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Carbon Monoxide a colorless, odorless gas. What it is? How to keep your family safe?

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Top Defects Found In New Homes

Just because a home is new does not mean that it is free of defects. Even good quality, professional builders make some mistakes. Low cost subcontractors are not always the most professional. So it is always a good idea to get the house inspected by a Certified Professional Inspector.

• Foundation Clearance to Grade
The grade (soil) level around the house’s perimeter should be a minimum of 6” below the brick and 8” below the siding or stucco exterior wall covering.
Weep holes or wicks should be clear of water infiltration and wood destroying insect entry.
Most landscapers do not know this.
Most builders don’t either.

• Attic Ventilation
Attics should be ventilated.  This is to guard against moisture build-up and mold formation, as well as to extend the life of the roof covering. Most builders to not properly install the attic insulation. Often, bathroom, kitchen and laundry exhaust vents are not taken to the exterior, but simply vented to the attic.

• Gutter and Downspout Placement
Roofs shed water into gutters. Upper roof downspouts should not drain to lower roofs. Downspouts should extend, at least, 6’ away from the house’s foundation.

• Plumbing Installation
Plumbers will sometimes do anything to get the pipes in, even if they have to destroy the house’s structure to do so. Watch out for cuts in floor joists, stud walls and even foundations.

• HVAC Duct Installation
Due to poor planning by the Builder, or poor design, the installation of ductworks can sometimes be an afterthought.
Structural joists should not be notched or cut unless a Licensed Structural Engineer has calculated the loads and approved the modification. HVAC duct installation in attics and crawl spaces should always be checked very closely.  Insulation is key!

• Structural Defects
The structure of a house is determined by calculations made by a Structural Engineer and should not be changed without the Engineer’s approval. Many times, errors are made in the field and structural changes are made without any approval. Other times, installation is not done properly.

• Electrical Defects
Most of the new houses on the market are built after the tear down of an old house. This means that the new houses are substantially bigger than the houses the replace. Large houses have their own special needs, especially with regards to the electrical system.

• Water Heaters
Water heaters, if improperly installed or maintained, can pose serious safety concerns.
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