Code of Ethics

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The Vital Role of a Code of Ethics for South African Home Inspectors

InterNACHI South African Code of Ethics enhances both professionalism and the home inspection industry standards.

In the competitive realm of home inspection, adherence to a robust code of ethics is not merely commendable—it’s indispensable. In addition, from safeguarding consumer trust to elevating industry standards, a well-structured code serves as the cornerstone of professionalism in home inspection services.

Upholding Integrity with a Code of Ethics

Such a code outlines the ethical principles and standards that guide my conduct and that of other home inspectors. Moreover, it represents a commitment to honesty, impartiality, and transparency, instilling confidence in clients.

Ensuring Consumer Protection: A Paramount Responsibility

Central to the essence of running an ethical business is the protection of consumer interests. Therefore, by prioritising thoroughness, objectivity, and accuracy in inspections, I reduce risks for my clients, enabling them to make informed decisions about their property investments.

Fostering Professionalism: Setting the Bar High

A code of ethics raises the bar for professionalism within the home inspection industry. Furthermore, it creates a culture of accountability and excellence, driving me to continually enhance my skills and knowledge to better serve my clients.

Building Trust: The Currency of Success

Trust is the currency of success in the home inspection business. Moreover, by adhering to a code of ethics, I earn the trust of my clients, creating long-term relationships and resulting in positive word-of-mouth referrals.

Navigating Ethical Dilemmas: A Compass for Conduct

In the complex landscape of home inspection, ethical dilemmas are inevitable. A robust code of ethics serves as a guiding compass. In effect, it offers clarity and direction in navigating challenging situations while upholding the highest ethical standards.

Instilling Confidence: Enhancing Industry Reputation

A code of ethics is not merely a set of rules! It’s a testament to the integrity and professionalism of the home inspection industry as a whole. Consequently, by adhering to ethical principles, I contribute to the positive reputation and credibility of the profession.

A Code of Ethics Embraces Accountability – The Key to Longevity

Accountability is the cornerstone of a sustainable home inspection business. Therefore, by holding myself accountable to ethical standards, I safeguard my reputation and longevity in the industry. As a result, this earns the respect and loyalty of my clients and peers alike.

Elevating Standards, Empowering Success

In conclusion, a code of ethics is not a luxury—it’s a necessity. Significantly, by upholding integrity, protecting my client’s interests, and fostering professionalism, a well-defined code catalyses success, elevating standards and empowering me to thrive in my profession.

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Blistering Paintwork

Understanding the Causes of Blistering Paintwork on a Plastered Wall

Blistering paint on a plastered wall
Blistering paint and other paint issues on plastered walls can be caused by various factors, from moisture to improper surface preparation.

Have you ever noticed those paint issues such as unsightly bubbles forming beneath the paint on your plastered walls? It’s a frustrating sight, especially after putting in the effort to paint them. Blistering paintwork can ruin the aesthetics of your walls and leave you wondering what went wrong.

Understanding What Causes Blistering Paint

Moisture Infiltration

One of the primary reasons for blistering paint is moisture seeping through the plaster. Whether it’s from cracks, leaks, high humidity, or inadequate waterproofing, moisture can wreak havoc on your paint job.

Poor Surface Preparation

Rushing through the surface preparation phase can lead to adhesion issues between the plaster and paint layers. Failure to clean, sand, or prime the surface adequately prevents the paint from bonding securely, resulting in blisters.

Low-Quality Paint or Primer

Using subpar paint or primer products might save you money upfront but could cost you dearly in the long run. Inferior formulations are more prone to blistering, especially when applied to plastered walls.

Paint Application in Extreme Conditions

Painting in extreme temperatures or direct sunlight can impact the paint’s ability to adhere properly to the plaster. Similarly, applying paint to damp surfaces or during high humidity levels can lead to blister formation.

Treating Blistered Paint on Walls

Painting over the Blistered Paint on Walls

While you can paint over blisters, addressing the underlying issues is crucial. Ignoring them may lead to recurring problems. Sand the affected areas, repair any damage, prime the surface, and repaint for a lasting solution.

