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Exterior freeze-proof hose bibs improperly pitched

One of the more common issues I often run into while traversing around houses, throughout Defiance and Northwest Ohio, is back-pitched exterior freeze-proof hose bibs (a.k.a. faucets).  A freeze-proof faucet gets its name because of its longer design that allows water to be shut off where it’s warmer – at the interior. See here:

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Thanks for the awesome graphic, The Family Handyman

When I say back-pitched, the hose bib is positioned or sloped toward the home/water supply instead of being pitched toward the exterior, as it’s supposed to be. Here’s a couple of examples:

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Back-pitched toward the house

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Another wrong installation

When the hose bib is improperly back-pitched, like these examples, they’re no longer “freeze-proof” and are now “freeze-prone” because of the improper installation.  To reiterate what I said earlier, the whole idea of the “freeze-proofness” (Oh yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s a word) is to keep the water in the warmer interior area. When it’s back-pitched, the water gets trapped inside between the top of the shut off seal and the exterior spout.  That trapped water can then freeze and damage or split the faucet if it stays cold long enough. That being said, the only time they will usually “leak” is when the faucet is operated and water finds it way out of the split.  Here’s an example of a “leaker”, as viewed from the crawlspace:

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Sometimes, homeowners don’t even know they leak, because they only leak when operated.

The faucet should be pitched toward the exterior so that any water can drain out and not get trapped inside, like this:

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Most of the time this can be a pretty simple fix and can often be done with plumbers strap or similar to raise the back end up and get the right slope toward the exterior, however, just like any other home repair, that’s not always the case. When in doubt, call a professional plumber to get it done right so you’ll have the water where and when you need it – at the outside of the house.

 

 

 

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Soaring temperatures – Maintaining your AC system

It’s been a brutally warm summer so far throughout Northwest Ohio. During these times, nothing works harder than your AC. Make sure you’re checking/maintaining them to avoid any surprises. Here’s a few helpful suggestion to keep your system running at peak performance:
  • Ensure the duct taping and plastic visqueen is secure/intact to avoid any wasted            energy.
  • Make sure the extension cords are all well secured and not showing signs of overheating.
  • Look over the 2 x 4 supporting structure to make sure it’s solid and that there are no loose/broken drywall screws.
  • Make sure the kitty litter drip pan is not full of water and the condensate pump is working properly.
  • If you can find the filter, replace it every month.
These simple, proactive tips will ensure you and your family are kept cool and comfortable during these scorching summer days.Homemade AC

Our Home Inspection Reports

The home inspection report.  IMO (along with judges and lawyers), the most important aspec_logopart of the whole inspection process. After all, this is what the client has to remember us by (not my charming personality☺.)

Our reports are definitely much more detailed/comprehensive than most. Usually upwards of 75+ pictures/graphics.  Videos.  Internet links.  Color-coded. Cost estimate resource.  Yearly maintenance tips. And more.

Very easy to read and understand. Crafted and tailored just for you. They just contain all the pertinent information needed for a home purchase and ownership thereafter in a clear and concise manner.  The “main” stuff for the real estate transaction is, for the most part, contained within the summary section (homebuyers may want other stuff within the report attended to and/or is “summary-worthy” in their opinion, though. After all, it’s their money, and their family that will be living there.)

Along with real estate transactional and disclosure/informational purposes, our reports are created to be “a custom homeowners manual” of sorts.  Most folks don’t realize just how much stuff there is going on around the exterior and contained within the four walls of their home.  There are a multitude of systems, components,  pieces, & parts. We strive to provide you an accurate and detailed documented assessment of those things (minus most of the cosmetic stuff that you probably noticed anyway.) In essence, our reports double as a “repair/home improvement guide” to use during the course of homeownership. Something to reference for years to come for your specific house.

I also know from experience, that completing/finalizing the report away from the job, is a must.  There are many times I have to sit and ponder things, research, study, put things in perspective, etc. etc. – away from all “influences, circumstances, and pressures” at the site.  I also have access to an ultimate resource – I’m able consult with Home Inspection Professionals all around the world if I have a question on something or need some input/insight/advice on something I’m not clear on (yes, I’m human! yes, I don’t know everything!  yes, I’m not afraid to ask for help! yes, I’ll do whatever it takes to provide you with a detailed and accurate inspection report!)

Read a few reviews about our reports from folks who used ASPEC in the past:

