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snow covering the roof during
Winter inspections present a variety of concerns, including snow, low temperature levels, and
access. Attempting to inspect while snow exists makes an Inspector's job a lot more difficult.
Inspecting the roof becomes very challenging plus a little hazardous.
The first real issue is definitely visibility. Can you view the roof's surfaces? You might not be able
to observe the entire roof, yet a partial inspection is better than nothing. Be sure to disclaim just
what you did not view. Typically, you would either inspect or not inspect an individual roof face. If
it is only partly visible, document it as not visible. In other words, if the front of the house has no
snow (typically the south side), yet the back (north side) is covered, document the back as not
visible and not inspected.
The 2nd problem is accessibility. Can you get on the roof? In my personal opinion, you need to
always get on the roof if possible and safe. The majority of requirements do not necessitate that
an Inspector go on the roof. You have to, nevertheless, state the way you inspected the roof. That
being the case, snow is only challenging if you typically went on the roof to inspect it. Inspecting
from the roof is the only method to complete a thorough inspection and give the Client exactly
what they expect. Next best should be to move your ladder all around the eaves getting an
efficient viewpoint of all types of surface areas. Final choice would be to use binoculars. I have
seen people use binoculars and then miss various issues vs. going on the roof in order to inspect.
Bottom line, the roof is definitely an important aspect of the home and a home inspector needs to
perform all things possible to make sure that the potential home buyer is definitely informeded of
all the specifics possible being relevant to the roof.
Nearly all state and association "Standards of Practice" do not require a home inspector to
inspect the heat exchanger. However, a sufficient inspection technique is; if you see a standard
furnace in which heat exchanger openings are bigger and also provide the inspector accessibility
with his/her mirror he/she should look.
Brand-new high efficiency furnaces have sealed combustion therefore you can not see their
exchangers; mid efficiency units commonly have smaller openings which can make it complicated
to get a mirror in. Oil fired units are also usually not viewable. It's a wise idea to enlighten your
client that roughly only 25 % of the heat exchangers in a general gas furnace are viewable with
the mid, high and oil being a lot lower or not viewable whatsoever.
In the event that you do have access, use your flashlight and inspection mirror to search for
cracks. Be especially cautious if evaluating curves and welded spots. A few items to look for
which could suggest a cracked or faulty heat exchanger are scorch or burn marks on the furnace
jacket, staining all around registers or on front of the furnace, corrosion, rust or soot accumulation
on or beneath the heat exchanger, and also out of the ordinary flame activity.
For a boiler, the heat exchanger will not be visible for inspection. As you check the burner area
document in the event that there is any evidence of leaking coming from the heat exchanger onto
this area. Oftentimes there might be signs of rusting, corrosion, flaking metal, or water seepage
and dripping water.
In any one of the instances specified above, recommend a professional service technician check
out either the furnace or boiler assuming that you recognize a prospective problem. Your
customers will tremendously appreciate it.
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