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Electrical Outlet Home Inspections in Covington

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Monday, November 20, 2017

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Electrical Outlet Home Inspections in Covington – A Vital Checkup

Before You Buy a Home

Electrical outlets…they’re a part of our homes that many of us take for granted until, poof, one doesn’t provide the juice we need, or worse, we’re dealt a surprise shock. Certified home inspectors check many aspects of a property’s electrical system, including the outlets, also known as receptacles. Before you make your home purchase, it’s wise to hire an experienced inspector to give the home’s electrical system a thorough examination.

Covington Home InspectorsProfessional home inspectors, such as those with A-Pro Home Inspection Covington, make sure to spot-check a home’s outlets during a 500-point roof-to-foundation home inspection. Here’s why:

Your home inspector will check outlets to make sure they are properly wired using an outlet tester which can confirm polarity and grounding, and in some cases, test the ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). Modern electrical outlets which accept three-pronged plugs can pose serious fire and shock dangers if wired improperly. The outlet’s safe function depends on the correct wires being connected to the appropriate terminals.

In the detailed home inspection COVINGTON report, the home inspector will note problems with outlets, including reverse polarization, false ground, high resistance to ground, extreme voltage drops, low voltage, outlets that are not grounded, and older outlets that do not have a ground slot.

Covington Home InspectorsA Host of Potential Problems

Sometimes the home inspector will come across “dead receptacles” that are not supplying any current. Further, the home inspector will report on receptacles installed in places where they shouldn’t be in the first place, such as behind sinks; lower than 18 inches above a garage floor, which can trigger an explosion; directly over electric baseboard heaters; flush-mounted horizontally on floors or countertops where water can splash into the outlet; too close to bathtubs or showers; too far from basins; and other scenarios.

Your inspector will also report on whether there is an insufficient number of outlets to service a modern home. A simple assessment can also determine if outlets are damaged, worn, loose, or hot.

An electrical outlet inspection is just one important part of an A-Pro home inspection. To hire a certified local A-Pro home inspector Covington, visit here or call 1-985-273-0220.Covington Home Inspectors

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Home Inspection In Covington

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Home Inspection In Covington

Home Inspection Update in Covington: Before You Buy,

Make Sure You’re Playing with a Full Deck

As you examine every nook and cranny of a home you’ve fallen in love with, the deck may be one of the elements that ultimately sells you on the property. But while you’re imagining days of knocking back cold ones with friends, it’s important to make sure the deck is in top shape. Problem areas may not be readily apparent. And that’s why a home inspector should be called in long before you host your first backyard cookout.

Experts estimate that only four in ten decks are totally safe. It’s no secret that a deck collapse can cause serious injury. So, your inspector will be checking to see if the deck can support the weight of people and loads; has properly built steps and handrails; and is safe for children. During A-Pro’s 500-point roof-to-foundation home inspection, here are some of the common problems our inspectors typically encounter in regard to the home’s deck:

Home Inspection In CovingtonPoorly Maintained Wood: Unless you have a composite deck, expect your deck’s wood to suffer the effects of fungal rot. Regularly checking and sealing your deck – from above and below – will give it a longer life. The inspector will note if the deck’s wood has gone too long without proper care. Decks should be constructed with pressure-treated, moisture-resistant wood; end posts should be treated as well.

Home Inspection In CovingtonHandrail Issues: Decks are required to have graspable handrails, meaning they must be between 1½ and 2 inches wide (sorry, folks, a 2×4 or 2×6 on its side won’t do). Further, there should be a 1½ inch space between the rail and the wall.

Home Inspection In CovingtonNails and Hanger Joists: Your home inspector will report on missing nails and hanger joists that compromise the structure. For example, the home inspector may find joists connected by nails and glue, disregarding the essential hoists and putting the deck in jeopardy.

Home Inspection In CovingtonLack of Gaps in Decking Boards: When boards are nailed down without a gap between them (ideally a minimum of 3/8 inch), tree droppings and other debris can get lodged in between the tight spaces, speeding up deterioration and leading to water pooling.

Home Inspection In CovingtonRegulations for Children: Your inspector will make sure the handrail baluster spacing is just less than 4 inches and that step risers are closed to prevent children from crawling through.

Other issues that affect a deck include wood contact with soil, support posts that are too small, inadequate bracing and ledge board fasteners, improper attachment to the house and substandard flashing at the house, weak guardrails, failing post connections, improperly attached stairways, and other problems.

A deck inspection is just one important part of an A-Pro home inspection in Covington. To hire a certified local A-Pro home inspector in Covington, visit here or call 1-985-273-0220.Home Inspection In Covington

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Insulation and Venting Systems

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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Insulation and Venting Systems

Demand a Thorough Home Inspection in Covington

If you’re thinking about purchasing a home, you’ll want to know as much as possible about its insulation and ventilation. Lack of insulation and improper venting can cost you money on your utility bills, cause preventable moisture damage and mold growth in a home, and make your indoor environment unpleasant to say the least.

It’s important to understand what the insulation and ventilation portion of a home inspection entails, as well as its limitations. Here’s what you can expect from a certified home inspector, such as the professionals at A-Pro Home Inspection Covington:

Your home inspector will examine and report on insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces, such as attics, crawlspaces, and foundation areas; ventilation of attics and foundation areas; and mechanical exhaust systems in the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry areas.

The home inspection report will describe insulation (type, depth, thickness, and condition) and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces, along with noting where insulation is absent. Your home inspector will record if insulation has been properly installed and if pipes and ducts have been appropriately wrapped.

Since we’re talking about visual-only home inspections, the home inspector will not inspect areas that are not readily accessible; disturb insulation; identify R-value or composition of insulation; or report on the adequacy of venting.

Home Inspection CovingtonInsulation Problem Spots

Often during this part of the home inspection, the inspector will find insulation blocking attic soffit vents. Aging insulation, whether batt or poured in, will begin to settle and lose its effectiveness over time. Cellulose insulation may show signs of dust, dirt, and rodent damage, which will affect the home’s air quality as well as the effectiveness of the insulation. Paper-backed batt insulation can dry up, crack and tear due to normal aging.

Home Inspection CovingtonExhaust System Issues

Improperly installed exhaust systems will be reported by your home inspector. This part of the home inspection will demand great care since trouble areas can pose fire hazards. For example, your inspector will report on conditions such as crushed or kinked dryer transition ducts caused by the appliance being pushed too close to the wall; transition ducts which exceed recommended length; duct cracks that cause air leakage; sagging ducts, which can reduce airflow and venting effectiveness; and inwardly bent duct sleeve terminations.

Insulation and venting inspections are just two important parts of an A-Pro home inspection. To hire a certified local A-Pro home inspector Covington, visit here or call 1-985-273-0220.Home Inspection Covington

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