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Forum: Student Discussions 9/14/18, 5:52 PM
Replies: 801
Views: 10,216
Posted By Melissa Casad
Research & Writing Assignment: Inspecting a...

Research & Writing Assignment:

Inspecting a log home is different than inspecting a conventional home. For instance, if the log home is new, there will be settling taking place and the inspector...
Forum: Student Discussions 9/14/18, 5:38 PM
Replies: 801
Views: 10,216
Posted By Melissa Casad
Inspection & Writing Assignment: Judging...

Inspection & Writing Assignment:

Judging from the distance perceived, we can see that the bottom rounds of logs are stained. Might be mold, might be staining fungi. We can also perceive that...
Forum: Student Discussions 8/13/18, 1:15 PM
Replies: 7,492
Views: 65,442
Posted By Melissa Casad
Research & Writing Assignment: Biowalls are...

Research & Writing Assignment:

Biowalls are an innovative and natural way to clean indoor air. They do, however require somewhat intensive maintenace and must be installed correctly in order to...
Forum: Student Discussions 8/13/18, 1:00 PM
Replies: 7,492
Views: 65,442
Posted By Melissa Casad
Inspection & Writing Assignment: This...

Inspection & Writing Assignment:

This 9-foot-tall deck is attached to the side of the house under the soffits with nails instead of lag screws. Unable to determine if the nails are even hitting...
Forum: Student Discussions 3/5/18, 5:26 PM
Replies: 761
Views: 31,653
Posted By Melissa Casad
Many of the materials that are used to built...

Many of the materials that are used to built houses are reflective by nature in terms of sound. To decrease the sound in a house, one can install more absorptive materials such as thick carpeting,...
Forum: Student Discussions 3/5/18, 5:13 PM
Replies: 761
Views: 31,653
Posted By Melissa Casad
Structurally, an open-web floor truss resembles...

Structurally, an open-web floor truss resembles an I-beam in that it puts most of its material along its top and bottom edges where stresses are greatest. Here, you can see a doubled floor truss...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/22/18, 4:46 PM
Replies: 4,747
Views: 59,073
Posted By Melissa Casad
"Cool roof" technology involves applying a...

"Cool roof" technology involves applying a reflective material to the roof surface instead of traditional shingles. Roof coverings such as TPO have the ability to reflect the suns heat away from the...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/22/18, 4:30 PM
Replies: 4,747
Views: 59,073
Posted By Melissa Casad
There is a crack in the floor of the basement...

There is a crack in the floor of the basement utility room that spans out from the sewage ejector about 6 feet. The crack was repaired with caulk. This does not look like a settlement or foundation...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/19/18, 11:59 PM
Replies: 15,288
Views: 249,908
Posted By Melissa Casad
Insulated Concrete Forms have been shown to...

Insulated Concrete Forms have been shown to inadvertently provide perfect shelter for subterranean termites. The little buggers tunnel through the insulation and travel undetected up to the wooden...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/19/18, 11:42 PM
Replies: 15,288
Views: 249,908
Posted By Melissa Casad
This bathroom does not have a ventilation fan...

This bathroom does not have a ventilation fan installed. There is a black mold like substance between the shower tiles in the grout. Also, there appears to be a leak under the bath faucet as depicted...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/19/18, 10:51 AM
Replies: 18,135
Views: 292,989
Posted By Melissa Casad
While inspecting solar panels is outside of the...

While inspecting solar panels is outside of the scope of a home inspector, solar panels and solar shingles effect the roofing system. An inspector should check for missing or visibly damaged...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/19/18, 10:22 AM
Replies: 18,135
Views: 292,989
Posted By Melissa Casad
This house has a negative grade from the street...

This house has a negative grade from the street and is at the bottom of the hill of the street. Decades of being hit with the storm waters has caused the stair slab to separate from the rest of the...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/13/18, 3:31 PM
Replies: 17,034
Views: 338,896
Posted By Melissa Casad
Considering the important role that insulation...

