your family. (Life or death) issues:
Remember all Defective Items Should Be Repaired or Replaced by a Qualified Contractor!
Here is how a person can determine sequence of repairs:
*This is just an example and is not an exhaustive list.
All Defective items need to be repaired and the order is up to the owner of
the report of how such repairs are dealt with.
1. The heat ex-changer on the furnace is cracked which would cause carbon monoxide poisoning which can cause death.
2. There is inadequate clearance between the furnace flue and combustible materials which could cause fire.
1. Gas Service Lines: Black iron piping and copper tubing; Copper tubing and flare fittings are no longer approved
for use with natural gas. Again a Gas Leak potential.
2. CSST: Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing: Must be electrically bonded to prevent burn through in the event of
a nearby lightening strike. CSSTSafety.com
1. The main lugs are double tapped in a 100 amp panel. Electrical fire.
2. 120 VAC Branch Circuits: Copper; Rodent damage to the wiring in the panel was observed. Fire Hazard.
1. Broken fire brick liners were observed. This can cause carbon monoxide poisoning or fire in the home.
2. Heavy creosote deposits in the flue of your fireplace chimney. This is a fire hazard.
We were inspecting a house that had a well for their water.
We told our clients that they needed to have their water tested for toxins, especially LEAD.
Little did they know that the property next door used to be a junk yard.
We have been living in Columbia since we were born and we were aware
of many areas of Boone County that were dumps.
Since, we knew what used to be next door to the House we were inspecting we told our clients
that they definitely needed to do water tests for these toxic elements:
acid from batteries
When you move into a home do you know what water system is used to provide your home
with drinking water?
It is important to be educated on where your water comes from.
How old is the infrastructure that is providing your home with safe drinking water?
There are many stories of families who have been exposed to lead from drinking
water from their water supply in their homes and their children
becoming very sick!
Call your local water service provider to find out:
How your water is treated?
What chemicals they use to treat the water?
How often is it tested?
What types of pipes does your homes water pass through.
A Home Inspector can only see the supply piping that comes into your home.
Contact your local water supplier or
the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Public Drinking Water Branch (573-751-5331) or
David Erickson, MoDNR, Missouri Water Resources Center
Tel: (573) 368-2332
It is so fun to sit on the front porch and watch the birds go from feeder to feeder!
Their colors especially the blue birds are so vibrant.
To hear the doves sing brings such peace to my soul!
BUT BIRDS CAN BE A PAIN IN YOUR HOUSE!
Check This One Out! He/She is just making Your Home Theirs!
Birds can Damage your Home and
Bring in All Kinds of Unwanted Pests like snakes.
Learn About the 5 Diseases Birds Carry that Can Infect YOU!
We were out driving around looking at Houses Being Built.
We love looking at new construction. It is fun to see the steps in
We came across the craziest site ever! The duct work was in the attic but no roof.
The job site had boards everywhere with nails sticking out of what looked
like pulled off roof boards and lumber sprawled everywhere!
Nails were scattered all over the premises. It was CRAZY!
Before You Buy Learn All YOU CAN!
- What moisture exposure did the house have before being built?
- How long were the framing boards on the ground?
- Was the foundation poured and protected correctly?
- How much weather exposure did the interior have before the roof was put on?
- Was the electrical hooked up and installed to the panel safely?
- Is the exterior of the house like brick, EIFS, and or stone applied to current standards?
- WAS THE HOUSE BUILT ON FILL DIRT?
ALL THESE QUESTIONS ARE SO IMPORTANT WHEN BUYING YOUR NEW HOME!!
Check out the List of Problems That Can Occur to All the Situations Listed ABOVE:
We Start Out By Understanding Your Needs, Your Desires for Safe Healthy Living.
We Put A Plan Into ACTION on the Date and Time to Inspect for You.
You will receive confirmation emails on when and an inspection agreement to tell you what we are doing.
Next we explain why you need to have at least
3 services checked on the home you are considering to buy!
One is a FULL HOME INSPECTION
This will help you to see pictures of Marginal and Defective Issues
in the home that could keep you from being safe.
Two is A Qualified 48 Hour RADON TEST
This will help you to determine your health risk for Lung Cancer and Exposure to Deadly Radon Gas.
Do not let ANYONE Talk you OUT OF GETTING YOUR HOME TESTED!!
I have met 6 People over the past 5 years with Stage 4 Lung Cancer from Radon!
Corentium Pro Radon Testing Machines
Stay Away from Lung CANCER
Third is to have a TERMITE INSPECTION
Do not get stuck with termite damage.
Lastly, if you need any other special services we will set them up; like a Septic Inspection,
EIFS Inspection, etc.
We are Your Experts In the Field and
We KNOW What You Should Know in Making the SAFEST HOME BUYING DECISIONS
and to do so you need comprehensive information to guide your way!
Do Not Let Anyone Rush You on Your Journey!
Information Is Your Key to Understanding and Decision Making!
Just like the Sun Burning Holes Through Your Eyes During an Eclipse the Sun Can Also Damage Your Home!
Imagine being outside in the sun playing in the sprinkler or sipping tea reading a book but Uh Oh you forgot to wear sunscreen
and now your skin is burning and your are as red as a lobster. Aside from your skin turning red your are also going to become
dry and the moisture from your skin will become depleted quickly!
The Same Thing Happens to Your Shingles, Siding, and Exterior of Your Home!
This can become costly:
Blistering of Shingles
Deterioration of floor boards on decks and stairs
Overheated Concrete that chips and buckles
Ways to Prevent Sun Damage and Future Problems
What Do You Mean?
I do not want to have a Flooded Basement-ANYTIME!
During Hot Dry Weather the Soil Around Your Foundation Pulls Away and Drys Out.
Then when it rains hard, your dry soil will not
absorb the moisture that fast; therefore running all the way down into your
basement. Possibly flooding, leaking, or staining the walls causing a host of problems!
Stuart was inspecting around the corner
when he heard the sound of Fire Engines and saw smoke!
Everyone thinks, “Oh this only happens to other families, not us!”
Not true it can happen to YOU!
All these components are important for healthy living!
- Asbestos Removal
Asbestos removal and disposal should be done by a licensed contractor that has hazmat experience
due to its cancer causing agent.
- Foundation Damage
A foundation that is damaged will cause racking of walls, windows, and doors.
- HVAC Repairs
A Leaking heat exchanger can not only be costly financially but a leak can be deadly.
Carbon Monoxide is an invisible gas!
- Mold Remediation
Mold can make you sick. Removal, repair of walls, and stopping the moisture is the most important
in improving air quality after the mold is removed.
- Damaged Roof
Replacing, repairing is very important in order to prevent other maintenance issues such as mold,
and water in places it is not suppose to be.
Five More to Go:
I love to take showers during a storm because we have a huge
Picture window facing the North West! My shower has rope lights around the ceiling
and it is just the coolest thing to see lightning cross across the sky and hear the thunder!
But How Dumb am I? I never thought of this till just recently!!
Lightening can strike your house and it can travel through the metal pipes, wiring, or the gutters,
and it can travel through the reinforcing steel in the concrete.
So during a Storm, Heed the Warning Stay Inside and away from your shower!!