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I live in Colorado Springs and perform Home and Commercial inspections along the Front Range. In one of my home inspections I walked into a basement bedroom and was struck by a particular odor. It was that musty moldy odor one dreads, after further investigation I discovered a “frost proof” hose bib located in the ceiling along a back wall had not been so “frost proof”. In the photo below the split that is visible is due to a failed valve.
Note the length of this valve which is 18” long, the actual shut off is at the back of the valve which leaves 18” of pipe without water in it which is sufficient for winter conditions. This valve however had failed leaving water in the pipe and subject to freezing.
The owner had to remove the carpet, a section of drywall and insulation, mitigate the mold in the wall cavity and have these items replaced.
The question remains, is your “frost proof” hose bibs operating correctly?
One good check is to operate your hose bib, when shut off a small amount of water should drain out. This would be the water in the 18” of pipe, because remember the valve is in the back of the unit.
Even in the middle of winter we can have 60 degree weather which is a good time to water trees or wash your vehicle, don’t forget to disconnect the hose from your hose bib or you will be inviting disaster.
I hope this helps to prevent a catastrophe around your home or business.
When inspecting a garage door, I find it important really look at the hardware and shaking it before operating the door opener. I go all the way down the track moving it. I then move across the door (Making sure the latch is not latched) and on to the other track. Look for anything that may damage the door when you open it. Garage doors are very large objects and the last thing we want is for one to be damaged during operation. So Remember to give them a good shake before you push the button.
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As many of you know, we recently aquired Inspector.org. The domain name is a perfect reflection of the way I think the inspection industry is going, and is certainly a reflection of where we see InterNACHI pushing in the future. Nowadays, if you’re just a “home inspector” you’re not going to make it. With ancillary inspections like Chimney, Energy Loss, Lead, Log Home, Meth, Mold, New Construction, Pools and Spas, Radon, Septic, Stucco, Thermal Imaging, Water Quality, WDO/Insects and WETT inspections, as well as Commercial Inspections, Green Certification, and Pre-Listing/MoveInCertified Inspections, we’re seeing the inspection industry fully outgrow the word “home.”
That’s not to say that we’re leaving home inspections behind. Many of our members are still primarily home inspectors, and it’s likely to stay that way for a while. But we also hope to show our members the advantages of offering many more inspection services, as well as generate many opportunities for these additional inspections in the future.