P orter’s  W isconsin  I nspections, LLC Inspections and Evaluations of Homes, Wells,Septic Systems & More www.porterwisco...
 
Ask Many Questions <ul><li>The only dumb question is a question not asked  </li></ul>We are just touching on some basics t...
Do you have a maintenance  checklist? Do you know what to check? Maintaining a home will help keep it’s value  Spring Summ...
Courtesy of DIY Network This chart and others are in my links section on our Web Site  “ porterwisconsin.com” You can also...
Maintenance Summary <ul><li>This is but a start of a maintenance list. As a homeowner it’s up to you to determine what you...
Roofs and Chimneys Nice rubber membrane roof and metal chimney
Roof conditions Aging shingles Lots of missing grit Shingle lay pattern How old is this roof?  How long will it last?  Jus...
Roofs How long will these roofs last?  Something to remember is home inspections are limited to what is visible.  Are Home...
Chimneys This is how they should look
Chimneys Looks good on exterior Not so good on the interior
Chimneys What’s wrong here? Its very obvious, disconnected flue pipe for an oil furnace Shifted flue with missing refracto...
Leaking Chimney flashing?
Deck’s This deck was not fastened properly.  There were people on this deck when it fell!
Deck flashing and fasteners This deck lacks flashing at the top of the plate. With today’s pressure treated wood you can n...
Deck railings
All Stairs
Directing Moisture Away
Just because there is good soil pitch does not mean water runs away from home
Gutters & Downspouts Gutter cleaning needed Downspout extension needed
Grade & Drainage Settled backfill. Needs soil added again Very obvious repair need, but how?
Poor drainage evicence Settled footing with foundation dropping
Sump In Basement Usually sumps are connected to drain tile but not always
Exterior walls <ul><li>Includes “Door’s, Windows, Wall’s  </li></ul>
Electric I would say handyman done, wouldn’t you?
Electric Older 100 Amp Newer 100 Amp
Electric Older 60 Amp Newer 200 Amp
Knob & Tube Wiring Usually with knob and tube there are open connections or unsecured wires
Interior Electric Needs cover Handy man wiring  ‘Hazard”
Interior Electric Over loaded junction box Improper location and no access behind bathroom sink pedestal
Interior Electric GFI Outlet’s should be located where finished plumbing fixtures are located and also garages, outside an...
Heating & AC Condensate water leak on a high efficiency furnace Air Conditioner blocked by vegetation
Heating & AC
Typical Furnace
Do You Have An Emergency Plan Just in case you need it
Wood Stoves Be sure that manufacturers separation distances are met. These will be listed on newer stoves Be sure to have ...
Plumbing Very nice
Washer drain? Not so nice
Dryer Venting Should use metal vent hose or pipe
You don’t want this
Attic Some moisture stains and plugged soffits
Nice chimney chase
Attic Insulation to R42 would be great for these days of higher energy costs but as a very minimum R19.  Also be sure ther...
Wells Typical and correct well head Whitewater type
Wells Nice installation but should not have the threaded faucet
Septic Systems Finding the tank can be a challenge at times
Septic Systems Typical conventional system
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  1. 1. P orter’s W isconsin I nspections, LLC Inspections and Evaluations of Homes, Wells,Septic Systems & More www.porterwisconsin.com 608-583-6024
  2. 3. Ask Many Questions <ul><li>The only dumb question is a question not asked </li></ul>We are just touching on some basics today
  3. 4. Do you have a maintenance checklist? Do you know what to check? Maintaining a home will help keep it’s value Spring Summer Fall Winter Four seasons Each with specific needs
  4. 5. Courtesy of DIY Network This chart and others are in my links section on our Web Site “ porterwisconsin.com” You can also do an internet search for Home Maintenance Schedule Charts, then print it off
  5. 6. Maintenance Summary <ul><li>This is but a start of a maintenance list. As a homeowner it’s up to you to determine what your list is. Just do a little regularly. Get the whole family involved plus it’s a way to instill good work habits at an early age and have family together time. By doing these things you will have the satisfaction of a maintained and well kept home. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Roofs and Chimneys Nice rubber membrane roof and metal chimney
  7. 8. Roof conditions Aging shingles Lots of missing grit Shingle lay pattern How old is this roof? How long will it last? Just some of the many questions buyers may ask.
  8. 9. Roofs How long will these roofs last? Something to remember is home inspections are limited to what is visible. Are Home Inspectors required to shovel off snow to see the roof?
  9. 10. Chimneys This is how they should look
  10. 11. Chimneys Looks good on exterior Not so good on the interior
  11. 12. Chimneys What’s wrong here? Its very obvious, disconnected flue pipe for an oil furnace Shifted flue with missing refractory mortar
  12. 13. Leaking Chimney flashing?
  13. 14. Deck’s This deck was not fastened properly. There were people on this deck when it fell!
  14. 15. Deck flashing and fasteners This deck lacks flashing at the top of the plate. With today’s pressure treated wood you can not use just any kind of fasteners. They need to be non-corrosive and rated for this use.
  15. 16. Deck railings
  16. 17. All Stairs
  17. 18. Directing Moisture Away
  18. 19. Just because there is good soil pitch does not mean water runs away from home
  19. 20. Gutters & Downspouts Gutter cleaning needed Downspout extension needed
  20. 21. Grade & Drainage Settled backfill. Needs soil added again Very obvious repair need, but how?
  21. 22. Poor drainage evicence Settled footing with foundation dropping
  22. 23. Sump In Basement Usually sumps are connected to drain tile but not always
  23. 24. Exterior walls <ul><li>Includes “Door’s, Windows, Wall’s </li></ul>
  24. 25. Electric I would say handyman done, wouldn’t you?
  25. 26. Electric Older 100 Amp Newer 100 Amp
  26. 27. Electric Older 60 Amp Newer 200 Amp
  27. 28. Knob & Tube Wiring Usually with knob and tube there are open connections or unsecured wires
  28. 29. Interior Electric Needs cover Handy man wiring ‘Hazard”
  29. 30. Interior Electric Over loaded junction box Improper location and no access behind bathroom sink pedestal
  30. 31. Interior Electric GFI Outlet’s should be located where finished plumbing fixtures are located and also garages, outside and unfinished basements. This bedroom floor outlet did not have a box, It was just attached in a hole in the floor. The hot wire was attached but not the neutral.
  31. 32. Heating & AC Condensate water leak on a high efficiency furnace Air Conditioner blocked by vegetation
  32. 33. Heating & AC
  33. 34. Typical Furnace
  34. 35. Do You Have An Emergency Plan Just in case you need it
  35. 36. Wood Stoves Be sure that manufacturers separation distances are met. These will be listed on newer stoves Be sure to have fire proof material on floor under and in front of unit.
  36. 37. Plumbing Very nice
  37. 38. Washer drain? Not so nice
  38. 39. Dryer Venting Should use metal vent hose or pipe
  39. 40. You don’t want this
  40. 41. Attic Some moisture stains and plugged soffits
  41. 42. Nice chimney chase
  42. 43. Attic Insulation to R42 would be great for these days of higher energy costs but as a very minimum R19. Also be sure there is adequate attic ventilation both upper and lower and that the attic is well sealed from the living areas of the home.
  43. 44. Wells Typical and correct well head Whitewater type
  44. 45. Wells Nice installation but should not have the threaded faucet
  45. 46. Septic Systems Finding the tank can be a challenge at times
  46. 47. Septic Systems Typical conventional system

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