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How to Repair or Replace Decayed Exterior Wood Trim

Wood rot in door jambs. When shopping for a new home, it is important to consider the condition of exterior components. Most types of materials used for exterior cladding require routine maintenance to prevent deterioration and decay, whereas others may last for a very long time with less maintenance. Materials such as wood [...]

By |2021-10-27T09:39:45-07:00October 27th, 2021|DIY Repairs, home inspection, Maintenance, Uncategorized|0 Comments

How To Clean Your Refrigerator Condenser Coil

Throughout history, human beings have used their ingenuity to figure out how to improve their lives. Once such improvement that has evolved over time is the use of cooling to help preserve food. Ancient Iranians were among the first people to utilize evaporative cooling to help cool and preserve food. This type of cooling [...]

By |2021-10-13T14:09:29-07:00October 13th, 2021|DIY Repairs, Maintenance|0 Comments

Why You Should Use Stainless Steel Braided Washer Hoses

Water damage in a home can lead to structural issues, deterioration of building materials, and mold growth issues. Water damage can be caused by weather related issues, such as snow melt, floods, and hurricanes, but can also be caused by bursting water supply pipes or leaking drain pipes. When a Home Inspector inspects a [...]

By |2021-10-13T13:44:46-07:00October 13th, 2021|DIY Repairs, home inspection, Maintenance|0 Comments

Recalled Cadet Heaters

Recalled Cadet Heater When a home inspector inspects a home, their goal and responsibility is to identify visible health or safety defects. Because there are millions of recalled products in the United States, it is not possible nor required by state law for home inspectors to identify recalled products in a home. [...]

By |2021-10-13T09:41:18-07:00October 13th, 2021|DIY Testing, home inspection|0 Comments

Common Retaining Wall Problems

Retaining walls are an important building component that help to secure the ground around a home. They are commonly installed when a home is built on a hillside, and where the hillside is cut to create a flat spot for the home or yard. They are also used where basement stairwells or window wells [...]

By |2021-10-13T09:08:31-07:00October 13th, 2021|home inspection, Maintenance|0 Comments

How To Replace a GFCI Outlet

A GFCI, or “ground-fault circuit interrupter” outlet is an electrical device found in homes that are designed to increase electrical safety in areas that are exposed to moisture. A GFCI is a fast-acting circuit breaker that is designed to shut off electric power in the event of a ground fault. For instance, if for [...]

By |2021-09-23T10:19:38-07:00September 23rd, 2021|DIY Repairs, home inspection, Maintenance|0 Comments

How To Install A Self-Closing Hinge On An Occupant Foor For The Garage – DIY

In homes with attached garages, there are certain safety considerations that should be made in order to ensure that safe conditions exist for the occupants. Garages are great for storing vehicles, and are also often used to house combustion appliances such as gas furnaces or water heaters. Although this may be convenient, having combustion [...]

By |2021-09-21T16:19:43-07:00September 21st, 2021|DIY Repairs, home inspection|0 Comments

How To Fix Grout Cracks – DIY

Using ceramic or stone tiles in a home is a great way to create an aesthetically pleasing space. Tiles can provide a durable water resistant barrier on floors, walls, and in shower or bath enclosures. With so many color and textured options, tiles surfaces can allow a home to be unique and beautiful. Grout [...]

By |2021-09-21T16:12:25-07:00September 21st, 2021|DIY Repairs, home inspection, Maintenance|0 Comments

How To Test For Radon With Activated Charcoal Packets – DIY

For nonsmokers, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in America. According to the Surgeon General, exposure to high levels of radon gas causes over 21,000 deaths each year. Radon gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is colorless and odorless, and can only be detected by testing for the presence of [...]

By |2021-09-21T16:12:38-07:00September 21st, 2021|DIY Testing, home inspection, radon testing|0 Comments

Why Foundation Ties Should Be Removed

There are all sorts of safety hazards around a home that may not be obvious to everyone, but that should be addressed to ensure safety. Hiring a home inspector to check a home for these not so obvious safety issues can help to protect you and your family when buying a new home, or [...]

By |2021-09-21T15:55:49-07:00September 21st, 2021|DIY Repairs, home inspection|0 Comments
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