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A Slippery Slope – Poor Grading

Water should drain away from a home. While simply said, not so easily done. Many lots are sloped up away from the home, what is called a negative grade, on at least one side. Negative grades will cause surface water from rainfall to run towards the foundation. Groundwater also moves downhill by gravity, and [...]

By |2021-08-27T14:34:01-07:00November 15th, 2018|home inspection, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Common Problems with Decks

Decks are attractive and useful features of homes, but even great-looking structures can have safety problems,  and all of them need maintenance. As they extend the home footprint into the outdoors, they are vulnerable to increased weathering, and deterioration. They are commonly attached to exterior entrances, and may experience heavy traffic. Safe steps and [...]

By |2021-08-27T14:34:55-07:00November 7th, 2018|home inspection, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why are the Vents Plugged?

The house is winterized: Many homes we inspect have the crawlspace winterized by plugging up crawlspace vents with the ubiquitous Styrofoam plugs that can be found at any hardware store. Sometimes the vents are simply closed with the plastic flaps that are part of the typical crawlspace vent. Most commonly this is done in [...]

By |2021-08-27T14:37:23-07:00June 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Underground Oil Tanks in Portland: Hidden Costs

Once a common form of heating in Portland, oil fueled furnaces have become largely replaced by gas and electricity as a primary source of heat. Oil furnaces required large amounts of oil to continue functioning and these tanks were often placed in areas out of the way of everyday activities. This usually meant placing [...]

By |2021-08-27T14:38:25-07:00May 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Temperature Pressure Relief Valve (TPR)

The unassuming valve and discharge pipe on the exterior of water heaters are some very important parts of the home, preventing extremely dangerous situations from arising. The temperature-pressure relief valve (TPR) can be often overlooked, but its presence gives water a place to escape should the pressure become too high. This prevents potential explosions, [...]

By |2021-08-27T14:40:04-07:00May 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Unlined Chimneys: Protecting the Hidden Structure

During the summer, chimneys are often an afterthought that are not given much consideration. Come winter, the warmth and comfort associated with a nice fireplace is something most homeowners look forward to. However, masonry chimneys are an important component in a home that plays an integral role in maintaining a safe living environment. [...]

By |2021-08-27T14:41:56-07:00May 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sediment Traps / Drip Legs

The rarely noticed sediment trap, or drip leg, is an important part of any gas appliance. These small pipes that appear to be extensions of the gas line serve the purpose of collecting sediment, debris, and other impurities that come through the gas line, catching them before they enter the appliance. This keeps the [...]

By |2021-08-27T14:42:50-07:00May 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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