On a recent Inspection in Gastonia North Carolina, I just wanted to highlight water management issues in this post. Managing water flow across a home is key to keeping that home free of rot and deterioration to the foundation and siding. This particular home has OSB siding, and is historically known for wood rot at the bottom were moisture collects. Additionally, wood siding is to close to grade and needs to be 6 inches, at least, above grade. Also gutters are discharging right at the foundation wall with flat or negative grading issues. All issues contribute to the wood rot on the siding, And again managing waterflow across the property from top to bottom is key to keeping him healthy.
Atlas Chalet Shingles were a defective product installed on homes in the Southeast from 1998 – 2005. After several years, the material showed signs of cracking and blistering. After a class action lawsuit occurred, the product was recalled, it was not in use anymore after 2005 approximately. Because the product is not used anymore, roofs with this product on it need replacing primarily because if there is damage of any kind there is not a matching product available anymore to do repairs.
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While inspecting the exterior of a home in Southwest Charlotte, it was determined that there were some settlement left front corner of front porch, column was loose. Additionally around the perimeter of home water management issues present. Downspouts need extension away from foundation, grading and or pitch away from foundation wall needed improvement. Consequently all three items were on the summary for this inspection report for further evaluation by a licensed contractor.
While on an inspection in Concord North Carolina, a basement garage that was added to the home at some point, and was installed improperly. Several floor joist were cut to provide clearance for a vehicle to enter the garage door. While not taking in the structural ramifications of said project, improperly sized structural members were added to this area. The resulting consequence, is home needing an full structural analysis of foundation.
Rock Hill inspection week of 8/3/2020. Short summary on this inspection. Images highlighted show downspouts needing extension from foundation wall, and condensate drain line discharging at foundation wall. Both corresponding pictures are paired with crawlspace images where visible moisture is wicking through masonry wall via efflorescence. Wood rot present at base of columns and railings front and back porch. Loose toilets on the inside. Nice home, small summary, happy client.
Inspection in York South Carolina week of 8/3/2020. Numerous defects present in this home including but not limited to: 100% moisture reading in master bedroom exterior wall. Further outside evaluation revealed water leaking back into structure underneath this area while raining, another source for moisture could not be ruled out as well. Last three images. Numerous electrical issues, Scorched frayed wires openings in panel neutral bus not grounded to box, Wires not properly labeled, a Zinsco exterior panel box was present. Multiple areas of wood rot present on exterior cladding, Rear deck in disrepair, and the cost of repairing it may outweigh the cost of just replacing it, plus numerous other smaller issues all going on summary and the larger ones being cited for further evaluation by a licensed contractor.
I was hired by my client, on this particular inspection, to give an opinion on just the major systems of the property in question, a turn of the century foursquare home. HVAC systems were old and inoperative, No water heater present, electrical system was satisfactory, roof structure was damaged by a fire and repairs were made, it is unknown weather those repairs were done properly or not. Lots of repairs and foundational movement were present in crawlspace. Leaning perimeter piers were present, pilaster’s were damaged and or in the middle of repairs. Roof structure and foundation were going to need further evaluation by a licensed contractor and a list of repairs made for the potential buyer.
Another happy client in the Charlotte market. Charlotte North Carolina week of 7/20/2020. Several items of note on this summary. Water management issues abound in crawlspace, efflorescence present water on floor present, watermarks present on foundation volunteers. Improper renovations (DIY) were done under the bathroom in crawlspace. Additionally, there appeared to be a wood destroying fungus growing on for Joyce Emma very damp wet area. Additionally, there appeared to be a wood destroying fungus growing on for Joyce Emma very damp wet area. All of these items and many others on some rework called out and required further evaluation by a licensed contractor.
Building a Culture of Preparedness
JULY 7, 2020 REALTOR PARTY NEWS
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No one could have prepared for what 2020 has had in store for us to date. But there are situations that REALTORS® and homeowners should be prepared for — hurricane season.
Market activity is returning to full swing. That likely brings added questions from potential new customers looking at homes in flood-prone areas. That’s why NAR has worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on a suite of flood resources to help you advise your clients.
Use these resources, web pages, fact sheets, infographics, and publications to promote the financial protection flood insurance offers and explain various flood insurance requirements to homeowners and business owners.
Also be prepared to answer customers’ questions about a new, searchable website created to help people assess the flood risk of particular properties. The site shows that millions more homes potentially fall into flood zones than FEMA flood maps suggest. FEMA’s flood maps have served as the standard for lenders in determining flood insurance requirements for a mortgage under federal law. This new site developed by nonprofit research firm the First Street Foundation allows homeowners, real estate professionals, lenders, and others to find detailed flood risk information on specific properties nationwide.
Building a culture of preparedness requires that we raise awareness that a property does not need to be near water to food. In fact, more than 40% of all National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) food claims come from outside high-risk areas. Floods can be a result of storms, melting snow, hurricanes, water backup, broken water mains, and changes to land as the result of new construction, among other things.