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Wenatchee Home Inspection Photo: Rats!

Crawl spaces are a popular destination for rodents and pests.  It’s important to keep your crawl space completely sealed to avoid unwanted house guests.

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AMS Inspection is a home inspection company based out of Leavenworth with inspectors in Seattle, Wenatchee, Methow Valley, Chelan and surrounding areas.

Seattle Home Inspection Photo: Flood Evidence

Check out water mark on the door.  This home was flooded a couple of years prior to our inspection.  The owners replaced the drywall and other components but the evidence remains.chelan county home inspection

AMS Inspection is a home inspection company based out of Leavenworth with inspectors in Seattle, Wenatchee, Methow Valley, Chelan and surrounding areas.

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Recreation Update

AMS Inspection is a home inspection company based out of Leavenworth and operating from Seattle to Wenatchee, Chelan and Methow Valley.  The following information was provided by the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest office on October 26, 2011.

Take a look at the recent Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Recreation Report.  Fall is moving fast into winter.  The Forest Service wants to remind people to be mindful of unpredictable weather, driving conditions, hunting seasons, Fall hiking, wood-cutting season and prescribed burning. 

” • Weather—Weather is an unpredictable factor for those recreating in or visiting the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Being prepared for unpredictable conditions is the key to enjoying a visit to the national forest. Always carry emergency equipment and extra food and clothing, and be aware of what might be encountered when recreating in the forest. Plan ahead, obtain up-to-date information, and have alternate plans in mind in case something “unpredictable” occurs.

 • Snow—Be prepared for snow in the higher elevation areas of the forest. • Driving Conditions—Forest users need to keep in mind that roads are beginning to become quite wet and muddy from the recent rains and snows at higher elevations, and that traveling on these roads right now can cause a lot of damage, not only to roadbeds but to the surrounding forest areas. Forest travelers need to use good judgment and caution when traveling forest roads during the fall and winter.

• Hunting Seasons—A number of hunting seasons are occurring right now, so forest visitors need to make their presence known. It is a good idea to wear bright, vivid colors, especially hunter orange when recreating in the forest during hunting seasons. Sing, talk, whistle a tune, do anything to let hunters know you are in the area.

• Fall Colors—Many people will be out in the woods looking at the fall colors and possibly not paying as much attention to their driving as they should. Be a defensive driver. Where possible, pull off the road to look at the fall colors.

• Woodcutting Season—Woodcutters are out in the woods getting their winter supply of firewood. Please drive slowly, a pickup truck fully loaded with wood handles differently than it does when empty. Especially keep this in mind when the roads are wet and slippery. Hunters need to be aware that any wood they collect for use in warming fires needs to be left in the woods; they cannot take it home with them unless they have a valid woodcutting permit.

• Prescribed Burning—A number of pile burning projects are underway in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Smoke from these prescribed fires will be visible in different areas of the forest.”

Read the full report:  full_rec_report_2011-10-25___Fall_transition_time

Leavenworth Home Inspection Photo: Stick a cork in it!

I never know what I’m going to come across.  Check out this photo from a recent Leavenworth home inspection.  It’s an interesting way to fill a hole.  Now you know what to do with all those corks you get from wine tasting in Leavenworth!

Lake Chelan Home Inspection Photo

Here is an opportunity to learn from someone else’s mistake.  Check out the photo below taken at a recent Chelan home inspection.  You should never cut a main support beam so that plumbing pipes have an easier route.  Pipes have curved elbows and connections for a reason!  Don’t compromise the overall integrity of your structure.  Use proper plumbing installation practices.

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2011 Tour of Homes : Wenatchee, Chelan, Malaga & Peshastin

The North Central Home Builders Association’s annual Tour Of Homes is coming up on Sept. 22-25th.  Most homes are in the Wenatchee area but you’ll find one in Lake Chelan, Malaga and Peshastin.  For complete details about the tour, directions, coupons and more visit their website.  As members of NCHBA we are proud to be a part of this great event!  In Leavenworth pick up coupons at Marson & Marson Lumber or Dan’s Food Market.

Leavenworth’s 16th Annual Home & Garden Tour

Don’t miss Leavenworth’s 16th Annual Home & Garden Tour on Sunday, Sept. 11th.  You can begin at any of the homes starting at noon and it ends at 5:00 p.m.  The cost is $20 per person and the proceeds benefit the Cascade Medical Center Foundation and their purchase of a new Automated Medication Dispensing System. 

TOUR HOMES INCLUDE: 

9343 Lone Pine Orchard

Road  10741 Titus Road

11630 Alpenview Estates

11650 Alpenview Estates

12661 Shore Street

12659 Shore Street

506 Orchard Street

Tickets are available beginning September 1 at Cascade Medical Center’s Admitting Office at 817 Commercial Street.  Tickets will also be on sale at the individual homes on September 11th.  For more information call (509) 860-1963 or email imbikin@gmail.com or visit http://www.cascademedicalcenter.org.

Improper aluminum wiring ‘sparks’ interest in a hot water heater repair.

How hot is too hot?  We recently observed this hot water heater on a Leavenworth home inspection in the upper Wenatchee Valley.  Aluminum branch circuit wiring was used to supply the hot water heater’s energy.  Improper installation caused a potential dangerous situation.  The unions between the aluminum and copper wire created galvanic corrosion which can weaken the terminal at the switch, receptacle or union.  As the branch circuit is energized the aluminum and copper wires expand and contract at different rates causing the terminal termination at the switch, receptacle or union to loosen.  The loose connections can allow arcing and pitting, creating a hazard for shock or fire, and eventually causing the circuit to fail.  To learn more information about aluminum wiring read my earlier blog entry.

And the hot water heater was still being used, but not anymore!  Based on our inspection they hired a professional electrician to fix the improper installation.  Do you want to know how your home is performing?  An AMS Home Inspection can indentify potentially dangerous conditions.  Call today for more information on home inspections in Leavenworth, Chelan, Seattle, Wenatchee and surrounding areas.

Washington building industry to recover by end of 2012.

Our Wenatchee home inspection company is a member of the North Central Home Builders Association.  In the May/June issue of the Building Industry Association of Washington’s Building Insight Newsletter they included the chart below.  The green states show the best recovery predicted from 18 months from now.  These are promising numbers.  It is careful to note that the building demand may return but the cost of building may also increase.  With many out-of-work skilled laborers finding different jobs and mills shutting down during this construction lull the labor and materials may be in short supply and thus increasing the cost of new homes.  Those that are able to make investments right now are in a fine position to get the best deals.

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Source: BIAW Building Insight May/June 2011

Pre-listing home inspections are worth every dollar and more!

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