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Here is a picture of a hurricane strap.... - Direct Inspections | Facebook - Here is a picture of a hurricane strap. Modern Florida homes (and some older homes) had these metal straps installed during construction. Their purpose is to hold the roof on during a hurricane. They are metal straps that are embedded or fastened to the home's exterior walls and then fastened to the trusses. These straps provide a permanent and strong structural connection between the roof and the exterior walls of the home. If you are buying a home or getting homeowners insurance, your insurance agent may ask you for a wind mitigation report. This report is an inspection of the hurricane straps as well as other hurricane-resistant features of the home. If you can prove (via the wind mitigation report) that the home has the adequate type of straps, with the correct number of nails, then there is a good possibility you will receive a discount on your homeowners insurance. If you would like Direct Inspections to perform a "Wind Mitigation Inspection" on your home you are welcome to conta
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Pinhole plumbing leaks... - Direct Inspections | Facebook - If you are buying an older home in the Sarasota and Manatee region, it is important to check the plumbing. Houses built in the 1950s through 1980s primarily used copper for their water supply lines. Unfortunately, copper lines are prone to developing pinhole leaks. The exact cause of pinhole leaks is difficult to pinpoint, however many attribute it to aggressive water treatment procedures which will degrade copper over time. As you can see in the picture, these copper lines are riddled with pinhole leaks. Fortunately, these plumbing lines were running through the attic and were visible. However in most instances, the lines are run through the concrete slab foundation and cannot be seen. This is a complicated situation because those pipes are not visible and cannot be professionally assessed. There is a possibility that one day you will develop a series of leaks, areas of water coming up through the flooring of your house. At that point is best to replumb the house with a newer type of
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If you are purchasing a brand new home,... - Direct Inspections | Facebook - If you are purchasing a brand new home, you would expect the interior ceilings to be completely dry. The last thing you would expect is an active moisture source making your drywall ceiling wet. Recently, a home buyer contacted us to inspect the roof of a brand new home in Sarasota. As part of our roof inspections, we go up on the roof, into the attic and we also do a infrared scan of the interior ceilings. Infrared (IR) is very cool technology. While scanning the ceilings for moisture, we came across a wet spot. We confirmed the moisture using a pin probe moisture meter. After that we went up in the attic to look for the moisture source, which turned out to be an HVAC refrigerant line whose insulation had been torn. The line was buried under 12 inches of blown insulation and would never have been discovered in the short-term. The builder of this home is an excellent builder, but even so, hiring a professional home inspector to inspect your home helps to uncover defects that even great
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Broken sewer line - on New Construction? - Home buyers often call us asking if we do newly-built home inspections. There\'s often a lack of certainty in their voice, unsure if a home inspection is really needed on a new home. The buyers often say they just have \"a feeling.\" Here\'s a great example of why having a new home inspected is essential. In the picture above, this Lakewood Ranch home had the plumbing clean-out stack broken off during the building process. The horizontal drain line that runs out to the county sewer was cracked and full of sand. Because of this damage none of the showers or tubs in the home or draining. We are available for new construction home inspections. Call Michael @ 941-251-1000
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Stucco Cracking - Home Inspection Sarasota FL | Direct Inspections - Many homes in the Sarasota and Manatee region have stucco cracking. It can be scary! Why is the house cracking? Well, in nearly every case it's not as bad as you think. After a home is built, it will settle on the building site. The settlement is the natural way of the house finding its level. Think of it as making yourself comfortable in an armchair after you sat down. This process is where most stucco cracks come from. The home's stucco coating is not elastic and settlement cracks will form along the settlement points. It is generally advised to keep the cracks sealed up with an outdoor grade caulking in order to keep moisture from entering. That's typically all that needs to be done. There are some cases where the cracks are more extreme. Larger offsetting of sections of the building or cracks that extend from the outside to the inside of the home. In these cases, extreme settlement is taking place. These conditions should be reviewed further by a structural engineer to determine wh
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All local Sarasota/Manatee permit searches in one place - Do you do permit searches? Here's all local Sarasota/Manatee permit searches in ONE place! You can bookmark this page and you'll always have them handy! https://www.directinspections.com/sarasota-manatee-permit-search/ Realtors, contractors, lawyers and other professionals love searching for permits. Permits provide important information on the history of a property. On this page we have laid out all the local permit search pages. Some pages are quirky. We've done our best to simplify the search process. Direct Inspections Michael Koester, Inspector https://www.directinspections.com/ T: 941-251-1000
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