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Is Laminate Flooring Really Waterproof ?

i-inspect, home inspection, laminate flooring
i-inspect, home inspection, laminate flooring
i-inspect, home inspection, laminate flooring

Laminate Flooring now comes in “Water Resistant” and “Water Proof” varieties. Lots of the products labeled as “Water Proof” are still not designed for wet environments where lots of water will get on them. Spills, wet mops and other wet problems can damage most laminate flooring. 


Cures

There are other alternatives to laminate flooring. Most of the modern solutions can even look like wood.

  • Ceramic Tile
  • Vinyl Tile

Before you decide to put down laminate floors in a wet area (kitchens, bathrooms, laundry areas) be sure to check out alternative flooring at your local home center or flooring store. (Home Depot, Lowes, Floor & Decor, Lumber Liquidator, etc.). Ask your contractor for recommendations.

Hurricane Season is Coming

Hurricane season begins June 1st and ends November 30th. Be sure you and your property are ready. We at i-Inspect have added a new service; the General Report with Interior Photos or GRIP for short. It is designed to help you in an insurance claim recovery in the event of a disaster such as hurricane damage, fire, sinkhole, etc.

For a GRIP, pictures of each room are taken with a 360 degree camera. This shows the general contents of each room in the event of an insurance claim.

In addition, specific photos are included of your major home appliances and their serial number data plates. Appliances include: dishwasher, stove, refrigerator, washer, dryer, water heater and AC unit.

Additional pictures of collections and other valuables can be added to the report as well as an additional service.

Once complete, your report is stored safely and securely in the cloud. From there, you can print a copy for your records, store a copy on your computer or securely forward as needed in the event of a claim.

April is almost over and we’re still talking about COVID-19

i-Inspect is still working. As part of a real estate transaction, we are considered essential (along with Real Estate Agents and Buyers). But, COVID is still a thing. At i-Inspect, we’re taking a very cautious approach to this disease. We’ve taken courses in safety. We are not encouraging Client’s to be with us on inspections at the time being. We won’t tell you to leave, but we may offer you a mask and gloves.  Please don’t bring the family. If the home is occupied, we will wear masks, gloves and booties to both prevent leaving anything behind and to prevent picking up anything while we are there.

Come Friday morning (May 1st), Florida is opening up some of our businesses again. We hope this helps our local economy and our small business owners. These are indeed interesting times. May the month of May bring you good tidings.


We’ve not been idle.

I think a lot of us have not been as busy as we’d like to be. (If you have been, good for you.) Instead of watching Netflix, we’ve been investing in additional advanced education. The logo above is from Home Inspector University for the Advanced Pool Inspection course. Very intensive and goes way above and beyond the State’s Standard for pool inspections. 

Skylights: Where the Leaks Start

Modern Skylight Installation

A skylight is basically a large hole in your roof covered with glass, or a window put on the roof instead of in the wall. The trouble is that any hole in your roof is a leak waiting to happen. 

Older styles of skylights were the worst. Plexiglass bubbles inserted in the roofing. Two problems are associated with this. First is there is nothing to channel water around the skylight. Second, the plexiglass tended to degrade from the UV rays of the sun. This caused the skylight to become brittle and eventually crack, allowing water in and cool air out.

Large old style plexiglass skylight in a flat roof

This is an old style plexiglass skylight in a flat roof. Notice the dried out patching that has already been done to this skylight.

Old Style Plexiglass Skylight

This is another old style plexiglass skylight in a shingled roof. Again, notice the dried out patching that has already been done to this skylight.

Modern Skylight

Newer skylights have curbs built around them. Usually 2×4’s with metal or peel & stick flashing to prevent moisture from getting from on the roof into the home. Now, you can get them in insulated glass with low E films to prevent a lot of the solar heat gain that older skylights caused.  

Solar Tube skylight
Finally, we have the Solar Tube type skylights. These won’t give you a beautiful view of the nigh sky, but they will pull natural daylight into the home with very little thermal gain. The opening in your roof is reduced to about the same size as a plumbing vent, much smaller than a typical skylight, and much less prone to leaks. They system works with stainless steel tubes in the attic down to a diffuser in the ceiling about the size of a typical can light.
 To get your roof inspected, call i-Inspect at 407-497-5190 or visit our website at www.i-inspect.biz. 
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Warranties and What’s Behind Them

Some home inspection companies advertise the “free” warranties they provide along with their inspections. Sounds great – until you read the fine print.

Usually, the ones providing these warranties are fairly new in the business and are looking to get a leg up on the more established companies in the area. You’ll see things like “90 Day Sewer Warranty” or “30 Day Appliance Warranty” or several others up to full home warranties. Please, if you use one of these companies, read the fine print. Many of these add on services are not worth the time it took to read them. Others are merely a way to access your personal information for additional marketing. A few are legitimate, but they are rare as unicorns.

At a home inspectors’ conference, one of the speakers was from one of these home warranty companies. He actually bragged that in the previous year, they had 50,000 customers sign up at $100 per client. That is $5 million in gross income. He went on to then brag that in that year, they had hundreds of claims, nearly all of which were denied, but they did have to pay for one dishwasher. Not a bad gig if you can get it? Total income $5 million ($5,000,000) and total expenses in the neighborhood of $300 for a new dishwasher and installation.

This same speaker went on to add that once you are one of their customers, they then market your information to some of their sister businesses, at an additional profit to them. They would get you signed up for other extended warranties; such as plumbing, AC service contracts, etc.

Are all warranties bad? My experience has be that very few extended warranties have been worthwhile. Cell phones, tablets and washing machines are the only ones I’ve personally paid for that have been worthwhile.

But some of these warranties are “free” and why not use them? Most of these free warranties are of the 30 to 90 day variety. They did cost the inspector a few dollars, but that is part of his cost of doing business. Think about this; from the time you have your inspection until you close on your home and move in will typically take 30 to 45 days. What is going to go wrong with your sewer lines or your appliances while they are sitting unused in the home waiting on you to move in? OK, some of these are for 90 days. Still a safe bet that if they were working at the time of inspection, that you’ll get at least another month or two out of them.

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