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Have That Deck Checked

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Many decks are done as weekend projects because they appear to be simple to build. It is important to remember that  decks are structures that need to be designed properly to ensure that they resist the variety of stresses and loads placed upon them. During many home inspections in Virginia Beach I often find decks […]

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Electrical Receptacles at Decks

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Deck Receptacles Are exterior receptacles required at decks in Virginia Beach?  The 2008 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) describes two requirements for locations of outdoor receptacles in one- and two-family dwellings. The previous edition (2005) includes only one of these requirements, and your Virginia Beach home inspector should be aware of this change and […]

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A Hole is Not Always a Hole

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This was an interesting observation at a recent Virginia Beach home inspection. As I was walking down the exterior brick veneer wall I noticed a pattern of colored caulk. About every three feet the home owner had sealed the weep holes for the brick veneer wall. Weep holes are provided to allow the cavity between […]

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Extend Those Downspouts

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It is a common find at many home inspections in Virginia Beach, the lack of extensions at the gutter system downspouts. These extensions are designed to direct the rainwater runoff away from the foundation of the house. There are different methods that can be used to redirect this water. During a typical rainstorm you can […]

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Improper Dryer Venting at Chesapeake Home Inspection

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Something that I see quite often is dryers being vented in close proximity to the outside air conditioning condenser. The dryer vent at this Chesapeake home inspection was located just to the right of the condenser. You can see in the second picture that the fins are clogged with dryer lint. This will decrease the […]

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Suffolk Home Inspector “Picture of the Day” Carpenter Bees

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All the buzz at this Suffolk home inspection was the inhabitants of the log cladding. It was infested with carpenter bees. As the morning got a bit warmer I could hear the buzz coming from inside the logs. This “picture of the day” shows the damage that these bees can cause if not dealt with. […]

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