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Find and Destroy Mold BEFORE it Destroys Your Home!

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Mold is one of the most common forms of fungi and can be destructive for various surfaces. Mold testing will help you determine if you have mold at your home. The presence of mold in your home can cause serious health problems for some people. The damage to surfaces can also be significant.

Mold Signs.

The first sign indicating the presence of mold is the smell. Even if you do not see it, there is probably mold hidden somewhere. Mold testing will help you localize it.

Having allergy symptoms might also be a sign of mold hidden in your home – there could be mold spores in the air. Moreover, every time you breathe, they cause an allergic reaction such as a runny nose, sneezing and sore eyes. These symptoms indicate that you should have a mold test performed in your home as soon as possible.

Why you Should Undertake Mold Testing.

It will help you to determine if you have a mold problem, and if so, how hazardous that mold is. You can purchase a do it yourself mold test, but it is much better to use the services of a qualified mold inspector. Only an expert can professionally collect and analyze of the samples from within your home.

Since this test provides you with a snapshot of the amount of mold particles within a period, samples have to be taken from different locations within the home. There are three types of mold tests: air, bulk, and surface mold testing. Combining all three of them will offer the best results.

Mold Inspection before Having your Home Tested.

A mold inspection needs to be done before any testing. If the inspection shows that there is mold in your home, recommendations on removal procedures may be obtained. If testing shows that the mold infestation is of the toxic variety, then professional help is recommended for the mold removal.

South Florida Home Inspection Associates offers professional mold testing and inspection services. If you have mold in your home, we will help you find it. We will help you to confirm that you live in a healthy home.

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A Home Inspection for My Brand New House?

Do I Need a Home Inspection for My Brand New House?

A Home Inspection for My Brand New House?

YES! You need a home inspection for your new house. Even new constructions still have defects. Moreover, this may lead to many problems in the future, and the repair bill is often costly. Construction flaws might appear during the building of the house, even if the best builders work for you.

After the general inspection, some other inspections may be necessary. These are usually inspections of the foundation, roof, plumbing, electrical installation, and others as required.

The home inspector usually starts their inspection on the roof. Then, every major house system should be checked – the plumbing, septic, electrical, heating installations, and so on.

Why have a Home Inspection?

Only the report of a home inspector can guarantee the quality of construction. If possible, you should get an inspection on a new build before the sheetrock goes up. Thus, you will be able to demand that the builder fix any issues that would otherwise be covered up. A final home inspection is essential before closing on the property.

What Will a Home Inspector Do for You?

Understanding the difference between the various kinds of inspectors and inspections is essential. The city or county building inspectors will only check for code violations, the quality of the work is of no interest to them. Licensed home inspectors have a checklist that cover slightly different areas. For more information what home inspectors do during this kind of inspection, please read this article.

Never allow builders to fool you into thinking that an inspection is not necessary. A detailed inspection significantly reduces the risk of buying a new home with problems. Repairing them in the future may be problematic, not to mention costly. Take precautions early and hire a house inspector to ensure that everything in your new home is stable and safe.

South Florida Home Inspection Associates will provide you with professional home inspection services. Our expert house inspectors are members of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI). We have a special home inspection specifically designed for new home builds, contact us for more information.

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Why Flipped Homes Need Home Inspection?

The purpose of a home inspection is to give you an expert opinion about the structural and functional components of the house based upon a visual examination. Flipped houses need a home inspection because they are bought and sold quickly to make huge profits. Most investors purchase shabby houses, make quick and cheap repairs and conceal serious defects under attractive cover-ups. A home inspection points out the existing and potential issues with the home to help you proceed carefully.7694487

Your home inspector examines the following things to detect underlying issues-

Structure of the House

Your home inspector will look for structural defects with the home such as uneven floors, cracking in the exterior brick or substandard finish work inside the home and inform you about the same.

