Colorado Home Inspection-Electrical Safety

Colorado Home Inspection-Electrical Safety

Having your home remodeled by a handyman is never a good idea. During our Colorado Home Inspections, we run into the contractor, that lacks experience, and installs electrical wiring incorrectly, almost daily. During the home inspection process we find undersized wires, that will not carry enough electrical current to be able to overload the overcurrent device in the main electrical panel. Loose wires in switches can also lead to fires or shock hazards. These items can be a fire hazard, and are not safe.

Electrical outlets are not to hard to wire, but during our Denver Colorado home inspections, we find this occurrence more than often. Hiring a licensed electrical contractor is key to passing your home inspection with flying colors. Electrical installed incorrectly can be a safety hazard.

Aluminum wiring can also lead to safety hazards if it is not repaired correctly.

Facts: Between approximately 1965 and 1973 aluminum wiring was sometimes substituted for copper branch circuit wiring in residential electrical systems. Neglected connections in outlets, switches and light fixtures containing aluminum wiring become increasingly dangerous as time passes. Poor connections cause wiring to overheat, creating a potential fire hazard.

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Here are the reasons aluminum wiring connections deteriorate: Thermal expansion and contraction: Even more than copper, aluminum expands and contracts with changes in temperature. Over time, this will cause connections to loosen. When wires are poorly connected they overheat, which creates a potential fire hazard. Vibration: Electrical current vibrates as it passes through wiring. This vibration is more extreme in aluminum than it is in copper and as time passes, it can cause connections to loosen. Again, when wires are poorly connected they overheat, which creates a potential fire hazard. Oxidation: Exposure to oxygen in the air causes deterioration to the outer surface of wire. This process is called oxidation. Aluminum wire is more easily oxidized than copper wire and as time passes, this process can cause problems with connections. Again, when wires are poorly connected they overheat, which creates a potential fire hazard. Galvanic corrosion: When two different kinds of metal are connected to each other a very low-voltage electrical current is created which causes corrosion. Corrosion causes poor connections. More information is available at this comprehensive website. http://www.inspect-ny.com/aluminum/aluminum.htm Options for Correction The wiring should be evaluated by a qualified electrician. This means an electrician experienced in evaluating and correcting aluminum wiring problems. Not all electrical contractors qualify. 1. At a minimum, all connections should be checked and an anti-oxidant paste applied. 2. Aluminum wire can be spliced to copper wire at the connections using approved wire nuts (called “pigtailing”, not recommended by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.) 3. Copalum crimps can be installed. Although this is the safest option, Copalum Crimps are expensive (typically around $50 per outlet, switch or light fixture). 4. AlumiConn Connector 5. Complete home re-wire. Costs will vary. Consult with a qualified electrical contractor.

Never Waive a Home Inspection

expert home inspectors in Denver All over Colorado, many areas are experiencing red hot real estate markets; to a degree that some have never seen before. Bidding wars, cash offers, and buying property site-unseen are now becoming somewhat of a norm in some areas. We’ve even heard of the extremely risky process of some even foregoing the inspection process in order to gain an edge over other potential buyers. Though it’s tempting to try to think of creative ways to encourage sellers to accept your offer, as home inspectors in Denver, this is a ploy that we would never recommend. Sure, you risk losing the bid to someone else but your financial future could be on the line too.

Yes, it’s true that disclosure laws require homeowners to divulge any problems that they are aware of, but many times (more often than not) issues exist without the homeowner’s knowledge; and those issues could end up costing you more than just a pretty penny. A professional home inspector does much more than point out shortcomings; trained inspectors can actually spot issues that can develop into major problems with the structure of the house. Problems that may preclude you from even making an offer on a home if you were aware of it. These problems often include evidence of mold, termites, outdated plumbing, cracks in the foundation and problems with the roof.

The bottom line is that a thorough home inspection not only ensures that your investment is protected but also alerts you to an issue if a seller suggests that you skip it in order to win the bid. Always keep the long-term costs in mind and do not forego your right to a home inspection in Denver or anywhere else.

 

Why Mold is the Fright That it is

mold inspection DenverOne word can have homeowners, property management personnel and real estate agents alike rubbing their hands in anxiety. Mold.

The potential problems that are generated with the growth of mold can be very serious. Anyone who has had to deal with a mold problem knows the far-reaching implications that are generated when mold is allowed to grow unchecked. Just the suspicion of the presence of mold during a home inspection in Denver is enough to cause building owners to start counting up the costs for removal. Mold is taken so seriously because it often indicates other problems and can exacerbate health problems with those residents who live with it. Mold is capable of doing extreme structural damage as building materials are often broken down as the mold permeates the porous materials. Gasses are then released into the environment, affecting the quality of the indoor air. Poor indoor quality leads to health and respiratory issues in both children and adults. Asthma, allergies and other breathing problems have  been on the up rise, making indoor air quality one of the country’s biggest public health concerns. Extended exposure to damp areas and mold growth has been found by some studies to even cause lung infections and in severe cases, instances of some cancers.

