Clean gutters are happy gutters
The leaves changing means that winter is on its way. One way to protect your home from the winter weather is to ensure your gutters are clean and that any limbs overhanging your roof are trimmed back. These help in a number of ways. Having clean gutters means that your gutters are less likely to become clogged which can lead to moisture intrusion and ice damning under the roof covering. Trimming the limbs keeps them clear of your home so that they do not rub on the siding during storms, ensures they will not drop leaves in your gutter, and limits the likelihood that they will break under a heavy snow load. Remember the May 2019 storm?
Pro-Tip - For a few hours of work on a sunny fall afternoon, you can save thousands of dollars in unexpected repairs.
There are two type of concrete, that which has cracked and that which will. Cracks can come from the concrete drying process, improperly compacted soil under the concrete, or normal wear and tear. Water will naturally enter the crack and erode the concrete during the warm months but will actively push the concrete apart during its normal freeze and thaw cycles during the winter and spring. The important thing to remember is that the crack needs to be filled in order to keep moisture from entering the crack and causing further damage.
Pro-Tip - For less than $20 for concrete filler and a hour of work, most small cracks can be mitigated.
Check your pits
With all the rain that we have had this summer it is time to check your sump pumps. I still come across sump pumps that are either not plugged in or are not working properly. Sump pumps are usually found in the lowest level of your home and are used to collect water from around your foundation and pump it away from your home protecting it from water intrusion.
To check if your sump pump is working:
1. Go to the lowest point in your home and look for a black circular object like the photo above.
2. Remove the lid.
3. Look inside with a flashlight.
4. Identify if you have a pump.
5. If you have a pump and there is standing water in the pit your pump may not be operating.
6. To check the pump operation add enough water to ensure the float is activating the float switch.
7. If the pump does not activate, call a licensed plumber for assistance.
8. If you don't have a pump, I recommend you call a licensed plumber for assistance.
For more information see: www.nachi.org/sump-pumps.htm https://happydiyhome.com/sump-pump/
Attic Access Pull-Down Stairs
An attic pull-down ladder, also called an attic pull-down stairway or stairs, is a collapsible ladder that’s permanently attached to the attic floor. It’s used to access the attic without being required to use a portable ladder, which can be unstable, as well as inconvenient.
It’s typical for the homeowner, rather than the professional builder, to install the attic pull-down stairs, especially if it’s an older home or a newer home that’s been built upward in order to use the attic for living or storage space. That’s why these stairs rarely meet safety standards and are prone to a number of defects.
Some of the more common defective conditions include:
My name is Jake Shaw - "I am a home inspector and I help people." 970-361-0477
Duct Tape Dryer Vent
Duct tape has its uses but does not stand up so well over time. This dryer vent was so full of lint that it split the tape and the lint was blowing into the crawl space. The blockage was increasing the time and energy required to dry clothes and is also a fire hazard. My name is Jake Shaw - "I am a home inspector and I help people" 970-361-0477
When homes are placed on the market, they will likely be cleaned and freshly painted. When you are shopping for a home, take a look below the heating/cooling registers to see what the condition of the heating/cooling duct looks like. Often times they have dirt and debris in them and need to be cleaned. Other times they are not connected to floor system and need to be repaired. My name is Jake Shaw, "I am a home inspector and I help people". 970-361-0477
Home Maintenance and Repairs
Your have closed on your home, moved in, now you can relax. It is not quite that easy but with a home maintenance plan you will have the road work laid out so that when maintenance or repairs need to be done you are prepared. The list below can serve has a handy guide. Please feel free to contact me and we can personalize your list. My name is Jake Shaw, "I am a home inspector and I help people." 970-361-0477
YOUR HOME MAINTENANCE TO-DO LIST Here are some key home maintenance projects that should be on your timeline:
Within 1 Year of Purchase
Happy Small Business Week!
Happy Small Business Week! If you own a small business in Colorado Springs, you are the backbone of the economy and your story needs to be heard. Email me your company name and website address and I will share it across my network. I hope you are having a great Colorado Day!
How I can help you!
Crawlspaces are not the most fun thing to inspect but are arguably one of the most important. They can provide access to the homes foundation, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems which are not normally seen by the home owner everyday. By inspecting the crawlspace, Mountain View Home Inspections LLC can identify items of interest and provide a greater overall picture of the condition of the home. My name is Jake Shaw, "I am a home inspector and I help people."
Colorado Springs Radon Awareness
The Bottom Line – Have your home tested for Radon.
If you are buying a home, own a home, or selling a home you should consider having it tested for Radon. This includes homes that currently have radon mitigation systems installed.
The majority of Colorado is identified as Zone 1. This means that the majority of Colorado counties including El Paso County, Teller County, Douglas County, and Pueblo County have a predicted average indoor radon screening levels greater than 4 pCi/L. No level of radon is safe however 4pCi/L is considered the actionable level by the EPA.
According to the EPA "You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools and other buildings for radon." "Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family."
Mountain View Home Inspections LLC is certified to test for Radon through the International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants and uses the cutting edge Sun Nuclear 1028 XP Continuous Radon Monitor.
Call us for for testing: 970-361-0477
For more information about Radon click the button below.
Bottom Line - Clean your clothes dryer lint filter every wash and vent pipe annually.
According to the US Fire Administration:
The Administration recommends the following:
Clothes dryer do’s