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Homes in North Carolina may have a Lions share of serious conditions and problems that may affect their structural soundness and habitability.
Moisture Problems and Black Mold
One of the most insidiously destructive problems appears to be those related to moisture.
Black Mold (Stachbotrys Chartarum) and Molds containing certain mycotoxins, appear to thrive and grow on the surface of moisture laden building materials. Whether or not this is a concern of yours, it is certainly a hot button to many.
Moisture also helps mold grow on roofing shingles (all kinds) and can be a cause their early replacement, by weakening them and causing deterioration.
Exterior siding, Paint, Decks, Bathrooms, Laundry Rooms, Eves, Closets, Kitchens, Basements, Attics, Fireplaces, Storage areas, Garages, Cellars, Floor coverings, Windows, Gutters/Downspouts, Doors, Foundations, Crawl Spaces, are some of the places we have found mold and excessive moisture. The Vast majority of the time the moisture problem can be easily remedied, while other times addressing the moisture problem by dealing with it, as part of regularly scheduled preventive maintenance is the best solution.
Moisture problems can also be part of the problem when Wood Destroying Organisms and/or Mechanisms are present. Caught in time and remedied, it can save Home Owners a great deal of money and aggravation. If you already live in North Carolina, chances are you know someone who has had this problem, or you may have already experienced it yourself.
Our point here is, we look for this and report to our clients our findings. We don't fail a home because we find a moisture condition that needs to be addressed; we only bring it to our client's attention, and let them decide what they want to do from there.
North Carolina, and especially the area of it we cover, is an active area for Radon. Again, no matter what you think of it now, at some time in the future you may change your mind. We can test for the presence of Radon, but even if our tests come back showing acceptable levels, the next test could be dramatically different with such changes as a different season or weather conditions. For this reason we advise everyone to test for it, but not to get excited over the results, either way. Dealing with Radon is similar to dealing with moisture in that even if it is present, in most cases it can be dealt with in a manner that can help make its presence not a grave concern. It occurs naturally in nature and we all have to live with it.
We do find structural problems with homes from time to time, and when we do we report our findings to our clients. If we found a problem and in our opinion it was serious and we were concerned for the safety and welfare of the residents, we would inform them as well. However, that being said, we report our findings and let our client determine what it is they want to do from there. There is no reason for anyone to become upset if we find a problem or condition that is present, and there are many reasons to be thankful and grateful that we did find them.
Cracked Footings, Cracked Foundations, Settling Fireplaces, Sagging Floors, Bowed Walls, Leaking Roofs, Spongy Floors, and many other findings may be the result of another underlying condition, and usually are. Sometimes these problems appear to have been the result of a single event of the past. Either way, we report on what we find, and list possible reasons for these conditions. Most of the time these conditions just warrant further observation to determine if corrective action is needed.
The Scope of our Home Inspection
The Scope of our Home Inspection is determined by the Rules and Regulations as set forth by the North Carolina Home Inspector Licensing Board, our states legislature, the Home and or other buildings to be inspected, our clients and the limits for which we experienced and licensed
Does this no nonsense approach to a Home Inspection appeal to you? It is our belief this approach is crucial and that we are only the messengers reporting on the existing condition of a structure. We do not decide if something fails or passes, we do not let ourselves be used by over zealous agents representing buyers or sellers, and we do not become emotionally involved.
What we do is straight forward and to the point. We report on the facts as best can be determined by observations, and possibly combined with the results of some testing. We may take photos during the Inspection process to back up our findings and add these to our field notes. We then process this gathered data and produce our product in the form of a report, and give this to our client. Simple isn't it.
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