Tinley Park Home Inspector
Tom Kollias-Illinois State Licensed and Certified Home Inspector
Kollias Property Inspections serving greater Chicagoland and all surrounding communities.
708-349-4562 (office)
708-359-8770 (cell - Text)
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Phone answered
8:00am - 9:30pm

Illinois License 451.000667
Performing Home Inspections in Tinley Park, Orland Park, Oak Forest, Mokena, Homer Glen and surrounding communities.



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Inspect the Condensate Drain Line
Condensate drain lines collect water and drain it away from the unit. They are located on the side of the inside fan unit. Sometimes there are two drain lines-a primary drain line that's built into the unit, and a secondary drain line that can drain if the first becomes blocked. Homeowners can inspect the drain line by using the following tips, which take very little time and require no specialized tools:

   • Inspect the drain line for obstructions, such as algae and debris. If the line becomes blocked, water will back up into the drain pan and overflow, potentially causing a safety hazard or water damage to your home.
   • Make sure the hoses are secured and fit properly.

Outlets and Extension Cords
Make sure all electrical receptacles or outlets are three-hole, grounded outlets. If there is water in the area, there should be a GFCI or ground-fault circuit interrupter outlet. All outdoor outlets should be GFCIs and installed in a weather proof bubble cover. There should be ample electrical capacity to run equipment without tripping circuit breakers or blowing fuses. Minimize extension cord use. Never place them under rugs. Use extension cords sparingly and check them periodically. Use the proper electrical cord for the job, and put safety plugs in unused outlets.

Electrical Appliances
Appliances need to be treated with respect and care. They need room to breathe. Avoid enclosing them in a cabinet without proper openings, and do not store papers around them. Level appliances so they do not tip. Washers and dryers should be checked often. Their movement can put undue stress on electrical connections. If any appliance or device gives off a tingling shock, turn it off, unplug it, and have a qualified person correct the problem. Shocks can be fatal. Never insert metal objects into appliances without unplugging them. Check appliances periodically to spot worn or cracked insulation, loose terminals, corroded wires, defective parts and any other components that might not work correctly. Replace these appliances or have them repaired by a person qualified to do so.

Outside Hazards
There are several electrical hazards outside the home. Be aware of overhead and underground power lines. People have been electrocuted when an object they are moving has come in contact with the overhead power lines. Keep ladders, antennae, kites and poles away from power lines leading to the house and other buildings. Do not plant trees, shrubs or bushes under power lines or near underground power lines. Never build a swimming pool or other structure under the power line leading to your house. Before digging, learn the location of underground power lines.

Do not climb power poles or transmission towers. Never let anyone shoot or throw stones at insulators. If you have an animal trapped in a tree or on the roof near electric lines, phone your utility company. Do not take a chance of electrocuting yourself. Be aware of weather conditions when installing and working with electrical appliances. Never use electrical power tools or appliances with rain overhead or water underfoot. Use only outdoor lights, fixtures and extension cords. Plug into outlets with a GFCI. Downed power lines are extremely dangerous. If you see a downed power line, call the electric company, and warn others to stay away. If a power line hits your car while you are in it, stay inside unless the car catches fire. If the car catches fire, jump clear without touching metal and the ground at the same time.


DANGER : Carbon Monoxide Kills
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an odorless gas that kills without warning. It claims the lives of hundreds of people every year and makes thousands more ill. Many household appliances, such as gas and oil-burning furnaces, portable generators and charcoal grilles, produce poison gas.

To keep your family safe, install battery-operated CO detectors near every sleeping area in your home and check them regularly to be sure thay are functioning properly.

   •  Have your heating equipment inspected every year.
   •  Never use a gas powered generator inside your home or       garage
   •  Never use a charcoal grille inside.
   •  Never warm up a vehicle in the garage.
   •  Only use gas powered generators and power washers       outside and more than 20 feet away from home, doors       and windows


Tips For Forclosure Purchases:

• Invest time in research and preparation. Those new to the field should spend some time learning the variables of forclosure investing before making any purchases.
• Budget carefully to prepare for the unexpected. The house may require unforseen repairs, such as a leaky roof or unstable deck. The price tag of the home itself is often just the first series of fees. What if you planned on rental cash flow to cover the mortgage, but you can't find a tenant.
• Avoid buying a foreclosure sight-unseen. Try to see the house yourself before buying it., or hire someone to evaluate it in your absence. Distant investors are buying up properties unseen in bulk, and they often unpleanantly surprised at how much they've been mislead.
• Evaluate the neighborhood. If the forclosure is rife with problems, but it's in a desirable area with high property resale values, it may still be worth it to make a low offer. An area with several foreclosures or a high crime rate can undermine an otherwise good deal, however.
• Consider how long the house has been vacant. Building damage -- and the costs required to make the house livable - generally increases with the time that has lapsed since the last tenant vacated. Pets are particular issue in houses that have been empty for a long time, and plumbing defects and leaks increase in likelihood in such homes, as well.
• Examine the landscaping. Left unchecked, trees can send their roots into the foundation, and vines can creep into windows.
• Has the house been professionally inspected by an InterNachi inspector? Forclosures can be notorious for damage at the hands of past owners/tenants, through both inadvertent and intentional vandalism and theft.


7 Dangerous Products

• Step Stools: Loosing your balance and slipping off one of these can cause back injuries, knee injuries and bone fractures, so make sure yours is stable. Look for a stool with sturdy legs, fitted rubber tips and a base that is wider than the top. When using hold on to something stationary.

Dryers: These appliances start about 6,000 home fires every year. The culprits may be defective dryers or excess lint that was never cleaned out. Check the lint traps after every use.

Lawn mowers: They cause some 80,000 injuries each year. Wear sturdy shoes and eye protection, and check your yard for stones and other debris that can be thrown by the mower.

Bed rails: Designed to enhance safety, they can injure children or older people if improperly in-stalled or badly designed.

Humidifiers: Keep your humidifier clean. If they're not properly maintained, you can get sick from the buildup of mold and bacteria.

Blenders: From lacerating blades to the risk of scalding when hot liquid is splashed, beware the blender. The goverment logged 9,000 blender injuries in 2014

Toaster: These everday devices cause thousands of fires - including several fatal ones - each year. Clean out the crumbs and unplug when not in use. Ditto for toaster ovens.


Do's and Don'ts for a Secure Holiday Home:

• Don't hide spare keys under flowerpots, dormats or on door-frame ledges. Do give a spare key to a trusted neighbor.
• Do use a timer to turn household lights on and off even if you are not home. Burglars watch for occupancy clues.
• Don't display your Christmas tree and presents in front of easy-access windows. Burglars love easy in-and out routes.
• Do keep your windows and doors, including sliding doors, locked and secure.
• Don't display your family name on your mailbox - burglars can easily find out your phone number and call to see if you are home.
• Do make sure you're home to accept any packages that are scheduled for delivery. If not request that the packages are left with a trusted neighbor or the nearest post office.
• Do request to suspend your mail and newspaper delivery if you're going out of town.
• Don't leave notes on your door announcing that you're away from home.
• Don't leave empty boxes from high-priced items outside your home for trash collection.
• Do ask a trusted neighbor to check up on your home if you're out of town.
• Do install durable doors and windows, even a home security system.


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