This kitchen receptacle was found without a ground or GFCI protection. Newer standards require kitchen receptacles to have both. I recommend upgrading any kitchen receptacles for safety, even in an older home. A few dollars of the upgrade is well worth it to possibly save a life.
Safety in your home is very important. A family in Las Cruces in 2011 lost their lives when they ran electrical cords together to power their mobile home. A fire started when they overheated, and the three family members inside the home died because the security bars on the windows did not have the required releases. This is a sad but true story.
We have inspected many homes just like this and hope that the information from the inspection is acted upon to save lives.
As a home inspector, I cannot tell you “You must” do anything, but I hope the safety items mentioned in the inspection reports are helpful and insightful. It is my goal to inform you of issues in your home that could potentially cause you or your family harm.
This holiday season, be sure not to overload your Christmas light strings and unplug your lights each night before going to bed to ensure they don’t get hot and catch fire while you and your family are sleeping.
Before purchasing your home look where the rainwater on the roof will flow to. Does it flow against a wall? This will be a more vulnerable roof for leaks. An ideal roof will allow the water to flow in one direction straight off the roof. 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 and sell the home, but the rear of the home is usually "boring" but 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.
My husband and I are relocating to the area and wanted an inspection for a perspective home purchase. Rick was highly recommended by his peers and we scheduled the inspection. He was very thorough and found some structural issues that we have requested to be addressed before continuing with the contract. Rick will give you 150% of his knowledge and time to provide you with the most thorough and beneficial inspection. Thanks again!
Tom and Donna/Upper Valley
Thursday, October 17, 2019 – 11:34am
When you look at buying a “NEW” home in Horizon City be aware that your 2019 home is only required to be built to the 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC) and 2009 International Residential Code (IRC).
El Paso City homes are built to the 2014 NEC and 2015 IRC. Therefore, as a result, the home you choose may not be as safe as another built to newer standards. Many changes happen over the years for safety. Ask your builder what standard they build to and call us to inspect your new home.
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.
New home or older El Paso home? Door landings must be safe. Landings that drop-down or a door that opens over a stairwell is dangerous. A new home last month was found with a landing that was not at least the width of the door. If you step in from the side garage door you can trip and fall on the curb.
Please call FYI Property Inspection for your new or pre-owned home inspection.
This panel was found during an inspection in El Paso last week. Needless to say, these wires were not installed by a licensed electrician. Homeowners or handyman wiring can be very dangerous. When this type of work is visible, start thinking about what was 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. Every part has an impact on the operation of many others. A typical home has more than 10,000 parts.