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. 

The 10 Longest Commutes In The United States

Wow, as a home inspector in Atlanta, GA, I sure can agree with the article below… Sometimes our windshield time from one Atlanta inspection to the next is over an hour.  We have had it reach almost two hours a few times, but hey, when you get the  call for that inspection, sometimes you just have to go.  Sometimes we go from Marietta, GA over to Lawrenceville, GA…

According to the Census Bureau, more than 3.2 million U.S. workers spend over 3 hours commuting to and from work each day.

Commutes exceeding 90 minutes in each direction are known as “extreme commutes” in Census Bureau parlance. As compared to typical commute times nationwide, they’re aptly named.

The national, average commute time is just 25.1 minutes

For home buyers in Woodstock or in any U.S. city, make sure to make commute times a consideration before placing an offer on a property. The length of your daily commute will make an impact on your life.

Studies shows that shorter commutes are linked to higher levels of life satisfaction. Long commutes are linked to low levels of life satisfaction.

As ranked by the Census Bureau, here are the 10 cities with the longest average commute times, where commuting is defined as the total time to arrive at work, inclusive of all modes of transportation (i.e. automobile, train, subway, foot, or other) :

  1. New York / North New Jersey / Long Island : 34.6 minutes
  2. Washington, DC / Arlington / Alexandria : 33.4 minutes
  3. Poughkeepsie / Newburgh / Middletown, NY: 32.2 minutes
    Stockton, CA : 29.8 minutes
    Baltimore / Towson, MD : 29.7 minutes

    Poughkeepsie / Newburgh / Middletown, NY: 32.2 minutes

  4. Bremerton / Silverdale, WA : 30.8 minutes
  5. Chicago / Naperville / Joliet, IL : 30.7 minutes
  6. Winchester, VA : 30.3 minutes
  7. Atlanta / Sandy Springs / Marietta, GA 30.1 minutes
  8. Riverside / San Bernardino / Ontario, CA : 30.0 minutes
  9. Stockton, CA : 29.8 minutes
  10. Baltimore / Towson, MD : 29.7 minutes

By contrast, the shortest commute belongs to residents of Great Falls, Montana. The average commute for the city’s 58,000 residents is 14.2 minutes.

A long commute to work should not deter you from moving to a particular home or neighborhood, but your time-en-route should be a consideration. Before making an offer on a home in Bradshaw Farms , therefore, practice the rush hour commute from your potential new neighborhood in the morning, and back to it again that evening.

Then, imagine making the commute every day.

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. 

Tax credit and deduction tips for home improvement in 2012 from home inspector Atlanta GA

As home inspectors in Atlanta, when we do home inspections, clients often ask us about improvements and repairs.  When we ran across this article we thought it would be great information to share.  Especially with the new year under way.  As a homeowner you may be thinking about needed home improvements and how you’ll use your credit to fund them. While it’s important to understand your credit before making major home improvement decisions, you should also consider another kind of credit – tax credits for energy efficient home improvements.

For the past few years, the federal government has offered tax credits for certain home improvements aimed at increasing a home’s energy efficiency. While the most popular and generous tax credits, such as the one that allowed you to claim up to 30 percent of improvements such as a new roof or hot water heater, have expired, you can still get credit for other significant energy-efficient improvements.

According to EnergyStar.gov, you can claim a tax credit for 30 percent of the cost of installing a geothermal heat pump, small wind turbine or solar energy system in your home. The credit has no upper limit and applies to both existing homes and new construction, but not to rental properties. This credit is good until Dec. 31, 2016.

You can also get a credit of up to 30 percent of the cost of residential fuel cells, up to $500 per .5kW of power capacity, EnergyStar.gov says. This credit is also available until Dec. 31, 2016.

While the initial cost of these improvements may seem significant, they can dramatically decrease home energy bills in the long run.

Depending on the type of home improvement or repair you undertake, you may also be able to claim a deduction on your taxes. Before launching a significant home repair or improvement, it may pay to consult with your tax accountant to see what, if any, portion of the cost may be deductible. And, as you do home repairs throughout the year, keep receipts and discuss the improvements and possible deductions with your accountant when he or she is preparing your tax return.

Knowing ahead of time which, if any, tax credits or deductions your home improvement may qualify for can help you make a better decision about how to use credit to fund the work. Since how you use credit affects your overall credit score, knowing the cost of a project before starting it can help you better manage your credit.

If you’re unsure how a home improvement project may affect your credit score, websites like freecreditscore.com can help you understand your credit. The site offers members a Credit Score Estimator that can help you understand how big financial decisions, like applying for a home improvement loan, may affect your credit score.

To learn more about tax credits for energy efficient home improvements, visit www.EnergyStar.gov. To learn more about tax deductions, visit www.IRS.gov. You can find a list of regional tax credits, rebates and savings at energy.gov/savings.

