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Round Rock Home Inspector Finds A/C Unit Without Filter

Round Rock Home Inspector during a home inspection, finds an a/c unit that is not properly sealed at the unit to the platform and does not have a place to put the return air filter. This allows all the dust and hair to collect on the coil.

A clogged coil will not allow for proper air flow and cooling and can freeze up and totally block the air flow. This will greatly increase the energy use with less cooling in you home. A licensed HVAC technician should be called into evaluate the system a make all repairs.

When you are buying a home you need a home inspector that is so through you will not get stuck with those unexpected post closing expenses! So don’t delay, schedule your home inspection today and get the peace of mind you deserved when buying your next home!

You will receive a computer generated report complete with color pictures of the issues we uncover, so call 512-639-9905 and schedule your home inspection.

Gateway Inspections Inc
Charles Schiller
Professional Inspector TREC #2717
512-639-9905
Email: schillercharles@gmail.com

Clogged coil

Dust and hair clogged coil

Round Rock Home Inspector Discusses How To Save On Energy

Ways to Help Beat The Heat This Summer

As the summer has quickly over taken us and the temperatures already in the mid 100 degree range in Williamson County Texas. We are all looking for ways to help lower our energy costs.

As a licensed home inspector for over twenty years, I always look for ideas and ways to lower monthly bills to help keep the energy bills affordable. I found this information by the U.S. Department of Energy and thought I would pass this along.

The U.S. Department of Energy provided some easy, low-cost and no-cost ways to help save energy this summer:

  • Install a programmable thermostat to lower utility bills and manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently.
  • Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.
  • Turn things off when you are not in the room such as lights, TVs, entertainment systems and your computer.
  • Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use—TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power.
  • Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F.
  • Take short showers instead of baths and use low-flow showerheads for additional energy savings.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
  • Air dry clothes.
  • Check to see that windows and doors are closed when heating or cooling your home.
  • Drive sensibly; aggressive driving such as speeding, and rapid acceleration and braking, wastes fuel.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on light bulbs, home appliances, electronics, and other products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

These are all good ways to help beat the heat this summer. If I may as a home inspector I would like to offer other way to keep things cool.

That is by changing out you’re a/c filter. Keeping the filter clean will maximize the air flow to your HVAC system and help with the efficiency of the unit.

Keep all bushes and items away from the outside compressor unit at least 2 feet and above by 6 feet, this will keep the air flowing around the unit to cool the coils. Air flow is most important to help keep your utility bills low.

For more information about home maintenance and home inspections please go to my website at: www.roundrockhomeinspector.com.

Charles Schiller

Gateway Inspections Inc.

Professional Inspector #2717

Round Rock Home Inspector Radio Interview

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Listen to this fun and exciting radio interview with Charles Schiller President of Gateway Inspections Inc by Hurdie Burk Internet Radio Program located in Round Rock Texas. Hurdie always keeps his shows interesting and fast moving.

Get the all the interesting information about home inspections, why a buyer should have a home inspection and general information about Charles Schiller and Gateway Inspections Inc.

After your home inspection, you will receive a computer generated report complete with color pictures of the issues we uncover. So don’t delay schedule your home inspection today and get the Peace Of Mind you deserve when buying your next home.

Gateway Inspections Inc

Charles Schiller Professional Inspector #2717

Email: schillercharles@gmail.com

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/GatewayInspectionsInc

 

 

Round Rock Home Inspector Discusses Home Safety With GFCI’s

Home Safety and GFCI Protected Outlets

As a licensed professional home inspector, I test electrical outlets every day during home inspections. Ground fault circuit interrupters or GFCI is an inexpensive electrical device that can either be installed in your electrical system or built into a power cord.

 

These devices are used to protect you from severe electrical shocks, burns and injuries by detecting ground faults.

GFCI Outlet

 

A ground fault is an unintentional electrical path between a power source and a

grounded surface.  Ground faults most often occur when equipment is damaged

or defective, such that live electrical parts are no longer adequately protected

from unintended contact. If your body provides a path to the ground for this

current, you could be burned, severely shocked or electrocuted.

 

Areas that GFCI protection should be in or around all wet areas such as:

Pools, hot tubs, and receptacles that are located:

  • Outdoors
  • Bathrooms
  • Garages
  • Kitchens and island cabinets
  • Wet bars
  • Laundry rooms/utility sinks
  • Crawl spaces/basements

 

Consider using a GFCI protected cord if you are using power equipment outdoors.

 

GFCI receptacles should be tested often. It takes no special equipment or device to test, just simply push the test button. It should trip, and then push the reset button to power up the outlet. If it does not trip you should have the receptacle replaced.

 

Many home injuries can be avoided each year by using and testing these devices.

 

Charles Schiller is a licensed professional home inspector in the Texas                 TREC #2717 for over twenty years. For additional inspection articles and videos go to: http://www.roundrockhomeinspector.com

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Round Rock Home Inspector Finds Missing Radiant Barrier

http://www.roundrockhomeinspector.com Round Rock Home Inspector discovers missing radiant barrier decking during a new home construction inspection. Missing radiant barrier will cause the attic to have a quicker solar gain. In Texas this is important to keep the attics as cool as possible.

