Common Problems Found
In Bay Area Buildings

Exterior

Exterior surface damage can allow water to enter into the building which is a leading cause of mold, dry rot and moisture related problems.

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Water damage to unprotected wood siding can lead to severe damage and dry rot.

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Cracks in the stucco can let moisture inside the building as well as indicate structural problems.

Sub-Area and Foundation

Sub-Area and Foundation problems can be minor or can indicate more serious problems exist in the building.

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Water damage in the basement can occur from leaks above and below ground.

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Cracks in the foundation should be repaired and monitored.

Electrical System

Electrical System is inspected thoroughly for faulty wiring as well as any code or safety violations.  Many older homes still have knob and tube type wiring.

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Each year electrical problems cause more than 26,000 home fires and $1 billion in damage.

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Did you know many insurance companies will not insure a building with knob & tube wiring?

Plumbing System

Plumbing System is inspected for leaks, irregularities and any code or safety violations.  Slow leaks, often undetected for a long time can lead to serious dry rot damage.

Leaks from the tub & shower can lead to dry rot and damage in the sub-floor below.

Leaks from cabinet sinks are often missed due to excessive stored items in the cabinet.

Leaks from cabinet sinks are often missed due to excessive stored items in the cabinet.

Heating/HVAC System

Heating / HVAC System is inspected to ensure the furnace or boiler is connected to a venting system or flue that is correctly sized, structurally sound, is clean and free of blockages.

Carbon monoxide can leak from faulty ductwork and improper connections.

Carbon monoxide can leak from faulty ductwork and improper connections.

Water Heater

Water Heater leaks can cause moisture damage in the ceilings of the rooms below.

Leaks at water heaters can cause moisture damage to the ceilings of the rooms below.

Leaks at water heaters can cause moisture damage to the ceilings of the rooms below.

Windows

Windows improper installation is the cause of many window leaks, which cause damage to the exterior and interior of a building.

Moisture damage and mold behind the siding and a mushroom growing in a window sill are signs of improper window installation.

Interior

Interior upgrades are popular with property ‘flips’.  Some common shortcuts in the fix up process include painting over mold instead of first eliminating the mold and its cause.

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Painting over mold can be a quick fix but a year later that bright shiny wall can look like this.

Another common quick fix is to replaced stained or damaged flooring without repairing the damage to the sub-floor below.

Stains in sheet vinyl flooring can be an indication of mold and dry rot in the sub-floor below.

Attics

Attics are prone to certain problems that left untreated can become serious.

Dryer venting lint and warm moist air into the attic can contribute to mold growth in the insulation.

Roof

Roof leaks can come from many sources.  Flat roofs with poor drainage can pond water and clogged or missing gutters can cause undermining of a buildings foundation, particularly during heavy rains.

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Clogged or missing gutters can lead to undermining of the foundation.

Safety Equipment

Safety Equipment stairways that do not meet building codes can represent a trip hazard.  Just becauase a stairway looks stylish and beautiful does not necessarily mean it is SAFE.

Modern stylish stairway has child safety hazards at every step.

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Uneven landscaping steps are a trip hazard.

Our Inspections

Inspection reports are emailed as a PDF file within 24-48 hours of the inspection. Your report is confidential and kept on file.

  • Full Residential Inspections

  • San Francisco 604 Exterior Appendage Inspections

  • Insurance Liability Inspections of Single & Multi-Unit Properties

  • Landlord/Tenant Dispute Inspections

  • Full or Partial Homeowner Maintenance Inspections

  • Builder Warranty Inspections

  • Contractor Final Check and 1 Year Warranty Inspections