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Buying a House? Have it Inspected! /Remove the Mold Before You Paint / Water Odor

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Buying a House? Have it Inspected!

If you’re planning on buying a house, whether it is previously owned or brand new, you really should have it inspected by a professional private house inspector. The inspector’s job is to let you know what you are purchasing. It is an impartial, objective look at the property and its condition. The inspector is not there to tell you to buy or not to buy, but what you are buying. Remember, he doesn’t know the value of the house or for that matter, what you are paying for it, so it’s possible even a house that needs thousands of dollars in repairs may still be a good investment.

What’s the difference between a private inspection and a city inspection? Well, if the house you are considering needs a new roof or will need one in the very near future, while very expensive to replace, it is not a violation unless it happened to leak on the city inspectors head. Does the basement leak? It’s not a violation. Is there asbestos in the house? You know that old expression, “As I live and breathe”. In some houses it’s becoming a decision. Are there older galvanized or lead pipes? What about foundation problems? Believe it or not, those problems, even though they’re called major stumbling blocks to a new home purchaser, are not violations and generally don’t show up on most city inspections.

By the way, an FHA mortgage or insurance inspection is not for the purchasers benefit either. It’s information that protects those companies’ assets.

So should a home purchaser have the house inspected? You bet! But remember, you’re not pricing out a can of soup so check the companies’ credentials. Are they members of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI – www.ashi.org) or the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI- www.nahi.org)? Do they belong to any trade associations? How long have they been in business? Finally, just because someone is a licensed builder, does not mean they’re qualified to inspect your house. I never met a builder who built a used home.

Q:

We had mold on our garage door, which we painted.

I washed the mold off the door with bleach but it came back in the winter. Can you solve my problem?

A:

If you didn’t remove the mold prior to painting, the mold will grow through the paint. If the mold is surface mold, it may be from running your car in the garage. By doing so, you are adding a tremendous amount of moisture into the garage.

Clean with a solution of Concrobium Mold Control, available at Home Depot for $32.00 for a one-gallon jug. Sand it down and remove any peeling paint. Re-paint the door with Wm. Zinsser’s Perma-White® paint. It is mildew resistant and self-priming so you save that step.

Q:

I notice an odor when we turn on the hot water (not cold) in our house. My water heater is only 3-years old and my son ran some of the water out of the hot water tank and it seemed a little better but now the odor is back, any suggestions?

A:

Inside your water heater is an anode rod (also referred to as a sacrificial rod). The sole purpose of the anode rod is to attract elements in your water. When the rod disintegrates, you get a smell like rotten eggs.

The anode rod can easily be replaced with an aluminum anode rod. Replacement rods are available at most large plumbing outlets.

On the top of your tank is a hex-shaped bolt. With the water and gas (or electricity) turned off to the tank, remove that hex-shaped bolt. Pull out what is left of the anode and replace it with the replacement rod.

Finally, drain some of the water from the tank by connecting a hose to the valve near the bottom of the tank. You can use a bucket or hose, but run the water until it runs clear with no sediment.

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  1. Lon inspected my house in Birmingham 23 years ago. He was amazing! I found him to be so knowledgable about every detail imaginable. He gave me wonderful suggestions while going so far as to go up on the roof with over a foot of snow covering it!
    Lon went well above and beyond anything any other inspector would do.

    He took his time and explained everything to me and even labeled things I would have never even been aware of what they were.

    I would, and have, highly recommended Lon to everyone I know.
    I am not alone in confidently saying that Lon Grossman is by far the best and most thorough inspector I have ever met.

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