As previously mentioned your homes exterior wall penetrations are the next opportunity for leaks and damage. The windows and doors installation methods will determine how intensive your regular maintenance will need to be to be effective. The rule is water should be prevented from getting behind the walls cladding (siding) but even much more important it MUST be allowed to get out once it gets inside this protective outer skin.
So, first how do you protect the openings from the damaging effects of water? Starting last, on the outside of the finish a high quality sealant is needed at ALL location where water can enter and where dissimilar materials join.
Example: Use a high quality sealant at the joint of the window to the trim and the trim to the wall with most window and hard siding systems.
Example 2 When floating siding (like vinyl siding or other siding that is lightly hung or nailed) has been installed it gets a little tricky to properly seal and proper drainage is even more important.
Since you can’t see underneath after these items are installed you need to seal but still allow water to get out downslope if possible.
A home inspection is much more valuable than the price you pay. Don’t let anyone tell you that a home inspection is not necessary when you are purchasing a home. It can help you avoid purchasing a MONEY PIT and save you thousands of dollars in future repairs. It can also be a valuable tool in your negotiations. We are not the cheapest inspectors nor are we the most expensive… but we are the best!
Remember, if you buy a cheap set of brakes for your car, what you get is a cheap set of brakes that make noise and wear out too fast! If some of our prices are higher than others, there is a good reason and if we are competitive, there is also a good reason. We are competing on service instead of price and we deliver an extremely high level of service to protect you! We only represent YOU and have no vested interest other than disclosing to you what you are buying and its condition.
Costs can vary greatly and depend on many factors. A home’s size, selling price, age, location and complexity all may influence the amount of time it takes to complete a thorough inspection. Prices are quoted on each specific home and ALL inspections include basic thermal (infrared) scanning. As a rule of thumb, you can multiply the square footage of the home by ten to twenty cents for any home over 2,250 square feet. Inspections start at around $199 for a basic 1 bedroom condo. The average home inspection cost for a home of less than 2000sq/ft, less than 15 years old is approximately $395. Turnaround time for reports is the following day and Inspections typically range from 3 – 4 hours… and it is time well spent.
We know not everyone can attend their inspection 9-5 during the work week so we work flexible hours. While we prefer to schedule inspections for 10am and 2pm each day we can start an inspection later in the day so that when you are finished at your job you can meet us on site to review the findings. We can also schedule a weekend inspection if needed. Both our weekend and late day inspection schedule is limited, so please let us know your scheduling issues and we’ll do our best to accommodate you!
We also can schedule phone and conference call reviews of the reports if you cannot attend the inspection.
Water that falls from the sky, seeps through the ground, a shallow water table and/or sanitary sewage that does not flow as intended all can lead to the worst problems any homeowner can face. These problems range from, attracting unwanted pests and other nasty’s, to creating an environment that encourages mold or other unwanted bacterial growth and finally to, drum roll please…weakening the homes footings, foundation and damaging the structure. However, normal everyday maintenance as well as good planning and construction practices go a long way to preventing and controlling these issues.
First, let’s look to the heavens, how do we control rain to prevent water from reaching parts of our home that are not designed to be wet! Start at the top, the roof, flashing, gutters, downspouts, extensions and leaders.
Gutters for the most part are needed on all homes; homes without them have more water issues than homes with gutters. However gutters need to be maintained and in the Carolinas’ keeping them clean is a bit of a nightmare. Gutter screens or some sort of gutter covering to prevent debris build up but still allow water to be directed where we want it directed are needed and should be used.
Next, the downspouts must direct the collected water away from the home…fast. Leaders, drainage piping and/or splash-blocks are a must to force the water away from your home. The quicker you are able to direct the water at least 6 feet away from your home the better off your home will be.
Take a good look around your home for anywhere water does not have a simple and defined path to flow away from your home, quickly!
Your homes exterior wall penetrations are the next opportunity for leaks and damage. Since most windows and doors are pre-built, it all starts with how the windows and doors are installed and do they have the proper flashing, seals and sealant around the openings. Water should be prevented from getting behind the walls siding but even more important it MUST be allowed to get out once it gets inside this protective skin.