Interior

You might fall for shiny and fascinating interiors- newly installed light fixtures, new carpets, switches and windows-but your home inspector will notice the drawbacks. A seemingly new and perfect kitchen with new/repainted cabinets, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops might not be that perfect! Cabinet doors / drawers might be getting blocked by other cabinets. Appliances might not have an outlet to plug them in to. Bathrooms that have been redone might have vanity cabinets that are too small for the space.

Electrical System

According to Reuben Saltzman, Structure Tech Home Inspections, “I don’t find many electrical problems on flipped houses.  Even the worst home flippers usually know better than to mess with the electrical; they don’t want their houses to burn down.”Electricals in a flipped home are usually fine.

Heating System

The flipped home might have an outdated and unsafe heating system at the end of its life expectancy.  Reuben Saltzman says, “I’ve found furnaces and boilers creating high levels of carbon monoxide that the heating contractors said were fine.”

Air Conditioning

Investors usually put up a new AC if they are selling a flipped home in summer while in winter they just leave the old, defective AC as such.

Plumbing System

Your home inspector will inform you about serious issues with the drains such as leaks and clogged drains at the kitchen sink, and probably at other locations.

Roof

Shingles on the roof might be in a pathetic state. Flippers usually don’t replace the roof covering as it is expensive but doesn’t fetch more value for the home.

South Florida Home Inspection Association is a reputed name in the field of home inspection services. We provide all kinds of services related to inspections, maintenance and appraisals. Please feel free to call us on 561-818-5593 or visit us at http://www.sfloridahomeinspection.com/contact-us-2/

 

 

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Four Reasons Why Your Newly Constructed Home Needs an Inspection

Florida home inspectionYou might assume that a newly constructed home is safe and perfect. After all, it’s brand new, right? During construction, it had to pass all local codes and ordinances. You don’t need to have it independently inspected, do you? Wrong. The truth is that there are several issues related with newly built homes which can be discovered during a new home inspection.

 What does a New Home Inspection involve?

Below is a list of top reasons why a newly constructed home needs a home inspection and what you can expect from a home inspector.

  1. Complexities of Construction.

    Home construction involves different subcontractors and their employees working simultaneously on different systems of the home. It becomes difficult for the builder to take care of all these things. Some common issues with new homes are broken roof trusses, missing siding, organic growth on crawl space wood framing and so on. Your home inspector will point out these issues

  2. Higher Standards with a New Home Inspection.

    Municipal building inspections follow minimum standards as opposed to home inspections which set high standards of inspection and give you a clear picture of the structural components and major systems of the home.

  3.  Repairs Before Moving In.

    Your home inspector will inform you about the repairs needed on the home, which can be done by asking your builder to do them before moving in.

  4. Safety and Cost-effectiveness.

    Some problems with newly built homes, like gas leakage, can result in serious situations. Items like missing attic insulation can invite high utility bills increasing your costs. A new home inspection will help you fix these problems before they become serious problems or unnecessarily impact your bank account.

What doesn’t a New Home Inspection involve?

Given the limitations of his job, you can’t expect a home inspector to:

  • Give you every little detail about the property in the final report .
  • Fix any problems discovered during home inspection as it will violate the code of ethics of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).
  • Predict when various systems may fail.

At South Florida Home Inspection Association, we comply with the standards set by The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). Our highly trained and experienced professionals carry out new home inspections in a truly objective, unbiased and honest way. Contact us for further information by calling 561-818-5593 or http://www.sfloridahomeinspection.com/contact-us-2/

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Roof Inspections: The Key to Staying Dry

Roof Inspections in South FloridaYour roof is one of the most valuable components of your home and a prime investment. At the same time, it is also one of the most vulnerable areas of your home and therefore requires protection. If you don’t pay attention to proper maintenance and inspections of your roof, it will eventually lead to premature failure and unanticipated expenses.

Therefore, getting a roof inspection is crucial to retain its long term value. It is highly recommended that the roof be fully inspected at least twice a year and after every storm or severe weather event. For Florida residents that can be a challenge. At the very least, have it inspected before and after hurricane season, and consider doing so after a major storm that has caused damage.

