Before purchasing your home, look at where the rainwater on the roof will flow. Where does the rainwater go? Does the water push against a wall? These conditions create a vulnerable condition roof for leaks. An ideal roof installation will allow the water to flow in one direction straight off the eave. Look at the streaking and cracked stucco below the front entry wall. Water has entered it. Most newer homes have a fancy design in front to catch your eye. This design is attractive and helps to sell the home. The rear slope of the house is usually “boring” but more reliable.
Thermal imaging cameras we have can help detect leaks or insulation flaws that a normal camera cannot detect. Missing insulation may increase your utility bills and can affect comfort in the home. Thermal cameras let us see what our naked eyes can’t, regardless of lighting conditions. Call us to book your home inspection today.
One of the unique gems of older homes and history.
This milk slot was found during an El Paso home inspection. The milkman used to drop the butter, milk or whatever you ordered into a slot in the sidewall of the home (icebox). The clip at the bottom would be for an invoice. This was found in an early 1900 home.
Unsafe door landings that drop down or a door that opens over a stairwell can be dangerous. A door landing that was not at least the width of the door was found last month at a new home inspection in El Paso. If you step in from the side garage door, you can trip, twist an ankle, and fall on the curb. Commonly found at new homes and older El Paso area homes?
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This electrical panel was found during a home inspection last week. These unsafe wires were not installed by a licensed electrician. Homeowner or handyman installed wiring can be quite dangerous. When this type of work is visible, start thinking about what else may be installed in the walls, and what other “repairs” or “upgrades” were made.
Just like the engine of your car, your El Paso house works as a system of interdependent parts that must work together. Every part has an impact on the operation of many others. A typical home has more than 10,000 parts. Get an El Paso house inspection scheduled. Call (915) 490-3160
Dryer vent terminations with screens I find too often during home inspections. Smashed covers are also not to be on the dryer vent termination. They pose a fire hazard. The vent termination should have a damper flap that opens/ closes fully to keep birds and rodents out of the home. Dryers that vent through the wall are the preferred method, but many newer homes vent through the roof. You should check your drying times frequently to indicate a possible blockage in the vent pipe.
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Looking to buy a home in El Paso? Would you like to know if certain work was permitted?
Here is a link to the city of El Paso E-permit search page. Click building services, enter a valid address (case sensitive), and enter a date range for the permit.
What to do if you smell gas at your home.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU SMELL GAS: Do not try to light any appliance. Do not touch any electrical switch; do not use any phone in your building. Clear the room, building, or area of all occupants. Immediately call your gas supplier from a neighbor’s phone. Follow the gas supplier’s instructions. If you cannot reach your gas supplier, call the El Paso fire department. Installation and service must be performed by a qualified installer, service agency, or the gas supplier.WARNING: Gas leaks cannot always be detected by smell. Gas suppliers recommend that you use a gas detector approved by UL or CSA. For more information, contact your gas supplier. If a gas leak is detected, follow the “What to do if you smell gas” instructions. To prevent gas leaks, do not store items in the furnace and water heater closets. Each time you take something out and bang a pipe, there is the potential for a leak. Also, keep any flammable items away from these appliances because an open flame may ignite fumes or items nearby. As I inspect homes in the El Paso area, gas leaks are sometimes detected. Most of the time it is the flammables in the closets that are the concern.