open junction boxes, amperage mismatches, no wire nuts on wires, tripping breakers.
Breakers can trip when they become old. Occasional tripping can indicate simple overloads. If a circuit breaker trips frequently, you should consult an electrician.
If replacing the bulb doesn’t solve the problem, consult a licensed electrician. The fault may be in the light fixture or loose connections within you homes wiring.
Low Voltage in an outlet
Could indicate a loose connection in the junction box, or back at the receptacle the power is being daisy chained from.
Poor grading/slope and drainage around home
Symptoms: spongy soil around the foundation, signs of leaking in basement.
This could lead to damp or wet crawlspaces, foundation movement, cracking or settlement. Water around the foundation could lead to rot in the walls, framing members and mold. Some indications of foundation movement unaligned windows; interior doors that have large, uneven gaps at the top when the door is closed; or floors visibly out of level.
Symptoms: clogged or bent gutters/eavestroughs, water draining near foundation, not channeled away from house.
Symptoms: water stains, powdery residue on walls, mold or mildew.
Ineffective drain tile and sump pit
Improperly designed window wells
Defective or missing gutters and downspouts
Symptoms: brittle or curled shingles; broken or missing flashings, water stains in the attic or ceiling drywall
Roof leaks can be patched, but in many cases, the roof is probably old enough to require total replacement.
Symptoms: cracks in foundation, sloping floors, sticking doors or windows.
Symptoms: needs repainting, worn carpeting, cracked driveway, warn wood flooring, dry rotted exterior caulking
Symptoms: inadequate water pressure, slow drains, signs of leaks on ceilings.
Hidden leaks in sink drains or below water heaters can cause structural damage over time. Water that seeps into drywall or plaster can cause mold growth. Wood flooring or subfloors can discolor or warp when wet.
Inside your tab, rubber or silicone-based washers form a water-tight seal. Over time, washers can ware out or become dislodged, creating that annoying drip. While you can replace washers yourself, the repair job might be challenging without specialized tools. If the leak has gone on long enough, the valve seat may become worn or corroded, necessitating a more involved repair that’s best left to a professional plumber.
Low Water Pressure
The water entering your pipes carries dissolved minerals in it that eventually deposit themselves on metal surfaces. If you have a filtration system, these deposits wind up in the filters and get changed; without such a system, these mineral deposits collect on inner surfaces of aerators and shower heads, clogging screens and slowing flow.
Toilets typically run when the flapper valve that lets water pass from the tank to the bowl no longer fits properly, the float is imbalanced or the fill tube comes loose. Toilet repair kits work for most models and require little effort to install.
Symptoms: extreme heat in attic, vapor condensation.
Defective heating or cooling
Symptoms: cracks in the heat exchanger or water tank; carbon monoxide leaks, loud motors that sound like they struggle to start, A/C constantly running and/or cooling poorly
Will a home inspection catch these issues?
Comprehensive home inspection
YES! A Buyer’s Choice services include a complete examination of the foundation and basement, roof, attic, heating and water systems, electrical and plumbing systems, as well as the general condition of the structure itself.
Our inspectors will look for poor construction practices and make note of any repairs that might be required or any general maintenance issues.
Importantly, they will make note of any fire and safety issues that need to be addressed.
Every inspection from A Buyer’s Choice includes a 90 day warranty. Additionally we include coverage for mold, roof and sewer issues. Learn more about our Inspection Warranty.