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The Top 10 Areas Commonly Checked by Your Home Inspector

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Here is a list of some common areas missed during home inspections. This list is intended to inform homeowners about the need to have these areas checked for possible problems and the need for upgrades or repairs, if any.

• Smoke detectors sometimes are missed out during the inspection process.

• Electrical fixtures and wirings, which are often embedded in between double walls or embedded in concrete.

• Backflow prevention devices should also be carefully considered, since this helps prevent any untoward flooding in the event of plumbing and waterline leakage.

• Basement bathrooms and laundry tubs are sometimes also missed in the process because not all homes have these areas and fixtures in their basements.

• Dryer vents, on the other hand, should also be considered

• Electrical grounding, since improper grounding could cause major problems from accidental electric shocks or even cause house fires.

• Flexible gas connectors, valves and uncapped gas lines, should also be of paramount concern since the slight indications of gas leakages can be tragic and disastrous.

• Indoor furnaces not functioning properly. This should also be checked since problems could range from gas leakage to defective firing systems that could also cause a house fire if left unchecked.

• Water heaters need to be checked to make sure that they are installed properly. Pressure release valves must be working properly along with the important copper run off device that should always be checked.

• Garage door openers or extension cord wiring being used as permanent wiring for fixtures.

So these are the areas commonly The top 10 areas commonly checked by your Home Inspector to make for your own safety and security.

This home maintenance tip is brought to you by Premier Home Inspections at 406-698-2875.

Avoid a Laundry Room Flood in an Upstairs Laundry Room

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An upstairs laundry room can create a lot of damage if there is ever a problem. Following are four tips to protect your home from damage if your upstairs laundry room develops a leak.

 

Tip 1: Install a Recessed Washer Box (available at home centers). The recessed box provides connections with shutoff valves for the water supply hoses and a drain for the washer’s discharge hose.

 

Tip 2: Install a Washer Tray under your washing machine. Set the tray tight against the back wall framing and run the drywall down to it. If the machine leaks, the water will be caught in the tray and safely drained away. (Washer trays are available at home centers).

 

Tip 3: Make Sure The Supply Hoses Are in Good Shape. Check older hoses for cracks and replace if necessary. If you’re buying new hoses, consider the no-burst ones; these rubber hoses are sheathed with braided stainless steel. Be sure to use new hose washers.

 

Tip 4: Turn off the Water to supply hoses when the washing machine is not in use for additional peace of mind. This is easy to do with a single-lever shut off.

 

Follow these four simple tips and you can help prevent damage to your home in the event of a laundry malfunction.

 

This home maintenance tip is brought to you by Premier Home Inspections at 406-698-2875.

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