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Humidifier in attic space

By : John Martino | In : Home Inspections
 One thing that concerns me is that I still find forced hot air heating units with humidifiers installed in the attic space. It seems like this would be a great idea. In theory it is a good idea to add moisture to what is a very dry heat. However if the humidifier is not maintained (and few are) and it fails, you run the risk of putting gallons of moisture in your attic space where it can not escape. The result can be wood rot, moisture damage and most often times excessive mold growth. All of these issues can be in the upwards of thousands of dollars to correct. If you do have a furnace in your attic I would highly recommend that you stop running the humidifier or better yet remove it completely. Others may disagree with this but the potential costs far out weigh the small increase in comfort you will receive with the humidifier operating.  
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Lead water pipes

By : John Martino | In : Home Inspections

Its not often but I do come across lead main water pipes. These pipes are usually found in homes built before 1930. The tell tail sign of the lead water pipe is the bulb that is visible at the connection. Lead pipes are not threaded so they have a bulbous connection. I always recommended that lead pipes be changed out because of the health risks that are associated with lead in drinking water. Lead can cause neurological damage especially in children. If you have a lead water pipe you should replace it. The issue with replacement is that it can be very expensive. Typical replacement costs are $6,000 but can be much higher depending on complexity and distance from the home to the street water connection. At a minimum you should contact your local water authority and have your drinking water tested if you have an older home.

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Home Inspections and Grading Issues

By : John Martino | In : Home Inspections
It never fails that probably the single most prevalent issue that I find while doing home inspections is the lack of grading away from the home. I can pull up to ten homes and I guarantee eight out of the ten will have grading issues. Homeowners spend a fortune each year on basement water proofing remedies when the vast majority of basement water issues are caused by improperly sloped soil around the home. If your home has a basement water problem your first line of corrective action is to slope the soil away from the home around the entire exterior perimeter. Next make sure gutters and downspouts are not obstructed. Clogged gutters and downspouts can pour water right against the exterior walls of the home, right where you don’t want it. You want downspouts to discharge at least five feet away from the exterior walls of the home. I have inspected homes where the soil is steeply graded toward the house and the sellers wonder why water is getting into the basement. Many of the  foundation walls that I see while inspecting homes in NJ are block. Block f

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Buying a house is one of life’s biggest decisions. Before you close, you’ll want a professional inspection of the house to ascertain its true condition. John Martino is a formally trained New Jersey home inspector and member of the American Society of Home Inspectors...ReadMore