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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Ensure Santa can Land on your Roof with an Atlanta Home Inspections roof inspection

 

Chances are, if you have been nice all year, Santa will be paying you a visit the night before Christmas. When he arrives in his reindeer-drawn sleigh, will he be able to safely land on your roof or will he crash and burn?

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To keep Santa and his reindeer injury free you may need to consider having a maintenance roof inspection performed. A roof inspection will cost you, but it is  a lot cheaper than what it will cost you if undetected issues wreak havoc.

Worried about weak spots, broken shingles or leaks? Have the roof inspected by a professional who walks the roof. By walking the roof more details can be found as opposed to viewing the roof from the ground with binoculars.

 

 

One of the weakest points of any portion of a roof is in the seaming.  If the seams are not properly sealed upon installation, then the risks of the roof having an issue increase. Where adhesion methods, such as glue, tape, asphalt, or heat welder, etc. are used, if both faces of the seam aren’t sealed at once, the seam will be defective.  Seam sealing is present in the following methods:

  • Peel & Stick – As simple as it sounds, and then the seams are rolled out with a special roller.
  • Thermoplastic – This seal fuses when hot air melts the section to the next one or to the flashing
  • Asphalt – the hot substance is mopped into place/ it can also be welded. Once the torch heats the asphalt it will melt to the next membrane or flashing.

 

 

Another common area of the roof where issues may be found is around the vent boot.

 

 

 

It is important that the drawband is tightly attached but does not cut into the flashing and that the sealant at the top is installed with no voids or loose sections. The vents are often the first item to deteriorate due to weathering and age. If they are not sealed properly or suffer from the elements, then leaks can occur around them.

 

 

To ensure Santa lands safely on your rooftop, call 404-788-2581 and schedule your roof maintenance inspection with the Atlanta home  inspectorDavid Lelak.

 

 

 

 

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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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Atlanta Home Inspection Process is Non-Invasive

home inspection is a bright idea  The key word to remember during the Atlanta home inspection process is  “VISUAL”. The inspection process is non-invasive.  We do not pull apart, pry, move, or open items. Any sight of cracks in foundation, chimney, roof or any other major area of the home will be recommend to a professional for further investigation. We crawl under the house, walk on the roof, check plumbing, HVAC, electricity, exterior and interior walls.

Our Atlanta home inspection reports indicate either repair, routine maintenance or replace as options for items on the list. We are often complimented on our easy to read reports and the simpler language included to help everyone understand the findings.

 

Additional services can be added to any home inspection. Radon, termite and infrared testing  can instill peace of mind for new home buyers, agents, and sellers alike.

 

 

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5 Star Protection with Atlanta Home Inspector, David Lelak

Our goal is to provide clients with enough information to make a sound decision during the real estate process. Some of our clients have told us how appreciative they are of IHI Home Inspections services. Nathan asserts, “The Inspection was comprehensive and professional.” Also, Lance affirms, “All questions were answered and the written report was very detailed with pictures.”

We strive to continue providing excellent service and top-notch testing procedures during our Atlanta area home inspections.

One way to incorporate that philosophy within the Atlanta Home Inspection area is to offer a protection plan that covers every aspect of the home. Not only does that include walking the roof and entering the crawlspace and attic, but it also includes other vital services.  With our 5 Star Protection Plan you will recieve the following additional services:

Radon Monitoring

Termite Inspection

Electrical Thermal Scan

Moistue Thermal Scan

Whole house Thermal Scan (air leak detection)

90 day warranty

If you would like to include any of these services individually, IHI Home Inspections offers that option, too. Call 404-788-2581 or visit our website at http://www.ihihomeinspections.com to learn more about our scheduling and packaged services.

 

 

Tips for protecting yourself and your pet against snakebite

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  Atlanta Home Inspections sometimes encounters snakes or evidence of snakes during Atlanta Home Inspection services.

 

Did you know that snakes can strike from a distance that is half their body length away? This makes it very important to steer clear of areas that could promote the snakes to thrive. While we as humans might realize the dangers of stomping through tall grass, our furry four-legged friends might not – and may even be enticed to investigate.  So here are a few pointers for you that the APCC (Animal Poison Control Center) have put together.

 

  • Walk your pet on a leash

 

  • Steer your pet away from bushes.

 

  • Guide your pet away from yards that have not been mowed

 

  • Steer Clear of dead snakes. They can still strike reflexively for up to an hour after death!

 

If you find yourself in an emergency situation where your pet has been bitten by a snake make sure to keep him or her as calm as possible. Remove the collar and keep the bite below heart level. Restrict movement, also. This will prevent the venom from circulating in the bloodstream as quickly. Of course, get to the vet as quickly as possible.

 

If you are bitten by a snake try to remain calm, also. The steps listed above are also applicable to humans who have been snake bitten.

 

If you have a snakebite kit make sure it contains a suction pump device to extract the venom. Older kits do not contain these devices. Make sure you have a newer kit on hand. Note: If you can get to a medical facility no longer than 30 minutes after being bitten, you will not need to attempt to extract the venom.  Medical professionals are not great supporters of the suction pump device found in snakebite kits. They maintain Antivenom is the best method. (American Red Cross).

 

The next time you are out walking or jogging make sure to be aware of your surroundings. The best way to prevent a snakebite is to avoid areas where they live or hide.

 

 

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Is your air conditioner energy efficient?

Heat Pump efficiency    Is your air conditioner shaded in the summer? The Atlanta Home Inspector notices natural vegetation shading (and sometimes overgowing) air conditioning units. However, just by simply providing shade to the unit, its life expectancy can rise.   The U.S. Department of Energy suggests that energy efficient landscaping can reduce temperatures around the home by up to 9 degrees.  Why not take advantage of natural insulators and shading?

Remember to trim the vegetation periodically to keep it from allowing insect and spoor growth, though. It will work best as a natural insulator and shade source when properly cared for and maintained.

 

There are also special room -darkening shades that will contain the room temperature within your home. This is another option for climate control. However, your geographic location may also play a role in your best options for keeping a cool space in the heat of summer. For dry humid regions there are special air conditioning units called evaporative units. However, in very humid climates standard heat pumps and air conditioning units can be found.

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Bricks – Energy Efficient and Value Enhancing

 

Dorothy, Toto and her cohorts followed the Yellow Brick Road, and it would seem that 60% of homebuyers are discovering that there is “no place like a Brick Home”.  The Atlanta home inspector  encounters brick homes that are still standing today, which were built hundreds of years ago. In fact, companies such as ACME Brick provide a 100 year limited Gurantee for Homebuyers.

Brick doesn’t rot, is energy efficient and enhances the resale value of a home.  Imagine not having to paint, caulk or stain. Not to mention, bricks will not burn, so fire insurance premiums are drastically reduced. The composition of brick keeps your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Sometimes Atlanta Home Inspections will encounter a situation that will require further assistance from a structural engineer, but with bricks, that is more rare.

Today, you can shop online for various patterns and colors of brick. Some websites offer  more than 1000 syles and offer a side by side comparison of brick versus other cladding choices. However, the most popular method of brick shopping is through a vendor, who will provide samples for you to view before purchase.

Consider all the options when building, buying or selling your home. Brick exteriors enhance resale values possibly by 6% or more.

If you have a brick exterior (or any other form of cladding) call IHI Home Inspections for your buying, selling, or renovation inspection needs. Conveniently click at htt://www.ihihomeinspections.com anytime day or night 24/7, 365. If you prefer speaking with someone to schedule your inspection, we can be reached at 404-788-2581. Make sure to inquire about promotions and special discounts. We serve Cherokee County, Georgia and surrounding counties. Canton home inspections, Woodstock home inspections, Marietta home inspections and Kennesaw home inspections - just to name a few of our home inspections in Atlanta, GA service area.

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I am purchasing a new construction home, should I get a Home Inspection before I move in?

As the home inspector Atlanta, our response is a definite yes; here is a few very good reasons why.
Having a new house inspected can make much more logic than getting an old house inspected. A three or four year old home is very similar to a home that has already been taken on a long test drive, most of the problems have already been discovered and repaired. Why not obtain a home inspector Atlanta to check out your new home?
Another thing you should take into consideration; the contractor is only responsible for the repairs for one year, if you have a home inspection when the house is new you will be provided with a punch list for the builder to follow and make all the necessary repairs before you even move into it.
Whenever you are moving into a new home the appliances, showers, sinks, bathroom toilets and fixtures have not been used to be sure they are working as they should or checked for leaks.
You may find small problems in any new home, but if some of them are neglected they will become major concerns in a short period of time. Primary contractors will provide you with a one year warranty with all new houses. Contractors want to take care of their customers well because it is the best way for them to maintain their reputation and get future referrals.
Here is a list of material to consider;
• Being able to identify any structural problems and have them repaired before the home has time to shift or settle.
• To find issues up front and have them repaired before the new home owner moves in.
• Finding poor workmanship before the owner decides they want to sell the home in the future.
• Offsetting any cost of undiscovered concerns to the home owner whenever they sell the house.
• Finding energy wasting things in the attic like missing insulation or improperly installed insulation
• Finding and reporting on incorrectly installed or leaking duct work or improperly working HVAC units.
• Any items that got damaged during construction can be repaired before the home is occupied.
Peace of mind is extremely important to my clients, knowing that everything has been looked at and any concerns are documented in a full Home Inspection Report, so the primary contractor will have a punch list to follow and use as a guide to make any needed repairs.

When choosing a home inspector Atlanta, make sure that you’re going to get a full and thorough home inspection.  Choosing to hire Cheap Charlie can maybe save you up to $100.00, but it can cost you thousands in the long run.  We have found in the past that the cheap home inspectors in Alpharetta don’t take an average of three to four hours to do a home inspection, not to mention the time it takes to write up the home inspection report.

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http://www.ihihomeinspections.com Smyrna home inspector discovers birds that are making a bird nest in the dryer vent on the outside of the home. I thought I would share this with you only because #1 I thought it was neat that I caught them in action, #2 most people don’t think about the safety and fire hazard that this seemingly innocent act is creating. When the dryer vent is clogged, it can over heat. When it over heats, fires happen. So make sure that you keep your dryer vent cleaned out.

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When you find your dream home, make sure that you get a thorough Atlanta home inspection from the Atlanta home inspector, David & Bonnie Lelak of IHI Home Inspections, they serve Canton, Alpharetta, Roswell, Cumming, Woodstock, 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 choice is yours, “Cheap Charlie” or “Thorough David” you decide.  If you want a thorough Atlanta home inspection for a reasonable price call us today at 404-788-2581, you’ll be glad you did.

Services Provided: Atlanta Home Inspections, Home Inspection Atlanta, Atlanta Home Inspections, Radon Gas Testing, Radon Inspections Pool & Spa Inspections, Infrared Inspections, 5 Star Protection Inspections, Moisture and Leak Detection Inspections.

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