Considering the important role that insulation plays in keeping a house warm and comfortable to inhabitants, I am looking forward to new methods of insulation that are user friendly, not bulky, and...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/13/18, 3:05 PM
Replies: 17,034
Views: 338,896
Posted By Melissa Casad
It is important for a homeowner to check the air...

It is important for a homeowner to check the air filter on their furnace once a month and replace as needed. Sometimes people only replace their filter once per season and that might not be enough if...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/6/18, 12:14 PM
Replies: 19,677
Views: 358,427
Posted By Melissa Casad
This sub-panel located in the finished basement...

This sub-panel located in the finished basement of a home is clean with no signs of arcing. The buses supplying the 240v appliances are properly tied together. The only apparent problem is that...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/6/18, 12:04 PM
Replies: 19,677
Views: 358,427
Posted By Melissa Casad
Cork flooring is considered a sustainable...

Cork flooring is considered a sustainable alternative to hardwood floors since it is made from the bark of a cork tree which can be harvested several times without killing the tree. The binding...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/5/18, 3:26 PM
Replies: 5,868
Views: 84,176
Posted By Melissa Casad
The hot water output of this gas water heater is...

The hot water output of this gas water heater is encrusted in calcium and lime deposits. There is no active water leak in this connection. The mineral deposits may have sealed up the leak. The pipe...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/5/18, 3:16 PM
Replies: 5,868
Views: 84,176
Posted By Melissa Casad
Straw bale homes have an ideal R-value and sound...

Straw bale homes have an ideal R-value and sound proofing but they must be protected from standing water intrusion. Wrapping the house in a vapor retarder will prevent the house from drying so should...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/1/18, 4:15 PM
Replies: 4,683
Views: 49,987
Posted By Melissa Casad
When the microwave is installed over a range, it...

When the microwave is installed over a range, it is important to check the fan function of the microwave unit. Check to make sure that the air inlets are free of dust and grease and that the suction...
Forum: Student Discussions 2/1/18, 3:56 PM
Replies: 4,683
Views: 49,987
Posted By Melissa Casad
If a barn is one out the outbuildings to be...

If a barn is one out the outbuildings to be inspected, keep a good rule of thumb is to keep the safety of the humans and animals in mind. Check for exposed nails, sturdy roof structure, and any...
Forum: Student Discussions 1/31/18, 2:29 PM
Replies: 732
Views: 14,057
Posted By Melissa Casad
This is an opening from a garage to the house....

This is an opening from a garage to the house. The door is solid wood, though it is not self closing. Also, there is a small hole in the drywall around the light switch plate that needs to be sealed....
Forum: Student Discussions 1/31/18, 1:56 PM
Replies: 732
Views: 14,057
Posted By Melissa Casad
It is important to check the roof trusses and...

It is important to check the roof trusses and their connections to make sure they have not been altered in any way. Trusses that have been altered or improperly installed could cause the roof to...
Forum: Student Discussions 1/24/18, 3:48 PM
Replies: 23,791
Views: 430,481
Posted By Melissa Casad
If an ant infestation is found in the home, it...

If an ant infestation is found in the home, it can be assumed that there is rotting or weakened wood where the ants have taken residence in either within the home or around the exterior. Test...
Forum: Student Discussions 1/24/18, 3:33 PM
Replies: 23,791
Views: 430,481
Posted By Melissa Casad
A sewage ejector pump was found installed under a...

A sewage ejector pump was found installed under a basement bar sink. It has an air vent but does not have a P-trap. There is a faint sewage smell. There is mold on the wood and an orange stain around...
Forum: Student Discussions 1/11/18, 3:01 PM
Replies: 19,420
Views: 298,781
Posted By Melissa Casad
This is a dryer vent kit. It supposedly allows a...

This is a dryer vent kit. It supposedly allows a dryer to vent indoors. As an inspector, I would make certain that it is not hooked up to a gas powered dryer- the manufacturer made sure to mention...
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