So you have a bat in the attic problem. You just discovered the stealthy creature as you were putting storage in your attic when all of a sudden, it starts fluttering above your head, scaring you half to death! What are you going to do in order to get rid of the bat?
Well, one of the first things that you can do is add more lighting in your attic. Because bats are nocturnal, they are attracted to the darkness more than the light. So by taking away that darkness, you can take away the shelter, a.k.a. your attic.
Another thing you can do is add a one-way exclusion device. What this device allows you to do is allow bats to go back out the way they came into the attic, but it won’t allow them to come back into the attic.
One thing that you CANNOT do is trap bats. Because they are a protected species, you cannot entrap bats whatsoever. If you are unable to get bats out of your attic either the safe way or the light fixture way, then calling a professional would be your best bet. The pros know exactly what they are doing, and can remove these wild bats safely from your attic.
Keeping these things in mind will come in handy if you ever find yourself with an uninvited guest in your
Most homes have air conditioning to provide a comfortable temperature when its warm outside, but you may decide that a ceiling fan is an adequate solution to have proper air flow and a comfortable living environment. Before adding this attractive and helpful addition to a home, here are some tips for installation.
If you are installing a ceiling fan for your home, only use a residential one, which typically has 4 or more blades. Generally, a ceiling fan should be 8 or 9 feet from floor to ceiling, and no part of the fan should be less than 7 feet away from the floor. These measurements add various advantages. One advantage is that ensuring proper clearance avoids accidental contact with the fan. Also, when the fan has the right distance from the floor, the downward air movement is maximized and the air flow is right where you want it.
What if your ceiling is much higher than the average home? Simply drop the fan to the desired height, which can easily be done by an experienced installer.
These details may seem like a lot to remember but if are willing to take the time to install a ceiling fan correctly and safely, you can enjoy the benefits of this simple solution to an air flow problem.
At Hero Inspection Services, we are hearing more and more stories about stucco contractors trying to talk homeowners into spending MAJOR money on stucco replacement. We’re also hearing stories about lawyers approaching homeowners and neighborhoods about bad stucco and trying to sue the home builder.
Many homes in Florida have stucco and most people have heard some of the horror stories.
After this family heard their stucco contractor say that all the existing stucco needed to come down and all new stucco was needed, they decided to get an unbiased and expert opinion.
Hero Inspection Services has the only two EDI Certified Stucco/EIF Inspectors in Central Florida and were hired to conduct an advanced stucco inspection to determine what the real damages were.
Moisture testing was conducted at the home in key areas to determine what was going on and if there were significant stucco damages.
It was determined that an area on the side of the garage had moisture intrusion and an area where kick-flashing was missing. That’s it! Total replacement seemed quite extreme.
Having an Unbiased Stucco Inspection Saved This Family ALOT of Money!
Advanced Stucco Inspection and Moisture Testing
Your moisture analysis is intended to be the first step in protecting your home.
Testing Method - The moisture testing performed on the stucco wall covering at this building was an invasive moisture test performed from the exterior. This test was conducted by drilling 3/16" holes in the siding, inserting a pin-probe moisture meter to take moisture readings of the substrate, then filling the holes with an ASTM approved caulk of a closely matching color.
Using an advanced moisture detection system, we measure the moisture content of the substrate behind the stucco system. The penetrating probe has an effective range from 0 to 99%. This is the number that is recorded in the report.
0% - 15%: Moisture reading currently acceptable
16% - 19% : Elevated moisture reading or possible substrate damage
20% - 99% : Moisture high enough for mold or wood rot if sustained, or substrate damage
This question has been asked - a lot. Unfortunately, no matter how many times it is answered, people still ask it.
Many times people will say things like "I am having an appraisal, isn't that the same thing?" or "The house is new. so everything should be fine".
Whatever the case may be, having a thorough, professional home inspection is 100% necessary and important. Why us that? First of all, it is one of your most important layers of protection. An appraiser or code enforcer does not inspect the house for YOU, they do it to protect THEMSELVES.
Also, there are many issues that can really only be uncovered in a home inspection. With the use of infrared, sewer cameras, and other equipment, we are able to locate issues for you before something bad happens.
There are many reasons to get a home inspection, so be sure to hire the best home inspector possible, whether you are buying or selling a home.
