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Question: What is finish grade and why is it important?Answer: Finish grade is the surface elevation of the ground. In home inspections it can be referred to as lot grading. The grade, or height, and slope of surface materials surrounding a structure is important because water from precipitation ...
09/21/2007
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TOPIC: Always think water - wet basements Water...one of the most precious natural elements. It covers three-fourths of the earth. The human body is made up of 80% water. We can't survive without it. Water however, is the number one problem causer for a home and a homeowner when it comes to m...
09/21/2007
Question: What is a brick veneer?Answer: When a single course of brick is used as a decorative exterior over a wood or other frame, it is a veneer. Its purpose is the same as any other type of siding - to protect the structure from water intrusion, pests and weather.Brick may also be used as a so...
07/12/2007
Question: What is finish grade and why is it important?Answer: Finish grade is the surface elevation of the ground. In home inspections it can be referred to as lot grading. The grade, or height, and slope of surface materials surrounding a structure is important because water from precipitation ...
07/12/2007
Question: I have young children, and I am worried about water temperatures in my new home. Is that something an inspector checks?Answer: Yes, a home inspector will test the water temperature and volume as part of a general home inspection. The inspector uses a thermometer, usually held under the ...
07/12/2007
Question: Will you inspect decks during a general property inspection or are those considered accessory structures?Answer: At NPI, we follow industry standards which include attached decks as well as attached garages, balconies, stoops, steps, porches and associated railings as part of the genera...
07/12/2007
Question: I know you inspect the heater, but do you also inspect thermostats?Answer: Thermostats monitor the temperature of the living or working areas of your property, controlling when the heating or heating and cooling systems turn on and off. Proper operation keeps indoor temperatures comfort...
07/12/2007
Question: I can see a small crack in the block foundation in the back of my home. Is cracking common?Answer: Cracking is one of the most common areas of concern found in a foundation inspection. Its significance to the integrity of the home or other structure depends on the length, width and dept...
07/12/2007
Question: How often should I clean out my gutters?Answer: Gutters should be kept free of plant material, dirt and debris at all times to allow water to travel freely to the downspouts and splash guards. How often you will have to remove debris to keep the channel open depends on nearby vegetation...
07/12/2007
Question: What are flashings and why are they important to the design of my roof?Answer: Flashings on the roof provide weather tight conditions at seams, intrusions and junctions on pitched roof designs. No matter what material is used for covering the roof, leaks will occur if flashing is not in...
07/12/2007
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