Preventing Blistering Paint on Plastered Walls

Ensure proper surface preparation by cleaning and priming the walls before painting. Use high-quality paint and primer suitable for plaster surfaces. Additionally, address any moisture issues promptly to safeguard against future blistering.

Quick Fixes for Blistering Paint

Quick fixes such as puncturing the blisters and applying a new coat of paint may offer temporary relief but are not advisable. However, to prevent recurrence, it’s essential to identify and rectify the root cause of the blistering.

Address the issues to prevent blistering paint.

Blistering paint on plastered walls can be a frustrating setback, but understanding its causes is the first step toward effective resolution. By addressing issues such as moisture infiltration from cracks, rising damp, falling damp, penetrating damp, inadequate surface preparation, and using quality materials, you can achieve a flawless finish that stands the test of time. Remember, a well-executed paint job not only enhances the aesthetics of your house but also protects your walls from damage. Take the time to tackle the problem at its source and enjoy walls that exude beauty and durability for years to come.

A Maintenance Home Inspection will help solve many issues you may have in your home with cracking, paint issues and leaks. You get a comprehensive inspection and report with photos which will highlight the maintenance issues you should take care of.

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Don’t Skip Your Home Inspection

Why Skipping a Home Inspection Can Cost You Thousands

At some point, you may be considering purchasing a new home and the question of whether to get a home inspection might cross your mind. You might think that skipping a home inspection can save you money. In reality, it can cost you thousands in repairs in the long run. A home inspection is a crucial step in the home-buying process! A home inspection can help you avoid potential pitfalls, identify hidden problems, and negotiate better terms with the seller. Read why skipping a home inspection can be a costly mistake, and how it can affect you and your investment.

The Risks of Skipping a Home Inspection

Skipping a home inspection can lead to several risks that can affect your investment. One of the most significant risks is the potential for hidden problems that can be expensive to repair. With the “Voetstoots” clause in most preowned house sales, you are at risk! Without a home inspection, you may not know about any defects, building regulation violations, or safety hazards. This may lead to costly repairs! Additionally, without a home inspection, you might miss out on important details about the home’s condition. This includes systems such as the age of the roof, plumbing and electrical systems or the foundation. These systems can also impact the value of the property.

Another risk of skipping a home inspection is the potential for legal and financial liabilities. If you purchase a home without a home inspection and later discover significant problems, you may be held liable for the costs of repair. Furthermore, if you decide to sell the property without disclosing the defects, you could face legal consequences and even lose your investment.

The Benefits of Getting a Home Inspection

On the other hand, getting a home inspection can help you avoid these risks and provide you with several benefits. One of the main benefits of a home inspection is that it can identify any defects or issues that you may not be aware of, which can help you negotiate with the seller for better terms. Additionally, a home inspection can help you plan for any future maintenance or repairs that may be necessary. Regular maintenance will save you money in the long run. A good reason for not skipping your home inspection!

Furthermore, a home inspection can provide you with peace of mind, knowing that you have a home inspection report of the home’s condition. The report will include the property’s strong points and any suggestions for repairing the defects of the property. Regular maintenance is a feature of any property! The report will give you a good idea of the maintenance you may need to undertake. Additionally, a home inspection can help you avoid surprises after the purchase, reducing the stress and anxiety associated with buying a new home.

Conclusion

In conclusion, skipping a home inspection can be costly! It can lead to hidden problems, legal and financial liabilities, and reduced property value. Getting a home inspection, on the other hand, can provide you with several benefits. These include identifying defects, negotiating better terms with the seller, planning future repairs, and providing you with peace of mind. Therefore, I recommend that you always get a home inspection before buying a property to ensure that you are making a sound investment.

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Imagine What Can Happen If You Don’t Have A Home Inspection!

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Do not let this happen to you! Be wise! Rather have one of my property inspections like a Comprehensive or Critical Home Inspection in Gauteng or part of the North West province!

Why use THE HOME DETECTIVE for your home inspection?