When you hire a professional to inspect the roof of your house, you must be aware of the following facts about the roof inspection: 

  1. A licensed roofing contractor and/or an inspector from South Florida Home Inspection will look walk the roof to inspect the following areas. Home inspectors are not obligated to walk the roof when doing a general home inspection. 
  • The inspector will examine the roof-covering materials to detect any signs of damage, sagging and ageing.

 

  • He/she will inspect the gutters to see whether they are clean or not.

 

  • He/she will check on whether the downspouts are properly maintained or not.

 

  • The vents, flashing, skylights, chimney, and other roof penetrations will be inspected as these areas are most vulnerable to developing leaks.

 

  • A licensed roofing contractor or an inspector from South Florida Home Inspection Association will perform water testing if requested. The water test will determine exactly where a roof is leaking if there is an area on the roof in question.

 

  • The inspector will look at the general structure of the roof to assess its condition and possible issues.

 

  • A licensed roof inspector will give an opinion for a roof replacement within the next 5 years as “low, medium or high”.

 

  1. After the inspection, the roof inspector will describe what issues the roof may currently have.

There are different roof-covering materials such as asphalt shingles, wood shingles and shakes, clay and concrete tiles and so on. Each of them has individual issues. The inspector will describe the type of roof-covering material of your home and what possible issues are associated with the same.

 

  1. The inspector will point out the areas that need repair or replacement.

 

The roof inspector will let you know which areas need correction, based on his observation. For example, if there are indications of active roof leaks, he will convey to you that they need repair or replacement.

 

  1. There are certain things that you shouldn’t expect from the roof inspector.

 

  • It is not his/her task to examine underground downspout diverter drainage pipes.

 

  • The inspector is not supposed to remove snow, ice, debris or anything else that obstructs the inspection of roof surface. So do yourself a favor and make sure that when you hire a roof inspector, you clear off any debris that may block a clear view of your roof.

 

  • He/she is not entitled to move insulation on any part of your roof.

 

  • He/she will not inspect antennae, satellite dishes, lightning arresters, de-icing equipment, or similar attachments.

 

  • If he/she thinks any area on your roof is unsafe, the inspector will not walk on it.

 

  • If the inspector feels any area on your roof can cause damage, he/ she will not walk on it.

 

  • He/she is not entitled to give any warranty or certification on your roof.

 

  • The inspector also does not verify the appropriateness of any fastening or positioning of any roofing material.

 

South Florida Home Inspection Association is a leading provider of all kinds of home inspection services. If you are planning a roof inspection, contact the company for a full-service impartial inspection. The inspector will furnish you with a thorough report on his/her findings with recommendations on repair, replacement and maintenance. For more information, visit the company at http://www.sfloridahomeinspection.com/services/roofing-issues/.

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10 Things You Must Know About Home Inspection Limitations

10 Things You Must Know About Home Inspection LimitationsA professional home inspection is a visual, non- intrusive examination of the easy to access areas, systems and components of a residential home. As a homeowner you should know what the limitations are for home inspections.

South Florida Home Inspection Association provides homeowners and prospective homeowners a variety of home inspections, ranging from pre-purchase home inspections to wind mitigation inspections and everything in between. The company follows the Standards of Practice as set by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI).

