When inspecting homes I often come across exhaust fans with a 24 or 12 hour timer installed, serving as a simple ventilation system. Typically, these are located in laundry rooms or bathrooms and many homeowners are unaware of their intended purpose.
The timer can be configured to operate the fan automatically one or more times per day for a set length of time. These fans help reduce moisture and stale air inside the house. Guidelines vary for when and how long such fans should be configured to operate depending on the size of the house, number of occupants and rating of the fan. When found it is recommended to review instructions or documentation for the timer and configuring the fan as necessary. At a minimum, recommend setting the timer for 1-2 15 or 30 minute intervals per day for improved IAQ (indoor air quality).
Washington State Home Inspector #1266
Serving Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish County
Many homeowners don't pay attention to their hot water heater until it doesnt work any longer. Most water heaters good working age is between 8-12 years. When near this age, homeowners should consider budgeting for a replacement or replace soon to prevent unexpected failure and possible further damage if not properly installed with drain pans and proper TPRV (Temperature Pressure Relief Valve) discharge lines.
If your hot water heater is due for replacement, contact a local plumber for replacement to ensure it is installed properly and per current building standards and local codes/requirements.
Use the link below to help determine the age of your hot water heater.
Water Heater Dating Chart
Is your toilet loose?
About 50% (that's Half!) or more of the homes I inspect have a toilet which is loose where it is secured to the floor. Then about 50% of those found loose have elevated moisture detected in the flooring near the toilet. Yes, that means the toilet is likely leaking at the wax ring. Gross!
These leaks are a conducive condition to wood destroying organisms such as rot and wood infesting bugs. The sub-flooring and structural components below could get damaged and result in costly repairs. Checking your toilet is easy, just stand over the toilet lid, squeeze your legs around the base of the toilet and apply pressure left and right to the toilet (I call this the toilet dance). If any movement, contact your local plumber for further evaluation and repair, typically removal of the toilet to inspect the subfloor, replacement of the wax ring and re-securing the toilet to the floor.
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Washington Licensed Home Inspector #1266
Often times during an inspection I find a failed or mis-wired GFCI receptacle (outlet) in a home. After getting asked many times "What are they?" and "what do they do?" I figured id share some info for anyone curious about these devices you likely have in your own home. If you don't have any GFCI receptacles in your home, this may encourage you to have them installed.
What is a GFCI?