Clutch Home Inspection

Clutch Home Inspection About the owner:

Frank Spain II earned his home inspection certified training at the College of Southern Maryland. His background includes years of electrical, construction and waterproofing.

About CHI:

Clutch Home Inspection is available to provide a professional home inspection for a pre-purchase or as a pre-sale, pre-listing inspection. 24 hr turnaround for computer generated reports including, detailed photos, implications and recommendations. Following the Standards of Practice created by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). CHI will inspect the following:

• Exterior

About CHI:

Clutch Home Inspection is available to provide a professional home inspection for a pre-purchase or as a pre-sale, pre-listing inspection. 24 hr turnaround for computer generated reports including, detailed photos, implications and recommendations. Following the Standards of Practice created by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). CHI will inspect the following:

• Exterior

Operating as usual

Structure - There are four types of cracks.- Shrinkage cracks- Settlement cracks- Heaving cracks- Horizontal cracks
10/27/2014

Structure - There are four types of cracks.

- Shrinkage cracks
- Settlement cracks
- Heaving cracks
- Horizontal cracks

10/17/2014

It may not seem like much, but have it inspected by Clutch.

Have a good weekend!

10/08/2014

"I want to lower my heating bills, which I am afraid are going to be outrageous this year, but don't know if I should be adding more insulation, or replacing the furnace. Is there any rule of thumb guide to determine which is better?"

There really aren't any simple rules to help us decide which upgrade to make first to reduce our heating bills because specific circumstances can vary so widely. Generally speaking, however, if the insulation in the attic is under 6-8 inches thick, upgrading should easily be cost effective under most circumstances. If the heating equipment is over 40 years old, it's a pretty good bet that upgrading to a high efficiency unit will be well worth the investment.

Since we are basically looking for a return on investment, you should look at the inexpensive improvements first. An amazing amount of heat loss occurs due to air exfiltration; in other words, warm air escaping the house because of poor sealing. Correcting poorly sealed components in the house is usually inexpensive. Some of the culprits that we often find while inspecting homes include poorly sealed attic doors or access panels, whole house fans without winter covers, suspended ceilings below attic space without a sealed ceiling above, cracks or gaps in ceiling finishes, especially in closets, open chaseways around chimneys or plumbing vent pipes, fireplaces with poorly sealed, missing or open dampers, older unsealed recessed lights, poorly mounted ceiling fixtures of any kind, kitchen and bath ventilators that don't fully close when not being used, and the obvious poorly sealed windows and exterior doors.

Just because you don't feel cold air coming in doesn't mean that warm air isn't escaping. Take the time to look around your house for potential points of heat loss. These can involve simple repairs, not requiring major upgrades and can save you a lot of money. You may need more insulation and a new furnace, but don't forget the little things that can save a lot. - PHIS

09/29/2014

Walls don't talk. Get all the facts before you buy, with a certified home inspection.

Schedule an appointment, to have that home inspected in a CLUTCH! (202) 285-1855

Grade sloping (or draining) back toward the home. This could lead to damp or wet crawlspaces, foundation movement, crack...
09/22/2014

Grade sloping (or draining) back toward the home. This could lead to damp or wet crawlspaces, foundation movement, cracking or settlement. Water wicking up the foundation could lead to rot in the walls, framing members and mold. Some indications of foundation movement include windows that are out of square; interior doors that have large, uneven gaps at the top when the door is closed; or floors visibly out of level. If you see this, know that the cost to correct this problem could add up quickly.

09/17/2014
Mythbusters Water Heater Explosion

There's always that possibility. Stay informed and be aware. Have your home inspected. http://youtu.be/9bU-I2ZiML0

The MythBusters set up a three-tier scaffold to simulate a two-story house. The lowest level housed the 52 US gallon (200 L) water heater, second level conta...

09/17/2014

Maintenance Recommendations (Hot water tanks)

• Every 6 months, check the burner, pilot, and flame color.
• Annually check the operation of the thermostat.
• Clear the jacket slots of dirt, dust, or other restrictions.
• For electric, check the seal around the heating elements and check the operation of the thermostats.
• For a gas-fired tank, annually remove the cover, inner door, and main burner assembly to clean orifices and related parts of any dirt or other foreign material; clean the burner ports and the combustion chamber with a wire brush and vacuum.

• Once a year, check the TPR valve.
• Monthly drain a gallon of water from the tank to remove silt and sediment.
• Every two years inspect the anode rod and replace when necessary.
• The use of a water softener may increase the speed of the anode consumption, so more
frequent inspections are recommended.
• Inspect the vent system at least once a year.

Defects at a Water Heater TankCheck for physical damage to the tank, particularly rust and corrosion on the bottom of th...
09/17/2014

Defects at a Water Heater Tank

Check for physical damage to the tank, particularly rust and corrosion on the bottom of the tank. Check for water marks on the floor of the tank. Check for a leaking TPR valve. The covers at the electric heating elements should not be disturbed. Corrosion can be found where the water pipes are connected to the top of the tank. The electricity or the fuel may be shut off. There could be scorching at the burner cover area. The heat roll out shield should be in place. Confirm that the drip tube is installed. The draft hood and vent connector are often loosely attached. All tanks should be accessible with at least 24 inches (609 mm) of working space around them. Check the burner and flame. A damaged baffle (helix) could fall down on the burner.
Tankless coils inside boilers can leak. The coil can damage the boiler. The coil is prone to clogging. There should be a temperature control valve installed to control the scalding water coming from the coil in the boiler.

