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What The Deck Is The Matter Here?

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This deck ledger was found at a home inspection in Virginia Beach. The ledger board was nailed through the brick into the band joist. A common failure at many decks happens when the ledgers pulls away from the band joists of homes. A couple of ways to correct this problem is to attach a ledger to […]

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Chesapeake Home Inspector “Pic of the Day” Cut Beams

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Just another example of a pesky beam getting in the way of the plumbing. This was a notched beam found in during a Cheaspeake home inspection. Above this beam you can see three joists that happen to be under a bathroom tub. One of the purposes of a crawlspace is to provide plenty of room […]

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Chesapeake Home Inspector “Pics of the Day” Truss Alterations

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Trusses are used quite often in residential construction. Trusses are designed using calculations that consider all the load conditions for a particular structure.  The design takes into consideration factors such as grade of wood and plate sizes for the truss. Truss work by using structural redundancy within each truss. The triangle is a geometrical essential […]

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Virginia Beach Home Inspector’s “Video of the Day”

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During a Virginia Beach home inspection the other day I was in a crawlspace when I found another joist that was in the way of the plumbing. This is an example of not planning before building. This video illustrates some of the things your Virginia Beach home inspector is looking for during your home inspection. Make sure […]

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Virginia Beach Home Inspector “Pic of the Day”

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Here are some pictures taken during a home inspection in Norfolk. There has been a lot of moisture intrusion through this foundation wall. The dark moist conditions were perfect for the growth of what you see here, MUSHROOMS.  This was an easy diagnosis. This was the only part of the crawlspace that had this condition. […]

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No Gutters Can Cause Major Issues

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Are the lack of gutters on a home a defect or just a personal choice? There are many that feel gutters affect the aesthetic appeal of their homes. It doesn’t matter if they were never installed or removed on an older home due to renovations and not replaced there are issues to consider when deciding […]

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