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How to Repair or Replace Decayed Exterior Wood Trim

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

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 [...]

Washington Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements

By |2021-08-27T14:26:08-07:00April 30th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Washington State Carbon Monoxide Alarm Rules: What is Carbon Monoxide & why should I care about it? Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is deadly. We can only detect carbon monoxide when we start to feel the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning. The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are [...]

Oregon Carbon Monoxide Alarm Law

By |2021-08-27T14:26:52-07:00April 30th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Oregon Carbon Monoxide Alarm Rules: What is Carbon Monoxide & why should I care about it? Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is deadly. We can only detect carbon monoxide when we start to feel the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning. The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are dizziness, [...]

Washington State Smoke Alarm Requirements

By |2019-04-30T20:38:00-07:00April 30th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Smoke Alarm Rules In Washington State: Why We Need Alarms: Smoke alarms are a key part of a fire escape plan and are vital for the protection of home occupants in case of a fire. Smoke alarms serve as an early warning system that gives occupants a chance to escape the home. In 2016 [...]

Oregon and Washington Rules for Carbon Monoxide Alarms

By |2021-08-27T14:28:08-07:00April 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Carbon Monoxide Alarms: What is Carbon Monoxide & why should I care about it? Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is deadly. We can only detect carbon monoxide when we start to feel the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning. The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are dizziness, headaches, upset [...]

Oregon and Washington Requirements for Smoke Alarms

By |2021-08-27T14:29:12-07:00April 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Smoke Alarms: The statistics of smoke alarms: Smoke alarms are a key part of a fire escape plan and are vital for the protection of home occupants in case of a fire. Smoke alarms serve as an early warning system that gives occupants a chance to escape the home. In 2016 there were 1,800 [...]

Recessed Lighting and Insulation Contact

By |2021-08-27T14:30:00-07:00March 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Recessed lighting is a popular feature in both new construction and in remodeled homes, but an important safety factor is not obvious. Some recessed light fixtures are designed to be safe for insulation contact and are designated IC-rated. Non-IC-rated fixtures require clearance from all combustibles, typically three inches. These non-rated fixtures can cause fires [...]

Common gutter problems

By |2021-08-27T14:30:59-07:00February 28th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Gutter systems are important for protecting the home from roof drainage. Gutters and downspouts work with flashings to direct the water away from walls and foundations, and toward rainwater management systems, such as storm drains and swales. Since gutters are not prominent visually and are difficult to access, they often are found with defects [...]

Don’t Feed the Termites! Wood in the Crawlspace

By |2021-08-27T14:32:44-07:00December 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Wood is a major component of most homes, yet wood should be removed from the crawlspace and from close proximity to the ground. Why is this important? What’s the worst that could happen? To explore these questions, consider the structure of wood. Some plants, trees and shrubs, produce resistant tissue over seasons and years [...]

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