 

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. 

Pesky Organism Leaves Behind Huge Clues For the Atlanta Home Inspector

The Atlanta Home Inspector finds clues to a possible wood destroying organisms existence.  Boring into wood and leaving bits on the kitchen floor, this pest needs evicted before the new owners take possession.  Although this Canton Home Inspection reveals the organisms trail, an experienced pest control service can help eradicate and prevent further destruction.


 

 

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. 

The Atlanta Home Inspector Has A Clean and Healthy Dishwasher

 Most people today own a dishwasher. Even the Atlanta home inspector has a dishwasher that has to be cleaned and maintained. A few years back someone  suggested that the orange drink mix Tang would help to clean out your dishwasher. Although the Atlanta home inspector has not tried this method, others   have, and boast that it does work. If you cannot purchase Tang or would rather use a different method, check out the suggestion below!

How to clean a dishwasher

You’ll want to periodically scrub and disinfect your dishwasher so that it remains  clean and healthy, and so that your dishes stay that way, too. Curb the breeding ground for mold and mildew growth spurred on by food particles and soap scum.

Here’s how to clean your dishwasher :

  1. Remove all racks from the dishwasher. Wash with dish-washing detergent and set aside to dry. 
  2. Mix 1 part vinegar with 4 parts very hot water into a spray bottle.
  3. Spray the mixture on the dishwasher seal and anywhere else you see discoloration, mold or mildew.
  4. Scrub the affected areas with a non-abrasive scrub brush.
  5. Replace racks in the dishwasher.
  6. Fill a small, dishwasher-safe bowl with white vinegar and place on the top rack.
  7. Without soap, run the dishwasher at the highest temperature setting available.

Then, after performing these steps, you find that your dishwasher still has an “odor”, or if mold or mildew remnants remain, immediately pour 1 cup of baking soda on the floor of your dishwasher, and run the cycle a second time at the highest temperature setting available.

If your mold/mildew problem persists, you should check the dishwasher’s drain line. If it’s kinked, water may be unable to drain and will pool at the bottom of your dishwasher — a mold-breeding situation.

You should also check the food trap at the base of the dishwasher for too-large-to-drain pieces of food.

A good dishwasher will last years with proper care and maintenance. Keep yours mold- and mildew-free. 

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. 

Are You Tracking Yourself?

Have you ever used Google Alerts? It is a wonderful research tool, which enables you to track just about anything of interest to you, including yourself!!

Here are 5 ways to use Google Alerts:

* Track Keywords. Create alerts that feed you with the information you crave. Feed this information to your blogs, posts, videos, newletters. Narrow the tracking, by specifying interestes. The more precise your search, the more concise the information.

 * Track Yourself. Anything associated with you or your company/brand can be tracked. This will allow you to follow your followers. This will allow you a better response and a good niche market sense.

 *Track competitors. Follow your competition so that you can either keep on doing what you already are, or realign yourself to stay competitive in today’s market.

 *Find content Stealers. By creating alerts on your written words (blogs, campaigns, etc) you will be notified when someone decides to “borrow” your ideas. If it is being used in such a manner that you disapprove, you will be able to follow through with the necessary steps to get it removed from their site.

 *Find Customers. By setting up an alert that is a question such as “who sells car parts in xyz town” then you will see who is asking that, where they are, and what they need, so that you, as a business can better fulfill their needs.

   By tracking all aspects of you, your business and your website hits, you can grow your business. Insight into what drives people to your website is a great marketing research tool.

 

Home Staging Tips for Everyone Shared by A Home Inspector in Atlanta GA

It is hard to remove yourself from a house you have called home. However, when you are trying to sell it, all the personal elements must go. Just because you find something appealing, doesn’t mean that everyone potentially buying your home will share your design taste.

By removing clutter from the home, the appearance will not only be neater, but also seem more spacious. In that decluttered area, regroup furniture to maximize the space. By pulling items away from the walls, rooms will feel larger. Find out what type of “extra” room potential buyers are looking for, and repurpose one of your home’s rooms to meet that criteria.

A top selling point is lighting. They say ligting sets the mood, and that seems to be accurate. With brighter lights (higher wattage bulbs) areas seem more inviting. Also consider more than one type of lighting per room.

Paint can also make the sale. If you want space to have definition, use different colors to set those spaces off. However, if you are wanting to enhance areas, to make them seem more fluid and roomier, try using the same color to draw the rooms together. Also, try to remain neutral. Neutral colors tend to garner more offers. BUT if you must be creative, be mindful of what colors you use and what rooms you paint. Sometimes the outcome is dramatic, other times horrific.

Try to use artwork to your advantage. Don’t always hang pictures in straight lines or all at the same height. Remember the rule of threes. Odd numbers are more appealing than even. Bring artwork in from your yard or garden. Fresh flowers or plants liven up a space and make it inviting.