Integrity Home Inspection

Peoria, IL

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By Integrity Home Inspection, Mar 6 2017 07:21PM

Everyone is worried about "black mold", but what about the pink and orange? YIKES! The reality is, color doesn't matter; Cleanup and moisture control do. Mold types come in a rainbow of colors and some of them are quite beautiful. Yes, I said that. I'm not inviting it to my house for dinner anytime soon, aside from blue cheese dressing with wings(yum!). The point is, mold color has been a source of unnecessary fear over the years.

Misnomers like "black mold" and "toxic mold" can raise concerns and sell services, but they do not actually inform the public of anything beneficial. For more information and help with your moisture issues, call Integrity Home Inspection today. 309-712-1556

By Integrity Home Inspection, Feb 20 2017 04:02AM

I gotta be honest, sometimes I feel like the most disliked person in the real estate transaction. It might have to do with the nickname someone gave me which my brother loves to snicker about: Dealkiller. A group of friends once joked they would get me a Dairy-Queen-like hat which had DK in the emblem. We can address the validity of that type of sibling harassment in some other blog, but suffice it to say... Yeah, I am at times the bearer of bad news.

I would also seriously lack self-awareness if I didn't admit I have bad days where I probably report/write-up defects too aggressively. Don't get me wrong, I do wake up at a pretty high level of spectacular each morning, which of course I only mention because I know it will make my wife roll her eyes when she reads this blog. I'm just saying, I've read some of my past reports and the thought has crossed my mind, "Did you write this after discovering Bailey's or while watching a presidential debate?" However, it's impossible to recall all the factors such as the conditions of the home or the people involved which may have influenced how I worded something. Incidentally, I have actually had clients who asked during the inspection how they would go about "filing a suit" if I missed something. Did anybody else just hear the gears of self-preservation kick into motion?

Where were we? People hating me. It doesn't really happen all that often, just enough to keep me humble. Even using the word "hate" isn't fair, it's more like 3-4 times a year I get a firmly written email or a passive aggressive comment on the phone. I did have one humorous moment where upon meeting someone for the first time, the first words out of their mouth were "Oh yeah, I know you, you almost killed my deal last year." That one caught me a little off guard and I wish I had a recording of it so I could count the number of seconds which passed before I managed a response. On the bright side, some light animosity every once in a while is probably good training for when my children become teenagers. DISCLAIMER: I make no promises regarding the quality of my reports during those years.

So why am I bringing this up? Well, truthfully, because some genius decided he should include a blog on his inspection website. No, actually it's because Integrity Home Inspection is heading towards over 150 5-star Google reviews, an incredible number for a market the size of Central Illinois. We have been blessed to work with such generous people.

I truly appreciate all the positive reviews, but I know as a business and individually as an inspector I can always improve so I also appreciate the follow up which may not be all positive. No individual benefits from only being told "everything is awesome". And that is exactly the reason buyers need a quality inspection from the most reviewed and highest rated inspection company in all of Central Illinois. Call today! 309-712-1556

By Integrity Home Inspection, Feb 16 2016 06:53PM

Back in November, as temperatures begin to cool down, I received a call from a client who's home I had inspected in the fall. She was experiencing problems with moisture at the ceiling edges around the outer walls of her second floor. She suspected roof leakage and contacted a contractor. The roofing contractor evaluated her problem and told her the roof had no underlayment/tarpaper which was causing leaks all around the edges of her eaves. He gave her an estimate of $5000 to pull off and reinstall the first 4 feet of her shingles. That's when she decided to give me a call.

We set up an appointment to visit the home and started by checking her roof. The contractor was partially correct, there was a small section of her roof which was missing underlayment. Despite the small section of underlayment not present, it didn't account for the amount of moisture she was describing along both the front and rear ceilings of her house. So to the inside we go.

When we walked in and a wave of humidity hit us in the face like a wet sneeze, we knew we had found the real problem. The moisture problem was not a roof leak at all but rather condensation collecting on the cooler edges of her ceiling. The photo below depicts another result of this type of condensation. Over time, regular amounts of condensation will collect airborne debris and leave stains which show the exact location of cold spots in your ceilings. This staining is referred to as "ghosting" and, though unsightly, it is typically just a cosmetic issue.

Back to our client. As the days get colder, whole house humidifiers must to be adjusted down because the cool air cannot hold as much moisture and condensation will occur on any cold surfaces. This was her issue. Humidifiers are not the type of appliance which you can "set and forget". Her $5000 roof repair disappeared and her problem was solved with–literally–the turn of a dial.

The point is this: If a problem appears in your home after taking possession, your first call should be to your home inspector. Why?

1. They know your home.

2. They understand the whole house as an integrated system.

3. They are not selling you anything.

4. They have a vested interest in finding the true source/cause of the issue.

Their reputation depends on it.

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