The water coming into your home makes a journey through a system of pipes, and it's usually cold or cool, depending on t...
09/17/2014

The water coming into your home makes a journey through a system of pipes, and it's usually cold or cool, depending on the time of year. To have water warm enough to take a hot shower or bath, or use your dishwasher or washing machine, you need a water heater.

On second thought; I think I can hold it a little bit longer. - Get in where you fit in
09/15/2014

On second thought; I think I can hold it a little bit longer. - Get in where you fit in

09/15/2014

Can a house fail a home inspection?

No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.

09/15/2014

Why do I need a home inspection?

Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence.

If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs.

If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.

Can you find the problem in these pics?
09/11/2014

Can you find the problem in these pics?

Leaks are common at traps. Obviously, waste leaking into the home is a health issue and a water damage issue.
09/10/2014

Leaks are common at traps. Obviously, waste leaking into the home is a health issue and a water damage issue.

Residential traps should be P-type. S-traps, drum traps, bell traps, and crown vented traps are usually not permitted.
09/10/2014

Residential traps should be P-type. S-traps, drum traps, bell traps, and crown vented traps are usually not permitted.

Double trapping sounds like a good idea but it's not. If we have double trapping, the velocity coming into the second tr...
09/10/2014

Double trapping sounds like a good idea but it's not. If we have double trapping, the velocity coming into the second trap will be reduced and solids are more likely to collect and clog the second trap.

09/10/2014

Plumbing (Traps): Some of the problems we find with traps.

1. Missing
2. Wrong type
3. Leak
4. Double trapping
5. Split, rusted or damaged
6. Freezing
7. Tail piece (fixture outlet pipe) too long
8. Trap arm (fixture drain) too short or too long
9. Traps too small or too big
10. Trap primer problems
11. Non-standard shape or material
12. Clogged/no cleanout provision

09/10/2014

Plumbing (Traps): Traps are designed to prevent sewer odors from entering the home through the plumbing fixtures. The seal in the trap is provided by the waste water. Every time we use a fixture, we flush out the water that's forming the trap seal and replace it with new water.

Faulty wiring. Worn or outdated systems and homeowner additions are the most common defects, especially in older homes. ...
09/08/2014

Faulty wiring. Worn or outdated systems and homeowner additions are the most common defects, especially in older homes. Electrical system problems are safety related and require immediate attention.

09/05/2014

Roof (Patched) - It is common to find previous repairs that have been made on the roof.

Previous repairs present a high risk of future leakage. This is because of the difficulty in making a weather-tight patch, and/or because the substrate (sheathing or building framing) was damaged before the leak was patched, and the roof is spongy in that area.

Do NOT "Welcome" repairs like this to your roof!
09/05/2014

Do NOT "Welcome" repairs like this to your roof!

The implications of a failed or missing gutter system are potential leakage into the basement or crawlspace, damaged fou...
08/29/2014

The implications of a failed or missing gutter system are potential leakage into the basement or crawlspace, damaged foundations, damage to siding (and with interior drains or integral gutters - damage to soffits, fascia, roof framing, wall systems, and the building interior), and damaged landscaping.

08/29/2014

Gutters and downspouts carry water from the roof away from the building, protecting the cladding system and the foundation.

Common gutter problems include the following:
1. Missing
2. Undersized
3. Leaking
4. Loose
5. Damaged
6. Clogged
7. Improper slope

Downspout issues may include any of the following:
1. Missing
2. Leaking/damaged
3. Undersized/not enough downspouts
4. Clogged
5. Downspouts discharging onto the ground
6. Downspouts discharging below grade

The Fall season is quickly approaching. Will your gutters look like this?
08/29/2014

The Fall season is quickly approaching. Will your gutters look like this?

Vines on walls may facilitate insect and pest entry and moisture deterioration to the wall, because of slow drying. In s...
08/28/2014

Vines on walls may facilitate insect and pest entry and moisture deterioration to the wall, because of slow drying. In severe cases, depending on the type of vines, root systems or attachment nodes can damage siding or enter the building, often through trim areas, providing a direct path for water into the building. Some vines can even damage masonry.

08/28/2014

Most serious wall problems are related to water in one way or another.

08/27/2014

Common problems that are found on all types of wall systems include -

1) Water penetration
2) Too close to grade
3) Too close to roof surface at the bottom of the siding
4) Planters and gardens against the wall
5) Vines

08/27/2014

The inspection of the exterior is important because problems in this part of a building can be expensive to repair. Exterior problems can lead to damage to the structure and interior of the building.

Make sure your dream home doesn't turn into a nightmare. Have it inspected. - C.H.I
08/26/2014

Make sure your dream home doesn't turn into a nightmare. Have it inspected. - C.H.I

Clutch Home Inspection's cover photo
08/13/2014

Clutch Home Inspection's cover photo

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Upper Marlboro, MD
20774

Telephone

(202) 285-1855

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