We have found that many people have false expectations of what is involved with a home inspection. Here is a list of what not to expect:

  1. Not Exhaustive – A home inspection does not cover everything. It may not find all existing or potential issues. It is limited to reveal the material defects observed on the date of inspection for the areas covered by the type of inspection being performed
  2.  No Detection of Concealed Defects – As a home inspection undertakes a visual examination of the house and its various components; it is not expected to reveal any concealed defects. Destructive testing of anything in the house is strongly prohibited.
  3.  No Consideration of Aesthetic Concerns – A home inspection has nothing to do with aesthetic concerns of the home or the matters of taste or cosmetic defects. We leave that to you.
  4.  Will not determine the Suitability of the Property for Any Use – The purpose of a home inspection is to visually examine the property and give you the big picture analysis, not to assess the suitability of the property for any particular use.
  5.  Will not evaluate the Property- A home inspector is not entitled to evaluate your home and determine its market value. That sort of evaluation is done by other experts.
  6.  Will not determine the insurability of the property – Being non-invasive, the process of home inspection is not supposed to determine the insurability of your property. We present the facts, insurance companies determine the risk.
  7.  Will not suggest about Purchase of the Property – The task of a home inspector is to examine the property and not to give suggestions about whether you should purchase it or not.
  8.  Can’t determine the Life Expectancy of the Home and its Components – A home inspection is all about the visual examination of the property and is not set up to determine the life expectancy of the house or its systems and components.
  9. Will not include Temporary Items – A home inspector will examine your home and the permanently installed items within. It is not supposed to examine the ones that are not permanently installed.
  10. Standards Applicable to Properties with Four or Fewer Residential Units – The above stated Standards of Practice apply only to properties with four or fewer residential units. So homeowners must keep it in mind.

Contact South Florida Home Inspection Association to find out what home inspection services we provide or check out our blog for more information on what to expect and what not to from a home inspection.

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What Can I Expect from a Pre-Purchase Home Inspection?

What Can I Expect from a Pre-Purchase Home Inspection?Obtaining a home inspection is an important part of the process of purchasing a house. It arms you with the knowledge you need to determine whether or not you wish to purchase the home. The inspection is performed by professionals appropriately trained and licensed. Your home inspector will give you an expert opinion about the structural integrity as well as the condition of major working systems such as plumbing, heating, and the electrical systems of the house based upon a visual examination. He will inform you about the major defects in the home so that you don’t have any unpleasant surprises later on. For instance, if the house needs a lot of repair work done, you will incur high costs after moving in. Being aware of the condition of the home you are considering well in advance will help you make a better buying decision.

Why Would I Need a Pre-Purchase Home Inspection?

Purchasing a home is the single largest investment most Americans will make. So they must proceed carefully so that their hard-earned money is spent at the right place. A professional home inspection helps you become an informed buyer capable of making intelligent choices.

What Does a Home Inspector Look For?

“The purpose of a home inspection is to look for material defects of a property—things that are unsafe, not working, or that create a hazard,” according to Kurt Salomon, president of the American Society of Home Inspectors and an inspector based in Salt Lake City. A home inspector gives you the big picture analysis of the house. He mainly points out the major problems in the house associated with structural soundness and crucial systems. As a home buyer, you definitely expect a lot from a home inspector but the reality is that their job is limited and they can’t look into everything and predict future complications.

What You Can’t Expect From a Home Inspector.

The job of a home inspector is primarily to give you the big picture analysis of the house.  His main focus is to detect the issues related with the structure’s integrity and the working of the major systems of the house. Home inspectors don’t do any sort of destructive testing and you can’t expect them to give you the details of every nail, wire and pipe in the house. Their inspections are visual, so if anything is hiding out of site they will not be able to detect it.

The report prepared by them is supposed to be taken as an overall view about the house and shouldn’t be taken as a guarantee that major systems of the house won’t ever need repair. As it is obvious that every house needs regular maintenance to stay in good condition, you must keep in mind that no house is perfect and there might be some issues beyond your home inspector’s report.

What to Consider Before Hiring a Home Inspector?

Though home buyers expect a lot from home inspectors, the fact is that their job is limited. As stated earlier, they can’t furnish you the details of every little thing in the house. So it is recommended that you take care of certain things yourself by being an alert and informed buyer. By doing so you can be more assured of the safety and desired working of the crucial systems of the house. Also, it will save you from incurring heavy costs resulting from unexpected expenditures post-purchase. When you consider hiring a professional home inspector, you are advised to ask him certain questions such as how much experience he has in the field of home inspection, whether he has any expertise in child safety, environmental-friendliness or any other issue relevant to you and your family. For instance, when you are considering a home with a swimming pool, the home inspector should have expertise in pool safety.

