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Wednesday, March 23rd

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Why Is Deck Inspection Important?

Inspection of the deck is very important to ensure that it has been assembled properly and is safe. If you do not inspect your new deck, or your current deck annually, there is a possibility that it may collapse or cause injuries during use. Deck inspection helps determine if there are any structural problems with the entire deck as well as each board. And a certified deck inspector will examine all aspects of the deck to identify potential problems such as metal fatigue, loose nails or screws, water damage, warping, and rot to make sure you have a safe deck!

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Below are some eye-catching red flags and if you notice any such sign, call a deck inspector today –

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Hidden fasteners:

Decks are installed with hidden fasteners to create a clean looking surface that is smooth to bare feet, but if you notice loose fasteners hanging from the bottom, get a deck inspector asap

Water damage:

If you notice water stains, rotten wood, or stagnant water under your deck, call for a thorough deck inspection right away

Cracked up boards:

It is particularly important, if your deck has cracked up boards, missing pieces, splintered wood, or creaky sound, you should fix it as quickly as possible and inspect the deck before using it

Railings:

There are more injuries because of rail failure than deck collapse, also incorrect installation of railings or missing railings are poorly treated as these are ignored for a good amount of time, but to maintain the good quality of your home, you should call the deck inspector to find your deck’s real condition, be it foundational damage or missing railings









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5 Things To Look Out For, Home Inspection Edition

If you are worried about your upcoming home inspection, then this information might be very helpful to you. While a home inspection can be very stressful, it doesn’t have to be that way all the time. Utilize this information in your next home inspection, and you’ll see the distinction on your own. Without further ado, let’s begin –

1. The Roof – The Roof is one of the largest deal breakers of any home inspection; it is also one of the most expensive to repair. Most home inspectors look for at least 3-5 years of roof existence, and if not familiar with the roof’s lifespan, we have other checkpoints to calculate the number.

2. HVAC Issues – Number two on our list is the HVAC system of the entire building. While HVAC systems are not as expensive as roof fixings, they are commonly considered a costly repair as well.

3. Electrical Problems – Today’s electrical standards are much higher than they were 30 years ago, and because of updates to electrical requirements and outdated panels, issues can easily occur to older electrical systems. Electrical concerns are another top concern on home inspection reports, mortgage lender requirements, and even for your insurance.

4. Water Intrusion – Water intrusion can occur from anywhere, the roof, windows, or straight through the improper siding. Home inspectors test for water intrusion by using thermal imaging and moisture meters.

5. Mold Crisis – Mold issues occur through sustained water entry and a food source. If a roof leak never gets fixed, it can lead to an area of drywall that is constantly wet, eventually creating conditions that can easily lead to mold growth.










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5 Things To Look Out For | Home Inspection Edition Contd.

Let’s continue our list and learn more about such checkpoints. As a reminder, till now, we have talked about 5 major issues, and today, we’ll continue to complete all 10 Things To Look Out For Home Inspection Edition. Without further ado, let’s begin –

6. Structural Settlement – Structural settlement occurs in older homes, unmaintained homes, or even new homes with improper foundation installations. Structural settlement can be defined as cracks in your home larger than 1/8 of an inch. To prevent structural settlement, ensure water is properly draining away from your home

7. Termites – Termites are very common in the United States, and termites love slightly damp wood. Therefore, home inspectors find termite damage from unmaintained homes with water intrusion issues

8. Grading Issues – Grading issues involve how the soil is sloped next to your home. When water lands on your roof or near your home, you will want the water to slope away from your home

9. Missing Insulation – Missing insulation can easily make a home less efficient and too hot/cold. Be sure insulation is added in attics, crawlspaces, and any other areas the interior walls meet the exterior environment

10. Drainage – Pipes Drain lines, like old cast iron pipes, are a huge problem in today’s homes. This type of drain pipe, unfortunately, fail and lead to many issues like backup sewage, structural issues, and more. Ensure your drainage pipes are updated to something like PVC, and consider having a sewer scope inspection completed to check the condition of your drainage pipes


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All About Pool & Spa Inspections

Everybody loves a refreshing pool party during summer and a calming spa session in winter but keeping up with your pool & spa responsibilities comes with big duties and great rewards. Pool and spa are fantasizing addictions to any home, and if you are purchasing the house for investment purposes, then you must ensure that everything is working in order to make the purchase final.

What does Bender offers in Pool & Spa Inspection?

