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Horizon City Home Inspector Electrical Discovery

July 20, 2021

Today in Horizon City our home inspector discovered an unsafe electrical panel find. During an earlier new home inspection in Horizon City, our inspector...

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Helpful Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

March 5, 2021

Courtesy of InterNACHI If you want to build a new home, there are things you need to know before you begin. Learn about construction...

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Making Your Home Burglar-Resistant

March 5, 2021

Courtesy of InterNACHI By Nick Gromicko and Kenton Shepard There are a number of measures that homeowners can take to ensure that their homes...

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10 Easy Ways to Save Money and Energy in Your Home

March 5, 2021

Courtesy of InterNACHI By Nick Gromicko, Ben Gromicko, and Kenton Shepard Most people don’t know how easy it is to make their homes run...

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EL PASO HOME INSPECTOR ELECTRICAL

April 13, 2020

El Paso Home inspector electrical find-The electrical panel was covered with drywall texture and or spray foam overspray. Contaminants can affect the contacts between...

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A GABLE VENT COVERED WITH SPRAY FOAM

April 13, 2020

During the inspection today at a new Westside El Paso Home, I found a gable vent that was spray foamed over. Ventilation in the...

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inspected new home window lock shaved

March 31, 2020

This inspected new home window lock was one of many that were shaved down by the installer instead of adjusting the screws holding the...

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THE SHOWER STEM IS TOO SHORT?

February 20, 2020

This shower stem was found during an inspection this week. The base of the showerhead caused water to drip on the top of the...

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GROUNDING BUSHING UNSAFE

February 20, 2020

While inspecting this electrical panel, I noticed a wire was not connected to the grounding bushing at the bottom of the panel. Grounding and...

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GOOD HOME INSPECTION- GFCI

December 31, 2019

Get a good home inspection. A kitchen receptacle was discovered without ground and required GFCI protection. Newer building standards require kitchen receptacles to have...

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HOME SAFETY INSPECTION

December 20, 2019

Safety in your home is of great importance. A family in Las Cruces in 2011 lost their lives when they ran electrical cords together...

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WHERE DOES THE RAINWATER GO?

December 12, 2019

Before purchasing your home, look at where the rainwater on the roof will flow. Where does the rainwater go? Does the water push against...

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THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA

December 3, 2019

Thermal imaging cameras we have can help detect leaks or insulation flaws that a normal camera cannot detect. Missing insulation may increase your utility...

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BUYING A NEW HOME IN HORIZON CITY?

August 24, 2018

Looking at buying a “NEW” home in Horizon City? Be aware that your 2021 home is only required to meet to the 2008 National...

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MILK SLOT ORDER DIAL

September 5, 2015

One of the unique gems of older homes and history. This milk slot was found during an El Paso home inspection. The milkman used...

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Unsafe door landings

July 3, 2014

Unsafe door landings that drop down or a door that opens over a stairwell can be dangerous. A door landing that was not at...

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FIRE AND SHOCK HAZARD

July 3, 2014

This electrical panel was found during a home inspection last week. These unsafe wires were not installed by a licensed electrician. Homeowner or handyman...

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EL PASO HOUSE INSPECTION

March 27, 2014

Just like the engine of your car, your El Paso house works as a system of interdependent parts that must work together. Every part...

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DRYER VENT TERMINATIONS WITH SCREENS?

October 15, 2013

Dryer vent terminations with screens I find too often during home inspections. Smashed covers are also not to be on the dryer vent termination....

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PERMIT SEARCH AN EL PASO HOME

July 22, 2013

Looking to buy a home in El Paso? Would you like to know if certain work was permitted? Here is a link to the...

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SMELL GAS?

June 24, 2013

What to do if you smell gas at your home. WHAT TO DO IF YOU SMELL GAS: Do not try to light any appliance....

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DRYER VENT PIPE

June 22, 2013

Do not install a clothes dryer with flexible white plastic venting materials. These are no longer sold. If a flexible metal (foil type) duct...

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SIGNS OF IMPROPER HOME PLUMBING

February 20, 2013

Sometimes you do not have to be a professionally trained inspector to see problems at a home. Be your own home inspector before making...

