Well if it looks like the photos below, there is a strong probability that it is asbestos and it should either be encapsulated, if it is in good condition, or removed, if it is friable. Friable means that if you touch it it can turn to dust and become airborne. Asbestos is a known cause of lung cancer. Its removal must be don by a licensed professional. For a list of local, licensed asbestos remediation companies you can contact our office or the NJ Department of Community Affairs at 609-984-7815.
This issue came up at a recent townhouse inspection done by Michael McCarthy. Although the installation of kickouts is not required in this case they were recommended to help prevent siding from rotting.
1. There were no kickout / diverters installed at the bottom of the roof / wall intersection areas which are commonly referred to as side or 'cheek side walls'. Accumulating roof water runoff should be directed out and away from the building and into the gutters. Roof-to-wall flashing areas should have a kickout / diverter installed at the bottom termination of the side or cheek walls to ensure that water is directed away from siding and other wall surfaces. The installation of kickout / diverters will be required to prevent leaks and water damage from occurring.
2. Flashing was missing below the rear window cheek wall and was only caulked. It should have been flashed below the window like your neighbors. The installation of flashing will be required to prevent leaks from occurring.
3. The vent channels in the attic were either loose or missing. Therefore, the insulation was incorrectly installed above the soffit vents and was blocking the passage of air from the soffit vents into the attic area. This condition prevents adequate air circulation into the attic area. Removal of the insulation from above the soffit vents or the proper installation of vent channels will be required to provide adequate air circulation into the attic area.
If your shower looks anything like what’s pictured below, you might have a problem! What you’re seeing is a crack in the shower floor tile where someone used caulk as a repair. The only thing that may possibly be keeping water from actively leaking through to the room below is the shower floor pan below the tile. If I was in the room below, I would constantly be looking up at the ceiling – that shower pan won’t last long! The only remedy for this condition is to replace the shower floor tile and install a new shower floor pan.
The house is ours and we have some questions about the AC. We noticed that while the AC unit is on, and responds to the on and off switch, it's hot on the first and second floor and the basement is cool, but the AC vent is leaking water and there is ice around the piping (pictures below). Any thoughts or suggestions?
Lindsay & Tommy N.
Insufficient airflow causes the coils to drop below freezing. The humidity in the air then collects on the coils, creating an even greater buildup of ice on your evaporator. This is usually a result of a dirty air filter that needs to be replaced, but can also be caused by an air filter that is too restrictive. It can also be (but is not typically caused) by a low refrigerant level.
Things you can do: first turn you system off so it defrosts. Check your filters if clogged replace them. Also be sure your blower motor is working and air is coming out of the registers. Be sure that the dampers are open. Set the thermostat to the "fan on" position. This setting causes the blower motor / fan to come on and run continuously without heating or cooling your house. Then take a piece of paper towel or toilet paper and hold it in front of each register. The ones with the handle on them should be blowing air into the room. The ones without handles are the return ducts. They should be sucking in air.
Hope that helped!