Snow and plumbing penetrations on metal roof.

With winter just around the corner will be the return of snow to much of the Wenatchee Valley and surrounding areas.
One vulnerable item on a metal roof is the plumbing vent penetration. Quite often in areas of heavier snow these plumbing vent pipes get ripped off the roof leaving a hole and moisture intrusion.

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One way to protect these penetrations is to install a cricket designed to split snow and prevent it from damaging pipes and other roof protrusions.

ventsaver   cricket

 

As a home inspector I recommend evaluating your roof for potential problems before the snow flies.

 


“What you seek is seeking you.”

Rumi


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If you find any errors or have additional information that would expand on any code, building standards or manufacturer requirements please let me know.


NCW Home Inspections, LLC  is a Licensed Washington State Home Inspection service located in Wenatchee Washington serving Chelan County, Douglas County, Kittitas County, Okanogan County and Grant County Washington and the cities of Wenatchee, Leavenworth, Cashmere, Oroville, Cle Elum, East Wenatchee, Quincy and many more…

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Securing cables to panelboards.

Securing cables to panelboards.

 

Quite often I will see cables, such as Romex (NM Cable) entering into a panel (panelboard) without a proper clamp or connector. This leaves this cable subject to damage and can be pulled on.

 

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unsecured cable to panel

 

 

Cables such as Romex (NM) have to be secured to an enclosure, such as a panel, with fittings designed and listed for the cable.  Those cable clamps or cable connectors may only be used with one cable unless listed for two.

2014 NEC 312.5(C).

Cable clamps or cable connectors must be used with only one cable, unless that clamp or fitting is identified for more than one cable. Some Type NM cable clamps are listed for two Type NM cables within a single fitting (UL White Book, product category PXJV).

 

312.5 Cabinets, Cutout Boxes, and Meter Socket Enclosures

(C) Cables.

Where cable is used, each cable shall be secured to the cabinet, cutout box, or meter socket enclosure.

 

See 300.12 and 300.15 for other requirements that may pertain to the cable.

 

 

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Pipe or Conduit, it matters!

Pipe or Conduit, it matters!

 

Conduit is piping or tubing designed to enclose and protect the wires. Or as the dictionary states “a tube or trough for protecting electric wiring”

 

Pipe, though it could be a conduit is generally defined as “a tube of metal, plastic, or other material used to convey water, gas, oil, or other fluid substances”

 

But when it comes to your home generally Conduits are used for electrical wire protection and Pipes are for plumbing. Each is rated and approved for their specific use and are not interchangeable.

Water pipe used as conduit

Water pipe used as conduit

On this home inspection the home owner used pipe for conduit, not proper and definitely not to the code.

Electrical conduit used as water pipe

Here we have conduit being used as piping again not proper and definitely not to the code.

 

Homeowners should save the mixers for their drinks not for the components of plumbing and electrical system.

 

“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.”

Red Adair

 

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It was not required when it was built. Garage Fire separation. Wenatchee Home Inspections

It was not required when it was built. Garage Fire separation. Wenatchee Home Inspections   fire As a home inspector I have heard this little phrase all too often. Was it required when the home was built? Often I may reply well no it was not or maybe not, but the risk remains the same. Local fire department show up to  thousands of residential fires yearly. And many of these fires start in garages and carports.

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Converted garage missing fire separation

There was about 6600 garage fires that have occurred between 2009 to 2011 that have resulted in 30 deaths and 457 million dollars in property damages. Over 45% of the fires that start in the garage move from the garage to the home or exterior. Does when was the code adoption matter to you now? Does a fire really care when the code was adopted? fire protection The 2012 IRC state this in section- R302.6 Dwelling/garage fire separation. The garage shall be separated as required by Table R302.6. Openings in garage walls shall comply with Section R302.5. This provision does not apply to garage walls that are perpendicular to the adjacent dwelling unit wall. When it comes to garage fires the leading cause was electrical in nature. Fire tactics for garages- http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/print/volume-164/issue-3/features/fire-tactics-for-attached-garages.html

“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.”

Red Adair

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STOP… Step away from that wire and put down the wire strippers!!!

STOP… Step away from that wire and put down the wire strippers!!!

In the land of home inspections we see this all too often.  Home owners, Uncle Bob’s (do not know what Bob has done to deserve this) and various other people think they can handle electrical work.

