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Thermal imaging included with all home inspections.

The thermal imaging camera is a powerful tool that few home inspectors utilize.  I include it with all inspections.

Detailed and easy to read reports.

The home inspection reports we create are not simple checklists but actually narrative in nature to give you the details about the defects so you can make an informed decission. 

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The report is not only full of valuble infomation but is written in a way that is easy to understand.

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Identifying any safety or health issues.

Keeping your family safe is your top priority.  I inspect homes like I would if my own family would be living there.

Identify components of the house that need maintenance, repair, or replacement

I identify compotnents which are not functioning properly as well as find problematic areas of the house. 

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I provide you with a detailed report which delivers an accurate evaluation of the properties condition.

 

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Carpeted Bathrooms

Carpeted bathrooms is an ongoing trend in some areas of Kern County. While some people like to think that carpets belong in the bedroom, some find comfort,security and style by installing wall-to-wall carpets on their bathroom floors
instead of the usual vinyl or tiles. Carpets are way easier to install than tiles and other concrete materials usually used for floorings (vinyl,wood, etc)
 
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For peopleof Bakersfield and other neighboring cities, warmth must rate as thenumber one pro in having a carpeted bathroom. People enjoy the comfort it giveswhen you step out of the shower especially in a cold morning. Even during pre-shower, carpets feel great in comparison to the feeling of cold hard tile.
 
Since a lot of fatal accidents occur in bathrooms, Kern River Home Inspectionsalso sees installing these as a way to minimize potential harm especially to children and elderlies who could slip and go out of balance on slippery concrete floorings and/or rugs. Another reason for most of the homes in Bakersfield toinstall carpets on their bathroom floors is it adds a touch of style especially when their bathroom is larger than the average. It can help homes to appear nicer, inviting and more luxurious as long as it is not wet and straggly.
 
The wet factor though may rank as the number one con in installing these beauties in your bathroom. Damp carpet obviously promotes bacteria growth that would lead to rapid deterioration of bathroom soft furnishings. Moisture is the
number one enemy of a carpeted bathroom; hence, you need to pick out a material that would dry out easily.
 
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Carpets need maintenance, just like any flooring. When spills and overflows happen, you need to take care of the extra moisture to prevent mildew. Mold in the house can cause several respiratory ailments especially to those with health problems. If this is the case in your home, Kern River Home Inspections (and other inspectors in your area) has a special moisture meter to determine if there is excessive moisture beneath your carpet.
 
This article was created by Kern River Home Inspections, providing home inspections, commercial inspections and mold inspections to Bakersfield and all of Kern County.
 
 

Hantavirus

Hantavirus is no longer a stranger to the people of Bakersfield. Thoughsome people are not aware of this pathogen and it’s causes, it is better to learn how to keep your familysafe from this deadly virus.
 
Hantavirus causes a rare deadlydisease known as HPS or Hantavirus Cardiopulmonary Syndrome. There are several forms of this virus, most of which are not a threat, but a fraction of these viruses can be pretty fatal.
 
Hantavirus’ primary mode of contact is inhalation which is scary because this virus is present in rodent’s feces, urine and saliva that is common in homes. Ordinarily, rodents are attracted to spaces that are most undisturbed by humans. Hence, a crawlspace is the most common area where this virus is encountered. Also, homes that have been vacant for long periods of time are most likely to have hantavirus contamination because of heavy rodent infestations. A lot of houses in Kern County that are of an older model and are most likely to have these.
 
Kern River Home Inspections took a closer look at what should be expected from this harmful virus:
 
Hantavirus can be transmitted to a person when fresh rodent droppings and urine are
disturbed. The transmission occur when the aerosolized droplets of Hantavirus are inhaled. It can also be transmitted if you touch your nose or mouth after touching anything contaminated by the virus, eating food contaminated by rodents and if you are bitten by an infected rodent. The virus can rapidly spread in areas that lack sunlight but it cannot be transferred from one human to another.
 
Symptoms of HPS may include but not limited to fever, fatigue, muscle pain, diarrhea, abdominal pain, dizziness and chills. After a couple of days, the infected person may find it hard to breathe as their lungs are starting to fill with fluid. Coughing is one of the mostcommon symptoms of the later stages.
 
Kern River Home Inspections makes sure that we protect our clients from these kinds of harmful viruses. Having killed 30-40% of the people infected, this virus is really something worth looking into, especially for the people of Bakersfield.
 
This article was created by Kern River HomeInspections, providing home inspections, commercialinspections and mold inspections to Bakersfield andall of Kern County.

Generators

Homeowners in most parts of Kern county, especially in Bakersfied, use a generator to supply electricity to their home in case of a power outage. Kern River Home Inspections make it a point that we check for potential hazards involving home generators.
 
There are two types of generators—Standby and portable.
 
Standby generators remain fixed outside the home and work with a manual or automatic transfer switch which automatically detects interruption in power supply. The transfer switch will stop input of electricity the moment it senses that supply has resumed.
 
A qualified technician and a permit is needed to install standby generators. This type of generator may be relatively expensive than the other type.They maybe turned on manually but can also be programmed to switch on automatically. Power supply can be maintained for long periods of time even for hard-wired systems. A routine maintenance is always advisable to keep the unit at its best condition.
 
Furthermore, portable generators are highly versatile. They may be used at home and be brought to remote locations, hence, does not require installation. Since they are less expensive than standby generators,they are relatively smaller in size and have lesser power capacity. It wont be able to power your homes hard-wired electrical system, thus, this type is not popular to the people in Bakersfield.
 
There are some downsides in having a generator at home, may it be a standby or a portable one. These things emit carbon monoxide which is very dangerous to your health. Generators, especially those that arpowered by gasoline are highly flammable. It can cause fire in case ooverloading. Rest assured, Kern River Home Inspections will include your generators during the thorough general inspection to eliminate the possibility of your family being exposed to the risk of electrical shock and any dangerouback feed due to faulty installation.
 
This article was created by Kern River Home Inspections, providing home inspections, commercial inspections and mold inspections to Bakersfield and all of Kern County.

Evaporative coolers - common issues and requirements

Evaporative coolers are common in the dryer areas of Kern County.  We see them on homes in Ridgecrest, Kernville, Lake Isabella, and Taft.  Here is a quick video about evaporative coolers:

 

 

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