-“I liked the pictures of each issue.  The report itself rocked.  Great attention to detail.”
– “Detailed with good pictures and comprehensive report.  Nice hard copy to keep on file.”
-“The report was easy to understand.”
-“Very technology advanced report…I absolutely loved the report.  I can hold onto that for many years.”
-“The final report was amazing! Very well put together and easy to understand. Exceptional work.”
-“The report was very detailed.  I like that you mailed a copy also. Very satisfied.”
-“Very well documented.”
-“Report has lots of useful info.”
-“Liked the very thorough report.”
-“Liked the layout of the information.  Easy to follow.”
-“We really liked the detailed paperwork we get as well.”
-“The inspection and report were much more detailed and complete than I had anticipated.  As a result, many repairs were made by the seller, saving me a great deal of time and money. Thank  you!”
-“My husband and I loved the pictured report.  You do excellent work.”
-“Liked the very thorough reports, use of pictures & personalized messages.”
-“Very in depth- everything back in a timely manner. Nicely laid out.”
-“The report is very easy to understand and contains a lot of detail and helpful information.”
-“I liked the pictures which gave an accurate idea of what is going on under the house & other places I couldn’t actually see.”
-“Good report with great explanations.”
-“Liked that the report included links and pictures of how to correct items in need of attention.”
-“Helpful links for DIY projects on areas that need work.  It is refreshing to know that we had all the possible information to help aid in our decision.”
-“The final report was awesome. Very thorough and gave suggestions on how to fix problems.”
-“Great final report.”
-“Like that the book on the house came in the mail within days of the inspection. Very detailed.”
-“Complete information in an easy to read binder.”
-“We especially loved the binder we received – it’s so handy for future repairs!”
-“His report has & continues to help me prepare.”
-“Like the very detailed outline of your findings. Easy to read & well organized.  Very complete.”
-“My husband & I were very pleased with the detailed report.  I can see all the work you put into it on our behalf.”
-“Report was very complete.”
-“My friends in my office were impressed with your report as well.”
-“…very in depth and professional.”
-“Very professional report.”
-“I’m sure I will use the well written report and the include remarks and recommendations frequently as I learn more about home maintenance.”
-“We liked all the pictures in the report with explanations.”
-“Detailed & easy to read report.”
-“Pictures helped immensely, and graphics helped display new concepts…Incredibly thorough and educational.”
-“Very organized!”
-“Very nice report – very professional – prompt feedback.”
-“Very useful report w/videos on DIY & pricing for replacement of household items.”
-“I am very pleased & impressed with the report.”
-“Neat and well put together report.”
-“Very easy to understand.  The report gave us a list of improvements we can make and also gave us information to watch for in the future.”
-“Inspection report was very detailed, easy to read, and a negotiating tool that gave me an advantage for asking a lower price.  Which was successful.”
-“Report was easy to read & very descriptive.”
-“Professional report.”
-“We LOVED your detailed report that included links and pictures.”
-“Liked that attention to detail and the thoroughness of report, and color-coded key on the report helped in determining what needed attention  prior to us purchasing the house and provided a quick reference on what to fix as we moved in.”
-“The book was very professional.”
-“I liked the book with all the explanations in it.”
-“Excellent & detailed report.”
-“The inspection report was very detailed, a lot of info to go over, very professional and well done.”
-“Highly detailed home inspection report.”
-“Loved all the detail. The report had plenty of pictures and included a “what to expect” for homeowners section.”
“We were impressed and overwhelmed (in a good way) with the detail of the house inspection report. Well laid out, and great info. for the future when we want to make any changes or improvements to the house.  We certainly got our value!”

I could keep going and going, but I think you have a general idea ☺. If our reports don’t meet your expectations or completely educate you about the property you’re buying, we didn’t do our job. If that’s the case, we certainly want to know, so we can make it right!

In a nutshell, our reports can be compared with the old slogan for Glad® trash bags… Ours: Hefty, hefty, hefty. And theirs?  Wimpy, wimpy, wimpy. 😉

 

If you would like a sample report or schedule an inspection, please contact us.

cropped-24-104638-jpeg-t104638.jpgASPEC Residential Services, LLC  – providing Home Inspections, the way they should be, throughout Defiance and all of Northwest Ohio.

We are a full-time, family-owned and operated home inspection company saving families from buying potential Familymoney pits throughout Defiance and Northwest Ohio since 2007. We are always on your side, the homebuyer, and treat you like family.  The vast majority of our clients are past clients, their family members, friends, or co-workers of theirs. 

Buying a home in Defiance Ohio or anywhere else in Northwest Ohio? “See” the difference by getting an ASPEC Home Inspection!  We set ourselves apart from the others by always putting you first and delivering an exceptionally thorough, comprehensive, and educational experience each and every time – and when we say that, we really mean it!

What Really Matters in a Home Inspection

Buying a home in Defiance or Northwest Ohio?

The process can be stressful. A Home Inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind but, depending on the findings or amount of findings, it may have the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information over a short period of time.  Your ASPEC inspection will entail a comprehensive and detailed written report, including checklists, narratives, numerous photos, internet links, videos, in addition to what I tell you during the inspection and/or afterwards during the inspection review. All of this combined with the seller’s disclosure and what you notice yourself can make the experience overwhelming. What should you do?

Relax.

I am a professional, and being a member of InterNACHI®, then you can relaxtrust that I am among the most highly trained in the industry. Most of your inspection and report will be related to common issues/maintenance/repair recommendation. These are good to know about.

However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:

  1. Major defects, such as a structural failure or wet basements/crawlspaces;
  2. Conditions that can lead to major defects, such as a roof leak or shoddy workmanship;
  3. Issues that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home if not rectified immediately; and
  4. Safety issues, such as a backdrafting water heater or improperly wired electrical.

Anything in these categories should be addressed as soon as possible.

Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. It’s also important to realize that a seller is under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in your inspection Report.

Remember, no house is going to be defect/issue free (at least I haven’t found one yet) and always try & keep things in perspective.

And remember that homeownership is both a joyful experience (unless you didn’t use ASPEC for your home inspection) and an important responsibility, so be sure to contact us if you have any questions regarding your home.  I want to be sure that your home will keep your family safe and stay in top condition for years to come.

Brought to you by your local Defiance and Northwest Ohio Certified Professional Inspector®,

Joshua Frederick, CPI

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Source: International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, Used with permission, [https://www.nachi.org/matters.html]