Dryer vents are something that is not inspected as part of a residential home inspection and probably something that is often overlooked in general by a home owner. Inspection requires invasive and destructive access to the vent system and is beyond the scope of a typical home inspection. Clogging of a dryer vent is especially of concern where utility rooms may exist at the interior of a structure requiring long dry vent duct runs which are more prone to clogging over time.
Did you know that chimney sweeps clean dryer vents? Lee Roff with Lord’s Chimney does just that and sent me some interesting information on this subject.
According to information Mr. Roff sent me from a 2007 FEMA article:
There is also a relatively new product that Lord’s Chimney is recommending on systems they clean called “Lint Alert”. This product detects restrictions on a vent system and tells you when you need to have it inspected and cleaned due to increased backpressure.
Visit their link for more information: http://www.lintalert.com/
This information is good to have since many of us do not consider the dryer vent requires periodic maintenance to keep functioning and is not typically included in the scope of a home inspection.
There are some new rules in qualifying for homestead exemption in Texas. It appears this will result in more paperwork.
While we are still serving the Greater Houston area as well as surrounding areas our mailing contact information has changed. Please make note of this change:
Professional Engineering Inspections, Inc.
P. O. Box 859
Friendswood, Texas 77549
Yes we still travel about anywhere you may need us to in order to get the job done!
Wow we are getting calls into the office with 3 and 5 day option periods? You really gotta think about what you are going to do with the information before you agree to such a short term. If you want to use your inspection information in a meaningful way, negotiate a more reasonable time frame. Keep in mind it takes about 3-5 “business” days to get on our schedule in the summer and you also need time to look into any significant problems if we find them. Always use the term “business days”. Consider a minimum time frame of 10-14 business days and more if the property is large or you believe it has any significant issues. More time will give you a cushion to get all your inspections scheduled and any follow up inspections from contractors if you need them. More time also allows us to follow up with any questions you may have once you read your report or have other investigations based upon it.
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We are working on new QR codes for our business cards and documents to allow our clients to better contact us. These codes contain email address, a landing page address for our web site, and our office contact number. Look for them on our cards and reports soon!
Well it is a little off topic, but as an outdoorsman and dad I am always looking for information on fishing or hitting the beach. The beach patrol has a great web page with resources to not only to find beach conditions but a number of cameras to allow you to see current conditions and perhaps population on the beaches. You will find links near the bottom of this page for more fine tuned weather and wave conditions.
It is summer now so in between buying houses, building houses, or looking into those construction problems have a good time, be safe and get out there.
Our local FOX 26 station ran a news story about how our dry weather and increasing temperatures can affect your foundation. The news story covered the need for watering or you may be facing costly foundation repair. This is true, but is only part of the story. Check out our foundation maintenance information to get the whole story and if you are considering root barriers we have some good information on that too. If you are not watering you should start now as we are in drought conditions and it is unlikly conditions are going to improve.
If you where not aware Texas is in a drought! It's not going to be getting any better. Now that we have some warm weather and spring has sprung you will probably start to notice movement in your foundation as the vegetation around your home uses additional moisture from the soil supporting the foundation.
Start your watering program now and check out our foundation care recommendations HERE. I have included a few links showing the areas of most significant drought.
Recently Dan Tremble over at Clouse Floors sent me an interesting article on hardwood floor performance over a crawlspace. Dan is one of the premiere wood flooring installers in the Houston area and we often work together to solve wood flooring performance problems. Cupping of hardwood floors is a common problem over crawlspace due to the humid conditions at the crawlspace and cool conditions created at the flooring in our modern conditioned homes. This is especially true in older homes where HVAC has been added.
The article he sent over is from Hardwood Floors which is the National Wood Flooring Association trade publication. It covers a typical failure of a wood floor and general information on a common solution. Worth the read and I wanted to share it with you. I believe there should be more emphasis on the fact that the cited minimum area of ventilation is just a minimum. You will do much better to exceed the minimum as at least one local builder I work with has found. Also be sure to consider the details of any installed ground cover as drain systems under the ground cover may be necessary in the Houston system, especially in older buildings.