Being such a serious issue, it goes without saying, that full remediation and removal of any mold growth is imperative to the integrity of any inhabited building. Home and building inspectors should be thoroughly trained in the signs and indications of mold growth in order to warn potential home buyers of its presence and to protect them against making a buying mistake that could cost them both money and good health.

3 Troubling Signs That You Need A Mold Inspection ASAP

Mold isn’t like a leaky faucet or a broken window. When a faucet drips or a window is no longer keeping the cold air out, the problem is easy to hear and/or see. If you find it easy to ignore the dripping or the draft, you can be sure that you’ll notice the problem when you see your utility bills skyrocket. Mold is silent. It doesn’t make us uncomfortable (right away, at least) and it won’t show up on your power bill. So how do you know if it’s time to schedule home inspection services that include a mold investigation? Here are some warning signs.

Strange Odors

When you walk into your home, is your nose assaulted by a pungent odor? When mold is growing out of site, such as behind wallpaper or in the corners of your basement, it will eventually result in a damp, musty smell that seems very out of place. If you’ve checked the trash can and you’re sure that pets aren’t having an accident, you should probably call a home inspector to determine whether mold is causing the odor.

Puddles Of Water

Mold can’t exist without moisture. So if there’s a place in your home where water is regularly spilled or likes to collect, it could be a sign that mold problems are right around the corner. You should be especially aware of areas of bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room flooring that might be allowing mold to build up right under your feet.

Unexplained Health Problems

One of the last, but unfortunately most severe, signs of a mold infestation is the development of health problems. Mold is quite toxic to both humans and pets, often causing listlessness, sinus congestion or infections, and watery eyes. If you don’t have seasonal allergies, but are still experiencing similar symptoms, mold may be a possible explanation that you’ll want to deal with right away.

Mold doesn’t have to ruin a home –or your health– but it will unless you schedule home inspection services in Denver that know how to spot and eliminate it.

Radon: What You Don’t Know ….

Sharing family features with its nasty and unpopular cousin, carbon monoxide, radon gas is also odorless, invisible and without taste. And can be deadly in high doses. Posing as a cancer threat, radon gas present in your home has been credited for an approximate 21,000 deaths due to lung cancer every year; second only behind cigarette smoking according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Where carbon monoxide can build within an enclosed space and is created when using fuel-operating appliances like gas furnaces, stoves and other appliances, radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil rock and water. Radon is released into the air naturally but is easily dispersed in outdoor environments. Home basements can create an atmosphere where radon gas can accumulate to dangerous levels if proper radon-resistant features have not been implemented or within older homes. Moving up through the ground, radon gets into homes through cracks in basement floors and walls, gaps in suspended floors and around service pipes and through construction joints. Radon can even be carried into a home through the water supply.

The EPA estimates that nearly one out of every 15 homes in the United States is estimated to have elevated radon levels. Colorado’s unique atmosphere and environment has led to higher levels of radon here than elsewhere in the country, making its detection imperative for any homeowner. Because it is undetectable to the human senses, testing is of the utmost importance as it is the only way to know if dangerous levels of the gas exist in your home. Safe Investment Home Inspections’ home inspectors perform hundreds, even thousands of radon tests in Denver homes every year. Schedule your radon test now and breathe easier.

Tiny Bug. Huge Problems.

Termites. Don’t let their tiny size fool you. They are one destructive little bug. And they are seemingly everywhere. Though many new residents of the Denver area may tell you that termites can’t live or thrive in Colorado, it’s a myth that needs to be dispelled. Termites can and do reside in the Mile High City and throughout various areas of Colorado. The subterranean termite is native to the Rocky Mountain state and is a common pest at altitudes below 7500 feet; which include areas of Denver, obviously. Understanding that not only do they exist here, but what conditions help them thrive, can help homeowners avoid the nasty destruction that they can cause. Home inspectors in the Denver area can help you discover the signs that the home you are considering investing in has actually been infested.

Poor drainage and irrigation in landscaping and the increased moisture levels around building foundations and walls can create the moist soil that termites thrive in. Furthermore, because of the erroneous belief that termites can’t live here, construction in Colorado has been lax in the past regarding termite-proofing. Disregarding termites as a non-threat, contractors and homeowners alike have used less-than-favorable building standards that have resulted in the wood to ground contact that termites delight in. Other sources for termite populations include dead tree roots, firewood piles, exposed building elements and buried fence posts.

A professional home inspection is the best way to protect yourself against the damage of termites, as by the time you actually see them, the damage they cause can be extensive. Call for a comprehensive home inspection at 303-233-0750.

