Don’t Let Blown Window Seals Blow Your Home Sale

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Don’t Let Blown Window Seals Blow Your Home Sale

Avoid Common Issues with Blown Window Seals

Window Seal Options from Your Local Home Inspectors at Inspect360

Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, listing agent, buyers agent or home inspector, the dreaded ‘blown thermal seals’ comment has been known to wreak havoc on a potential purchase or sale of a home.  Home inspectors are often asked – What is a blown window seal and what does it mean?  How does it happen? What are your options?

home inspection dallas, dallas home inspectors, how to become a home inspector in texas, home inspectors dallas, texas home inspection, home inspectors fort worth texas, dallas home inspections, dallas home inspection, home inspections dallas, home inspector dallasWhat is a thermal pane window?

Thermal pane or insulated glass windows have two or sometimes three panes of glass that are separated with a dead space of air. During the manufacturing process, moisture is removed and sealed and depending on the type and design, an inert gas such as argon or krypton can be used to increase the insulating value of the home window.  An absorbent material or desiccant is also placed along the perimeter to maintain dryness in the protected airspace.

How and why do thermal panes leak?

There are many reasons for a compromised window seal that home inspectors can often explain to you based upon your situation.  Anything from a manufacturing defect, improper installation, but the most common reasons are the sun and age.  Sunshine can be the biggest culprit causing a daily expansion and contraction of the window panes (thermal pumping).  Over time, the constant fluctuations in pressure and temperatures put a stress on the seal.  The desiccant material protects the airspace until it is saturated and can no longer prevent condensation from forming.  It is not a question of if, it’s a question of when.

Foggy windows not all the time…

Sometimes it’s obvious, condensation between the panes of a double-pane or triple-pane window.  Or a white haze that is formed like a wintertime frost on the window.  It can become more apparent in the cold weather and then disappear when it gets warmer.  That intermittent fogging can make it difficult to detect and can cause confusion, frustration and fear. Windows facing south and west typically will see a larger temperature swing and can result in greater stress and higher failure rates.  Condensation is not always visible and depending on how recent the failure, temperature and location, the window may not show any evidence of failure.

What are the options?

You don’t have to run for the hills!  The question would be: How bad is it?  At this time it may not really be noticeable or may come and go.  You may say that the window is compromised and is not as efficient as it once was.  Well, that is true but the cost to repair it at this time may be much more than the savings you would be receiving from a sealed window.  In essence, you have a single pane window with another pane like a storm window.  Depending on the conditions and the state of the failure, it could take years or it could take weeks for it to create permanent damage.

At some point, you are talking about window replacement or repair.  There is much debate about the options but you don’t have to replace the whole window, just the compromised unit.  According to industry experts, only about 5% of the cases require a whole window to be replaced.  There are companies that offer to ‘defog’ the window in place or remove the damaged pane and reseal the existing unit.  While there is some skepticism about the effectiveness of this method and its cost effectiveness, it is an option.

The main thing is to keep it all in perspective, explore your options and plan accordingly!  If you want an unbiased opinion, you can always call you local home inspectors at Inspect360 at 469-224-0360. You can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube and Pinterest to learn more about how to make sure the sell of your home goes as smoothly as possible.

 

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Preparing Your Home for the Holidays

Tips for Preparing Your Home for the Holidays

Local Home Inspectors Tips for Holiday Preparation

The holidays are upon us and many homeowners are thinking about what needs to be done to prepare, so we thought your local home inspectors would share a list we have built over the last several years.  Since this is a time for celebration, family gatherings and home decorating, entertainment is important and often includes cooking and having people in your guest rooms.  So here are some tips to help you prepare by your local home inspectors

Fireplaces

  • Prior to using the fireplace for the first time, make sure to remove any flammable items from the area. This is one of the biggest causes of fires during the holidays – forgetting to remove flammable items that are close to the fireplace.
  • Make sure to NEVER burn wrapping paper in the fireplace.  Although it can appear fun, it is dangerous and definitely something you will want to keep the children from doing as well.
  • If you purchase a Christmas tree, make sure any artificial tree is fire-resistant. Christmas tree are also a common cause of house fires.  If you purchase a real tree, make sure it is very green and keep it away from the fireplace as well.