In this case the builder did not have enough radiant barrier decking to properly cover the attic. Left as is will cost the home buyer in higher utility bills.

If you want a home inspector that is so thorough you won’t get stuck paying for items you contracted for and did not receive during a new home construction project, then you need Gateway Inspections working for you.

Schedule your inspection today at 512-639-9905 or email: schillercharles@gmail.com and get the Peace of Mind you deserve when buying your next home.

Gateway Inspections Inc
512-639-9905

http://www.roundrockhomeinspector.com

email: schillercharles@gmail.com

Round Rock Home Inspector Discovers Ceiling Water Stains

http://www.roundrockhomeinspector.com Round Rock Home Inspector discovered this water damaged ceiling during a home inspection in Austin Tx. We found that there was rain water coming in through an old wind turbine vent and running down the rafter to the purlin support and then to the ceiling.

It can be difficult find where water is actually coming in at because water can run for a long ways before it finally drips and stains ceilings.

When you buy your next home you need a home inspector that is so thorough you won’t get stuck buying a “Money Pit”, then you need Gateway Inspections Inc working for you. We have been Protecting Home Buyers For Over Twenty Years, just like you, from getting stuck with unexpected post closing expenses!

You will receive a comprehensive computer generated report complete with color pictures of the issues we uncover. So don’t wait, schedule your inspection today at 512-639-9905 or email: schillercharles@gmail.com.

Gateway Inspections Inc
512-639-9905

http://www.roundrockhomeinspector.com

email: schillercharles@gmail.com
Professional Home Inspector TREC #2717

Cranberry Tea – Holiday Drink – Beverage

Cranberry's For Holiday Tea

Cranberry Tea is a family holiday favor and the recipe is simple and easy to make.

INGREDIENTS: simple syrup: 2 cups of water 2 cups sugar
1 (1 lb.)bag cranberries, 2 qt. water, 3 cinnamon sticks, 1 cup orange juice, 2 tbsp. real lemon juice

INSTRUCTIONS: Boil water and sugar 7 minutes. Wash berries. Boil berries with cinnamon sticks – Boil until berries pop. Boil a little longer. Drain off juice into container. Save cinnamon sticks. Mix berry juice, simple syrup, orange juice, lemon juice and cinnamon sticks. Serve hot. We make this before Thanksgiving. Keep refrigerated. Warm and serve through Christmas holidays. Keeps well and nice to have. ENJOY

Compliments of: Gateway Inspections Inc
512-639-9905
www.roundrockhomeinspector.com
Email: schillercharles@gmail.com

Round Rock Home Inspector Finds Leak at Heater Vent Pipe

The water stains on the ceiling around the heater vent indicated a possible leak and it was confirmed when I got up on the roof and viewed the roof jack to the heater. The collar was up to high above the jack flashing and it allowed water to enter around the pipe, it than ran down the pipe to the sheet rock ceiling.

When you are purchasing a home you need a home inspector so thorough you won’t get stuck buying a “Money Pit”, then you need Gateway Inspections working for you. We have been Protecting Home Buyers for Over Twenty Years just like you, from getting stuck with unexpected post closing expenses.

You will receive a computer generated report complete with color photographs of the issues we discover. So don’t wait, schedule your inspection today and get the Peace of Mind you deserve when buying your next home!

Gateway Inspections Inc
512-639-9905
email: schillercharles@gmail.com

http://www.roundrockhomeinspector.com

Round Rock Home Inspector Finds Staples On Shingle Surface

RStaples found on shingle surface during a new home inspection

Staples On Shingles

Round Rock Home Inspector found staples on the surface of the shingles during a new construction home inspection. The staples where most likely put there to hold down plastic to keep masonry droppings from damaging or discoloring shingles. The staples will rust and allow water to leak past the shingles on to the decking below.

Newly constructed homes should be inspected just like older homes, Gateway Inspections finds all kinds of issues during new home inspections. Gateway Inspections home inspectors, have years of home building experience and knows the things to look for that can help you get the issues corrected before you close on your new home.

So schedule your home inspection today at 512-639-9905 and get the Peace of Mind you deserved when buying your new home.

Gateway Inspections Inc
512-639-9905
Email: schillercharles@gmail.com

Round Rock Home Inspector Reveals Water Hammer

This is some of the issues we uncover during home inspections. If you want a home inspector that is so thorough you won’t get stuck buying a “Money Pit”, then you need Gateway Inspections working for you.

Gateway Inspections has over twenty years experience protecting home buyers. We keep you from getting stuck with costly unexpected post closing expenses.

You will receive a comprehensive computer generated report complete with color pictures of the issues we uncover. So don’t wait, schedule your inspection today and get the Peace of Mind you deserve when buying your next home!

Gateway Inspections Inc
512 639 9905
email: schillercharles@gmail.com

http://www.roundrockhomeinspector.com