This is not to say that some are not skilled home owners and Uncle Bob’s. I have seen work by home owners that is as good as if not better than their professional counterpart. Because they have the knowledge and the time to do the work that exceeds the code minimums.

But most of the time this is not the case and the work being completed is not up to standards and not performed in a workman like manner.

So I think I will start a new reality series “Home Owners Gone Wild”.

Enters Sleazy Commentator….

“Yes folks we have a new series for you where wild, yes, I said wild home owners show off their various skills…or lack of… (giggles from the audience) in the wackiest new series of the year.”

(Remember some of this content may not be appropriate for younger audiences!)

“First up we have- Jim Joule … now Jim should of stopped at the shower curtain replacement.”

Bundle of fun     More boxes please

“Okay next up is – Lucy Lumen…                  Maybe not the brightest bulb in the pack.”

Bright Idea    Sparks are in the Air

Hey it was secured within 12 inches

“Here we have our friend- Nick Nickerson… Obliviously knowing a stripper was not his best choice.”

In the Nick of time

“Next on the bill is Bob Burns… Bob is really heating up the place.”

Getting Hotter

“Where would we be without Oscar Ohms…  The big “O” really knows the law.”

 

Getting connected    In the running

“Last, but not least we have Tommy Tootap… He is trying to stay connected”

What a lug

“But wait who can forget Daniel Duct- Now he is a real live wire”

A live wire on a metal duct

 

“Stay tuned for next weeks show of “Home Owners Gone Wild“… Water and Waves of fun!”

(waves of advertisers logos stream by)

 

“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur…”

Red Adair

 

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Wenatchee Home and Pest inspector- Do you really need a pest inspection?

Wenatchee Home and Pest inspector- Do you really need a pest inspection?

As a Wenatchee Home and Pest Inspector I calculate that I see insects and/or damage from wood destroying insects in about 10 to 15% of the homes I inspect. That is one out of 10 or less!  I have informal information from another local inspector that seems to confirm this information.

Termites-

Termites feed upon any materials that contain cellulose such as wood.  Many species of termites cannot digest cellulose to extract the sugar content. They rely on protozoa in their gut to do that job.  This is mutually beneficial association with the microorganisms in their digestive tracts that convert cellulose into simple substances that termites can digest.

In nature, termites are very beneficial insects. They return dead trees and wood debris to the soil as nutrients.  Termites help convert dead wood and other materials containing cellulose into humus.  Unfortunately, termites cannot tell the difference between wood in your home and wood in a dead tree in the forest.  Termites are considered to be pests when they attack homes.  Subterranean termites are one of the most potentially damaging insect pests for homes and structures in the country.

Entomologists have identified about 2,200 species of termites for the entire world; however, only 70 of these species infest structures and require control. There are 13 species of termites in the continental United States that require treatment of some extent.

Subterranean Termite

Subterranean termites are native, soil-inhabiting insects that feed on wood, paper and similar cellulose containing materials. They primarily nest underground. They excavate an extensive network of galleries or tunnels in the soil that allow them to travel far distances to locate food.  Subterranean termites readily transport soil and water to aboveground sites.  Soil provides the environment needed for high moisture requirements of subterranean termites.  In order for these soft-bodied insects to keep from drying out, they must be surrounded by relatively high humidity not only when they are in the soil, but also when they are foraging above ground

Termite Damage- NCW Home Inspections                                 Termite Mud Tube -NCW Home Inspections

Subterranean termites are social insects that live in colonies.   The social exchange of food (called trophallaxis) and mutual grooming are very important aspects of colony life.  Termite colonies are comprised of various types of individuals (or castes) that have distinct physical and behavioral characteristics.  The proportion of each caste is regulated by environmental factors and caste-regulating chemicals (pheromones) produced by the termites themselves.

These castes include workers, soldiers, and reproductives (queen, king).  Each caste has different duties in the colony.  The winged primary reproductive adult (swarmer, alate, flying termite) is the form most home owners often see.  These reproductives or swarmer termites are about 3/8 of an inch long.

Termite Swarmer
In nature, termites start new colonies by the process of swarming.  A “swarm” is a group of winged male and female reproductives (swarmers, alates) that leave the colony in an attempt to pair and initiate new colonies.  Swarming occurs in mature colonies that typically contain at least several thousand termites. They usually emerge on warm sunny days (usually when temperatures are at least 64°F) after a rain as early as March or April but usually in late April to early May.

