April 11, 2015
Snow/Ice dams reveals potential roof damage and problems…and yes, it was a brutal winter!
Although wintertime home inspections have little to no roof visibility due to snow cover, wintertime can reveal other issues that would be unknown during summer weather. (There are always challenges during home inspections here in northeast Ohio!) Many inspections this past winter showed major icicles and ice dams that can lead to roof leaks and potentially damage to the interiors of homes.
The general cause of ice buildup is heat loss in the attic space coupled with poor ventilation. For more information on what causes ice dams, check out this explanation of ice dams from the University of Minnesota.
Causes of icicles can include:
- Lack of proper ventilation (i.e. lack of gable vents, roof vents, soffit/ridge vents, etc.)
- Blocked ventilation points
- Marginal insulation or lack of sufficient insulation
- HVAC/forced air ducts running through the attic space
- Solar radiation
Repairs & Upgrades:
- increase ventilation, consider installing a powered attic fan
- reduce heat loss from the interior
- install additional insulation
- install electrical heat cable/zig-zag cable
As always, it is recommended to consult a licensed contractor for repairs.
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Posted by Aaron Branem
July 23, 2013
Looks great … right?
A recent client was purchasing a completely furnished home from a builder. When I saw this beautiful shower enclosure with a steam unit/controller, I thought, “What an absolutely spectacular steam shower!”
I began to test it. The unit did not function, and I initially thought the power had simply been turned off. The multi-function shower valve was flawless, and the unit was draining properly. Once I fully investigated, I realized that the steam generator wasn’t even present in the basement, nor was the power connected inside the main electrical panel.
This buyer was very pleased to have paid for an inspection even though he originally assumed it wasn’t necessary. (After all, it’s a new home…what could possibly be wrong?) His home inspection fee was money well spent since the builder supplied a steam generator with no labor costs to make this beautiful shower functional before transfer.
Note to self: never assume!
Because of a myriad of reasons, newer homes should always be inspected. There are a variety of other “issues” that can be detected and addressed before “closing” on your dream house.
Please don’t hesitate to email or call me with any questions regarding a Home Inspection for newer homes.
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Posted by Aaron Branem