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Ribbon houseFrequently Asked Questions

Q1. What is a Home Inspection?

Q2. Competent vs. Incompetent Work?

Q3. What's the difference between Mildew and Mold?

Q4. What is Roof Flashing?

Q5. Is the A/C working properly?


Q1. What is a Home Inspection?

A1. A home inspection is a visual examination of a property and all its systems. It is an unbiased opinion as to the efficiency and/or possible replacement of equipment nearing its life expectancy. Our inspectors are generalists, and should the situation arise, will refer a specialists in a field if the condition warrants. This ensures that the situation is addressed properly and can be remedied.

Q2. Competent vs. Incompetent Work?

A2. Often we come upon "Jury Rigged" conditions that either do not meet code or are unsafe. Example: Running an extension cord across a patio to operate a pool filter. Not only can someone trip over this, but the possibility of electrocution exists. This is noted as an imminent hazard that must be addressed immediately. The power should come from a direct circuit, be in a conduit and with the appropriate circuit breaker for interruption. This is usually attributed to laziness and second expense. The typical homeowner doesn't think about this, they just "do."

Q3. What's the difference between Mildew and Mold?

A3. We as inspectors have to be sensitive, not only to our customer, but the seller as well. Black substance around a shower pan typically is mildew and can be remedied by a simple solution of bleach and water. However a leak that goes behind a wall of a shower and has been active for some time, the shower wall may be "soft." This situation may be referred to a licensed plumber for their expertise. Unattended drips or constant running water in certain locations are signs that an additional investigation may be in order. Most mildew removal can be done after a leak is fixed by using a mild solution of bleach and water again. Letting it dry, and if applicable paint with a primer. All leaks when found should be addressed immediately to avoid additional damage.

Q4. What is Roof Flashing?

A4. Not all roofs are the same, however the flashing used is very similar. Often there are "Stains" at corner eaves present on many homes. Typically this is due to slow drainage from the roof and the water "Leeches" underneath. The wood acts like a sponge causing the stain. This is not unusual, but very common and certainly not a concern. Flashing material between 2 adjoining roofs will let the water flow off the roof and away from edges. The majority of ceiling stains come from intrusions at flashed points and protrusions through the roof, ie: vents and chimneys. Proper flashing is designed to remove moisture from the roof as so not to affect the structure.

Q5. Is the A/C working properly?

A5. Often a customer will comment, "Is the A/C working properly? This room seems warm." This is a valid concern, but rest assured the problem is usually that the owner has closed down some of the vents to "pump" or "push" more air into the bedrooms. Builders are only required to supply, by code, enough tonnage to bring the home to a comfortable level. People often adjust vents in rooms that aren't in use. Opening these vents will usually correct the problem.

  Weatherstripping is key to lowering utility costs and coincides with the balanced vents. Check all doors, windows, and overhead garage doors. If weatherstripping is missing or damage, replace it. It's an inexpensive way to use less energy. Also, make sure all interior doors are at least 1/2 - 1" higher than carpet or all flooring. This allows air to circulate throughout the home and again deliver balanced air.

Our Inspectors take Laser Thermometer readings on the air conditioning and heat when possible as proof of operation.

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