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Tile Floor Grout Issues To Much Floor Movement


Hello and thank you for stopping by my home inspector blog post. While doing a home inspection in Akron, Ohio today I found a great example of movement in a tile floor. There are two or more ways you can fix or prevent movement in a subfloor. One is to use proper underlayment to the tile. Cement Board is one option, and there is a product in most big box stores called Hardibacker. When properly installed these products can significantly reduce floor movement. One of the other methods is to have a licensed flooring contractor or framing contractor put bracing and blocking in between the floor joists from down below. This when used in combination with proper subfloor preparation can usually fix the problem. Unfortunately the second option only works if you have open access to the floor joists themselves or if you are willing to rip down drywalled ceilings to fix the problem and then have yourself or a drywall contractor redo the ceiling. A home inspector only wants you to know about this issue because regrouting, or installing new tile without fixing the true issue is a waste of money, time and effort. As a home inspector, I certainly don't want to get a phone call months down the road because a customer felt uninformed. Even though it isn't pertinent to the buying of the home, I feel its only right to let you know what you are getting into. Thank You for taking the time to read my blog and watch my video it is much appreciated. This is Steven Reckner with Reckner Certified Home Inspections have a good day. Proudly serving Fairlawn, Medina, Copley, Akron, Bath, Revere, Wadsworth, Brecksville, and all the rest of Northeast Ohio.

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What we INSPECT: Here is a comprehensive list of the home sections inspected.

  • Structure and Foundation

  • Electrical Systems

  • Plumbing Systems

  • Roofs and Attics

  • Basements and Crawl Spaces

  • Gutters and Drainage

  • Walls, Floors and Ceilings

  • Porches and Decks

  • Property and Site

  • Sheds/ Barns and other outbuildings

       I also inspect and operate:

  • Furnaces year round

  • Air Conditioning when the temp. is 65 Degrees or above.

  • Plumbing Fixtures in Kitchens, Baths and Laundries

  • Water Heaters and Ventilation with a smoke pen.

  • A Representative Number of Lights and Receptacles

  • A Representative Number of Windows and Doors

  • Built-in Appliances

  • WE INSPECT POOLS for an Additional Fee check out our other website OhioPoolInspections.com

  • WE DO NOT INSPECT Wells or Septic Systems at this time. 

Akron Ohio’s Top Choice Inspection Provider

At Reckner Certified Home Inspections I like to say "Protect Before You Invest". As a Certified and Licensed Inspection Professional I have seen it lot in 20+ years of Industry experience and I pass that knowledge to each and every one of my customers at every home inspection I do.  Just like a dentist or doctor I feel a home inspector is always "in practice" learning on the job everyday.  I am able to help you identify potential issues with your future home purchase and save you Money and Heartache by seeing these issues before closing so they can be fixed or negotiated with the Sellers ahead of time so you can have peace of mind with your new home purchase. 

Buyers’ Inspection

This is the primary function of my home inspection business.  To help you the consumer make the most educated decision you can during the home inspection and buying process.  I am happy to do the inspection with you by my side, answering all of your questions along the way, or to finish my report and walk you thru the home inspection report page by page and explain the findings.

 

Sewer Scope Inspection

The Main reason we recommend a sewer scope inspection is to let us know if the property’s sewer line and system is functioning as it was intended. Knowing the condition of your sewer line is important from not only a piece of mind standpoint, but also from a general home ownership standpoint. It is suggested the sewer line be reviewed every 5 years to ensure a costly problem is not forming. During a typical Inspection Year I have on average, 30 clients a year out of 600 that fail to inspect the sewer line of their new home and have a backup issue. This literally means sewage backups in the home. These repairs are costly. This could leave you paying for expensive repairs if the sewer line is has shifted out of position, wasn't even installed correctly the first time, cracked or broken, has root invasion, or build ups that will eventually cause back ups. The average Sewer Line Repair starts at around $2,500 minimum and can go to $15,000.00

One of the main reasons you can trust our diagnosis of the sewer line of the home is because ALL we do is inspect them only. We have no money interest in the repair money or estimates. This helps ensure your are not being unfairly diagnosed by a repair company. Our inspector will use a color state of the art video inspection camera into the sewer line through the sewer clean out. The clean out may be located in a basement, crawlspace or outside the home. If no obstructions are found, we will inspect as far as our video line will allow. If we do find problems or issues in the line, we are able to accurately locate of the trouble area. Our video camera has a sensor attached that allows us to find it with a locator in the yard for quicker repairs.

Common Sewer Line Problems

Common sewer line problems are root intrusion, holes, pooling, cracks, and pipe separation. A functioning sewer line may have problems that do not currently affect the performance of the line. However, these problems may cause a future sewer backup leading to an unexpected emergency line repair or replacement.

Not Just A Sewer Scope Inspection

You will receive a written report detailing the condition of the main line and a link to the high quality, digital video recorded at the time of inspection.

Radon Inspections

 I am Licensed with the State of Ohio as a Radon Tester, furthermore I am certified by the National Radon Safety Board.  I do this for real estate transactions during home inspections, or for home owners who would like to protect themselves and their family from the odorless, tasteless, gas that can cause lung cancer in your home.  Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States right behind smoking.  Please don't hesitate to test your home today if you do not have a radon mitigation system in your home. 

WDI Termite and Pest Inspections

I am Licensed with the Ohio Department of Agriculture to perform WDI Wood Destroying Insect Pest Inspections on the home you are trying to purchase. I am mainly looking for the insects that are wood destroying such as termites, carpenter ants and carpenter bees, but I will be letting you know if I find excessive amounts of any kind of insects or "pest" such as but not limited to bees, wasps, hornets, mud daubers, mice, rats, woodpeckers, spiders, or other bugs.

1 Year Builders Warranty Inspection Most building contractors provide a one-year warranty for new home construction. During this time the buyer is asked to keep track of any problems or defects they would like to be addressed by the builder in the form of what is referred to as a “punch list” of corrections for the builder to fix before the warranty coverage time expires.  There are many issues that are not obvious to the average homeowner who may or may not have any prior training in any aspects of the home building industry.  It is strongly advised by many different people in the industry that you should have a home inspection done to ensure you are getting all the corrections done that you have coming to you before your warranty expires. You will sleep better every night knowing you hired a professional to examine your largest asset and purchase of your life so the proper corrections were made before you became solely responsible for paying for any future corrections on your own. 


Pre Listing Inspection
A pre-listing home inspection is becoming more and more popular as people want to sell their homes faster in a fast paced very competitive real estate market.  It is very attractive to future potential buyers when they read the MLS listings they are considering for purchase and one of them stands out stating "This home was given an unbiased 3rd party examination by Reckner Certified Home Inspections and the report can be made viewable to your real estate agent.

 

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