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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!

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

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


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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