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Washing Machine Drain Pans

By |2022-11-29T16:32:05-08:00November 29th, 2022|DIY Repairs, home inspection|

Washing machines are a tremendously helpful modern appliance that reduce time spent washing clothes and are quick and efficient household appliances. However, as with any appliance or component in a home, they can fail or need repairs. Since they are directly connected to the distribution water supply, leakage at a washer can cause a [...]

Why Should Line Sets Be Insulated?

By |2022-11-29T16:24:10-08:00November 29th, 2022|DIY Repairs, home inspection, Maintenance|

Air conditioners and heat pumps are connected to the interior evaporator and condenser by a line set, also known as refrigerant lines. These copper tubes move refrigerant in a cycle through the compressor, condenser, and evaporator providing cool air (or warm air if a heat pump is used in heating mode). While this system [...]

Keeping Your Air Conditioner Compressor Level

By |2022-11-29T16:20:13-08:00November 29th, 2022|DIY Repairs, home inspection, Maintenance|

An often overlooked part of a home’s HVAC system, except for during the hot summer months, is the air conditioning compressor. This usually looks like a large vented metal box containing a fan which spins and blows air around the compressor on the exterior of the home when the thermostat is set to cooling [...]

Where are GFCI outlets required under current building standards?

By |2022-11-29T16:16:16-08:00November 29th, 2022|DIY Repairs, home inspection|

Ground-fault circuit interrupters, or GFCIs, are safety devices that are put on electrical outlets, also known as electrical receptacles. They're also located on extension cables, circuit breakers, and other electrical equipment. When the low-resistance grounding route from a tool or electrical system is broken, a ground fault occurs. The electrical current may then take [...]

Damaged Plumbing Vent Boots

By |2022-11-29T15:35:13-08:00November 29th, 2022|DIY Repairs, home inspection, Maintenance|

Plumbing vents are an essential part of a home’s DWV (Drain Waste and Vent) system. They supply fresh air to the plumbing system in the home, which helps with proper water circulation. Additionally, plumbing vents create an avenue for toxic sewer gases to leave home. One of the most common defects we that we [...]

Water Heater Drain Pans

By |2022-11-29T15:31:09-08:00November 29th, 2022|DIY Repairs, home inspection|

Water heaters are essential for all homes and generally require less maintenance as compared to other major appliances such as furnaces and air conditioners. However, water heaters that are not monitored can eventually leak and cause disastrous conditions. The average life expectancy of a water heater is approximately 6-12 years. Many homes contain water [...]

Why doesn’t a gutter with an integrated lip qualify as drip edge flashing?

By |2022-11-29T13:31:02-08:00November 29th, 2022|DIY Repairs, home inspection|

The term "drip edge" refers to the metal flashing or water-resistant barrier that is placed at the edge of a roof and that has an overhang from the roofline. It shields the fascia board from water seeping in from the top, underneath the shingles, and into your house. Drip edging aids in preventing capillary [...]

How to fix a door that is rubbing against the carpet or floor

By |2022-11-29T13:28:04-08:00November 29th, 2022|DIY Repairs, home inspection|

A door that is rubbing against the floor can sometimes be a simple nuisance but sometimes it can cause damage and negatively affect the HVAC system of the home. A door that repeatedly rubs against the carpet can cause the carpet in that area to wear prematurely. If it is rubbing against a hard [...]

How To Replace A Toilet Seal

By |2022-11-29T13:25:04-08:00November 29th, 2022|DIY Repairs, Maintenance|

When you look at the toilet in your bathroom, you won't see the toilet seal. It is, nevertheless, a crucial part on the toilet and is installed at the base of the toilet. It is a ring that prevents the toilet water from dripping onto the floor of the restroom. This ring, typically made [...]

Why are double keyed deadbolts a defect?

By |2022-11-29T13:22:15-08:00November 29th, 2022|DIY Repairs, home inspection|

The most popular kind of deadbolt, the single-keyed deadbolt, only needs a key to be turned in order to gain access from the outside. A knob that locks and unlocks the door is found on the interior side of the door. Both sides of a double-cylinder deadbolt have key-entry locks. In a home with [...]

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