Lighting

  • Make sure to choose flame-resistant, flame-retardant and non-combustible materials which purchasing holiday lighting,
  • Inspect holiday lights and light strings replacing any damaged items using them and do not over-load extension cords,
  • Make sure you place the lights where children and pets will not play with light strings or electrical decorations,
  • Check for frayed wires, broken sockets and loose connections before plugging in your holiday lights, and
  • Turn them off when you go to bed or leave the house.

Decorations

  • Make sure to use only flame-resistant materials to trim a tree and
  • Do not use lighted candles on or near the Christmas tree.

Cooking & Entertaining

  • Cooking is one of the leading causes of home fires during the holidays.  When cooking for family and friends, do not leave the cooking area even though it is sometimes tempting and
  • Test all smoke alarms to make sure you and your family are safe in the event something causes a fire.

Lastly, if you happen to be the one traveling, remember to use your home security system (home burglar alarm system) and have a trusted neighbor keep an eye on your home while you are gone.  To learn more about preparing your home for the holidays from your local home inspectors, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube or you can always call us at 469-224-0360.

 

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Home Inspectors Winter Preparation Tips

10 Home Maintenance Tips for the Winter

Home Inspectors Recommended Maintenance for the Winter

Winter is upon us as freezing temperatures approach and often times homeowners think about how to keep their families warm, yet the home sometimes gets overlooked.  At the same time, we often get calls this time of year for home inspection tips for winterizing your home.  So we decided to share the Top 10 Winter Preparation Tips from your home inspection professionals at Inspect360.  Before we do, it is important to consider having a professional in some of these areas help you or at least getting home inspectors involved for advice and recommendations, so feel free to call us with any questions before attempting some of these home maintenance tasks.

Top 10 Winter Preparation Tips from Local Home Inspectors:

  1. Make sure your family is knows where the gas main valve and other appliance valves are located,
  2. Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper and space under the dryer,
  3. Make sure all electrical holiday decorations have tight connections,
  4. Remove screens from home windows and install storm windows,
  5. Confirm firewood at least 20 feet away from your home,
  6. Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and air filter,
  7. Clean the gutters and downspouts,
  8. Check your water heater,
  9. Test all AFCI and GFCI devices, and last but definitely not least,
  10. Check the water hoses on the clothes washer, refrigerator and dishwasher for cracks and bubbles.

While these are a few quick home maintenance tips from your local home inspectors on preparing your home for the winter, this list is not all inclusive.  If you would like additional help in preparing your home for winter, send us a message at Facebook.com/Inspect360 or give us a call at 469-224-0360.  You can also visit Inspect360 on Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.  We are your local home inspectors here to serve you!

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Why Homes Need a Home Inspection

Why the Home Inspection is Important

What You Should Expect from the Home Inspection Report

While buying a home can be a large investment and often times the biggest one you will make, it is exciting and yet can also be very stressful.  Whether you’re a home buyer or the home seller considering putting your home on the market, you will need to get the home inspected by a professional, licensed home inspector.  You want to learn as much as you can about the home (newly constructed or existing) before you buy (or sell) it.  So, let us answer a few questions we at Inspect360 are often asked.

What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is an independent, unbiased, objective evaluation of the physical structure and systems of the home from the roof to the foundation.  While many people have home inspections done every year or so, the most common time to inspect a home is when it is changing hands from one owner to the next where a home inspection report is required for the transaction.  The home inspection report details the condition of the systems and components of the house at the time of the inspection from a professional home inspector.

What does a Home Inspection Report cover?

