Finding Snake Skins in the Attic Can Raise a lot of Questions

Snakeskin in the attic no date   Snake’s rely on their skin to protect, conceal, and aid in movement. According to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, “Starting at its head, a snake peels out of its old skin. The new skin accommodates the snake’s growing body”(n.d.).

Now, I don’t know about you, but seeing this snake skin during a recent home inspection in Atlanta made me think twice about that whole accommodating the growing body thing. I mean, think about this. That skin looks to be a fairly decent size to begin with and now I know that the snake that crawled out of it is bigger than before. This just solidifies the fact that the skin is serving its purpose as a leading defense mechanism! The current owners of the home and hopeful buyers of the property share this sentiment and are a bit squeamish about proceeding. After all it means the home offers dark, damp, coolness or possibly small rodents.

So what can be done to ease worried clients and remedy the situation?

Wildlife and pest control experts have stressed the importance of sealing off attractive areas and trimming back vegetation that allures small rodents. Of course, most homeowners do not want to tackle this on their own for one reason or another. At that point consult the local pest control professionals. Most termite companies also have a wildlife specialist on board. However, if one wants to take matters into his or her own hands, then there is a way to lure a snake out of its hiding spot. Piles of damp towels or burlap bags can be placed in the area where the snake was seen. The Orkin website suggests waiting a few days and then removing the towels or bags with a shovel. If one is lucky the snake has crawled into the damp, cool bag or towel (2014).

As for my role in all of this – I just snap photos and report the findings. I do have reputable pest control companies that I refer, also. I don’t consider myself a snake charmer or an expert on the topic, so I leave all of that to the wildlife pros.

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Drainage Issues: Why it is important to your health

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Drainage Issues: Why it Should Matter

 

So, the inspector has been to the property and discovered there are drainage issues. What does this mean? Well, for starters, if water is not properly draining away from the home, this means the water is settling somewhere within the home, most likely the basement or crawlspace. Why is this important to note? Not because we don’t want the deal to follow through, but because we as inspectors do not want to see the client subjected to one of the leading promoters of mold growth. After all, nobody wants to inhale mold spores for an extended period of time (at least not that I am aware of).

 

Mold, according to the CDC (center for disease control) causes noted symptoms in otherwise healthy adults and children. There is  ” sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition” (CDC.gov).

 

Since mold thrives in damp, humid atmospheres, it is a good idea to find out in advance if the home you wish to purchase has a drainage issue that will promote mold growth which could lead to serious health issues.

 

 

While detection of water intrusion may be a game changer, it is not always a deal breaker. There are solutions to issues that arise. Sometimes all that is needed is a better ventilation system or a change in humidity level. Small changes can help eliminate the risk – such as not carpeting lower level areas.  Drainage issues can sometimes be fixed by landscaping around the home. By grading around the home, this will shift the surface water. Sometimes, it is imperative to place a barrier in the water shedding layer of the soil to route the drainage in the proper direction away from the home.  Sloping away from the home’s foundation is the key.

 

Remember that water damage in a basement or crawlspace can be caused by any of the following:

 

  1. faulty plumbing
  2. failed sump pumps
  3. improper window installation
  4. leaking walls and foundation 

 

If the water is within the walls, then they most likely will need removed and replaced in order to prevent the growth of mold. Also, a professional waterproofing company may be able to assist in warding off any further water damage. There are 4 Types of Interior Waterproofing and a professional can help determine which type of drainage issue may be present and which type of interior or exterior waterproofing may be needed.

 

 

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Have you turned on your heat pump yet? – Efficiency tip by the Atlanta Home Inspector

jjjjoIn our region, we seldom have to turn on the heat until the winter months. However, today with the wind making itself know,it made me start to think about needing to turn up the heat. I was also thinking about the home inspections in Atlanta that are performed.

During Atlanta home inspections is your current inspector checking the furnace or heat pump?

Did you know that heat pumps are an efficient choice when the temperatures are 32 degrees or higher? With that being said, when it drops below that temperature, the heat pump must “ask” for a little assistance. This assistance comes in the form of electric heat strips (also known as auxiliary heat), which increase the operating cost of the entire system. Sometimes, this can even be as much as 5 times the normal operation.

