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Ok, it is Autumn here in Florida. The temperature may not show it, but the trees have figured out there is less daylight and are shedding their leaves. Leaves like to collect: in corners, in roof valleys, and especially in gutters.
Gutters full of leaves do not drain properly. In short, they stand water. Water standing in leaves picks up the tannic acid from the leaves and can corrode metal gutters. Standing water can also overflow the gutter and enter the home through the facia. There, it will begin rotting the wooden facia and start causing all sorts of other problems (wood rot and other fungi).
The best cure for all of this is to get your handyman or spouse or self on a ladder and dig that stuff out of the gutters. Use leather or other protective gloves as there is not much telling what is in that stuff. While you’re up there, look at the roof. Do you need to blow the leaves out of the valleys? Are the shingles still in good shape?
Be careful on the ladder and stay safe.
One roof should never drain onto another roof. This will shorten the life of your shingles where the upper roof dumps water onto the lower roof. Take this new home for example. The upper roof had gutters installed, but they dumped the downspouts onto the lower roof. This took all of the water from the upper roof surface and concentrated it into a 4 inch wide pipe. Shingles were never designed to handle water volumes like that.
To make matters worse, at the other end of the home, the downspout flows water across the shingles. Shingles are not designed to be waterproof, but to shed water. Flowing large amounts of water sideways across the roof surface is inviting water to get under the shingles. Once that happens, it is not long before a leak will occur.
This was not a small home, but a large 5 bedroom home in a new subdivision. I’ll say it again, if you are purchasing a home, new or old, you need a Licensed Home Inspector to go over the home with you. It can save you much more than the cost of the inspection. Contact i-Inspect today for your home inspection needs.
Citizen’s has come out with a revised Four-Point Inspection form. Insurance agents are supposed to only accept this form as of September 1, 2018. In order for our client’s to have this form by that time, we will begin using the new form July 1, 2018. This gives 60 days for anyone to close and have the new form on hand.
The new forms asks for much more information than the previous form. In addition to everything the old form asked for, inspectors are now required to test most of your household appliances for a four-point inspection, report any visible signs of leaks on the ceilings or in the attic, take photos of each slope of the roof and each side of the home. Due to the increase in time to gather information and the increase in time to report the information, the price of this form must increase as well.
Lots of products have stickers or tags when you purchase them. Most of them can be removed. For example, you don’t keep the stickers and tags on your clothes. But most of you do leave the tag on your mattress.
Some tags are important to be left in place. The one on your garage door, entry door or window may save you money when your home inspector does a Wind Mitigation Inspection for you. These stickers tell the inspector if the product is impact rated or wind rated, and how much they are rated.
A few of you seem to be unable to live with a sticker up at the top of your window behind the blinds. Removing this sticker removes any certification for wind or impact rating for that window.
Same for doors, but the sticker tends to be in the jamb, near the hinge or up on top of the door.
Garage doors have many stickers. Most are warnings not to mess with the springs, don’t stick you fingers in the pinch points, or to be under the door when it comes down. The important one for your home inspection is the wind load rating.
In short, don’t take the sticker off of your home’s products. It may cost you money in the long run.