Entries by Andy Welti

Electrical Systems

Electrical Systems – Common Home Inspection Findings Inexpensive cover plates, that a homeowner can install, on switches, receptacles (outlets), and junction boxes enclose energized components of electrical systems.  Installing cover plates is critical to ensure safe operation of electrical systems and prevent shock or electrocution, yet, It is common to find one or several cover […]

HVAC Systems

Forced Air – Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning – HVAC Systems – Common Home Inspection Findings Air flow to the air conditioner condenser, the air conditioning unit located outside of the home, should not be restricted by particulate accumulation on the condenser coils/fins. Excess particulate accumulation leads to inefficient operation of the air conditioning system.  […]

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Laundry Area

Laundry Area, Common Home Inspection Findings Three of the most common findings in the laundry area are unsecured laundry sink legs, disconnected dryer vents, and plastic, vinyl or light-weight venting material.   If a laundry sink sits on top of legs, it should be securely fastened to the floor.  Without proper fasteners securing legs to […]

The Attic

The Attic – Common Home Inspection Findings Most homeowners rarely enter the attic.  The access is typically located in a difficult to reach closet ceiling, garage ceiling or wall.  The door/hatch/panel is often small.  Many access points are surrounded by insulation, the walking space or crawl space is low.  Navigating through the space is tricky […]

Open Joints

Open Joints – Common Home Inspection Findings Properly filling open joints can save a homeowner thousands of dollars in costly concrete or pavement repairs.  The joint, where the concrete or paved driveway meets the concrete garage apron or floor, should be properly filled to prevent or reduce water from seeping through the joint.  Joints also […]

Windows

Windows – Common Home Inspection Findings Windows are a very important element of the home.  Homeowners expect them to easily operate and want to see clearly out of clean glazing (window). The most common home inspection findings related to windows are inoperable hardware, windows that are difficult to open or close, cracked glazing, broken seals, […]

Weatherstripping

Weatherstripping – Cracked, Deteriorated or Missing – Common Home Inspection Findings Weatherstripping around home entry doors and garage doors is built into the doors or has been added to doors to limit or prevent air from passing through the spaces between the doors, jambs, and threshold.  It also prevents rain and insects from entering the […]

Chimneys and Facades

Chimneys and Facades – Common Home Inspection Findings Cracked Bricks and Deteriorated Mortar/Cement on Chimneys, Brick Veneer and Facades, and Decorative Architectural Features Water and the Minnesota weather freeze-thaw cycles may deteriorate brick veneer surfaces and components of chimneys.  The older the home, the more likely it is to find that brick components of a […]

Caulk and Sealant

Caulk and Sealant – Common Home Inspection Findings Preventing rain or melt water from intruding behind siding and roofing coverings is important.  Water damage can cause deterioration of OSB, plywood, buffalo board and other construction materials.  During new construction, residing or reroofing projects, contractors apply new caulk and sealant around siding and roofing penetrations.  Common […]

Plumbing

Leaks and Inoperable Plumbing – Common Home Inspection Findings Many plumbing issues, leaks and inoperable plumbing, can be found by running water in tubs, showers, and sinks.  Look at the handles, pipes, faucets, shower heads, etc. above, below and behind coverings to identify leaks.  When necessary, contact a qualified plumber to repair the leaks. The […]

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