So, how would a homeowner avoid using the auxiliary heat? Well, it is always a good idea to service the heat pump to ensure that it is working properly. By keeping dirt and debris out of the unit, the air will flow more freely, as well.

It is also a great idea to keep the thermostat set at a constant temperature. Typically, somewhere below 70 degrees will keep the usage down – meaning the bill will more than likely be less.

 

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Immediate Results with IR Scan

IR_0315 About 35% of heating and cooling is lost through the roof, according to energy experts, and walls, windows, and doors can also contribute to air leaks. What this translates to for you – is higher energy bills as your heating and air system struggles to keep up.

So how do you know if you have air leaks?

Unless you want to stumble around your home with a lit candle to see if it flickers at every window, door, or vent, it may be best to invest in professional services that provide Thermal Scans.

With his camera, the Atlanta home inspector  can determine the source of your moisture woes by providing a non-destructive, immediate result service. The camera sees and measures heat signatures. Therefore, moisture will appear as a different color on the camera enabling the inspector, David Lelak to locate the source.
Don’t tear down any walls, Don’t pull up the floor. Let the thermal imager find out what is inside first. Just like an x-ray shows us what bone is broken, the IR will show us energy descrepancies. The same Thermography is also used to monitor equine health conditions.

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How To Keep A Stainless Steel Product Shining

Stainless Steel RefrigeratorWith their sleek, modern look, over the past 10 years, stainless steel appliances have move from “hot trend” to commonplace.

However, as any Canton homeowner with stainless steel appliances will tell you, to keep a stainless steel surface free from marks, drips and fingerprints can be a futile exercise. Streaks and smudges will happen — they can’t be avoiding.

There are tricks, however, for keeping your stainless “shining”. You’ll need a microfiber cloth and a small bowl, plus some dish detergent, and some WD-40 or furniture polish.

First, start with a single teaspoon of dish detergent in a quart of hot tap water. Using the microfiber cloth to avoid scratching the appliance’s surface, rub the mixture firmly in the direction of the steel’s grain.

Rinse the surface with clean, hot water and dry it immediately.

If the smudge remains, as a second attempt, spray a little WD-40 or furniture polish on the surface of the stainless steel appliance and buff the mark away using the microfiber cloth.

Then, if the smudge still remains, apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol to the appliance surface and — again with the microfiber cloth — rub in the direction of the grain. This will remove the mark, but it will also dull the stainless steel’s shine.

Therefore, to restore the appliance’s luster, use a small amount of WD-40 or furniture polish, or buff the appliance with a drop of mineral oil.

You may also use a commercial stainless steel cleaner to clean your home’s appliance and these products work well. However, they’re often thick with chemicals and can be more expensive than one of the do-it-yourself solutions presented above.

Sometimes, though, it takes a specialty product to get the job done.

Do us a favor if you or someone you know is about to buy that perfect home, please recommend us to them. When you find your dream home, make sure that you get a thorough home inspection in Atlanta, GA from the home inspector Atlanta, GA, David Lelak of IHI Home Inspections, they serve Atlanta and all of North Georgia. Call us today at 404-788-2581 for a thorough home inspection in Atlanta. We won’t let you buy the money pit. You can also schedule your Atlanta home inspection today online. We create Peace of Mind One Atlanta home inspection at a time. Be sure to check out all the other reasons other customers chose IHI Home Inspections at our original website.

Polybutylene Piping Systems Found During Atlanta Home Inspections

 

  Atlanta Home Inspections  will sometimes find Polybutylene Piping.  Polybutylene piping systems are made  of resin, grey or white in color, and have a dull finish.  Inside your home, the fixtures could be found by the Atlanta Home Inspectors in bathrooms as feeds to your sinks and toilets, near water heaters and also in unfinished basements along the ceiling.

In the 1980′s there were numerous Class Action Lawsuits concerning the structural integrity of the piping systems. Defective manufacturing and defective    installation was reported to have caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. It is believed that the basic structural integrity of polybutylene piping  systems is defective due to oxidants in public water supplies. The oxidants cause a chemical reaction within the polybutylene and the fittings, casuing them to become brittle. Once the piping weakens, it can then completely fail and end up causing structural damage.

