APPLIANCE INSPECTION SPECIALISTS
We run the dishwasher and then stop it by unlocking the door . Problems to note on the inspection report would be things like no hot water, poor drainage or a door that doesn’t open and close properly.
Food Waste Disposers
We turn on the disposal for a few seconds to check if it’s operable. Possible deficiencies in this appliance include: too much vibration, leaking or a missing splashguard.
Food waste disposals are residential and commercial appliances designed to shred food waste so that it can fit through plumbing. They are usually electrically powered (although occasionally powered by water pressure) and are installed beneath sinks.
Maintenance and Operation Suggestions to Clients:
•Put only small quantities of food into the disposal at a time. Large food scraps should be cut into smaller pieces before entering the disposal.
•Never put anything down the disposal that is not food or water. Bottle caps, aluminum foil, and other non-food items can damage the disposal or get stuck in piping.
•Run water while using the disposal, and for approximately 30 seconds after you turn it off. Food scraps will flow through the piping more easily if they are pushed along by water. Cold water is better than warm water for this purpose because it will force fats and grease to congeal and harden, allowing them to move more easily through pipes. Warm water can be run through the disposal while it is not in operation.
•Ice can be used to clear off solidified grease and other debris from the blades in a garbage disposal.
Ranges, Cooktops & Microwave Ovens
When it comes to gas, we to turn on the burners and check out the flame. The cook flame should be bright blue and respond quickly to the turning of the control knob. If we smell gas, we investigate further. Evaluating an electric gas stove involves making sure the heating elements and the controls work properly.
An exhaust fan should be installed in the kitchen to exhaust moisture and odors associated with cooking. The exhaust fan is typically mounted in a range hood or cabinet or on the wall over the kitchen stove. A local intermittent exhaust fan in the kitchen should reduce the levels of contaminants and moisture in the kitchen. The minimum best practice for a local intermittent exhaust fan in the kitchen is to have the fan ducted to exhaust outside of the home, not into the attic.
We do not inspect freestanding items (a microwave, for example) unless these appliances are to be sold as part of the house. When evaluating appliances, a certified home inspector should always operate them to make sure they work.
Mechanical Exhaust Vents.
We inspect mechanical exhaust systems in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry area.
A clothes dryer will vent about a gallon of water for each load of laundry. If the dryer vent discharges into a crawlspace, attic, or other building cavity, the potential for moisture-related damage is significant. Clothes dryers must vent directly to the outside.
Dryers should use approved exhaust ducts. Ducts made of vinyl, nylon or foil are not recommended. If used, they will void the warranty of most dryers. Spiral-duct designs often trap lint, which can clog the duct, requiring the dryer to work harder and longer to dry clothes and causing it to increase the dryer’s temperature. Not only is a poorly exhausting dryer less efficient, it can also be a fire hazard due to the flammability of the accumulated lint.
Garage Door Operators
We inspect the garage vehicle doors and the operation of garage vehicle door openers, using normal operating controls.
Garage doors are large, spring-supported doors. Garage door openers control the opening and closing of garage doors, either through a wall-mounted switch or a radio transmitter. Due to the strain that garage door components and openers regularly endure, they may become defective over time and need to be fixed or replaced.
Defective components may create safety hazards as well as functional deficiencies to the garage door assembly. We are Houston´s Preferred Home Inspection experts. Get a quote today!