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Preventive Maintenance Preserves Homes

Preventive Maintenance Saves Money Preventive maintenance inspections protect your real estate investment. Your home is a major asset. And property owner’s depend on the income […]

January 10, 2017
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Preventive Maintenance Saves Money

Preventive maintenance inspections protect your real estate investment. Your home is a major asset. And property owner’s depend on the income stream to maintain their investment and produce profit. Undetected small issues can turn into a can of worms.

Inspect.Net provides ongoing preventive maintenance inspections to nip problems in the bud before they turn into costly or difficult to fix repairs.

  • A roof leak that drips water inside walls causing structural damage and mold.
  • Improper drainage grading that left unchecked leads to building settlement.
  • A leaking tile shower pan that destroys your sub-floor, costing you thousands.

 Do You Know Your Home’s Condition?

Regular home inspection is a task many homeowners overlook until it’s too late. Most homes don’t have a dashboard with warning lights. You don’t get a flashing orange light that signals when a small plumbing leak starts. Unobserved, that leak can result in the need for costly major repairs.

Case Study of a Small Plumbing Leak

A small dishwasher drain block, that would cost $50 to fix, left unchecked, leads to ripping out a kitchen completely to repair water damage. The walls were so damp weeds were growing in the wall. Highly toxic stachybotrys mold invaded the walls and floor required intensive remediation measures to eliminate.

Because the leak occurred in an older home many materials, like the flooring, were impossible to match because they were not available. The entire flooring needed to be replaced..

Images from Inspect.Net reveal the extent of damage which was originally hidden behind cupboards and went unnoticed by the homeowner.

Mold, hiding behind cabinets, was hard to find and required an experienced professional who knows what to look for.

Stachybotrys mold, sometimes called black mold, just like that in the Erin Brockovich case, contaminates indoor air quality, putting the entire family at risk for lung deterioration and other side effects.

Mold cannot be wiped off. It requires clean-room style treatment or else it comes back. All materials with mold were removed and mold remediation drying equipment installed according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines.

This homeowner got lucky. He only had to cut two feet the up wall. Because of the limited wall repair required this time, his total cost was $20,000 instead of $30,000.

On the other hand, he had to completely replace floor tiles on entire first floor because couldn’t find matching tiles for outdated original flooring.

Weeds growing in and up the wall because there was so much moisture in wall.  You cannot see it in the first image, but it is there, soaking up moisture, acting like a sponge, bringing in rats and mice as well. The moisture and weeds make the perfect home for vermin, but not for the occupants.

One Small Leak and Lots of Trouble

CAUSE : a simple block on the dishwasher drain line. Who’d have thunk it?

Preventive Maintenance to the Rescue

A professional annual preventive maintenance inspection is designed to protect your home and your investment. Inspect.Net will comb through you house or investment property to forestall any small issues that could result in costly remediation or repairs.

If we find an issue, we’ll guide you through possible solutions, give you an idea of costs, and, if you need, even refer you to one of our trusted service providers.

Your home is a major part of your wealth. Ensure home value over time with a maintenance inspection.

Give us a call at (510) 200-7555 or book a preventive maintenance inspection now

We serve Hayward, The Peninsula, South Bay Area, and all surrounding areas with inspections that exceed industry standards.

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