This is photo of a typical window well in an area home recently inspected in Castle Rock Colorado. It has a safety cover over it which is very important, and is of sufficient size to allow egress from the basement area in the event of a fire or other emergency. Window wells at a depth of 44 inches or greater, should be fitted with a ladder which is at least 12″ wide, to provide easy escape for anyone needing to use the window to exit the home. In this case, the depth of the window well is approximately 40 inches, so a ladder is not required. This is a good thing to check in your home, to make sure your family can use a basement window to exit the building if a situation arises in which it becomes necessary.
This is a common issue that we find on homes 10 years or so and older. This home is located in Parker Colorado. Trees that were small when planted, create problems with concrete slabs and foundations as they reach maturity. In this case, the tree is now lifting a section of the sidewalk over 1 inch above the section next to it, and it now is beginning to create a safety hazard. In a situation like this, the section of the sidewalk can be removed and replaced, have additional material applied over it to level the surface, or in some cases, lifted and leveled by mud jacking. The tree should be removed at this point. In this case, it is within 6 feet of the foundation, and it can be expected to cause further issues down the road. Its always best to keep trees and large shrubs at least 10 feet from foundations or concrete surfaces.
During a recent inspection in Parker Colorado, this roof was observed. Normally, a wood roof is not walked on during an inspection as it can cause damage to the shingles, but in this case the owner requested I check the roof from on top. The home is approximately 20 years old and the shake shingles are showing a great deal of wear. Some are split and or missing. This roof may still be repairable, although the cost and difficulty to repair this many damaged shingles makes it a borderline case for replacement. In this case, we recommended the roof be replaced to our client prior to sale as the unrepaired areas of the roof will likely continue to deteriorate rapidly at this stage. In many cases, wood roofs can be repaired and the roof certified against leaks for 5 years by qualified roofing contractors.
This is an interesting problem we encountered on a recent inspection in Aurora Colorado. The area around this drain pipe which services the drain on the clothes washer in this home indicates that leaking has occurred for some time. When I tested the subfloor with a moisture meter, it did not indicate the OSB board was wet at the time of the inspection, but it is clear there is a moisture problem of some kind. In the inspection report, we requested the client have a plumber investigate further.
As the photos indicate, no leaking is visible around the drain in the laundry area. What the plumber determined was that on some occasions, during the wash cycle, the washing machine sets up a vibration which has worked a joint in the drain line loose. Small amounts of water flowing through the drain leak intermittently causing the staining to occur, but it is a small amount and dries quickly. This situation points to the fact that it is always a good idea to periodically check drain lines when toilets, sinks, dishwashers or other systems are in use to make sure there is no leak occurring. Sometimes the seepage can be very small and not readily noticeable.