Once touted as “the pipe of the future”, polybutylene piping became the cause of much scrutiny in many Class Action lawsuits.  The material’s low cost and ease of installation made them an in demand product from 1978 until 1995.

  Sometimes, a home will have partial installation of polybutylene. It is a good idea to check the water main outside of your home, as well. If it is blue in color, then it is polybutylene. Although, sometimes it can be grey or black in color. This can become confusing, because other types of piping are also  found in these colors.  The line will run from the main into your home, typically into the crawlspace or basement area. Also check the shutoff valve in your home, as well as, the shutoff valve at the city water meter. Cases have been reported where one valve shut off was copper, but the other was polybutylene.

  If you are worried about polybutylene piping systems, it is best to consult a professional plumbing expert to provide the best information for you, your home and your family.

Do us a favor if you or someone you know is about to buy that perfect home, please recommend us to them. When you find your dream home, make sure that you get a thorough home inspection in Atlanta, GA from the home inspector Atlanta, GA, David & Bonnie Lelak of IHI Home Inspections, they serve Atlanta and all of North Georgia. Call us today at 404-788-2581 for a thorough home inspection in Atlanta. We won’t let you buy the money pit.  You can also schedule your Atlanta home inspection today online.  We create Peace of Mind One Atlanta home inspection at a time.  Be sure to check out all the other reasons other customers chose IHI Home Inspections at our original website. 

What Other Task Can You Think of That Takes Less Than Five Minutes?

Keep a clean air filter

Clean air in your home is important because it promotes better health.  Nobody wants to be coughing and sneezing – especially if it is preventable by simply replacing your home’s air filters! How long has it been since you changed the air filters in your home?

The Atlanta Home Inspection team suggests that you set up a schedule for replacing your air filters.  By setting   a schedule that coincides with other home maintenance you are more likely to remember the task.  By replacing them at least once every three months, you will benefit. If you have pets or your home is in a dusty region then a monthly filter change might be more beneficial.

Trapping and removing dust particles from the air you are breathing and replacing it with clean air circulation is the job of an air filter. Changing air filters is among the easier do-it-yourself chores. What other task can you think of that takes less than five minutes?  The secondary benefit of doing it is that new filters help keep your HVAC unit in tip-top shape.

Here’s how to change your home’s air filter :

  1. Open the air filter compartment door/slider on your HVAC unit.
  2. Note the size of your current filter. It’s typically written on the frame.
  3. Note the direction in which the filter is pointing. There may be an arrow on its frame.
  4. Purchase a new filter at a hardware store. Make sure the sizes matches the size from Step 2.
  5. Remove the old filter.
  6. Replace old filter with the newly purchased one from Step 4. Make sure the arrow is pointing in the same direction as the original filter’s arrow.
  7. Using a marker, note the date of filter change on the side of the filter.
  8. Close the air filter compartment door/slider.

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When you find a filter type and style that you like, consider buying them in bulk — it can be helpful to have extra air filters laying around the home for when you need them — especially during season changes when you may want to replace filters more frequently.

In addition, when purchasing air filters, don’t opt for the cheapest available. Often, the least expensive filters allow large particles to recirculate through the HVAC unit, and back in to your home. Choose a middle- or top-line product instead.

Your home and your health will thank you.

Do us a favor if you or someone you know is about to buy that perfect home, please recommend us to them. When you find your dream home, make sure that you get a thorough home inspection in Atlanta, GA from the home inspector Atlanta, GA, David & Bonnie Lelak of IHI Home Inspections, they serve Atlanta and all of North Georgia. Call us today at 404-788-2581 for a thorough home inspection in Atlanta. We won’t let you buy the money pit.  You can also schedule your Atlanta home inspection today online.  We create Peace of Mind One Atlanta home inspection at a time.  Be sure to check out all the other reasons other customers chose IHI Home Inspections at our original website. 

Benefits of Infrared Scans During Atlanta Home Inspections- Detecting hot electrical outlets

FLIR(forward looking infrared) systems allow service industry inspectors, such as IHI Home Inspections, the opportunity to see a wide array of issues that cannot be detected by the naked eye.  Thermal cameras allow the inspector to capture images in real time. What this means is that any signifcant heat loss or gain is detected as it is occurring.  This is important because energy loss can be identified, documented, and reported, which can ultimately save homeowners money.

