Marc LeBlanc LHI 10291
Marc LeBlanc
LHI #10291
337 984-8882 Voice
337 255-6815 Text
Wind Mitigation Surveyor
FHA Fee Inspector
Consumer Advocacy
BS Electrical Engineering

Welcome to Sherlock Home Inspection of Lafayette, LA

Every house has its own story, even before the first folks move in.  As someone who reads houses, I learn that story and tell it to you so you can make a more informed decision on whether to purchase the property.

I don’t solicit agents for client referrals.  Agents have interests (commissions) that conflict with your interests (the house).  By avoiding the influence of agents, I’m left with only your interests to serve.

I’m license locally in electrical and AC/heating service.  My 13 years as an inspector was preceded with 14 years self-employed in the trades, serving all major trades but plumbing.

My expertise as a home inspector, beyond the required educational requirements, is mostly homegrown.  I research new issues as I encounter them.  My expertise improves with each inspection.

As a home inspector, I cover what I can see and what I know, researching what I don’t know.  The state requirements are miniscule and take only about 20 minutes to satisfy.  My inspections run from 1 to 4 hours, averaging about 2 1/2 hours onsite.  The customized report writing is done offsite, and takes the rest of the day. Reports are Emailed within 24 hours once the inspection begins.

My inspections are thorough and my reports concise.  I don’t waste your attention.  I write what you need to know and what you want to know.  Here are three examples of my writing from a recent report:

STAPLED ROOF DECK

The roof decking is held in place with staples. You can see them on the underside of the roof deck where they missed the framing. Staples are but thin wires. They're the worse choice of roof deck for a house in a hurricane-prone coastal area and 110 mph wind zone. The consequence is roof panel detachment under condition of hurricane force winds. Once the first panel is lost, the attic becomes either pressurized or depressurized depending on the direction of the wind, leading to additional panel failures. Each panel failure brings more and more rain into the house. Damage to personal property can exceed damage to framing.
“The roof decking is held in place with staples. Staples are but thin wires. They’re the worse choice of roof deck fastener for a house built in a hurricane-prone coastal area and 110 mph wind zone. With staples, hurricane force winds might tear the roof panels off, allowing torrents of rainwater into the house.  Ask your roofer to nail down all roof panels with 8d ring-shank nails during the next shingle-replacement interval.”

FIRE HAZARD

I used an instrument to measure voltage drops as high as 16% at some wall receptacles. Voltage drop is the amount of voltage that is lost when a load is placed upon a circuit. Good wiring practice yields voltage drop values of no more than 5%. High voltage drops might result in overheated receptacles. Once it reached ignition values, it could start a house fire. Ask your electrician to diagnose and fix this.
“Some wall receptacles had voltages-drop values as high as 16%. Voltage drop is the amount of voltage that is lost within a circuit when a load is placed upon it. Good wiring practice yields voltage drop values of no more than 5%. Where voltage is developed, power and heat are also developed.  Excess heat can bring receptacles and other components closer to ignition values which can start a house fire. Ask your electrician to diagnose and correct these high voltage drops.”

EPA VIOLATION

The two halves of the central cooling system were designed for different refrigerants. Joining them violated EPA regulations. Ask your AC guy for a price to fix this mess. Do it before you buy this house.
“The two halves of the central cooling system were designed for different refrigerants. Joining them violates EPA regulations and compromises system performance. Ask your AC guy for a price to fix this mess.”

My name is Marc LeBlanc. I own Sherlock Inspection, serving south-central Louisiana with integrity since 2003.  You want me as your inspector because of my expertise in both inspecting and reporting, and because I tell you exactly what I find.

337 984-8882 (voice), 337 255-6815 (text)

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