Look For the Hazards.

It is recommended to identify common hazards yourself before you move into a house. Check whether the space between railings is narrow or wide enough for babies to crawl and fall through. Also make sure that the gates enclosing the backyard pool are at least six feet tall so that they remain inaccessible to children.  Take care to protect yourself and your family against environmental toxins such as lead paint, asbestos, and radon, which are dangerous for the health of your family and can be costly to remove. If you are alert about such issues, you can ask the seller to pay fully or partially for the abatement or removal of such toxins.  Also check whether the electrical systems of the house are working properly or need any repairs or replacements.  If you find any upgrades are necessary for the same, again ask the seller to get them done or split the costs with you.

Home Inspectors May Customize the Checklist According to the Case.

A home inspector may customize his checklist depending upon the specific needs of a buyer. For example, if a couple with young children is purchasing the house, the home inspector may be more attentive to associated safety issues. On the other hand, in the case of the couple with no children, child safety issues may not be significant and home inspector will likely not bring it to the buyers’ notice. Also, if there is a particular area that you are especially concerned with, like how old the electrical system is, you can ask him to pay special attention to that system. Do bear in mind, however, that the checklist the inspector has developed for pre-purchase home inspections has years of experience and some government oversight behind it.

What Options are there after the Home Inspection?

After the inspection is complete and the report handed over to you, you can assess your options. If you find the report satisfactory, you can go ahead with the purchase. If you find there are certain issues which need to be addressed, you can discuss the same with the seller and resolve them . Perhaps you can get the seller to fix the issues prior to purchase, or negotiate the asking price of the home down to cover the cost.  And at last, if the report is not satisfactory and you feel the deal is not worth your hard-earned money, opt out of it.

Contact South Florida Home Inspection Association to hire a professional home inspector for the inspection of the home you are considering. Get the best inspection done so that your money gets invested at the right place! For more information on what is involved in our pre-purchase home inspections, visit http://www.sfloridahomeinspection.com/services/pre-purchase-inspection/.

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Uncovering the Truth: Bleach Does Not Kill Mold!

Uncovering the Truth: Bleach Does Not Kill Mold!This summer, two years after Sandy blew through and devastated New York, the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health and Long Island Jobs with Justice conducted a comprehensive study to learn about the after-effects of the storm. They chose to conduct the study in Freeport, a town located on the southern shore of Long Island, that was particularly hard-hit when Hurricane Sandy struck it in 2012.

They found that 57.1% of Freeport residents still live in storm damaged homes, 67.1% of people used bleach on the surfaces of their home as a mold remediation, and 38.6% believe they have respiratory problems linked to Sandy. Only about 21.4% of homeowners did the clean-up and home repair themselves. This survey highlights the need to battle the myth that bleach kills mold. It doesn’t.

Most Americans believe that bleach is the product to grab when confronted with mold. FEMA has perpetuated the myth by passing out bleach products. FEMA even instructs people to use a 10% bleach solution when cleaning flooded homes. But, the truth is that bleach disinfects and protects against bacteria. It works great at removing the discoloration caused by mold; however, it will leave the microflora intact. This is why, when conditions are right, the mold returns in the same spot.

Typically, mold is not a serious health hazard. However, storms like Sandy can create perfect environments for mold to grow. The storm causes significant water damage, often in hard to reach areas. Mold spores in the air find those dark moist places and flourish. Mold can grow on virtually any moist surface and is particularly fond of paper, wood, or cloth. If left unchecked, the mold colonies grow and release more spores into the air. Excessive mold spores in the air can trigger allergies and asthma, or other chronic breathing ailments. In addition, sometimes the home becomes infested with toxic mold, like Stachybotrys, which is linked to serious health problems.

