Inspection Stories

Olympia Home Inspectors Find Huge Bug!

Olympia Home Inspectors Find Huge Bug!

This big guy was mounted on the wall of an Olympia home during a recent home inspection. This is clearly an exotic, museum quality specimen and not a local insect. While the insects we have here are much smaller in statue, they can be very destructive. Older homes can have significant bug damage that is not apparent to the home owner or perspective buyer. Even a home that has been tastefully...

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Olympia Home Inspector Explains Dark Marks On Siding

Olympia Home Inspector Explains Dark Marks On Siding

Although I had never seen this exact situation before, it did not take long to understand what was going on with this Olympia home. These dark marks were on the  siding above all the sub-crawl area foundation vents. They are similar to the dark markings I sometimes see around roof vents on homes with moisture issues in the attic. I knew more would be learned near the end of the inspection when I...

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Leak Under New Olympia Home

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Think your house is haunted?

Think your house is haunted?

Last week I found something my clients were very happy I identified during a home inspection in Olympia.  The home was  large, beautifully built and well maintained. By the time I was finished inspecting the exterior, roof and entire first floor there were only a few findings to report. On the ceiling of the second floor there was a large powerful exhaust fan which directed air from inside the...

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Just Hire An Electrician

Just Hire An Electrician

Here is something I found in an attic in Olympia recently. The ropes were coming up out of the attic insulation and were tied to the 2×4 “rat run” above. Can you guess what this is for and why Harvey the homeowner placed it here? A little digging into the insulation reveled the standard “bar hanger,” type electrical box below and the suspicion that something heavy was suspended from...

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Sealing Vents Can Cause Problems

Sealing Vents Can Cause Problems

For many years folks around here have diligently sealed off the vents to the under side of their homes in an effort to keep heating costs down and stay warm in the winter. Time passes, and as more information surfaces, thinking changes. Back when homes had no insulation in the floors and water supply pipes were not insulated sealing vents likely saved a few pipes from bursting. However, now most...

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