February 1, 2020

Caliber Home Inspections, LLC

In a home with an attached garage, the walls that separate the garage from the house should be constructed so that it is fire resistant. The idea is that carbon monoxide fumes, along with heat, smoke and fire can stay isolated inside the garage long enough for help to...

September 25, 2019

Caliber Home Inspections, LLC

Polybutylene Piping. Even when a home does not appear to have polybutylene piping installed, it takes specialty tools and experience to find it. In this inspection, 2 previous home inspectors did not find the piping. But we go out of our way to find it. And it pays off...

July 14, 2019

Caliber Home Inspections, LLC

Dryer and bathroom vents need to be vented to the open air. They are typically routed through the attic and roof coverings and out through a roof vent housing. Occasionally, we come across vents like the one pictured here that is venting directly into the attic space....

June 13, 2019

Caliber Home Inspections, LLC

I found this insulation in an attic during a recent inspection in West Palm Beach, FL. This is a type of insulation called vermiculite which was produced by a company in Libby, Montana from 1919 to 1990. This mine provided 70% of all vermiculite sold in the US. This in...

April 21, 2019

Caliber Home Inspections, LLC

Home Inspection Customer Expectations

One of the greatest frustrations between a home buyer and their home inspector are the expectations a customer thinks or expects a home inspection service will provide.  It must be clearly communicated from the beginning what the ho...

April 13, 2019

Caliber Home Inspections, LLC

Moisture is detrimental to a home. Left unnoticed, water intrusion will cause major damage to a homes structure and cause mold growth. Rain water should be shed away from the roof immediately and diverted away from the structure to avoid ground erosion issues over time...

February 13, 2019

Caliber Home Inspections, LLC

Older homes have many challenges and often takes more time to inspect properly. These homes can have different types of foundations which may have different issues and will have aging systems and components. Here was a recent home inspection conducted in West Palm Beac...

February 4, 2019

Caliber Home Inspections, LLC

This home inspection in West Palm Beach was a 2 story, single family home built in 1946. It had a non accessible crawlspace and an actual basement, which is not typical in Florida. The access to the basement was locked. Once I got the door opened, I could smell raw sew...

December 10, 2017

Caliber Home Inspections, LLC

Polybutylene was a plastic piping that was manufactured and installed in over 9 million homes between 1978 to mid-1995. It was used because it was inexpensive and easy to install. The problems arose when the connection points failed causing water to leak and resulting...

September 27, 2017

Caliber Home Inspections, LLC

Unique features about our inspections are that we report on fire and safety issues such as means of egress, fire extinguishers and smoke/CO detectors. Additionally, every full inspection includes thermal imaging scanning which can help to detect moisture intrusion issu...

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