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3 HVAC Maintenance Tips from a Home Inspector

By cwinspections | 11/13/2022

According to my friends who work on air conditioners, there are three basic maintenance items for AC units that people overlook. And these three items comprise a large portion of easily preventable equipment failures. These consist of the condensate line, the air filter, and the condensing coil. The Condensate Line In Louisiana, most single-family homes…

Don’t Vent Your Clothes Dryer Through the Roof

By cwinspections | 10/23/2022

Roof vents for dryers are stupid. As soon as I’m in charge, there will be no more venting of clothes dryers through the roof.  I think the roof is a stupid spot to terminate clothes dryer vents because it’s difficult to clean and it’s a major contributor to ice dams.  Clothes dryers should be vented…

New Construction Slab Inspection

WHY SHOULD I HAVE A HOME INSPECTION ON A NEW CONSTRUCTION HOME?

By cwinspections | 09/28/2022

There’s nothing worse than buying something new and bringing it home only to discover that it’s defective. And while big box stores might accept your return, what happens when the brand-new thing that’s defective is your house? Utilizing new construction phase inspections sets up quality checkpoints throughout the building process to help ensure that the…

Rubber Washing Machine Hoses

By cwinspections | 09/22/2022

Rubber or braided steel hose? Burst washing machine hoses have to be one of the most common causes of catastrophic water damage in homes.  When I find rubber hoses used to connect the washing machine, I often mention to my clients that it’s a good idea to replace them.  It’s downright disturbing how often my client then…

Melted Vinyl Siding

Melted Vinyl Siding

By cwinspections | 09/17/2022

Grills When we find vinyl siding melted about chest-high near a patio or deck in one concentrated area, it’s surely the result of a grill placed too close to the house. Grills kick out a lot of heat, so keep ’em away from your house. I’ve never done any testing to figure out exactly what’s…

Crawlspace moisture

MOISTURE IN YOUR CRAWL SPACE: Causes and Solutions

By cwinspections | 09/12/2022

If you’re like most homeowners in south Louisiana, you’re likely to overlook any moisture in your crawl space. That’s because the crawl space is out of sight, and that’s where all the moisture is, right? Moisture in your crawl space might compromise your home’s structural integrity and have adverse effects on your health. Here in…

Condo Inspection

Buying a condo? Don’t miss these 6 inspections that could reveal potential red flags

By cwinspections | 09/09/2022

. Heading out to today’s inspection of a condo in Baton Rouge, Louisiana had me thinking about a few concerns that the buyer brought up. Living about 1 mile from the campus of LSU poses some unique concerns about soundproofing. A condo is, obviously, different from a single-family dwelling. But often there’s much more than…

HVAC Maintenance Tips

6 Tasks Homeowners Can Do Between Yearly HVAC Inspections

By cwinspections | 09/08/2022

Feeling helpless when it comes to maintaining your HVAC system? In times of extreme temperatures, it is hard not to think about your HVAC unit. Summertime in Baton Rouge, LA can range in temperatures of over 100 degrees. When things are going well with your air conditioning unit, you are grateful to walk into the…

Window Condensation

What Causes Condensation On Outside Of Windows In Summer

By cwinspections | 09/06/2022

Why do my windows have condensation on them? June 6, 2022/0 Comments/in Home Maintenance/by BJ Johnson Often times one of the many areas that homeowners neglect to notice is condensation on their windows. Most homeowners are too busy with the hustle of life and rarely take a moment to look outside of the window. If you are…

Parts of a house

Misused and Mistaken Terms

By cwinspections | 09/05/2022

Commonly Mistaken and Misused Terms Below is a list of commonly misused or mistaken terms that I hear on a regular basis – sometimes from other home inspectors.  This will hopefully clear up some misused or mistaken terms. Direct Vent A direct vent gas appliance is constructed and installed to take all of its air for…