Septic Inspections Explained

February 7, 2019 | Buyer Inspection

We are often asked about septic systems and septic inspections. In this blog you will find Types of Septic Systems How Septic Systems Work Septic Maintenance Septic Inspection Limitations Septic systems were invented by the French in the 1860s. By the 1880s, the two-stage septic tank systems were installed in the United States. Today,nearly 20% or 1/5 of all households have a septic system. The number of households using septic systems has been steadily increasing. Unfortunately, many homeowners install and forget the septic system and are often surprised that their system requires maintenance or pumping. There are basically 3 types of septic systems: Septic tank with no disbursement of liquids to a leach field. Conventional septic tank with disbursement of liquids to a leach field. Aerobic septic system which pumps disbursement of liquids to a leach field. HOW SEPTIC SYSTEMS WORK Some of the older systems will contain 1 or … Continued

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Missing TPR Valve – Big Deal?

September 3, 2018 | Home Inspection

Temperature Pressure Relieve (TPR) valves are installed on water heaters as a safety device to prevent water heaters from exploding. Building codes require that a TPR valve be installed. If you haven’t seen a water heater explode before, check out the short video below: Water Heater Explosion Video TPR valves are designed to open when the pressure exceeds 150 psi or 210 degrees F. These limits are set very low relative to the actual pressure it takes to explode a water heater. In this Myth Busters video, the pressure in the tank can exceed 330 psi before it will explode. The TPR valve will relieve pressure long before it becomes dangerous. So, if the TPR valve is missing, is it a big deal? Will the water heater explode today if we turn it on? Water heaters are designed to be safe. If the water heater is new, the risk of … Continued

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Money Going Down The Drain

January 1, 2018 | Home Inspection

Pfsshhhhhhhp! Pfsshhhhhhhp! Pfsshhhhhhhp! We’ve all heard the sounds of a leaky toilet, but did you know that a running toilet can cost 25 times more than a shower leak and 4 times more than a faucet leak? A running toilet can waste a gallon of water in about 30 seconds. We’re not talking about a few bucks here. We’re talking about up to $200 or more PER MONTH added to your water bill. That’s $2400 per year if it is not taken care of. The sounds above is caused by a faulty flapper valve or a faulty filler valve. The cost to repair is usually under $10. The other kind of leaky toilet appears visibly. There is water on the floor around the toilet. This water can come from several sources: The toilet overflowed due to some type of blockage in its drain. The water hose connection is leaking. The … Continued

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How To Read A Texas Home Inspection Report

January 1, 2018 | Buyer Inspection

One of the challenges every home inspector faces is to translate what they see to a report that makes sense to the person reading the report. The Home Inspection Report is designed to inform the client about the overall condition of the home. With this information, the client, with advice from their Realtor, can determine how to proceed. They may accept the condition of the home, negotiate for some of the repairs, negotiate the purchase price, or they may decide to withdraw the purchase offer and continue looking for a home. At Magnolia Home Inspection Services we use the following color code: Blue: inspector comments about the condition of the item inspected. These appear when there is an issue with the item. Red: inspector comments concerning safety issues for the item inspected. Black: standard TREC LIMITATIONS Home Inspection Reports can be lengthy and confusing. The report can contain anything from … Continued

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