The home inspection report will review the condition of the home’s foundation, grading and drainage, central heating and air conditioning system (temperature permitting), electrical systems, plumbing, walls, windows, ceilings, floors, doors, roof, attic, insulation and overall structure.  Additional services can be performed outside the typical home inspection such as termite, pool and septic systems by one of our certified specialists.  The items inspected are measured against current construction methods and industry standards and regulations.  We are not inspecting a home for code compliance (we are not code inspectors) and certainly most existing homes would not meet the standards of code that are in place today; but out of concern for your safety and our standards of practice, we note items that are considered deficient to today’s standards.  We may suggest that further evaluation is recommended by a home services specialist.  Since we are more ‘general practitioner’ in nature, specialist (structural engineer, licensed HVAC, licensed pest operator) may be needed to provide an ultimate conclusion to our findings.  No house is perfect; even the new ones!  The inspection information is not a pass or fail type of report.  It is a tool to provide you the information to move forward through the process.

What do I do with the information?

The home inspection report can be an overwhelming amount of information at one time.  It is our job to explain our findings and report them to you in a way that is easy to understand and identifies the current condition of the property.  Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge about the home so you can make an informed decision about the house and what direction to take next.  Inspecting the home prior to purchase or before you list the home for sale is the best way to avoid any surprises and gives you the confidence in making a sound decision.

To view one of our sample home inspection reports, contact us at 469-224-0360.  You can also follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Google, Twitter and LinkedIn to learn more about how Inspect360 helps home buyers, sellers, real estate professionals and many others throughout the home buying process.

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Ten Tips to Speed Up Your Home Inspection

Help Us Help You

Sellers can speed their home inspection by following these suggestions. The inspection will go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing.

  1. Confirm that water, electric and gas service are on, with gas pilot lights burning.
  2. Ensure pets won’t hinder the inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from premises or secured outside. Tell your agent about any pets at home.
  3. Replace burned out bulbs to avoid a “Light is inoperable” report that may suggest an electrical problem.
  4. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries.
  5. Clean or replace dirty HVAC air filters. They should fit securely.
  6. Remove stored items, debris and wood from foundation. These may be cited as “conducive conditions for termites.
  7. Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electric service panels, water heaters, attics and crawl spaces.
  8. Unlock areas the inspector must access attic doors or hatches, electric service panels, closets, fence gates and crawl spaces.
  9. Trim tree limbs to 10′ from the roof and shrubs from the house to allow access.
  10. Attend to broken or missing items like doorknobs, locks and latches; windowpanes, screens and locks; gutters, downspouts and chimney caps.

Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment in selling your property. Your real estate agent will thank you!

 

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How To Avoid Home Closing Delays

What Buyers Can Do to Avoid Closing Concerns

When buying a home, you should always have a professional home inspection performed. You need to know exactly what you are getting. The professional home inspection will reveal any significant problems with the home so that they may be addressed before you close the deal. Making your buying decision much easier and more confident.

When we inspect the home we will look at the systems that make up the building such as, structural elements, foundation, framing, plumbing systems, roofing, electrical systems, HVAC heating & cooling systems, doors, windows, paint, siding and much more…  The inspection report will identify systems and or components which are in need of repair, the report will also identify unsafe conditions and routine maintenance tasks needed.

You should require an inspection at the time you make a formal offer. Make sure the contract has an inspection contingency. Then, arrange for an inspector of your choosing to come inspect the house and pay close attention to the inspection report. If you aren’t comfortable with what we find, you should request that the seller correct the problems before closing or negotiate for a lower purchase price or better terms to compensate.

The professional home inspection will reduce the risk of costly surprises with what is likely to be the largest purchase you will ever make. It helps you to make a more informed, more comfortable decision.

 

To Get The Most Comprehensive Home Inspection In the Dallas Area, Give Us A Call Today (972) 652-0360 or Click Here To Schedule Online Now!

 


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