10 Most Frequent House Problems

//10 Most Frequent House Problems
10 Most Frequent House Problems 2018-06-17T18:09:15-04:00

The following problems are typical observations when performing a home inspection service on older or renovated homes, BLT is a Registered Home Inspector and Certified Master Inspector serving Hamilton and the surrounding area.

1. Negative surface Grading/Poor Drainage

The home inspector found this problem to be a major contributor for  allowing water  entry into the basement and crawl spaces. Poor location and below grade drainage of downspouts.

2. Improper Electrical Wiring

A common deficiency found was not grounded circuits, lack of GFI’s near a water source and exterior outlets. Panel upgrades usually connected to junction boxes leaving all in home circuits not grounded.

3. Roof Damage

The home inspection service found that worn shingles and poor chimney flashing allowed water penetration into the attic space resulting in damage to interior ceilings and possible mould formation.

4. Heating System

Problems in this category identified by home inspectors were dirty filters, improper drainage connections for the condensate and poor distribution in renovated basements.

5. Poor Overall Maintenance

This is demonstrated by such signs as cracked, peeling, or dirty painted surfaces, crumbling masonry, makeshift wiring or plumbing, and broken fixtures or appliances.

6. Structurally Related Problems

Many houses, as a result of problems in one or more of the other categories, sustain damage to such structural components as foundation walls, floor joists, rafters and windows and door headers. Another significant problem that a good home inspection service should uncover.

7. Plumbing

Plumbing defects rank high among renovated and older homes, home inspectors encountered improper venting, S traps, connections between dissimilar metals, dishwasher drains connections.

8. Exteriors

Flaws in a home’s exterior, including windows, doors, and wall surfaces, are responsible for the discomfort of water and air penetration, but rarely have structural significance. Inadequate caulking and/or weather stripping are the most common causes discovered in a home inspection.

9. Poor Ventilation

Sealing homes and the lack of ventilation, bathroom and kitchen exhausts, insulation covering soffit vents in the attic has resulted in excess humidity which can affect wood structures and create a breeding ground for mould formation.

10. Miscellaneous

This category includes primarily interior components, such as, the lack of handrails/guards on stairways, bathroom mould, fixtures not operating properly and cosmetic issues.

14:22 29 Oct 17
Bruce has been great. Will highly recommend him.
Sanjit Katoch
Sanjit Katoch
19:23 13 Oct 16
Bruce completed two of our inspections, before we moved into our home, we truly appreciated the thoroughness of his report and the details he covered, and the advice presented in the report! Would definitely recommend him to family and friends!!
Julie P
Julie P
01:11 15 Jul 16
We are very happy with our inspection report from Bruce. He was punctual, thorough and included lots of pictures with recommended timelines for repair. With details from his report we were able to have the sellers agree to repair a problem before closing. A problem we probably would've missed and had to pay thousands for down the line. I would recommend BLT to family and friends.
Lynn Domenici
Lynn Domenici
15:46 23 Apr 16
Bruce more than exceeded our expectations of a home inspector. He reflected a high level of knowledge in his field. He was punctual and had the time management skills and ability to meet our deadline on time. We would not hesitate to recommend BLT Home Inspections to any of our friends.
John G
John G
22:41 20 Apr 16
Bruce did a great job with our home inspection. I work in the home and property management business and I've seen many issues that arise in the home. I felt that Bruce was spot on with his identification of the status of items on the home inspection checklist. His report was very well written and packed with great, well explained images. I will use his report as my list of 'things to do' as soon as we take possession of the home.
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