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Another delighted client in Rock Hill South Carolina

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.

Foundational movement, fire damage

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.

Improper repairs to foundation

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

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.

Polybutylene Supply Lines

Another happy and satisfied Rock Hill client. This was a pre-sale inspection. Although the summary page was quite extensive, with multiple minor issues, 3 main issues were present and of note. 1. Hardboard siding on the exterior showing extensive rot. 2. Water management issues around exterior perimeter of home. 3. Polybutylene plumbing lines present throughout crawlspace and interior. Polybutylene plumbing was installed from approximately 1975 through 1994 and it appears as a grayish supply line with copper fittings. There was a recall on this material, class action lawsuits were litigated. The problem is apparently that the chlorine in city water would react with the copper and plastic materials causing sudden failure, thus the recall. The recommendation it’s to replace all polybutylene plumbing by licensed contractor.