TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR HOME SAFE

This is a septic tank. You should never be able to see any part of the tank, besides the risers (the green plastic access ports with lids).  Ever since septic regulations have come into place, septic tanks have been required to be at least six inches below grade.  In it's current state, the tank is prone to premature deterioration, cracking, damage, etc. It is more likely to float during extended periods of wet conditions. There is also a possible freeze risk to the waste water inside during cold weather.  Many buyers choose to forgo a septic inspection. We can help educate you about the system and it's components and keep your investment safe.

This is a septic tank. You should never be able to see any part of the tank, besides the risers (the green plastic access ports with lids). Ever since septic regulations have come into place, septic tanks have been required to be at least six inches below grade. In it's current state, the tank is prone to premature deterioration, cracking, damage, etc. It is more likely to float during extended periods of wet conditions. There is also a possible freeze risk to the waste water inside during cold weather. Many buyers choose to forgo a septic inspection. We can help educate you about the system and it's components and keep your investment safe.

We just dropped off three Angel Tree bags at Julia's school! Angel Tree is designed by the Salvation Army to bring gifts to children who's families can't afford Christmas. You pick an Angel and it has the child's name, clothing and shoe sizes and choices of toys. The Salvation Army wraps them and delivers them. We got everything from clothing and shoes to tablets, 3D pens, a Bluetooth speaker and makeup for these kids! We hope they have a wonderful Christmas!

We just dropped off three Angel Tree bags at Julia's school! Angel Tree is designed by the Salvation Army to bring gifts to children who's families can't afford Christmas. You pick an Angel and it has the child's name, clothing and shoe sizes and choices of toys. The Salvation Army wraps them and delivers them. We got everything from clothing and shoes to tablets, 3D pens, a Bluetooth speaker and makeup for these kids! We hope they have a wonderful Christmas!

Soft closed cabinets are great, but when installed, they need adjustment. This is from a high end, large new construction with over 25 cabinet doors in the house. They all hang open when closed. Someone could walk into them or children could hurt fingers.

Soft closed cabinets are great, but when installed, they need adjustment. This is from a high end, large new construction with over 25 cabinet doors in the house. They all hang open when closed. Someone could walk into them or children could hurt fingers.

This hose faucet is installed in the stone. It was not leaking, but hose faucets develop leaks randomly, and if this one did, it would likely go undetected, which could cause substantial damage, and likely mold in the wall cavity. It also looks like it would be tough to hook up your hose without using tools.

This hose faucet is installed in the stone. It was not leaking, but hose faucets develop leaks randomly, and if this one did, it would likely go undetected, which could cause substantial damage, and likely mold in the wall cavity. It also looks like it would be tough to hook up your hose without using tools.

We found high radon last week in Raleigh, NC.  Radon is a health hazard. Radon is a Lung Cancer causing radioactive gas and is estimated to cause thousands of lung cancer deaths per year.  Please call us to schedule your radon test today!

We found high radon last week in Raleigh, NC. Radon is a health hazard. Radon is a Lung Cancer causing radioactive gas and is estimated to cause thousands of lung cancer deaths per year. Please call us to schedule your radon test today!

We found high radon last week in Raleigh, NC.  Radon is a health hazard. Radon is a Lung Cancer causing radioactive gas and is estimated to cause thousands of lung cancer deaths per year.  Please call us to schedule your radon test today!

We found high radon last week in Raleigh, NC. Radon is a health hazard. Radon is a Lung Cancer causing radioactive gas and is estimated to cause thousands of lung cancer deaths per year. Please call us to schedule your radon test today!

We found high radon last week in Garner, NC.  Radon is a health hazard. Radon is a Lung Cancer causing radioactive gas and is estimated to cause thousands of lung cancer deaths per year.  Please call us to schedule your radon test today!

We found high radon last week in Garner, NC. Radon is a health hazard. Radon is a Lung Cancer causing radioactive gas and is estimated to cause thousands of lung cancer deaths per year. Please call us to schedule your radon test today!

One issue that was consistently see on houses is vegetation that is too close to, or actually growing on the house.  Vegetation attracts insects, pests and vermin, and can trap moisture against the house. In this instance, the vines are actually growing up into the soffit vents, which can cause damage. Ideally, you should have nothing growing on or against building materials, and you should be able to walk between any bushes/shrubs or plants and the house.