One of the most enjoyable things about owning your home (at least for some people) is the ability to do whatever you want with it.
As HGTV and other networks show new homeowners taking down walls, building amazing open floor plans, and adding life to their home, there may be other factors you will want to consider before joining their ranks.
Home renovations are considered one of the most stressful times in a person's life by certain physiological experts. In fact, divorces, marital issues, anxiety related sicknesses, and more can stem from building your own addition.
This does not mean you shouldn't try to skip the contractor and take on a new life experience, but consider these factors first:
Sewer line issues continue to be one of the biggest issues that come up after a home inspection - but the inside of a main sewer line is not part of a home inspection.
A main sewer line issue is one of the worst kinds of issues that can happen in a home. Sewer lines can back up into the home and cost thousands of dollars of damage and issues. Sewer lines can break and leach sewage into the ground - and can cost tens of thousands of dollars in cleanup and legal fees.
So what can be done about this? How can you avoid a costly mistake in your home? Hire a professional to provide you with a completer main sewer line inspection. Contact us!
If you are buying a home, or if you already own a home, here in Orlando, then you have likely had someone talk to you about having a wind mitigation inspection performed. But what is a wind mitigation inspection, and how does it benefit you.
In the most basic terms, a wind mitigation inspection is performed by a qualified professional inspector to determine your home's strength against the wind. An inspector checks many things on your home in this regard, and more particularly on your roof and in your attic.
So why would you get a wind mitigation? Well, it really comes down to two reasons:
1: You Want to Protect Your Home: We have a lot of wind here, and the worst way to find out if your home and roof are strong enough is to wait to see if there is an issue. A wind mitigation inspection will help prevent these issues.
2: It Saves You Money: A wind mitigation inspection is often used for insurance purposes. If you present your insurance company with this inspection, typically the insurance savings pay for the inspection - and then some!
So contact us today for a wind mitigation inspection here in Orlando Florida!
"A Thorough Home Inspection" - We hear that term tossed around in the home inspection industry here in Orlando a lot. It is more of a coined phrase for many inspectors nowadays than an actual claim.
Most home inspectors (if not all) would likely say they perform a thorough home inspection. It is hard to imagine an inspector saying otherwise. But what is a thorough home inspection?
Well, the answer to that is very subjective, and a lot of it is left up to debate and the opinions of many. But when it comes to a thorough inspection, there are some things you should expect, and that we here at Hero Inspection Services are proud to offer:
By far one of the most dangerous and common safety issues that a home inspector finds on an inspection is an electrical safety issue. Electricity can be a deadly force of not property installed and maintained.
While we do not want to pick on the DIY weekend warrior too much, we often see electrical safety issues come from homeowner work. Electrical work should be left to a qualified professional only. Why do we say that?
Consider this, according to The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, electrical receptacles alone are responsible for about 5,300 house fires in the US every year. That is just a receptacle - not the panel, branch wiring, bad breakers, aluminum wiring, or anything else. All of those other issues account for even more fires every year.
But many of these fires are due to errors made by professional electricians - people with years of training and experience. And then many of them were inspected by a professional electrical inspector as well. So if experienced professionals with other professionals checking their work make mistakes that cause fires or hurt people - then what are the chances of even the most experienced homeowner making those mistakes? Pretty good.
So the best way to stay safe with electrical work is to leave it to a quaified professional.
The power strip – one of the best tools a homeowner can have, but also one of the many tools that could cause serious damage to your appliances, or even your house. What are some things you need to know in order to protect your electronics and appliances, and potentially even your whole house?
Something that not all people know, is that not all power strips have surge protectors in them. A surge protector basically will protect any devices or appliances connected to the power strip from overloading in the case of a power outage, power spike, or electrical storm. Making sure that when you buy your strip, make sure that it has the proper specs in regards to having a surge protector.
Another thing to watch out for are power strips in either a moist environment or where a strip is located in an area of your home where air ventilation is not as strong. With either of these two things, they will lead to damage to your strip and to corresponding devices/appliances if not properly used. If left in an unventilated area, your strip could overheat, and left in a moist environment, it could spark then short out.
Again, stressing the importance of knowing where the strip is at all times and making sure that it is properly used is of the utmost importance. Proper use of your power strip will allow you to continually enjoy the ease of use, and the convenience of using a power strip.
Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL