The Top 10 Areas Commonly Checked by Your Home Inspector

Here is a list of some common areas checked during home inspections. This list is intended to inform homeowners about the need to have these areas checked for possible problems and the need for upgrades or repairs, if any.

  • Smoke detectors sometimes are missed out during the inspection process.
  • Electrical fixtures and wiring, which are often embedded in between double walls or embedded in concrete.
  • Backflow prevention devices should also be carefully considered, since this helps prevent any untoward flooding in the event of plumbing and waterline leakage.
  • Basement bathrooms and laundry tubs are sometimes also missed in the process because not all homes have these areas and fixtures in their basements.
  • Dryer vents, on the other hand, should also be considered
  • Electrical grounding, since improper grounding could cause major problems from accidental electric shocks or even cause house fires.
  • Flexible gas connectors, valves and uncapped gas lines, should also be of paramount concern since the slight indications of gas leakages can be tragic and disastrous.
  • Indoor furnaces not functioning properly. This should also be checked since problems could range from gas leakage to defective firing systems that could also cause a house fire if left unchecked.
  • Water heaters need to be checked to make sure that they are installed properly. Pressure release valves must be working properly along with the important copper run off device that should always be checked.
  • Garage door openers or extension cord wiring being used as permanent wiring for fixtures.

Three Ways To Help Maintain The Efficiency Of Your Air Conditioning Condenser Unit

air-conditioning unit

Today, we are going to take a look at three ways to help maintain the efficiency of your air conditioning condenser unit. These tips will help keep your home cool during those hot summer days and can also help lower your monthly utility bill.

Top 3 Tips To Keep Your Home Cool

1.) The first step is to make sure there is proper air flow to the unit. To do this make sure plants are trimmed back two feet in all directions.  Also remove any mulch that has built up around the unit.

2.) Now check to see if the fins on the coil are straight. The fins are the thin parallel metal strips on the unit. They are commonly bent by weed eaters and hail. Bent fins can impede air flow to the unit. To correct the fins, simply take a butter knife or other thin utensil and gently bend them to allow proper air flow.

3.) Finally, it’s time to clean the unit. The first step is to shut off the power. This is important and is done by removing the pull switch from the service disconnect. When the power is off, use your garden hose to clean off debris.  This may prolong the life of your unit by making it making the cooling process easier.

After it is clean, restore the power to the unit and enjoy your more efficient and cost effective air conditioning.


How to Unclog a Sink Drain

How to unclog a slow sink drain

If your bathroom sink is slow to drain you may need to unclog the U shaped drain under your sink called a pea trap as well as remove the plunger to clean out the drain. The tools you will need are a small bucket and a large sized bucket as well as an old toothbrush. You should remove everything from under your sink to ensure you have enough room to work.

The first thing you will need to do is to place the small bucket under the pea trap to catch any water that may still be in the drain. You will want to remove the pea trap that is the U shaped pipe under the sink. There will be two nuts that you should be able to unscrew by hand unless there is a lot of buildup on the nuts. It there is build up you will also need an adjustable wrench. Loosen the nuts and slowly remove the pea trap from the drain. Be careful because any water remaining in the drain will start dripping into the bucket. Clear away any visible debris from the drain. Then take the pea trap to a different sink and clear out any remaining debris. Then scrub the pea trap with the old toothbrush and rinse it out well.

Now remove the plunger from the sink by unscrewing the rod attachment from the back of the drain under the sink. Pull the rod out of the attachment. The plunger should be able to be removed from the sink basin now. Look down through the drain even if you can see all the way through the drain may still have hair and other particles in it. With the large bucket under the drain run a small stream of water and gently scrub the drain with a tooth brush. Do this at the basin entrance and from the bottom of the drain. Put the plunger back into the basin carefully aligning the notched opening to the back of the sink. Then insert the rod back through the opening in the drain and then tighten the nut. Place the cleaned pea trap back onto the drain and tighten the nuts.

Once the hardware is reassembled your sink should not have any problems draining.

If you have any questions about home repair and home inspection call Choice Home Inspection Services 770-490-6911.

Home Inspector Helps You

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If you’re thinking of buying a home, then you’re probably aware that you should get a qualified home inspector to examine it.  In fact, most offers will include a condition that the property be inspected before the sale becomes final.

A good home inspector will go over the property from top to bottom, inside and out.  The home inspector will look for things like cracks in the foundation, out-dated wiring, repairs that need to be made, and any aging components, such as the roof and furnace.  The inspector will also provide a timeline for replacement of any major components including HVAC, windows, roof, etc.

Basically, a home inspector helps the potential homeowner understand the condition of the home and the related costs expected.  This valuable service is also very beneficial for the seller as well.  By having your current home inspected before you list it for sale can help sell your property faster and for the best price.

For instance:  Say you put your home on the market and you get an offer.  The offer is conditional on the home inspection.  The inspector may uncover a major issue that you weren’t aware of, and the buyer could potentially walk away from the deal.  If, however, you hired a home inspector first, you would know about those issues in advance and could deal with them appropriately.

A good home inspector can be more valuable than you think!  If we can be of service or if you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Choice Home Inspection Services at 770-490-6911.  Or email or text us:  http://chisvc.com/contact-us