Posts Tagged ‘Round Rock Home Inspector’

Replace Your Old Two Prong Receptacle with a GFCI Receptacle

I wanted to share a good video on how to replace an old 2 prong receptacle with a GFCI receptacle and be in compliance with the NEC 2014 code.

Charles Schiller
Professional Inspector TREC #2717
512-639-9905

Roof Leak Around Plumbing Vent Flashing

Are you buying a home? Don’t get stuck with those unexpected post closing expenses, schedule your home inspection today before you purchase that home.

Charles Schiller
Professional Inspector TREC #2717
Gateway Inspections Inc
512-639-9905

Possible Issues With CSST Gas Line

1400LittleElmTr#1111CedarPark 019NOTE: Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) is a yellow, flexible, metal gas tubing used to supply natural gas or propane to gas appliances and HVAC systems for both residential and commercial structures. Since 1990, CSST has been installed in millions of homes in the U.S. It has been shown that an indirect lightning strike near a structure in which CSST has been installed can cause an electrical surge to travel into the structure, perforating in the sidewall of the CSST as the energy arcs from one metallic system to another seeking ground. This arcing can ignite the pressurized gas leaking from the perforation and cause potentially significant fire. Properly bonding and grounded a CSST system can reduce the likelihood of electrical arcing due to an indirect lightning strike. While current manufacturing guidelines and gas fuel codes require direct bonding of newly installed CSST, many installations, particularly older installations, may not meet the current installation requirements.
The Texas State Fire Marshall, in conjunction with the National Association of State Fire Marshalls (NASFM), has launched a safety campaign in Texas to bring awareness as to the importance of properly bonding CSST. The campaign encourages property owners that are aware CSST has been installed on their property to contact a licensed electrical contractor to determine if the gas system is properly bonded. For further information regarding this safety campaign, please visit http://www.btfgaslinesafety.org/ I recommend consulting with the licensed electrician for proper bonding of gas lines and separation from other metallic systems. https://youtu.be/_kv0G4L3TVs

Keep Water Shut Off Valve Boxes Clean

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When you are awakened early that cold morning and you hear water running in the house and you realize that you have to shut the water off to the house and fast or the house is about to flood. You run out to the water meter or valve box and realize the valve is covered with 3 to 4 inches of cold mud. Then you franticlly find a tool to help clean out the mud knowing the longer you take to turn off the water the more water you will have to clean up.

My friends please don’t let this scenario come true. Keep the valve box clear of mud and debris. Mud can get washed into the valve shut off box during heavy rains. It’s easier to do it during some warm afternoon than some night during a cold storm.

Charles Schiller
Professional Inspector TREC #2717
512-639-9905

Under Sized Attic Appliance Work Platform

Having a sizeable work platform for service tech’s to easily access equipment in the attic is important. It will allow a technician to be able to efficiently work in front of the applicance without him being concerned he may fall through the attic. It should also result in a lower service bill. Make sure you have enough room, about 2′ wide, for your service professional to easily and safely service appliances in the attic.

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Preparing To Install Christmas Lighting

Preparing To Install Christmas Lighting

Safety First – Use UL approved extension cords specific for outdoor use and look for lights rated for indoor/outdoor use. Check the Christmas lights package for this, the lighted length and how many strands to connect. Always plug into GFCI protected outlets.
Check your Lights – Frayed or damaged cords are a big NO. One faulty strand isn’t only a safety hazard, but could ruin your entire design.

Light Color – Believe it or not, white lights are not all the same color. LEDs typically have a bluish tint, whereas incandescent bulbs are slightly orange. Hang them side-by-side and they will look mismatched. Lights can even vary based on manufacturer and how old they are. Make it easy on yourself and buy new lights.

Light Clips – Forget staples, clothespins or any other contraption you’ve used in the past for mounting lights to your house. Light clips are your new best friend. There is something for every surface, simply read the package to find the one that fits your application.

Light Types – There are tons of different light types and colors – so have fun with them! Just make sure you group the same light-type together. For example, try using white lights on your bushes, but colored lights on your trees and entryway. Top it off with white icicle lights along your roofline.

LEDs will save you money on energy costs and you don’t have to worry about them overheating.
Icicle lights look great on the eaves of your roof – just make sure to cluster them together. If stretched too far apart the look is completely lost.
For your bushes, try net lights. These are like a blanket of lights. Simply lay them on your bushes, and boom, you’re done.

Caution
Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines in regard to safety instructions, care and maintenance, and use to be on the safe side.

Gateway Inspections Inc
Charles Schiller
Professional Inspector TREC #2717
512-639-9905

Damaged Air Conditioning Ducts Found In The Attic


Plumbing Vent Stack Not Finished Through The Roof


Washing Machine Floods And Damages House

The washing machine overflowed and damaged this house. With a laundry room upstairs, installing a pan under the washer can help prevent water damage.

Having a house inspected before you buy is most important and can reveal deficienies in the home and can keep you from getting stuck with those unexpected post closing expenses.

Schedule your home inspection today.

Charles Schiller
Professional Inspector TREC #2717
Gateway Inspections Inc
512-639-9905

How To Prep Your Home For The Fall Market

Hello from Charles Schiller with Gateway Inspections Inc.  .

As the seasons change the way homes should be presented or staged may need to change to get the best desired results, sales.

Fall Selling Tips

  • Keep your lawn in shape. Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you should abandon your lawn. Patch up any brown spots in the grass, and keep falling leaves at bay with frequent raking.
  • Get a fall garden. As your summer plants start to fade, replace them with vibrant mums or other colorful plants. Tasteful fall decorations, like pumpkins or tri-colored corn, can also add to your home’s curb appeal.
  • Get indoor fall decorations, too. Without breaking the bank, get a few fall-colored decorations, like inexpensive window treatments or seasonal dinnerware. Fresh decor will make your space seem current and well-maintained.
  • Repair outside lights. As the days get shorter, you may end up showing your home in the dark. Make sure your outdoor lights are clean and working — if they’re dirty or broken, buyers will get a bad feeling before they even come inside.
  • Keep exterior photos of your home up-to-date. If you listed your home in the summer, update your online photos with brand new fall shots. Pictures from the previous season make your listing seem dated.  HGTV.com

We here at Gateway Inspections Inc. appreciate all home inspection referrals. We serve all of the Georgetown, Round Rock, Austin and all central Texas areas.

We always encourage the client to be present during inspections or at least to meet with us at the end of the inspection.

Schedule a home inspection now by text, email or call.

Happy Fall Home Selling

Charles Schiller

Professional Inspector TREC #2717

512-639-9905

schillercharles@gmail.com