The worker caste makes up the bulk of the colony and is directly responsible for damage to wood. Workers are the first termites seen when a shelter tube or piece of wood is examined.  Termite workers are physically and sexually immature males and females.  These wingless, white insects are blind. They resemble little grains of white rice.

Mud Tube- By Eastern Wash Home Inspections- Dennis C.

Workers are rarely seen unless infested wood is examined or the mud tubes are broken open. Because of their thin skin, workers will dry up and die within three to six hours if exposed to the drying conditions outside the nests.

Wenatchee area is considered an area of moderate risk for Termites!

Termite Map- General distribution

The U.S. Forest Service has identified 15 conditions that frequently lead to termite infestations:

1. Cracks in concrete foundations and open voids in concrete foundations are hidden avenues of entry.

2. Any wooden posts or supports set in concrete may be in contact with the soil underneath.

3. Concrete porches with earth fill may provide wood-to-soil contact.

4. Form boards left in place contribute to the termite food supply.

5. Leaking pipes and dripping faucets in the crawl space keep the soil under the structure moist.

6. Blocking crawl space vents with shrubbery will cause the air under the structure to remain damp and warm.

7. Construction debris in the backfill beside the structure will contribute to the termites’ food supply.

8. Low foundation walls and footings will provide wood-to-soil contact.

9. Stucco or brick veneer carried down over the concrete foundation allows for hidden access to the structure.

10. Soil-filled planters built up against the side of the structure allow direct access into foundation cracks.

11. Forms left in slabs, where plumbing drains enter the structure, provide access.

12. Wooden porch steps in contact with the soil are entry points.

13. Heating units in crawl spaces maintain warm soil temperatures for termite colonies year-round.

14. Paper is a wood product. Paper collars around pipes and ducts also provide access to the structure.

15. Wooden fences, trellises and other wooden adornments up against the side of the structure may provide access.

Termite Tube and damage- NCW Home Inspections

Estimates of damage caused by subterranean termites have been calculated by Dr. Mike Haverty, 1976 Southern Forest Experiment Station – USDA, Gulfport, MS, and are indicated below:

Estimates of wood consumption are by a theoretical colony of eastern subterranean termites:

1) Wood consumption rate (mg wood/gram of termite/day) = 33.2

2) Weight of worker (mg) = 2.5

3) Wood consumption/termite/day (mg) = 0.083

4) Estimated number of workers/colony = 60,000

5) Wood consumption/colony/day (gm [grams]) =
4.98

6) Days to consume one board foot of pine (where pine weighs an average of 0.5 gm/cc with 2359.7 cc/board foot or 1179.9 gm/board foot) = 236 days.

In other words, an average, mature colony of eastern subterranean termites would contain about 60,000 workers. Under ideal conditions, such a colony would consume about 5 grams of wood each day. This is less than 1/5 of an ounce of wood. At this rate it would take this colony about 157 days to totally consume a one-foot length of a pine 2×4.

Wenatchee Home and Pest inspector- Do you really need a pest inspection?

This may the largest purchase you ever make in your life why would you not get a pest inspection.

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Signs of the Times- Wenatchee and Chelan Home Inspector

Signs of the Times- Wenatchee and Chelan Home Inspector

Sign from Chaco Canyon- Pueblo Bonito

Signs have a fundamental element in providing information and direction or symbols of trade, commerce, and industry, from the ancient world to the present.

Mash Sign at the Smithsonian

In another context it can be a token or indication. Or is it a conventional or arbitrary mark, figure, or symbol used as an abbreviation for the word or words it represents.

If you are using sign language it may be a motion or gesture used to express or convey an idea, command or decision.

Sings can also be a notice, bearing a name, direction, warning, or advertisement, that is displayed for public

 

“Sign” is defined as an object, quality, or event whose presence or occurrence indicates the probable presence or occurrence of something else.

As Home Inspectors we are always looking for signs to lead us to other discoveries.  It may be an object, action, event and/or pattern that conveys a meaning.

Sign of trouble to come
As a Wenatchee home inspector and curious person I am always looking for signs

 

 

 

 

 

“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur…”

Red Adair

 

“Looking for signs-One home at a time”

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