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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.

A Home Inspector can be a Good Investment Protector

home inspector A good home inspection process is something that most people should know about and many may not like the idea, but truth be told that a good home inspector can be one important person who can help protect an investment.

Generally a home inspection process is the visual examination of a house’s physical structure, utility systems, which starts from the roof down to the foundation and structural integrity, which all boils down to determining the current condition of a house.

The standard home inspection procedure ascertains the condition of the house’s internal and external set-up, ranging from the house’s interior plumbing, electrical and heating system; central air conditioning system; roof and attic; visible insulation, as well as the walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation structure that includes the basement and structural components.

Buying a house, whether it be new or pre-owned, can indeed be the biggest and largest single investment someone can ever make, thus the need to ensure that your investment is actually worth its true value, plus to avoid the hassles of substandard materials or hidden flaws in a house’s structure.

Even if selling a house is far from your thoughts, a home inspection can also be a great help in determining problems that could arise with your existing home and for the home inspector as well to suggest preventive measures that can prevent costly repairs that may likely occur.

Another important area the inspector will want to make sure to go through would be the house’s electrical system and the inspector may need to remove the cover on the electric service panel to examine the electrical system, so be sure that the panel is accessible and that the cover easily removed.

The bottom line for this home inspection process is primarily to focus on not just consumer protection, but for the investment of the client as well, since investing in a home is no joke considering the fact that this may yet be one’s biggest investment ever.

So try to think of it this way, home inspectors are not there to terrorize, but a home inspector can be a good investment protector.

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.

DIY Garbage Disposal Problems

Fixing disposal problems is actually a simple job, if you’re equipped with the right knowledge. Nonetheless, a lot of people are still scared of dealing with garbage disposal problems, which usually lead to freaking out and calling a professional to get some help. To save you from this dilemma, here are some do it yourself solutions for you garbage disposal problems.

Noise Problems

One common problem encountered with garbage disposals is that they may produce too much noise when used. You might hear some rattling or grinding sounds, every time you turn it on. If noises like these are present, it is probably caused by an object, possibly a metal which was unintentionally dropped down your disposal. Having this kind of problem unattended can cause damage to your disposal blades. To fix it, turn off the electrical power for that area of your house. Then, get a flashlight and a needle nosed pliers. Using these, look for the item causing the noise and remove it with the pliers. After this, the noise should be gone and your disposal will do just fine.

Nothing Happens

Another commonly experienced problem is when nothing happens when you turn on the disposal. Generally, if this is the case and you can’t hear even a single hum, it means that power isn’t getting into the disposal unit. It could be that you have to reset your unit or your circuit breaker is tripped. First, you should look beneath your sink and take a look at your unit. You should find a small red button placed somewhere on the bottom side. Press the button and hold it for a number of seconds. After pressing the small red button, try to use your unit again. It should start normally, as if it is brand new. If it doesn’t work, then you have to do another trick. Find your electrical panel and see if you have a tripped circuit breaker. Try to reset the breaker that is in charge for that area. After resetting, go back to your drainage unit and do the first step all over again. This should fix the problem. If nothing still happens, then it’s about time that you call a professional, because it can be a sign of a bigger overall problem.

Humming But Nothing

This is the last real possible problem that you can encounter with your disposal. Sometimes if you place wrong kinds of food in your unit, it gets jammed up. This can also happen if you put too much food down your disposal without running it. To fix this, turn off your unit’s the power and use pliers to reach into your unit and pull out whatever it is that is obstructing the blades and keeps it from spinning. After you have pulled the clog out, get an Allen wrench and use it to spin the blades manually. If the blades are now turning, then you are done with the problem. If it’s still not spinning, this means that there are still more that you should remove. Be sure that you remove everything out, so that you won’t encounter the same problem again in the near future. Once you have the blades spinning manually, try to turn on the power, reset your unit and see if it’s working. If it’s still humming, then check for more clogs.

If you’re sure that there are no more obstructions and the problem is still there, then you’ve got the green light to call a professional. If you have any problems or questions please contact Premier  Home Inspections at 406-698-2875.

 

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