Warranty Inspections

Buyer Inspections

Warranty Inspections The warranty A newly constructed home will have at least a one year builder warranty, this is a very important part of the home purchase. Too many new home owners allow the warranty review to lapse due to the pace of life and subsequently miss out on possible $1000’s in builder covered repairs. The Inspection  Your Covenant Inspections professional will perform a complete and thorough review of:…

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Buyers

Annual/Maintenance Inspections

Buying Inspections Having a precision buyer inspection when purchasing your new or existing home is vital, knowledge of the unknown is key. Knowledge of the condition and performance of a home at the time of the inspection can reveal much more than merely the “buy/Don’t Buy Decision” information. An experienced inspector will take the time to point out possible future areas of upgrade and items to watch as well…

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New Construction

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New Construction Final Inspections Many times new homes are fully completed before a set of phased inspections can be performed.  Ideally, when building a home opting for the phased inspection is unarguably the most prudent course of action, however this does come with a higher price tag; this added cost generally pays for itself by noting issues to be corrected BEFORE they can be covered up with: Insulation gypsum…

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Moisture Creation

Moisture In The Home Many seemingly innocent sources create significant water vapor in homes. Note from the table that building materials emit 40 quarts per day of moisture into a home the first year after the home is built. An unvented gas range contributes more to indoor moisture load than showering and bathing. Try to create a list of common household moisture sources, and then rank them for importance….

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Indoor Air Quality

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Indoor Air Quality Indoor air quality is generally worse than most people believe, but there are things you can do about it.     Quick Facts: Indoor air quality can be worse than that of outdoor air. Problems can arise from moisture, insects, pets, appliances, radon, materials used in household products and furnishings, smoke, and other sources. Effects range from minor annoyances to major health risks. Remedies include ventilation, cleaning,…

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Anti-Tip Brackets

Anti-tip Bracket

Anti-Tip Brackets Anti-tip brackets are metal devices designed to prevent freestanding ranges from tipping. They are normally attached to a rear leg of the range or screwed into the wall behind the range, and are included in all installation kits. A unit that is not equipped with these devices may tip over if enough weight is applied to its open door, such as that from a large Thanksgiving turkey, or even a small…

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Overhead Door Recommendation

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Overhead Door Recommendation             The Overhead Door The Overhead Door is a complex device with hundreds of moving parts (not including the opener). Weigh hundreds of pounds Springs are under significant tension which can cause bodily harm and even death Most vehicle doors are the primary entry/exit point Are used 4-10 times per day Required Maintenance Because of the above list, it is imperative…

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What to know about septic systems

What to know about septic systems

What to know about septic systems Septic systems treat and disperse relatively small volumes of wastewater from individual and small numbers of homes and commercial buildings. Septic system regulation is usually a state and local responsibility. The EPA provides information to homeowners and assistance to state and local governments to improve the management of septic systems to prevent failures that could harm human health and water quality.   Information for…

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Spray Foam Insulation

Spray Foam Insulation

Spray Foam Insulation Spray foam is a versatile insulation material that is sprayed into building cavities where it quickly expands and molds itself to its surroundings. It is available in “closed-cell” and “open-cell” varieties, each of which offers advantages and disadvantages, depending on the requirements of its application. The following guide briefly explains the differences between these insulation options. Closed-Cell Polyurethane Foam Closed-cell polyurethane foam (CCPF) is composed of…

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Blower Door Testing

Blower Door Testing

Blower Door Testing   What is a Blower Door? Homeowners should become familiar with blower door testing, as this is an extremely valuable tool in energy audits.  A blower door is a powerful, variable-speed fan temporarily mounted into an exterior door or window frame to provide controlled air flow for analysis.  The way air flows through a building can have a serious impact on air quality, comfort and MAINLY energy expenses.  The…

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Attic Ladders

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Attic Ladders Attic pull-down ladders, also called attic pull-down stairways, are collapsible ladders that are permanently attached to the attic floor. Occupants can use these ladders to access their attics without being required to carry a portable ladder. Common Defects Homeowners, not professional carpenters, usually install attic pull-down ladders; however professional finish carpenters on new construction are all too guilty of using improper fasteners, this is simply in excusable.  Evidence…

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Aluminum Branch Wiring

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Aluminum Branch Wiring           Between approximately 1965 and 1973, single-strand aluminum wiring was sometimes substituted for copper branch-circuit wiring in residential electrical systems due to the sudden escalating price of copper. After a decade of use by homeowners and electricians, inherent weaknesses were discovered in the metal that lead to its disuse as a branch wiring material. Although properly maintained aluminum wiring is acceptable, aluminum…

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Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters

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Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) are special types of electrical receptacles or outlets and circuit breakers designed to detect and respond to potentially dangerous electrical arcs in home branch wiring. How do they work?  AFCIs function by monitoring the electrical waveform and promptly opening (interrupting) the circuit they serve if they detect changes in the wave pattern that are characteristic of a dangerous arc. They…

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