Your homes attic stores a lot of important features that benefit your home and your wallet. Hurricane straps help reduce potential hurricane roof damage and give you a nice discount on your homeowners insurance, Plumbing stacks run through your attic as well. Your homes insulation is typically located in your attic as well.
Do you know if your home even has Insulation? Is it enough Insulation? Can there be too much Insulation?
An Annual Home Inspection from Infinity Home Inspections can help you answer all these questions.
What does it mean if you do not have enough Insulation?
Adding insulation increases energy efficiencyAdding insulation to your home can reduce heating and cooling costs. Homes built after 1982 are required to have R-19 insulation. However, if your home was built before 1982, you may benefit from adding insulation. Installing additional insulation:
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Water leaking from your toilet tank will not only cost you money when it comes to your utility bill, but it can also cause water damage to your bathroom floor and premature wear of your toilet's internal workings. To find out whether your toilet tank is leaking, add some red food coloring to the water in the tank. Come back in about an hour and see if the water in the bowl is pink. If it is, you have a leak.
If you find that your toilet is leaking from the tank to the bowl, the flapper needs to be replaced. To change your toilet's flapper, first shut off the water supply to your toilet. To do this, simply turn the water valve located directly behind the toilet. Remove the tank lid and flush the toilet in order to empty the tank. Use a towel or sponge to mop out any excess water left in the tank. Remove the flush chain from the lever, and then slide the old flapper up off the overflow tube. Slide the new flapper in place over the overflow tube, reconnect the chain, and turn the water supply back on.
An Annual Home Inspection can help identify this and many other issues that are costing you money. Infinity Home Inspections offers Annual Home Inspections.
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Here's a question: when can a $2.00 battery make the difference between life and death for you and your family? Here's the answer: when that battery powers your home's smoke detector. This is especially true during the winter, which is when most house fires occur according to the Red Cross. So right now is the best possible time to make sure your detectors are in good working order - or to install them, if your home lacks this essential protection. Anything less could lead to tragedy. Let's shed a little light on this topic and see what we can learn.
Some Alarming Statistics
House fires receive only a fraction of the media attention paid to disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes. That's unfortunate when you consider these troubling facts:
● More than 90% of the 70,000+ calamities to which the Red Cross responds each year are fire-related.
● The financial loss caused by house fires averages more than $17,000.00.
● The most likely victims of a residential blaze are seniors and children, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Fire is an insidious foe that preys on society's most vulnerable members.
● 74% of fatal fires occur in homes with no working smoke detectors. This leads to our next subject.
Smoke Alarms are Cheap, Effective Insurance
Basic detectors cost around $15.00, putting them within the financial means of almost any US household. Advanced models offer premium features like unit-to-unit communication and ease of testing. But even the most affordable units are better than nothing at all. So invest in these affordable, effective products today, before your home goes up in smoke.
How Often to Check Your Smoke Detectors
You should test your detectors once a month. You'll find instructions for doing so in the owner's manual, which you should keep with your other important papers. In most cases, the test involves pressing a button on the unit for a few seconds. It will sound an alarm indicating the unit is in good working order, after which you can end the test. You should change out the batteries whenever it's time to move your clocks forward or back in spring and fall, unless the directions say otherwise.
Some smoke detectors make a special chirping or buzzing sound when the battery weakens. Replace the cell as soon as possible with a fresh alkaline unit if you hear this noise.
Know What to Do, Just In Case the Worst Occurs
Your family should have a plan for exiting your home if a fire breaks out. Make sure each member of your household knows the procedure. Practice evacuating your residence from time to time.
Checking your smoke detectors is but one step you should take to protect your possessions and your family during fall of the year. Here are some added steps to perform while you're focused on prepping for winter:
● Check your carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries with fresh cells.
● Make sure your pipes are insulated to prevent freezing and bursting.
● Inspect your chimney for signs of wear or damage.You should have a pro clean your chimney at least once each two years, more often if it sees frequent use.
● Check your driveway and walkways for cracks that could become trip hazards in freezing weather. Fill these gaps with polyurethane compounds meant for this purpose.
Summer is behind us and winter is almost here. Get ready for it now by checking your smoke detectors and taking the other measures outlined in this post. You'll thank yourself for your diligence down the road, when you look back on the season with fond memories and not lasting regrets.
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For simplicity shutters, windows, and doors that have been proven to resist the impact from large windborne debris (defined by the test standards as a 9-pound 2x4 lumber missile striking end on at 34 mph) are referred to as impact rated products. Just because you live in an area where the building code requires windborne debris protection and you buy a new shutter, window, or door does NOT mean it is impact rated. It has to be a product that has passed the testing required by the debris impact test standard and it must be properly installed. Each product that is approved for installation on homes in the State of Florida will have a Product Approval that includes installation requirements. If your shutters, windows, or doors are impact rated products with a Florida product approval appropriate for your area (more about that in the next paragraph) and they have been installed according to the manufacturer’s installation requirements, then you know that they comply with the minimum requirements of the building code for your area. You are not relying on word of mouth or a salesman’s pitch.
