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What is combustion air and why do you need it?

The use of fire has been an integral part of human evolution and civilization throughout the ages. As humans were able to learn how to control fire, we were able to spend more time during the darker hours of the day on cultural development. The use of fire enabled people to have some downtime [...]

By |2022-03-10T13:27:17-08:00March 10th, 2022|home inspection|0 Comments

Why you shouldn’t select an “interior only” home inspection.

Many home inspectors offer what is called an “interior only” home inspection for condos and townhomes. Oftentimes, the cost for an interior only home inspection is less than a full general home inspection since it takes less time to inspect and report on an interior only inspection. These types of inspections are meant for [...]

By |2022-03-08T18:28:02-08:00March 8th, 2022|home inspection|0 Comments

What are Zinsco electrical panels?

Zinsco (also known as Magnetrip, Sylvania, and Challenger) electrical panels are among the known types of electrical panels that are considered to be dangerous. Just like many other electrical panel manufacturers, the Zinsco brand went through a series of equipment design and company ownership changes. This is why you may be able to find [...]

By |2022-03-08T12:56:39-08:00March 8th, 2022|home inspection|0 Comments

How to Fix a Loose Deck Guardrail

For many people, having an outdoor living space is an important factor when considering the purchase of a property. Homes with decks and patios enable homeowners to enjoy the outdoors in a way that can keep them out of the dirt and mud, and often are used as outdoor cooking areas for barbeques and [...]

By |2022-03-08T12:43:07-08:00March 8th, 2022|DIY Repairs, home inspection, Maintenance|0 Comments

What is a self-piercing saddle valve? Why should they be avoided?

Did you know that many well-known home improvement retailers may sell certain types of equipment, parts, or building materials that are not actually allowed to be installed in homes? One type of plumbing connection that is sold in many home improvement stores, but is prohibited to be installed in homes by many local jurisdictions, [...]

By |2022-03-08T10:51:03-08:00March 8th, 2022|home inspection|0 Comments

What is Lumberyard Mold?

When people hear the word “mold” during a general home inspection, there is usually a concern about indoor air quality, and the health and safety of occupants. When home inspectors find evidence of what may be mold, they will often use the terms such as “apparent mold” or “potential biological growth”. The reason why [...]

By |2022-03-08T10:44:50-08:00March 8th, 2022|DIY Testing, home inspection, Maintenance|0 Comments

How to Fix a Squeaking Floor

There is an annoying problem found in many homes; squeaking floors. It is common knowledge that older homes can have floors that creak and squeak when walked upon, but this problem can also be found in many newer homes. There are several reasons why a floor makes noise when walked upon, and figuring out [...]

By |2022-03-08T10:08:34-08:00March 8th, 2022|DIY Repairs, home inspection, Maintenance|0 Comments

How to Replace a Faulty Deadbolt Lock

One of the most important factors to consider in a home is security. Deadbolt locks at exterior doors are the first line of defense when protecting the home from intruders, so ensuring that all deadbolts are in good working order is a priority. There are a few different reasons why someone may need to [...]

By |2022-03-08T10:00:55-08:00March 8th, 2022|DIY Repairs, home inspection, Maintenance|0 Comments

How to Replace a Three-Way Switch

Three-way switches for lighting in a home provide a way to control one light with two separate switches in two different locations. Three way switches are primarily found in hallways and stairwells, but can also be found in rooms with multiple entry and exit points, or in larger sized rooms. The point of a [...]

By |2022-01-25T14:12:25-08:00January 25th, 2022|DIY Repairs, home inspection|0 Comments

What are Pushmatic / Bulldog Electrical Panels?

There are a few different electrical panel brands that home inspectors look for in a home that are potentially dangerous and defective. When these types of panels are found, most home inspectors will recommend having a licensed electrical contractor replace them, or evaluate the panels to determine whether they should be replaced. There is [...]

By |2022-01-25T14:05:54-08:00January 25th, 2022|home inspection|0 Comments
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