Common Issues


When inspecting a homes these are some of the common issues that are encountered.

Roofing Issues

Tree-branches-rubbing-roofTree branches are rubbing on roof. clogged-gutterThe gutter is clogged and full of debris.
roof-sheathing-issues
The roof sheathing has structural problems.
chimney-deterioration

The chimney has experienced spalling and mortar deterioration.

Factors contributing to wet basements and crawlspaces

 downspout-issues

The downspout is draining next to the foundation.

 sump-pump-issues

The sump pump is not functioning properly.

sewer-line-leaking

The sewer line is leaking in the crawlspace.

negative-grade

Negative slope is causing water to run towards the foundation.

Issues associated with decks

deck-not-supportedThe deck is not supported properly with posts. damaged-spindleOne spindle is damaged in the stairwell.
guardrail-missingGuardrails are missing. deck-rottingDeck wood is rotting.

Exterior Issues

window-seal-crackingThe seal around the window has dried and crack possibly leading to moisture penetration. window-frame-rotWood rot has led to a loss of support for the window.
melted-sidingThe siding is melted, most likely due to a grill. unpainted-woodBare wood can lead to rot or serve as an invitation for wood-destroying insects.

Electrical Issues

wall-switchWall switch is missing a cover plate. improperly-wired-breakerDouble taps (two wires connected to the same breaker) can cause the breaker to trip frequently.
loose-receptacleThe receptacle is loose from the wall. outdated-wireKnob and Tube wiring is outdated.

Structural Issues

roof-structureRoof rafter has been cut, significantly compromising roof support. roof-raftersRoof rafters and sheathing are rotting due to deteriorated flashing around chimney.
unlevel-support-pierThis support pier in crawlspace is no longer level. cut-floor-joistThe floor joist have cuts into it more than ⅓ the width. Also, both the joist and floorboard have some wood rot.

Plumbing Issues

leaking-hot-water-heaterThe water heater leaks at the base due to rust. leaking-facet-knobThe bathtub control knob leaks when water is turned on.
loose-sewer-pipe-connectionThe main sewer pipe has a loose connection at the foundation wall. leaking-hot-water-heater-pipeA leak above the water heater has caused a significant rust problem on top of it.

Cooling & Heating Issues

deteriorated-ac-foamThe foam sleeve on the A/C suction line has deteriorated. rusting-furnacePremature cooling and condensing of exhaust has led to a rust problem in this furnace.
furnace-ventThis furnace vent lacks the ¼ inch per foot incline to help exhaust fumes to exit the home. cracked-firebox-bricksBricks in the firebox are cracked.  As a result, the firebox can no longer contain heat.

Interior Issues

cracked-window-sealThe upper half of this window has a cracked seal compromising its insulating value. loose-carpetThe carpet is loose and needs to be stretched out.
loose-knobThe door hardware is loose, and therefore, does not work properly. drywall-damageThere is cosmetic damage to the wall.