It is vital that homeowners enlist the services of professional home inspectors and clean-up crews that know how to properly deal with mold, especially after a hurricane or super storm. Professional home inspectors will help identify where mold growth has occurred and can help the homeowner come up with a priority list. They may even be able to recommend a reputable clean-up crew. It’ll take a good biocide or anti-microbial to manage the mold. If significant water damage was sustained, it may even be a good idea to schedule another home inspection for mold a couple years later. Mold is insidious and will never be completely destroyed, but it can be controlled.

South Florida Home Inspection Association has been providing home inspection services to the Hobe Sound and Palm Beach areas for years. For more information on what is involved in the mold inspections they offer, or for additional information on how to combat mold in the home, visit their website at http://www.sfloridahomeinspection.com/services/mold-in-the-home/ or call (561) 818-5593.

Summary: Homeowners battling mold should forgo bleach and hire professionals. Bleach does not kill mold.

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Why Should I test for Radon

Keep your Family Safe

Radon gasRadon Gas is dangerous to you and your loved ones. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon.  There are a few different ways to test for Radon so be sure to choose the best option to keep your home safe. Schedule your Radon Gas Testing today.

Why Should I test for Radon?

A radioactive gas that many homeowners are testing for is Radon. This gas is produced by the natural combustion of rock, uranium in soil, and water; it seeps into the air you breathe. This gas travels up from the ground and through the air, it slips through cracks and gets into homes and other places with foundations.

Be careful if you pump well water Radon can enter your home as well. If your water source is from the ground up, test for radon. Once the Radon gets into your home it can be trapped there without any warning to you or your family.

No matter if you have a new home or an old home, it is possible that Radon can get into the air or water. Almost 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States is estimated to have an elevated radon level (4 pCi/L or more).

How can I get a reliable test for Radon?

South Florida Home Inspection would gladly test your home for Radon. Although you cannot see radon it is not hard to get a test done. Radon is measured in “Picocuries per liter of air” also known as “pCi/L”. When buying or selling a home it is best to let a qualified tester like South Florida Home Inspection do your testing. However, if you are looking for a more cost-effective solution and not interested in moving out of your home or into a new one, there are low costing Radon test kits where you can do it yourself.

You can test your home for radon by doing long-term test and short-term test.

Long-term testing gives you result year round allowing you to know if you should have a professional come out to your home to remove the Radon gas. Long-term testing provides better results for Radon gas in homes and can keep family safer. The long-term tests lasts more than 90 days and can be done year round, by professionals, or kits, allowing the residents to know if they have a radon issue.

Short term testing can take from two days until 90 days, it may depend upon which device you choose. Though Short term tests are a good start to being safe, they should not be the only way to test your home for Radon. Because of the various ways Radon can come into your home, Radon can be a problem any time throughout the year.

Radon and Water

Water is one of the main sources of Radon gas polluting the air of your home. Though soil is a more common source, Radon in your water puts you at risk of inhalation and ingestion. Though you are at more of a risk of getting lung cancer from breathing Radon in from the air please be aware that you can also get stomach cancer from ingesting Radon. When you shower or cook and the Radon circulates into the air from the steam there is a good chance you can inhale the Radon.

If your water is produced from the ground be aware, no matter if it is from a private source or a public system. However, when your water sources comes from surface Radon may not be an issue.

Myths about Radon

  • One of the most prominent myths is that if a neighbor does not have Radon than you do not either.

–          This is not true at all. Radon levels can vary from home to home.

  •  Another myth is that Radon is only a problem in certain areas of the U.S.

–          This is not true at all.  There are high Radon levels being found in every state. Though Radon varies from area to area, each area should be checked.

Why South Florida Home Inspection is a good choice?

A trusted professional is always good to call when working with a dangerous chemical. You want to be sure that you are testing correctly and keeping you and your family safe as possible. Contact South Florida Home Inspection for your Radon gas test today.

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