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WATER HEATER MAINTENANCE?

January 15, 2013

Not flushing your water heater each year of sediment build-up can keep the water heater from operating at full capacity. By flushing the tank...

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FALL LEAVES

November 25, 2012

As the leaves fall, you may not worry about raking them off the lawn, but you should make sure that a few key areas...

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INSULATE THOSE PIPES- BEFORE THEY FREEZE

November 25, 2012

Here in El Paso, we are approaching our cold weather. During this time of the year, the temperature can reach the teens. Since parts...

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AIR FILTER MONTHLY INSPECTION

November 17, 2012

Your air filter requires a monthly inspection to make sure that the air can flow through it. Refrigerated air systems and furnaces may be...

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IS YOUR REFRIGERATED AIR INSTALLATION SAFE?

November 3, 2012

Is your new home Refrigerated Air safe? This new El Paso home was not (30 amp breaker installed). Check your home for this common...

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COFFEE CAN ELECTRICAL ?

November 3, 2012

This was found in a garage of an older home. The coffee can was used as an electrical junction box. Notice the armored cable...

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DOOR STOPS- OLD AND NEW

October 27, 2012

Do you have old door stops on your El Paso home that are damaging your doors and/or trim? Most of the older style stops...

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SILICONE SPRAY FOR WINDOWS

October 27, 2012

Silicone spray makes a great lubricant for windows and sliding doors. Use this on the tracks of your windows if they are sticking. Windows...

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BUYING A FORECLOSED HOME?

October 3, 2012

Thinking about buying a foreclosed home for sale and see its potential? Is the price too good to be true? Does it need cleaning...

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WASHING MACHINE HOSES

August 16, 2012

Replacing your washing machine water supply hoses every few years may prevent flooding. Hoses in El Paso experience extreme heat and dry air which...

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ANTI-TIP DEVICE

August 14, 2012

To reduce the risk of tipping of the range, the range must be secured to the floor by a properly installed anti-tip bracket and...

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DANGERS OF DOUBLE CYLINDER DEADBOLTS

August 11, 2012

Double cylinder deadbolts are keyed on both sides. These should only be used on interior closets or maybe an office to keep kids or...

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FAUCET AERATORS AND LOW FLOW

April 30, 2012

Is the flow from your faucet is sluggish at one or more locations? The trouble may be in the faucet aerator. This device, at...

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TUB OR SHOWER MILDEW

March 6, 2012

Is your bathtub or shower caulk is moldy? You’ve got to remove every bit of old grout so that the new material forms a...

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ENERGY STAR HOMES

March 6, 2012

Looking for a new home to live in? If the home you buy is certified by Energy Star, these newer homes should meet the...

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GARBAGE DISPOSAL INFO

December 20, 2011

Garbage Disposals and Septic Systems If the garbage disposal discharges into a septic tank, it can place a significant strain on the septic system....

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PLANTER OR FLOWER BOXES

November 20, 2011

Planter boxes are common in many of the older homes in El Paso. The 1950s and 1960s homes were the most common to have...

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WELCOME TROOPS!

August 22, 2011

FYI Property Inspection welcomes all the new troops to El Paso. A special thanks to all who have served our great country. You give...

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EVAPORATIVE COOLERS

June 24, 2011

Evaporative coolers, commonly called “swamp coolers,” can cool homes in dry climates. Evaporative coolers have a low first cost, use a lot less electricity...

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BARS ON WINDOWS

April 25, 2011

To help show the importance of removing wrought iron bars over windows. As a home inspector, the last thing I ever want to see...

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CARBON MONOXIDE DANGER

April 24, 2011

<pCarbon Monoxide: This odorless, colorless gas is toxic and may even kill you. And you may not even realize it’s in your home! We...

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WATER HEATER TPR VALVE-HOME SAFETY

March 25, 2011

Safety features of gas hot water heaters include temperature, pressure relief valves, and discharge pipes. The purpose of this valve is to relieve excessive...

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SAFER HOME FOR CHILDREN

February 16, 2011

The Number One hazard for children under the age of 19 are falls, which are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries in the U.S....

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