We want to make sure that everyone who uses your pool or spa is as safe as possible, and that’s why our checks will ensure safety concerns and proactively keep your space safe and sound while also saving you money in the long term. Our pool & spa Inspections in Hemet, CA, cover everything under its umbrella.

1. The Steps and decks
2. The gauges
3. The drainage systems, blowers, and values
4. The pump motors and heaters
5. The water supply systems
6. The underwater lights
7. The motors
8. The safety controls and more.,

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WATER VS HOUSE STRUCTURE

As many states of the United States of America are facing severe hurricane season, today, we’ll talk about the essential four thoughts of water intrusion into the home. We all have houses made of wood and concrete, and water intrusion at any part of the house seems like a serious problem to deal with. Without further ado, let’s begin with our 4 thoughts on the Water vs Home Structure.

Rot Ruins Everything The number 1 publically known enemy of a homeowner is the moisture intrusion, and where there is rot, there is water. Seal up any potential water entry points into your homes, such as leaky gutters, unsealed sidings, missing roof shingles and more. Get creative and think like a raindrop to prevent your home from moisture and rain.

• Direct the Drainage Are your gutters adequately routed away from the foundation? Does your concrete driveway slope into your house? When it comes to foundations, remember: water is NOT your friend.

• Leaky Pipes = Leaky Bank Accounts Check your sink base cabinets and the crawl space for even the smallest of plumbing leaks and GET THEM FIXED! Otherwise, that simple leak could turn into something much, much bigger!

• Prune to Avoid Pain Keep vegetative growth trimmed back from the home’s exterior. Ideally, I recommend providing 18″ clearance. If this isn’t practical or desirable, simply eliminate direct contact with the home’s exterior. Vegetation in contact with the home can be a superhighway for wood-destroying insects (carpenter ants, termites, etc.) and, more importantly, vegetative overgrowth traps moisture against the building exterior which definitely attracts wood destroying insects.

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Home Inspections & Real Estate Investments!

The home inspection is a great way for real estate agents to add value to their services and improve clients’ selling and buying processes. Here’s a quick guide to home inspections for all my real estate friends out there!

1. Recommend The Right Inspector – It’s important to establish the quality and trustworthiness of any home inspector you recommend. Review your inspectors, have their experiences and certifications in mind and communicate these best with your buyers and sellers for transparency and thoroughness.

2. Attend The Inspection – We, as home inspectors, always recommend the real estate agent and the seller/buyer who is hosting the home inspection be physically present during the inspection. It’s helpful for the clients, the real estate agents and the home inspectors to showcase their commitment and dedication toward the property and the purchase.

3. Go Through The Inspection Report – Once we provide our thorough, precise, and detailed home inspection report, we never fail to ensure that the report is being understood by the real estate agent and our client. If something is upsetting with the property, we help our customers understand the home inspection report thoroughly.

4. Find A Qualified Home Inspector Through Our Network – We are always serving our customers, but if you find us entirely booked over the period you want us to, we can help you arrange the best home inspectors for your home. Our years of experience in the home inspection industry have made us one of the prominent home inspectors in our county, so if you need a home inspection done, we’ll work our way out to help you in the best way possible.

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Why Winter Is A Great
Time For Home Inspection?

Think you shouldn’t have a home inspection just because there’s some or a lot of snow and ice on the ground? Think again. It may even be a better time! Sure, there are some special considerations to prepare for and maybe some items you’ll want to have handy, but the truth is winter is a great time for a home inspection! Read on to learn more about why we aren’t deterred by winter weather, even the brutal winter season, and how we make things run smoothly for you to schedule your home inspection this season. Some of our top reasons why doing a home inspection in the winter is a great idea.

1. Assess the Home’s Strength – Extreme weather conditions like freezing temperatures, heavy snowfall, or even ice will put stress on any property. Inspecting in the winter allows our team to look at the HVAC system’s performance as well as the state of a home’s plumbing.

2. Detecting Drafts – It’s easier to detect drafts and poor insulation when it’s cold outside. By getting a professional to look when drafts and cold spots are obvious, you may be able to save yourself a pretty penny later on.

3. Integrity of Framing – All that snow and heavy ice will put a lot of extra weight and stress on the home’s framing and foundation. This gives us a chance to look at how strong the property is and if there are any foreseeable issues in the future.

4. Overall Safety of your Roof and House – While a winter home inspection may make some aspects more complicated, it’s important to recognize that every season affects homes differently. And winter allows inspectors to look at flaws and concerns that wouldn’t present themselves during other times of the year.

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I have been certified through InterNACHI on the best practices, inspection steps, and safety guidelines to protect myself and my clients from the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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