NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION TIPS:
SOME PROBLEMS TYPICALLY FOUND WITH NEW CONSTRUCTION
in the foundation wall with water seepage.
often there are always some cracked or open mortar joints on
any masonry building.
contractors often do not remove their form ties or they forget
to parage over any areas where the form ties were removed. Sooner
or later, these form ties crack the foundation walls as they
rust out. Therefore all basements will take on water.
spaces are usually not covered with plastic (visqueen) and stone,
as they should be in order to prevent excessive moisture.
in foundation walls with water seepage.
and receptacles that don't work.
to properly bond or electrically install the garbage disposal.
shingles or debris remaining on roofs surface.
tray or tub not installed under washing machine and hot water
heater. This may result in future water damage.
and tub tiles are often never caulked into the tub or flooring,
as they should be.
and waste piping often do not have an adequate number of supports
or fasteners to keep them secured.
paint job-- missed places, drips, areas painted where they shouldn't
appliances, resulting in lost warranties.
to paint the tops, bottoms, sides of exposed wood sashes and
structural lintels not painted as required. This will result
in premature rusting and failure. Lintels are expensive to replace.
foundation windows and doors in masonry buildings are inadequately
equipped with flashing and weep holes. They are required to
prevent moisture penetration and possible mold growth.
are either not or poorly installed.
and gaps on the hardwood floors.
and bath cabinet doors are often not aligned.Split,cracked or
broken door stiles and rails.
done drywall job with seams, nail and/or screw head pops.
& marble wall and floor tile usually never sealed.
never extend 5' or more from the foundation, as they should.
Exterior landscaping without the proper grade. Both are critical
in help preventing wet basements.
to clean the ductwork, it's always dirty and has construction
and ceiling mechanical and electrical penetrations are never
sealed wit proper fire and fume stopping material. Safety hazard.
are almost never installed with steel flue pipes and clamps,
as required. Safety hazard.
and cooling ducts are often never taped or sealed with the approved
heating tape, as required. Lost air-flow.
insulation board is usually broken during the installation of
the exterior siding or the brick veneer.
and plumbers often notch or cut through joists and studs where
they are not supposed to, resulting in weak framework.
structural steel beams are not mortared onto their beam pocket.
This can cause shifting.
hangers are never nailed in every slot,as required. Resulting
in weak framing.
primary sources of heat loss, in new construction, are due to
the lack of insulation or sealant around the band joist, the
mudsills, and around the windows and doors. Result: Higher heating
and cooling costs.
are never flat washered and nutted, as required. Resulting in
that the house is not secured to the foundation.
most municipalities it is required to have one basement exit
window that is larger than the others.This exit point is required
to have a ladder in the window well.
is another area where a Licensed and Certified Home Inspector
can help. Through
education, experience and over 30
years in the building construction industry, we can document,
supply photos and prepare a list of deficiencies for you
to present to your builder/remodeler for correction.
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