This five year old home suffered catastrophic water damage inside the wall from a missing kick-out flashing. The missing flashing coupled with MSV (stone veneer) made the perfect recipe for disaster.
Nearly every home should have them, yet they are always missing! Kickout flashings prevent massive water damage to your home by directing water away from the wall and into the gutter. When omitted, the water seeps back into the wall and causes hidden water damage over time.
BROWN RECLUSE SPIDER IN KENTUCKY Brown Recluse Spiders in Kentucky– To some of us, they are the things nightmares are made of. Some folks freeze in fear at the sight of one. They can make you produce blood-curdling screams and throw shoes at a wall. Spiders. Eight-Legged Freaks. Demons from Hell. Call them what you…
This new construction home suffered catastrophic water damage from a failed MSV and brick veneer installation. The scale of this damage led to a buyback from the builder, and we were able to see first hand how quickly things fall apart from water damage. You won’t believe what happened at home.
Are you being told the whole truth by your termite inspector? In this post I break down the NPMA Form 33 to give buyers and real estate agents a better understanding of what the rules actually say when it comes to 2 termite treatments.
Another year has gone by and a slew of new crazy, amazing, and funny home inspection pics! Did your inspection make the cut?
There’s not much fun about having to buy a roof for your house. But the last thing you want to do is hire the wrong roofing contractor. This article is intended to help you navigate the sea of contractors and choose the right one for your home.
Carrier HVAC equipment uses a four-digit code within the serial number to date the equipment. Here is how to decode your label to get the month and year it was made.
One of the most common defects found in a home inspection is a double-tapped breaker. It’s a simple fix that should not be ignored. Learn how to identify a double-tapped breaker correctly, and choose your best option for repair.
Buying a new roof for your house is never fun, and choosing the right roofer can be a difficult task. This review will show you how to should be done, and hopefully give you a few pointers on how to choose the right roofing contractor.
Buying a home is no doubt stressful, but this little book may help you navigate things and get it done worry free!
This commercial shopping center has suffered massive water damage from a failed MSV installation.
First off, let’s get this straight. If you have a screw loose, I can’t help you with that, and welcome the club! If you have a loose screw, we can fix that. This trick will work on any wood surface where a screw is loose or the hole is stripped out to the point that the screw…
Another year behind us and another top 20 list. Did your home make the cut?
LEAKING MANUFACTURED STONE VENEER CREATES MOISTURE PROBLEMS In 2012, I was called in by a homeowner here in Louisville, Kentucky, to look at his 2-year-old custom-built home. The family had tried to hang curtain rods on the front wall, and they discovered that their drywall was too wet and mushy to hold a plastic wall…
ATTIC INSULATION MATERIAL OPTIONS There are many choices available for you when it comes to attic insulation. Let’s take a quick look at the most popular ones, and discuss the pros and cons of each type. SPRAY FOAM INSULATION – If you have the money to pay for spray foam in your attic, then you…
Proper bonding of CSST gas lines are typically always missing. Be sure your install is corrected for the safety of your home and family.
A botched stone veneer install on this new construction home has stopped all progress as the homeowners try to figure out their next move. I travel 600 miles to Arkansas and help solve their problems of poorly installed manufactured stone veneer.
I get asked this question nearly every day, and everyone gets the same answer. You have to consider the TMT.
Improperly installed windows will almost always leak. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to install a window that will not leak.
I want to take this opportunity to again say Thank You to all the folks who put their trust in me for something as important as your home inspection. I know the home buying process is a big deal, and each of you means much more than just another job to me. I am truly…
This 12 year old home suffered catastrophic water damage from their leaking stone veneer.
Here is my top list of day one things to do when you buy a new house.