Recently we inspected a Sarasota home where the seller had installed a washing machine on the lanai. The drainage for this washer was inadequate. The drain line was run up and into the home, eventually meeting up with the sewer line somewhere. The problem with this setup is that when the washing machine pump stops pumping the dirty water out, all the dirty water in the line will run back into the machine.
The correct setup is to install a standpipe with an air gap that will not allow water to be siphoned back into the washing machine. There are additional requirements for standpipes. They’re height should not exceed 30 in and should not be less then 18 in. Also the trap is not allowed to be in the floor but rather should be elevated above the floor at least 6 in. This setup will allow water to drain properly from the washing machine without the risk of siphoning water back into the washing machine.
We recently inspected this house that had a new roof put on. Up in the attic they had used metal flexible vent for the dryer line and combined it into the bathroom exhaust line. There’s a few problems with this. First leave the dryer vent line in the attic should be constructed of smooth rigid metal so that lint does not get caught on the interior ribs which can lead to a dryer fire. Secondly, the bathroom and the laundry needs separate vents through the roof so that the dryer does not force humid air back down into the bathroom.
On this page you’ll find some recent photos of roofing problems we discovered while performing roof inspections. Whenever possible we walk the roof to get a closer view of the roof’s condition. Cracked tiles, ponding water, broken vents and exposed nails are a few of the issues we see on a regular basis. Throughout the Sarasota area, you’ll find a variety of roofing materials are used including tile, shingle, metal as well as some lesser common materials. A quality roofing inspection is essential to determining the state of the the roof. Be cautious of anyone who tells you, “it’s fine, never had a problem.” It is always better to have an unbiased opinion of the roof’s condition.
This image shows the recommended working space depth around an electrical panel in a residential home. The purpose of keeping accessible open space is so that the breakers can be accessed safely. Additionally an electrician or a home inspector may need to open the panel which requires safe clearances. Your electrical panel may also have ground-fault protected breakers which will need to be accessed if they trip. For safety’s sake, it is recommended to maintain these clearances. We highly recommend against storing any sort of furniture or shelving across the front of the panel which often is the case. The electrical panel is a critical component in your home and should be accessible if needed.
This image shows s-trap vs p-trap. The problem with an S-trap is that they have the tendency to siphon. This will result in an open airway from the sewer lines up through your sink which will allow noxious sewer gases to enter your home. The design of a P-trap will keep the required amount of water is sitting in the trap which act as a barrier to the sewer gases. Even if you have P-traps installed, the water in the trap can dry out over time if the sink is not used. It is recommended to run all plumbing fixtures at least monthly in order to make sure that there traps remain full of water.
This image shows the recommended service wire clearances above a residential home. The purpose of maintaining proper service wire clearances is so that the wiring does not become damaged or contacted by the homes residents. If the wiring around your house begins to dip below these recommended heights, contact an electrician or your electrical service provider to adjust the wiring as needed.