If you live in Miami-Dade or Broward counties (High Velocity Hurricane Zone, (HVHZ)) your new shutters, windows, or doors have to meet (have a product approval indicating it meets) the 1st standard listed below. If you live elsewhere in Florida your new shutters, windows, or doors have to meet the 1st or 2nd standards listed below. This is what the building department will check when you or your contractor applies for a building permit prior to installation and what a building inspector will verify was installed. The building inspector will also inspect to ensure that the product was installed in compliance with the requirements of the product approval (the manufacturer’s installation requirements) when he inspects after installation. Specifics of installation requirements may well vary according to the wind zone and exposure category that are dependent on the geographical location of your house.
Shutter and Awning systems have been in use for over 200 years. They can be designed to provide protection from wind and water, increase security, block solar heat from the sun, increase privacy, and some are designed for purely decorative use. Here we focus on their impact resistance and the test standards that have been developed in the last 20 years to assess their ability to provide protection from windborne debris. Shutter systems may also provide some additional protection from water damage. However, this is not their primary purpose nor are they tested in any way to determine a specific level of water penetration protection. Impact resistant shutter systems are designed to protect the openings in a house from the type of failure that will lead to a huge increase in internal pressure in the house and reduce the likelihood of hurricane propelled flying debris from entering through the openings.
All houses leak air around windows and doors, and a myriad of other gaps and cracks. Since the roof and three of the four walls typically see negative or outward acting pressures as the wind blows at and around a house, normal leakage results in the internal pressure being slightly negative, which would tend to help hold the roof down and the side and back walls from being pulled outward. If an opening is created on the windward side of the house that is large enough to allow enough wind flow into the house to overcome the leaks through all of the other walls and roof (attic), then the pressure that would have occurred at that opening builds up in the house, much like someone blowing up a balloon. That pressure buildup works to try and push the roof up and the side and back walls outward, in the same direction as the forces caused by the wind blowing around the house. In some cases, this internal pressure can double the uplift on the roof or the outward forces on the side and rear walls. Research has shown that the internal pressure begins to build up when the opening on the windward face reaches about 1% of the area of the wall and the internal pressure completely follows the pressure that would have occurred at the opening when the area of the opening reaches about 4% of the area of the wall. By protecting the openings from the kind of failure that can lead to internal pressurization and the reduction in the chances of debris entering your house, shutters significantly decrease the chances that the house will be pulled and pushed apart by the wind and they provide increased safety for occupants sheltered inside. This is the primary function of an impact resistant shutter system. The impact resistant testing standards are designed to establish the shutter’s ability to meet the minimum level of protection as defined in building codes for Windborne Debris Areas of the country.
Test Standards: National model building codes, such as the International Residential Code, define the Windborne Debris Areas as areas in hurricane prone regions where the design wind speed is greater than or equal to 120 mph and areas within 1 mile of the coast in hurricane prone regions where the design wind speed is greater than or equal to 110 mph. These design wind speeds and the resulting map for Florida (see Priorities and Incentives) are defined as 3-second gust wind speeds occurring at a height of 33 feet (10 meters) above the ground at an open location like an airport.
Impact rated residential doors and windows or the protective systems for doors and windows are tested to determine their ability to resist the impact of large wind borne debris (missiles) by shooting 2x4s of specified lengths and weights against them at specific speeds. Several different groups have developed engineering standards that establish missile sizes, test methods and acceptance criteria for the tests. For houses, the typical large missile test consists of a 9-pound 2x4 piece of lumber impacting the shutter or product end on at 34 mph.
The referenced standards for opening protection in hurricane windborne debris area are listed below with numbers so that they can be referred to more briefly later.
By now it is probably clear that the performance requirements for Miami-Dade are higher than for the rest of Florida. For some products there is no cost premium for meeting the higher performance requirements of Miami-Dade or Broward Counties. If there is a difference in price you may want to weigh the advantages vs. cost of meeting the higher performance standard.
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How do I choose a Home Inspector?
One of the steps in buying a Home, you will need to hire a Home Inspector.
How do you choose? Google? Realtors recommendation? Your Uncles friend?
The answer is Yes! Ok. Not that simple but also not that difficult. The real correct answer is consult several options and go with your gut.
Lets St start with your Uncles friend. We love our Uncles and they know everything about everything. Except what you want. So kindly consult his friend, ask questions and get an estimate.
Realtors recomendation... Realtors will have a selection of two of Home Inspectors they work with. These are very good options. Realtors are very conscious about their reputation. They will not refer someone who will hurt that reputation. If they refer you someone, they trust them to handle their contract and their clients. Ultimately, ask questions and get an estimate.
www.google.com Maybe you have heard of this website. Great resource they say. You will have many options here of course. The first few selections are companies paying to come out on top of the page. They are investing in you to select them. They are serious about getting your business. Then there are the organic listings that come next, these companies are also serious about getting your business. They invest in a different matter in order to get your attention. Visit a few websites, call on them, ask questions and get some quotes.
