Vancouver Home Inspections – Sean Moss In Action

This page includes a brief sample of some of the systems I investigate during my Vancouver home inspections that I perform. Beside each photo I’ve added a description for clarity.

This first photo is just one of many areas look at during the exterior part of my home inspection. I have found a crack & hole in the foundation of the home, which I will report on when I deliver the final report. Small, thin cracks are common and easily repaired with a cement epoxy material, according to manufacturer instructions. However, when there are several cracks, and in more than one area I recommend a structural engineer for further review.

Here I am on the roof, checking the condition of the chimney and flashing materials to ensure that they are in tact and doing their job of preventing water from leaking into the home. The roofing inspection can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 30 minutes, depending on how large the roof is and how complicated of a design it has.

In this next picture, I am looking at the plumbing set up and checking for leaks under the kitchen sink. In addition to leaks, we look at the condition of the plumbing materials, installation techniques, presence of shut off valves, size of pipes and drainage, just to name a few.

 

This next one has been taken just before I climb into the attic. I look at the type and amount of insulation. (This is where many older homes would have asbestos). The attic reveals many clues about ventilation, roof structure, vapor barriers, sheathing materials and it’s overall condition. It is not uncommon to find wasp hives, evidence of rodents or other pests in the attic, along with storage items. Although very common, I do not recommend packing your attic with storage, especially heavy items as the the structure is not designed to carry extra loads.

Now I am in front of the service panel. The electrical inspection must be taken very seriously as it can be extremely dangerous. I am looking to see that all of the connections are in tact and properly placed, the right wire sizes have been used with each breaker, the access to the panel is acceptable and in a safe location. I also look at the service grounding, amperage, volts and material the wire is made of, for example. (Aluminum, copper or a combination) I identify obvious and subtle clues in reference to safety.

The interior inspection involves looking at the condition of all walls and ceilings, doors, stairs, railings, all bedrooms and garages. When investigating these areas we often find past or current water stains from leaks or cracks due to structural movement on the ceilings. When inspecting the floors, we feel for squeaking, soft areas and uneven surfaces. All areas where are accessible we check. This photo shows me pointing out a crack by a window, which is a common place for cracks to develop. They are also frequently found at the and around the corners of the doors.

As I venture into the bathroom during one of my Vancouver Home Inspections, a typical area of concern I check for is the condition of the shower walls. I am using a properly calibrated moisture meter to determine if there is any moisture damage behind the walls. This happens when water is drawn in through what is referred to as “capillary action”. This is serious because it can trap the water behind the wall, leading to mold and eventually rot when left alone. To avoid this, I recommend sealing all cracks in the mortar between tiles and properly sealing all tub and shower transitions with mildew resistant caulk.

Another area of my Vancouver home inspections deal with the mechanical systems and components. As featured, I am in front of an older mid efficiency furnace, with the cover taken off. I look at the data plate to see the main manufacture details, age, capacity, fuel used and serial number. More importantly, I want to see if the appliance is operating safely and that all distribution components are intact, adequate air intake, and properly exhausting to the outside of the home. I recommend changing the filter every 3 month for forced air furnaces and the installation of a carbon monoxide detector in homes with combustion producing appliances like furnaces and water heaters.

This is yet a tiny sample of a home inspection. For more information on about my Vancouver home inspections, I welcome your calls at (604) 729-4261. You can also get a lot of information from the articles published on my blog.

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