Firstly, you get the best home inspection and most detailed home inspection report in Gauteng! You not only get a defects report but you also get a property inspection report detailing future maintenance issues! Moreover, my inspection reports include advice for repairs and maintenance which is helpful if you are a DIY enthusiast or handy around the house! 

Secondly, your inspection is performed and the report is produced by a highly qualified and Certified Professional Inspector (CPI) who is a member of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI)!

Moreover, I come highly recommended on Google Business!

There is no doubt that without a home inspection and report, you are at risk! This is especially true with the “Voetstoots” clause in the “Offer to Purchase“!

At The Home Detective, I understand just how stressful it can be to buy a new home. A home is not just what it appears to be on the surface. It can consist of more than 500 different components, some of them very complex. This includes the roof, windows, doors, structural concrete, brickwork, framework, and components such as electrical, plumbing, cooking, heating, and air conditioning systems.

When considering a home for purchase, minor cosmetic repairs are usually acceptable. However, you need to make sure that everything beneath the surface is in good shape.

How I can help you

I will help you reduce your stress and uncertainty when you are looking for a new home. I will help you choose the right property. My Comprehensive or Critical Home Inspection will help reduce the risk of buying a house with structural defects, leaks, dampness and other defects.

Furthermore, I work only for you! My home inspection services give you unbiased, objective information about the property. Above all, I am an independent and impartial home inspector.

In addition, a comprehensive or critical home inspection and report is not going to cost you an arm or a leg! Don’t let the home inspection cost put you off! It may cost a bit, but it could end up saving you many thousands in repairs and maintenance!

My inspection services for your peace of mind

You don’t need to attend the inspection if you do not wish to. Your inspection report with marked-up photos of the defects will clearly illustrate the condition of the home to you. However, attending the home inspection will give you more insight into the property. In addition, you will also be able to raise concerns while I am inspecting and have your questions answered.

Your comprehensive home inspection report will include:

  • Defects of the property and suggestions for repairing them
  • The property’s strong points,
  • Regular maintenance is a feature of any property. The report will give you a good idea of the maintenance you may need to do.
  • For ease of understanding the inspection report will include photographs. I am also happy to give telephone support if required!

Why choose The Home Detective?

At The Home Detective, I strive to ensure my home inspection services and reports are not only the best in Gauteng but are the best in the business. I value customer service above everything else.

I use the latest home inspection technology and equipment. Therefore, you can rest assured that you’ll receive a thorough and detailed property inspection service you won’t find elsewhere!

In addition, I inspect properties in Gauteng from the north of Pretoria to Johannesburg South and from Brits in the Northwest Province to Springs in the east.

All my inspections exceed the minimum requirements of InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice and I observe InterNACHI’s Code of Ethics.

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Damp In Freestanding Walls

Do Your Boundary Walls Look Like This?

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This photo I took during a client’s comprehensive buyers inspection had rising damp, falling damp and penetrating damp in the boundary and garden walls. In addition, the white marks on the wall were caused by efflorescence.

Often the maintenance of the walls that are attached to or which do not form part of our houses is neglected. These are our boundary, garden and courtyard walls.

These walls are very important in that they protect our privacy and security and are our first line of defence against intruders. Unfortunately, we sometimes do not make enough effort to protect them!

The greatest enemy of these walls is damp which penetrates into the wall from below, above and from the sides of the walls.

Rising Damp

Rising damp occurs as a result of capillary action at and below ground level into porous building materials. These materials are mainly concrete, bricks and mortar. The moisture rises up the wall in this way. It usually occurs where there is no damp proof course (DPC). Freestanding walls such as boundary and garden walls do not normally have DPC built into the walls because it would make the wall unstable. A layer of DPC would break the bond between the wall and its foundation.

The height to which the moisture will rise is determined by the evaporation rate and the nature of the wall. However, the normal limit for rising damp is generally about one metre above ground level.

Rising damp may show as a stain on the plastered and painted wall, the blistering of paint and loss of plaster. A damp area may be evident at the base of walls and in extreme situations, may cause the structure of the wall to wear away and crumble.