What Questions should you ask...
How long have you been in the business?
Are you licensed by any organization?
What is included in your home Inspection?
When will I receive my report?
How long does the inspection take?
Do you charge a re-inspection fee?
Can I be present at the inspection?
These are some good questions to ask. Based on the responses you should now have a good basis to make an educated decision.
Visit www.infinityinspector.com for some other reference points to help you decide.
Buying a Condo...
Is the unit above you leaking water into your AC closet? Are the bathrooms leaking on your ceiling? Only one way to find out. Get a Condo Home Inspection Service.
Protect your investment before you close on that condo!
Septic Tanks are very important to any home that has one. They collect the waste that we dispose of through our plumbing system. Septic tanks collect the solid waste and the water drains into the drain field. Septic tanks should be cleaned out on average of every 3 to 4 years. That is just an average and could be longer as well between clean outs. Always contact a septic company that is Licensed and Insured to do this work.
Some ways to know if you have a septic system issue:
1. Pooling water
Areas of pooling water in your lawn after a heavy rain is one thing, but a mini lake on or around the drain field of your septic system could mean it’s overflowing. When your tank reaches capacity, solid waste can clog the drain field piping system and force liquid to the surface, so if this is what you see on the lawn, it’s best to have your system pumped. Pooling water can also be a security issue–potentially indicating you’ve been away and have left your septic tank unattended.
2. Slow drains
Slow moving drains in your home could mean a legitimate clog. However, if they remain slow even after unclogging measures, such as using drain cleaner (septic safe, of course), the system may be full. Same goes for slow flushing toilets too!
A septic system collects not only waste but also all the gray water that comes from showering, washing dishes and doing laundry, among others. Combined with the black water from the toilets, this creates an odorous mixture that would have the neighborhood skunks plugging their noses. If you catch a whiff of any unpleasant odors in your yard, it may be time to call for service.
4. An overly healthy lawn
Contrary to popular belief, the grass over your septic bed should look the same as grass elsewhere on your lawn. If it appears overly green and lush in that area, this could indicate your septic system is leaching liquids and either needs to be emptied or checked for leaks.
5. Sewer backup
Likely the most obvious tip on the list, if not the grossest, a sewer backup is a sure sign that your tank has reached capacity. Look for sewer backups to occur in the lowest drains first, such as a basement bathroom. If this happens, call a professional immediately.
Septic systems are a wonderfully green choice, which saves on any local sewer charges that would normally appear on your tax bill, and are relatively easy to care for if you keep on top of it. Simply remember that anything you put down the drain will end up in the septic tank, and not all of it will be healthy for the system. Always ensure you’re using green cleaners and paper products that are septic-safe, and refrain from overloading the system with other contaminants. Being present for the septic pumping process can actually be beneficial as well, as most septic professionals can inspect the contents of your tank as it’s being pumped and give you an idea of how well your system is working so you know how to keep it in tip-top shape.
Home Inspectors can help you determine the condition of your septic tank.
Buying a home is probably the biggest investment you will make in your lifetime. The more informed you are about the condition of the property the more you will minimize surprises afterward. No one wants to buy the "Money Pit", a Home Inspection isn't fail proof but a Home Inspection will give you a very good understanding of the property before you move past the inspection period.
A home inspection isn't just about what's wrong with the property, it also points out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the maintenance that is necessary to keep it in good condition. As a home owner, a home inspection might identify problems in the making to prevent future repairs. If you are selling your home, an inspection can give you a better understanding of items that might require repair to put the house in better selling condition.
When you choose an inspector, ask how many years they have been in the business, ask for references, and exactly what is included in the inspection. An experienced Home Inspector knows the community very well and has probably seen most possible occurrences in their time, experience is key! So don't just go by price.
Roof Inspection is usually requested by the Homeowners Insurance.
Why do they ask for it?
Insurance wants to make sure they limit their liability.
What are they looking for?
The Homeowners Insurance wants to know if the roof is in good condition and what the life expectancy of the roof is.
Tile roofs usually last between 20-25 years.
Shingle roofs last between 15-20 years.
Flat Built Up Roofs last between 10-15 years.
"3" is the magic number, but why?
If a weather event blows through and damages your home, there will be substantial damage if there is a failing roofing system. A roof with 3 years or less of remaining useful life, is not a strong roof that can sustain weather events.
What happens if the roof has 3 years or less of remaining life?
Insurance companies can either drop you as a client or request that you replace the roof.
Infinity Home Inspections specializes in Roof Inspections. We have the most experience dealing with roofing systems do to the extensive roof training. Have your roof reviewed periodically, not just for your insurance company. It is the first line of protection for your home.