 

Commercial Building INspections and the ADA

When it comes to commercial inspections of any publicly-accessed building, some of the most important aspects of the inspection is the structure’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Whether your building is a retail establishment, a restaurant or a industrial facility, adhering to building requirements is of paramount importance at all times. Commercial building inspectors in Denver are schooled on just what building requirements fall under the ADA and understand accessible design standards for any and all commercial buildings.

These design standards, in place since March of 2011, call for a variety of building requirements intended to make buildings more easily accessible to the disabled. Many of these requirements have very specific aspects including placement of railings, ramps, stairs, elevators and even lighting and door placement. Commercial building inspectors should know these requirements and how to make sure your building is in compliance. From the slope of the front walk to the rail next to the toilet, a good and thorough inspection will call to light any and all issues for your particular type of building, from retail to industrial. Being completely knowledgeable about the differences between a home-based business, a retail establishment, a multi-family residential unit, an educational facility or a that of a government entity is paramount to actually meeting or exceeding those building standards. Make sure that the commercial inspector has the knowledge and experience needed to ensure total compliance. Not doing so can lead to stiff fines and possible closure until codes are adhered to.

Safe Investment Inspections is certified in both commercial and home inspections in Denver and its surrounding areas and continues to grow in both experience and knowledge as we continue to serve our clients with exceptional customer care and inspection services. Protect yourself and your business with thorough and experienced commercial inspections.

Just How Important Is Getting A Denver Home Inspection?

If you’re considering an investment in a new home, don’t forget how important it is to have your home inspected. Here at Safe Investment Home Inspections, your premier Denver home inspection services, we’re always looking to provide you with the best home inspection experience and knowledge this side of the Rocky Mountains. We’re extremely proud of the customer service and quality inspections we’re able to offer our customers and we’ll continue to offer this – no exceptions. There are a number of reasons as to why you want to choose us for your next home inspection.

  • Getting a home inspection gives you peace of mind like nothing else can. It puts your mind at ease that the home you’re buying is in good shape.
  • When you get a home inspection, you’re able to renegotiate the price of the home if any problems do arise. Or, you can simply ask the seller to make the repairs before you move forward with the purchase.
  • If you find that the problems with the house found from the inspection are too big or too unsettling for you, you can opt-out of buying the home altogether!
  • A home inspection also allows you to learn about any potential maintenance and upkeep that you might have to face down the road after your purchase.

So, yes, a home inspection will cost you a bit of money and time in the end but what you get out of it is completely invaluable and in the long run, you’ll be glad you did it. Call us today to schedule yours!

Check for Radon with Your Home Inspection in Denver

Our homes can contain many types of unseen problems, including mold, pests, and leaky pipes. But one of the most serious unseen threats in any home is radon. At Safe Investment Home Inspections, we want you to feel safe when you’re in your home. With a home inspection in Denver, we can test the radon levels in your house and provide you with a full report of the results, as well as methods for mitigating the problem.

The human senses can’t detect radon, and if this odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas is found in your home, it could pose a serious health risk to you and your family. Radon emission usually originates in a building’s foundation, where uranium can be slowly decaying. Fortunately, with the proper radon testing and detection, you can begin to reduce the levels in your home and remove the risk of health problems. Safe Investment will set up a testing device and retrieve it after 48 hours. We will immediately notify you of the results and what steps should be taken next.

When you call for a home inspection in Denver, we’ll gladly discuss our procedure for radon testing. Your peace of mind is of the utmost importance to us, and we will work tirelessly to provide that to you. We also offer periodic follow up checks for radon, which are especially important if unusually high levels were found during the initial test. Don’t let this unseen health hazard invade your home. Call us today and we’ll get to work for you.

Looking At Houses? Schedule Your Home Inspections in Denver

Summer is a prime time for people to look at new apartments and houses. If you’re in the market for a new home, make sure you know what you’re buying before you sign that contract. When you need home inspections in Denver, contact Safe Investment Home Inspections right away. You never know what might be lurking under the floorboards or in the attic of your new residence. Mold, water damage and other unseen issues could lead to serious problems in the future if left unchecked for long periods of time.

When you schedule an inspection with Safe Investment, you can rest assured that you will receive the most professional and most thorough inspection in Denver. We delve into every crawlspace, climb onto every roof, and examine every foundation with precision. Each inspection takes between two to three hours and once we’re done, we will provide you with a detailed report, complete with thermal imaging of potential problem areas as well as a free home maintenance book and DVD.

We want you to feel confident going into the final buying process of your new home. Knowing that there are no problems with the heating and cooling systems, the electrical wiring, and the stability of your potential house can provide immense peace of mind for every home buyer. Every one of our home inspections in Denver comes with a 90 day limited warranty, so you can feel even more at ease once we’re done. We’re available from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM every Monday through Saturday, so you can find a time that works for you.