Building Safety – A Presidential Proclamation in May 2011

That a president made the statement, speaks well of him, but everyone needs this level of safety awareness. It just makes no sense to be exposed to daily risks that can easily be corrected.

Robert Butler

 

 

While reading the Presidential Proclamation – National Building Safety Month I took pause to re-read the sentence:

“I encourage citizens, government agencies, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, and other interested groups to join in activities that will increase awareness of building safety, and I further urge Americans to learn more about how they can contribute to building safety at home and in their communities.”

In my experience, a common perception of a home inspection is a task that is only peformed when a home is being sold/purchased.   Its not difficult to understand this perception when many of the articles written about home inspectors come from real estate agents and lending institutions.

Another popular cliche is “if its not broken, don’t fix it”.

In my effort to follow presidential leadership, I encourage all home owners to consider a home inspection to raise their awareness on the safety of their home.

Some safety definitions from Home Inspector Standards of Practice:

InterNACHI – unsafe:  a condition in a system or component which is judged to be a significant risk of personal injury during normal, day-to-day use. The risk may be due to damage, deterioration, improper installation, or a change in accepted residential construction standards.

ASHI – Unsafe – A condition in a readily accessible, installed system or component that is judged to be a significant risk of bodily injury during normal, day-to-day use; the risk may be due to damage, deterioration, improper installation, or a change in accepted residential construction standards.

Increase your awareness of building safety – Get A Home Inspection.

 

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It’s Atomic! It Might Nuke The Sale, But The House Is OK.

 

It’s Atomic!   It Might Nuke The Sale, But The House Is OK.

 

 

I just got back from a consult. I was called in for a second opinion for an issue to do with a garage floor. In this case I was working for the sellers. The buyers were asking for a price reduction because their inspector had identified the garage floor as being defective and in a substandard state.

I did not get to see that inspectors report, but the garage floor is cracked and heaved upward in much of its area. These are large cracks that radiate out from raised areas of the floor and only the central core area near the drain is unaffected.

It is still a functional garage in that you can drive cars in there and park them as well as store the usual collection of tools, bicycles and materials.

However as a garage floor that was sloped to a central drain, it is defective in that this function can no longer be used. This does devalue the property as that capability of the original construction has been lost.

The most likely possible causes of this upward cracking are differential settlement, frost displacement and pyrite uplifting.

The ‘atomic’ part of the title refers to the fact the force that causes the displacement occurs at a molecular and atom level. For this reason the forces are virtually unstoppable.

The sale may be  nuked ( i.e. not be completed) due to unresolved disagreements about the cost of corrections. However, the home has no ‘nuclear’ issues or radio activity, etc.

Homeowners (sellers) who wish to minimize such problems will appreciate the value of a pre-listing inspection which should identify all major issues and allow them to be dealt with prior to putting the home up for sale.

 

 

 

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