Falling Damp

Falling damp is caused by downward water penetration from the top of porous masonry walls. This is as a result of the top of a boundary wall not being adequately waterproofed, if at all.

Walls should be:

  • properly sealed at vertical expansion joints;
  • repaired at copings that have cracked or deteriorating mortar joints;
  • cleaned to prevent the build-up of dirt and moss on upper surfaces of stone or brickwork.
  • Leaves, bird manure, moss and dirt on top of the walls contain weak acids and salts which can promote decay of the masonry and paint if absorbed.

Penetrating Damp

Penetrating damp is a common form of damp. It occurs as a result of the horizontal ingress of water through gaps, cracks and joints in the wall’s structure. Penetrating or horizontal damp can be due to your or your neighbour’s irrigation system spraying against the boundary wall. Moreover, foliage growing against the wall (bushes and trees)can also be the cause. Other causes are deteriorating paint finishes and inadequately ruled joints which allows moisture intrusion into faced brick or stone walls.

Penetrating damp tends to produce localised patches of dampness and decay, whereas rising damp may affect the base of the wall.

Efflorescence

Efflorescence occurs when an appreciable quantity of soluble salts and moisture is present in the masonry. It routinely occurs in masonry construction, particularly in brick and concrete. It typically occurs during the initial curing of the cementitious product. Moisture carries these salts to the face of the masonry or concrete where the moisture evaporates.

As the water evaporates, it leaves the salts behind as a white fluffy deposit. Therefore, to remove it, brush the deposit off when the wall is dry. It usually disappears with time after rains or washing with water.

Efflorescence is generally an aesthetic concern and not a structural one. However, where there is excessive efflorescence, the crystallizing salts within the pores of the masonry can disrupt even the strongest material. As a result, this can lead to the breaking up and crumbling of the structure.

How to prevent damp damage in your freestanding walls

Rising Damp

Rising damp is not easy to resolve in any freestanding, boundary or garden walls because of the lack of DPC.  However, you can do the following:

  1. Make sure that there is no pooling of water against the wall. Good drainage away from the walls is essential. If you have a low point in your garden against your boundary walls you will need to create a hole in the wall at the lowest point for the stormwater to drain away. Your neighbours have to accept a certain amount of your stormwater by law.
  2. Try not to overwater your gardens against boundary and garden walls. overwatering will result in sodden earth around the walls and, as a result, rising damp in the wall.
  3. Keep leaves and other debris on the ground which may retain water away from the walls.

Falling Damp

  1. You should waterproof the tops of all freestanding walls with a layer of an acrylic waterproofing system or any other system to prevent moisture intrusion into the top of your boundary and yard walls.
  2. If there is a concrete or brick coping on top of the wall you must ensure that the joints form a water-resistant seal. You should seal all deteriorated joints or porous joints between the bricks and copings.
  3. Seal the top of expansion joints to prevent water from entering the joint with a silicone sealer.

Penetrating Damp

  1. Check the paint finish regularly on your boundary and garden walls. It may be time to repaint if the finish is chalky.
  2. If you have a sprinkler system make sure that you are not watering your boundary walls. Sprinkler heads are normally adjustable. If yours are not, change them.
  3. Trim bushes and shrubs so that there is a gap between the foliage, branches and the walls.
  4. If it appears that the moisture is from your neighbours’ sides, you will need to talk to them about the problem.
  5. Clean out and seal vertical expansion joints with a good silicone sealer. Any cracks should be sealed as well. Furthermore, if your plastered walls are covered in crazing cracking wash the wall down. Thereafter, when the wall is dry, seal the wall with a sealer and repaint the wall.

Efflorescence is a sign of damp

Efflorescence is caused by moisture absorbed in the wall evaporating and leaving behind salts as a white powder. Therefore, if you repair and maintain your walls as suggested above, very little efflorescence should appear on your walls.

I am not specifically promoting Prominent Paints as all the well-known paint manufacturers produce the same required paints and sealers. You can use most of them to repair and maintain your freestanding walls.

However, Prominent’s video provides very good advice on how to repair moisture damage to boundary and garden walls!

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