One issue that was consistently see on houses is vegetation that is too close to, or actually growing on the house. Vegetation attracts insects, pests and vermin, and can trap moisture against the house. In this instance, the vines are actually growing up into the soffit vents, which can cause damage. Ideally, you should have nothing growing on or against building materials, and you should be able to walk between any bushes/shrubs or plants and the house.

We found high radon last week in Holly Springs, NC.  Radon is a health hazard. Radon is a Lung Cancer causing radioactive gas and is estimated to cause thousands of lung cancer deaths per year.  Please call us to schedule your radon test today!

We found high radon last week in Holly Springs, NC. Radon is a health hazard. Radon is a Lung Cancer causing radioactive gas and is estimated to cause thousands of lung cancer deaths per year. Please call us to schedule your radon test today!

We found high radon last week in Raleigh, NC.  Radon is a health hazard. Radon is a Lung Cancer causing radioactive gas and is estimated to cause thousands of lung cancer deaths per year.  Please call us to schedule your radon test today!

We found high radon last week in Raleigh, NC. Radon is a health hazard. Radon is a Lung Cancer causing radioactive gas and is estimated to cause thousands of lung cancer deaths per year. Please call us to schedule your radon test today!

We found high radon last week in Wake Forest, NC. Radon is a health hazard. Radon is a Lung Cancer causing radioactive gas and is estimated to cause thousands of lung cancer deaths per year. Please call us to schedule your radon test today!

At every inspection, we measure the water pressure for the plumbing supply lines. Optimal and safe pressure is between 55-75 PSI.  If it's too low, you will notice low pressure when you have multiple fixtures running, which can be an issue for larger families, running loads of laundry, using the dishwasher, and people showering.  If the pressure is too high, there is an increased chance of damage to plumbing supply lines and fittings, primarily at smaller lines, like you refrigerator water line. Plumbing leaks can go undetected, can cause a lot of damage, and can be very expensive to fix.

At every inspection, we measure the water pressure for the plumbing supply lines. Optimal and safe pressure is between 55-75 PSI. If it's too low, you will notice low pressure when you have multiple fixtures running, which can be an issue for larger families, running loads of laundry, using the dishwasher, and people showering. If the pressure is too high, there is an increased chance of damage to plumbing supply lines and fittings, primarily at smaller lines, like you refrigerator water line. Plumbing leaks can go undetected, can cause a lot of damage, and can be very expensive to fix.

This is looking into an HVAC air intake register, where your air filter goes. The pipe is the natural gas water heater exhaust. It penetrates the duct below, and follows it up into the attic. This is a major hazard and has never been allowed.  If there is a breach or damage, exhaust and carbon monoxide will enter the HVAC system.   This wouldn't have been discovered until someone went to replace an HVAC filter.

This is looking into an HVAC air intake register, where your air filter goes. The pipe is the natural gas water heater exhaust. It penetrates the duct below, and follows it up into the attic. This is a major hazard and has never been allowed. If there is a breach or damage, exhaust and carbon monoxide will enter the HVAC system. This wouldn't have been discovered until someone went to replace an HVAC filter.

There is no way to get off this deck in the event of an emergency.  The front door and garage are the only other exits at the front of the building.  There should be stairs off of the back deck or a door at the lower level.

There is no way to get off this deck in the event of an emergency. The front door and garage are the only other exits at the front of the building. There should be stairs off of the back deck or a door at the lower level.

We found hidden fire damage at an inspection last week. There is a metal roof on top of an older damaged roof and the metal roof is 26 years old. Not sure why it was placed on top of the current roof with fire damage 26 years ago and what is holding it together? Call us for your home inspections!

Disconnected HVAC duct, also the duct is not properly supported.

Disconnected HVAC duct, also the duct is not properly supported.

One of the most important things you can do for your home is to keep water away from it. We don't cite code, but current code says that all the gutter needs is the down turn at the end. That's not enough. We like to see gutters discharge as far away from the house as possible.   Downspout extensions are economical and effective. Splash blocks aren't enough.   An old oil drain pan definitely is not enough. You can already see soil erosion around it. Stagnant water is also a great breeding ground for mosquitoes.

One of the most important things you can do for your home is to keep water away from it. We don't cite code, but current code says that all the gutter needs is the down turn at the end. That's not enough. We like to see gutters discharge as far away from the house as possible. Downspout extensions are economical and effective. Splash blocks aren't enough. An old oil drain pan definitely is not enough. You can already see soil erosion around it. Stagnant water is also a great breeding ground for mosquitoes.