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Why is annual servicing important for HVAC equipment?

By |2022-11-29T16:36:01-08:00November 29th, 2022|DIY Testing, Maintenance|

What if you could save money, breathe cleaner air, enjoy enhanced safety and comfort in your home all while improving your overall peace of mind for a relatively small investment? Let's look at why HVAC preventative maintenance is such a good idea. Save money: Regular HVAC maintenance is estimated to lower the chance of [...]

What is Combustion Air and Why Do You Need It?

By |2022-11-29T16:28:45-08:00November 29th, 2022|DIY Testing, home inspection|

Gas appliances are common in many homes and provide warm air through furnaces, hot water through gas water heaters, and other appliances such as gas clothes dryers. However, unlike electric appliances, gas appliances require combustion air in order to operate properly. If an adequate amount of combustion air is not provided, this can cause [...]

What is Louisiana-Pacific (LP) Inner-Seal Siding?

By |2022-11-29T12:28:30-08:00November 29th, 2022|DIY Testing, home inspection, Maintenance|

Louisiana-Pacific was hit with a barrage of lawsuits in the 1990s over the alleged subpar performance of LP's faux-cedar Inner-Seal siding. LP Inner-Seal siding was produced from 1985-1995. Inner-Seal siding from LP came with a 25-year warranty. However, the siding frequently started to decay, fall apart, and change color. Homeowners complained that their siding [...]

What is a bootleg ground?

By |2022-11-29T11:40:08-08:00November 29th, 2022|DIY Testing, home inspection|

A bootleg ground exists when the ground of the receptacle or fixture is connected to the neutral wire of the circuit. This is an improper condition and potentially a very hazardous condition. Incorrectly wired receptacles can cause significant injury or even death. Because the neutral wires carry electricity, creating a bootleg ground  makes it possible [...]

Attic Mold

By |2022-11-29T11:02:14-08:00November 29th, 2022|DIY Testing, home inspection, Maintenance|

Have you ever looked in your attic and noticed black, brown, or white patchy or fuzzy areas present on the roof sheathing or framing? While this is a common occurrence, particularly in regions with high annual rain fall and/or humidity, it can pose a potential health hazard for the home’s occupants. Mold growth can [...]

The Importance of a Vapor Barrier in your Crawlspace

By |2022-11-29T10:52:39-08:00November 29th, 2022|DIY Repairs, DIY Testing, home inspection, Maintenance|

Vapor barriers are an important installation for all homes. However, vapor barriers in homes build on a slab or with a finished basement will not be visible or accessible. A vapor barrier should be made of 6-mil black polyethylene plastic and is designed to prevent moisture vapor in the underlying soil from reaching the [...]

Failed Window Seals

By |2022-11-29T10:47:33-08:00November 29th, 2022|DIY Testing, home inspection|

Have you ever noticed that a window in your home has a hazy or foggy appearance? Does the window develop condensation that cannot be removed? This is a common occurrence for double or triple pane windows, and is generally known as a failed window seal. Double or triple pane windows can be referred to [...]

Top Five Common Garage Door Opener Problems

By |2022-11-29T10:42:24-08:00November 29th, 2022|DIY Repairs, DIY Testing, home inspection|

Garage door openers offer a convenience that help people save time and effort when entering and exiting their garages. Over time, garage door technology has evolved, and now we can open garage doors with a touch of a button, and an electric motor does all the work. Before electric mechanical devices were invented, springs [...]

What is a bootleg ground and why is it a problem?

By |2022-11-29T10:31:11-08:00November 29th, 2022|DIY Testing, home inspection|

If you are considering buying an older home you may discover that many of your electrical devices have three-prong cords that will not fit into pre-1960’s two-slot outlets or receptacles. One solution is to use a "adapter" which allows you to plug in your three-prong cord but does not give the necessary safety of [...]

What is a Cracked Heat Exchanger?

By |2022-11-29T09:38:14-08:00November 29th, 2022|DIY Testing, home inspection, Maintenance|

Gas furnaces have become one of the most common types of home heating systems over the last few decades and have become more efficient and effective over time. With regular maintenance, gas furnaces can last for many years and provide consistent and reliable heat within the home. However, like all home appliances, they can [...]

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