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Old 10/19/18, 6:08 AM
Ron Robertson Ron Robertson is offline
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The roof drainage system of a home is designed to collect water in the rain gutters and channel it to a downspout where the water is then directed to the ground away from a home. This image shows a downspout that has become detached and is allowing rainwater to be directed toward the siding of the house and then into the ground next to the foundation. I would recommend the owner either complete this repair themselves or have a licensed building contractor complete the repair to reattach the downspout to the rain gutter.

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Old 10/19/18, 6:36 AM
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High levels of moisture inside a home can cause a number of serious problems as a result of mold growth. Health problems for people with allergies, lung problems, and anyone with a lowered immune system. Health problems can develop in healthy people that are exposed to high concentrations of mold within their homes as ell.

In addition to health problems, increased moisture can cause mold growth that can create structural problems within a home. Wood and metal decay are structural problems that can develop with too much mold growth. The foundations of homes can be damaged by soil that expands too much from excessive moisture as well as soil conditions that can change and become too soft thereby losing the ability to support the structure on top of the soil. In cold climates ice damns can form on roof tops which could potentially damage the roof structure and allow moisture to penetrate into the interior of the home.

The majority of moisture entering a home does so through air infiltration. Even small holes or cracks in a building envelope can allow massive amounts of air transfer that are unwanted and could potentially cause problems. Leaks can be the cause of moisture intrusion and can result from human activity like bathing, cleaning, overwatering plants, etc. or can come from roof or plumbing leaks or from flooding. Dirty HVAC systems can be a potential growth area for mold and can quickly spread the spores all over a building interior. Condensation can form on areas where warm air is allowed to contact cold surfaces and this can lead to mold formation.

A home inspector needs to be aware of all of these possibilities and check for each one of them to be effective in reporting potential hazards or defects.

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Old 10/19/18, 10:50 AM
Patrick D. Wescott Patrick D. Wescott is offline
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The attached photo is from a home inspection where the home owner had relocated a washing machine drain. The trap for this drain was plumbed into the main sewer line. The PVC fixture they used enters the sewer line from the side instead of on top. This is not a correct application for this fitting.

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Old 10/19/18, 11:02 AM
Patrick D. Wescott Patrick D. Wescott is offline
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The topic that I have reviewed was Hard Water. Hard water can come from both wells and public water systems. Hard water can be costly to the plumbing system and appearance of clothes washed in hard water and also with water fixtures such as mineral rings around toilets and building up on water faucets.

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