As this picture indicates, the electrical outlet signature is registering a hot spot. What this indicates is that the electrical circuit is allowing a large amount of electricity to flow through. This can lead to fuse overloads, power surges, or electrical shock. Most outlets are GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter). This protects people from being shocked. It is important to note, however, that the main circuit board/fuse box should be operating proficiently. If a GFCI is functioning properly it will monitor the amount of electrical current flowing from hot to neutral, and trip the circuits if there is an imbalance. Therefore, if FLIR indicates an outlet is running hot, there is an issue.     

Protecting a home from energy loss, water intrusion, overloaded circuits, and radiation spikes, FLIR systems allow a home inspector to provide a more detailed service to clients. Being able to pinpoint specific areas that need attention that would otherwise go unnoticed, is a benefit to hiring an inspection company that offers Thermal Imaging as part of their business services.

 

Do us a favor if you or someone you know is about to buy that perfect home, please recommend us to them. When you find your dream home, make sure that you get a thorough home inspection in Atlanta, GA from the home inspector Atlanta, GA, David & Bonnie Lelak of IHI Home Inspections, they serve Atlanta and all of North Georgia. Call us today at 404-788-2581 for a thorough home inspection in Atlanta. We won’t let you buy the money pit.  You can also schedule your Atlanta home inspection today online.  We create Peace of Mind One Atlanta home inspection at a time.  Be sure to check out all the other reasons other customers chose IHI Home Inspections at our original website. 

An All-Natural Alternative For Cleaning Your Microwave

Atlanta home inspector clean microwave Sharing environmentally friendly and pocket-book savings pointers, the Atlanta Home Inspector  hopes that you find this cleaning alternative helpful.  Microwaves are a daily convenience.  Due to the heavy usage of microwaves, many spills and splatters dot their ceilings and  line their walls. Remember that at least once weekly microwaves should be cleaned to optimize performance.

 Many of us use store purchased cleansers to clean our appliances. However, if would like an all – nautral alternative to clean your microwave, we have a recipe for you.  An all-natural approach will yield the same results, with only slightly more preparation time. The chemicals from the store may seep into your foods and containers over an extended period of time. So you are not only saving pennies, but also saving a future health issue from arising.

To keep your microwave fresh and clean, using organic materials only, here’s what to do :

  1. Unplug your microwave from the wall for safety.
  2. Gather a microwave safe bowl; 1 1/4 cups of water; a lemon; baking soda; white vinegar; and cleaning cloths.
  3. Slice the lemon and place the slices into your bowl. Add the water.
  4. Heat the bowl in the microwave for 7 minutes. Leave the microwave door closed for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the bowl (CAUTION : Bowl will be hot).
  6. Remove the microwave’s glass cooking surface and wheel system. Hand wash and set aside to dry.
  7. Dip a clean cloth in the lemon water mixture. 
  8. Wipe down the microwave’s exterior and interior surfaces, remoistening the cloth as required.
  9. Moisten a clean cloth with vinegar. Wipe down the microwave door’s interior surface. 
  10. Replace glass and wheel system, and plug the microwave back in to the wall.

If you find lingering stains in your microwave, mix baking soda with water to form a thick paste. Dip a corner of your cleaning cloth into the paste and apply it to the stain directly, gently rubbing in a circular motion until the stain is gone.

Let us know if this all natural approach worked for you!

Do us a favor if you or someone you know is about to buy that perfect home, please recommend us to them. When you find your dream home, make sure that you get a thorough home inspection in Atlanta, GA from the home inspector Atlanta, GA, David & Bonnie Lelak of IHI Home Inspections, they serve Atlanta and all of North Georgia. Call us today at 404-788-2581 for a thorough home inspection in Atlanta. We won’t let you buy the money pit.  You can also schedule your Atlanta home inspection today online.  We create Peace of Mind One Atlanta home inspection at a time.  Be sure to check out all the other reasons other customers chose IHI Home Inspections at our original website.