Electrical Defects, Port St. Lucie Home Inspections.

The most common electrical defect we find in both old and new homes here in Port St. Lucie, is the double tap. The term double tap, is electrical jargon for attaching two wires to a single breaker where only one was designed to be attached. In the electrical panel, branch wires are attached to circuit breakers. Often, […]

Federal Pacific Stab-lok Electrical Panels

 Federal Pacific Electric Stab-Lok panels Federal Pacific Electric Stab-Lok panels (FPE) have a long history of problems. If you have one of these electric panels in your home or you’re buying a home with one of these panels, you should have the panel replaced. They are a latent fire hazard. They may appear to work […]

AIR QUALITY

Air Quality:  Inspecting the HVAC system (heating/cooling) is an important part of every Home Inspection performed by JCM Building Services.  Here on the Treasure Coast, most Port St. Lucie home buyers are purchasing Short Sales or Foreclosures. Whenever a property becomes distressed, the maintenance of the AC filter, coil, and duct work are often the […]

Proposed Changes to the Wind Mitigation Will Hurt Treasure Coast Residents.

Proposed changes in the new wind mitigation form are being discussed in Tallahassee on Tuesday September 20, 2011. If passed as discussed, it will dramatically impact the residents of Saint Lucie, Martin, & Palm Beach county. The changes would require a 3 nail minimuim for a ‘CLIP’ rating. Many of the older exsisting homes have […]

Home Inspections and Roof Inspections by JCM Building Services.

Home Inspections and Roof Inspections by JCM Building Services. The roof condition is a critical factor in maintaining a healthy, safe, and long lasting home. It is the first line of defense from the elements and is single most expensive system in the house to replace. It is critical that the roof system be inspected […]

Gutters: An Important and Often Neglected Component of Your Home’s Water Management System.

 Water management is a very important component to a healthy, safe, and long lasting home. Gutters are an important and often over looked & neglected part of a home’s water management system. The gutter system catches rain water and directs it away from the structure. Gutters & down spouts should be kept clean and splash […]

Wind Mitigation Can Save Treasure Coast Homeowners Big Bucks on Their Windstorm Insurance

Homeowners in Port Saint Lucie and the Treasure Coast can save significant amounts of money on their Windstorm insurance with a wind Mitigation. Let’s face it. times are difficult and everyone wants to save money wherever they can.  Florida Law entitles homeowners to certain premium reductions based upon their homes wind resistance features. Depending on […]

Port Saint Lucie Home Inspection: JCM Building Services identifies moisture damage from neglected gutters with infrared thermal imaging.

Moisture can seriously damage structures and building systems. Here on the Treasure Coast, our Home Inspections often reveal moisture intrusion from poorly maintained systems. Gutter systems and sprinkler systems are two exterior systems that if improperly maintained can lead to moisture damage. Below, infrared thermal imaging taken during a Port Saint Lucie Home Inspection identified […]

Choosing your Home Inspector.

Not all Home Inspectors are the same. Neither is their inspections. Most home buyers choose their Home Inspector based upon recommendation and price. Recommendations are a great way of choosing an inspector. However, a Home Inspector should never be chosen based upon price alone. Often, a cheap inspection is cheap for a reason. Visit my […]

WIND MITIGATION & ROOF GEOMETRY

Today, Wind Mitigation or Wind Storm Inspection discounts and credits are a big part of home ownership. One component of the discounts relates to Roof Geometry. Especially the Flat Roof determination. Read my responses in the NACHI forum to help you understand your homes roof geometry. www.nachi.org/forum/f73/flat-roof-section-wind-mit-51293/