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Home Water Leak Detection

Posted on: June 29th, 2016 | No Comments

ResearchHome Water Leak Testing image shows the typical home loses between 2,000 and 20,000 gallons of water each year due to leaks. Some common leaks such as faucets or water heaters are easy to detect; however, many leaks go undetected for years if the source of the leak isn’t visible. In addition, the precise location of a leak isn’t always apparent either, as some leaks may start in one place but flow along a channel before draining down and creating visible damage in another.

 

The Inspect-It 1st team is well-versed in home water leak detection, as well as water leak testing and prevention through our inspection services. If you suspect you may have a leak and aren’t sure what steps to take next, below are some of the best ways to detect a water leak in a house.

 

How to Detect a Water Leak in a House

  • Use Your Water Meter

    The best way to check if there’s a water leak in your home is by monitoring your water meter. Check and write down your meter reading, then after ensuring no water is being run in or outside the house, check the reading again an hour or two later. If the reading has changed, you have a leak.

  • Detect Leaking Faucets and Toilets

    These are the most common sources of water leaks in a home, with leaky faucets generally a result of a worn rubber washer, and toilet leaks typically caused by its flapper, both of which are easily replaceable. Close listening is important, and if you hear any hissing noises, try and locate where it’s coming from as this is indicative of a leak.

  • Detect an Underground Leak

    While any water leak in your home can be detected using the water meter, underground leaks are often detected visually. Make note if the look or feel of certain areas is consistently wet. Being aware of any puddles or dark spots on your driveway and curb can help detect underground leaks as well.

  • Schedule an Inspection

    When it comes to the upkeep of your home, the saying, “Better safe than sorry,” always rings true. If you suspect a water leak issue, bringing in a professional as soon as possible to prevent the problem from escalating is a tremendous save for potential destruction, financial cost and stress.

 

With the average cost of home water damage insurance claims being nearly $7,000, water leak testing and keeping your home dry should be a top priority for homeowners. Inspect-It 1st provides a wide range of inspection services, giving you the convenience of making one call instead of having to schedule multiple inspectors. We deliver a high-quality, thorough inspection report and are here whenever you have a question, even after the inspection. If you detect a water leak in your home, contact Inspect-It 1st today to learn more about water leak testing services!

4 House Maintenance Tips

Posted on: February 9th, 2016 | No Comments

4 House Maintenance TipsWhen shopping for a home, it is likely that the owner before you had a home inspection conducted to make sure everything was up to code with no major issues. Even with a previous inspection, you should get the home professionally inspected before your purchase. We suggest that after you purchase the home, it’s wise to maintain or improve upon the state of the property to ensure that it will be sellable in the future. You also want to be sure that it’s a safe place for you and your family to call home. Here are a few key elements that should be checked during home maintenance and some tips on what to specifically look for when maintaining your home.

 

#1 Electrical

Electrical wiring throughout the home can become a dangerous issue if not properly maintained. Most homes have been updated, and proper home maintenance will keep your electrical wiring safe. There are three locations that you should check: your main electrical panel, indoor wiring, and outdoor wiring. Home maintenance on your central electrical panel should include tightening all fuses and labeling all circuits. If you notice that your panel is warm, wires are burned, or aluminum wiring needs to be tightened, a qualified electrician should address these issues immediately. Indoor wiring should be replaced if damaged or frayed, and loose outlets should be tightened. Outdoor wiring should also be checked for frayed or loose wires. Outdoor outlets need to be covered properly and replaced if the circuits aren’t grounded. 

 

#2 Heating

Heating units can be a complicated aspect of home maintenance, but we’ve got a few tips on what to look for. A condensate drain line emerging from the ductwork above the furnace should be checked during the cooling season for leaks or water build up. The unit should be on a stable/level spot outside. Other key locations to check are the refrigerant lines; debris should be cleared away and left uncovered to prevent rusting. If your unit is excessively loud, we encourage you to have a HVAC professional inspect it.

 

#3 Plumbing

Home maintenance for your plumbing system is essential to prevent flooding, bursting pipes, and more. Any part of the home that has pipes or fixtures that contain any form of liquid should be checked regularly. You should conduct standard visual inspections to keep an eye out for cracks, puddles of water, and valves that need to be tightened. When performing home maintenance on your water heater, turn off the power or fuel supply before draining any water from the tank. We also recommend having a water quality test conducted to ensure your family’s water supply is healthy and up to standards.

 

#4 Structure

The most important part of a home is its structure and a solid foundation is critically important. When completing home maintenance for the structure, you should look in four key locations: foundation walls, wood framing, wall/ceiling surface cracks, and door frames. When completing home maintenance for the foundation, you should look for deterioration, dampness, and movement. If you see cracks and holes, fill them. Wood framing should be checked for evidence of rot, insect infestation, or sagging. Wall and ceiling cracks should be monitored for significant movement that could suggest damage.

 

For more house maintenance tips check out our maintenance checklist online. If you come across something that may require a professional’s opinion, don’t hesitate to contact Inspect-It 1st for a full inspection. A safe home is a happy home.

 

A Spring Home Repair Checklist and Home Maintenance Guide

Posted on: May 27th, 2013 | No Comments

repairSpring has sprung, and it’s now time to emerge from your home and see how your house faired through the cold Winter months. Check off a few of these Spring home repairs from your checklist, and rest assured that your home will emerge strong and refreshed for the coming Summer months.

 

Most of these repairs can be handled on your own, but if you feel uncomfortable completing any of them, be sure to request the help of a professional.

 

Examine your home’s foundation. Cold temperatures and freeze/thaw conditions aren’t exactly ideal for your home’s foundation, especially if there were cracks or fissures left untreated in the Winter. Take a walk around your home and examine the foundation for any large cracks. Also be sure to notice if any cracks are close to a water source – be cautious of any moisture entering your home.

 

Clear the basement window wells. A few extra leaves may have fallen here in the Fall and been buried by snow. Pests and critters love to burrow in leaves here, so be sure to remove any potential hideaways for them.

 

Check gutters and drainspouts. Given the amount of Spring and Summer rain, you’ll want to ensure that your spouts are working properly. Clear any debris and test the spouts with a hose.

 

Trim any nearby limbs. Love that beautiful tree beside your home? A Summer thunderstorm could sent one of its limbs through a window. Trim back any limbs that look too close for comfort.

 

Clean your laundry dryer vent. Make sure that it appears to be in good shape and clean any lint from it. Letting this one go can actually be a source for a future fire.

 

Examine/reinstall your air conditioner. If you have a unit outside, clear it off and inspect its condition. If you use window units, uncover them and install.

 

Check your roof. Freeze/thaw conditions and supporting pounds of snow throughout the Winter may have done some damage to your roof. Examine your roof from the ground with binoculars or hire a professional to climb onto the roof. Pay particular attention to any missing or curled shingles. If you notice small trees or moss growing, examine the inside below it for moisture or call a professional.

 

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