Do you need a home inspection?

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How important is a home inspection? People always ask do I need a home inspection. I could answer all your questions about home inspections and why you need one but when you can’t put the words down better than Amy Fontinelle who wrote a great article answering that question originally published on Investopedia why not share it. The article titled …

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Home inspectors wants you to know

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You should attend your home inspection and if a home inspector or realtor discourages you  from attending your home inspection it should be a red flag. Choose an inspector wisely, keeping in mind their skills and experience will vary and some inspectors will even water down certain aspects of the inspection as to not kill a deal. The best home …

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The Do’s and Don’ts of the Septic System

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The septic system is designed to provide many years of service, with an overall life expectancy of about 20 years. As with any other system in your household, septic systems require maintenance and can become overwhelmed with use and misuse. 12 Simple Rules Every Property Owner with a Septic System Should Follow. 1. Pump your tank – It is important …

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Water saddle valves are widely used but not the best solution

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Water saddle valves are just plain wrong In practically every home inspection the home inspector will see at least one if not more water saddle valves to be exact a self-piercing water saddle valve. These valves are universally part of ice maker and humidifier hookup kits. They are widely used because they are cheap and a fast simple install but …

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New Water Heater Energy Requirements

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Some of you may have heard about the new water heater energy standards that took effect of April 16, 2015. The National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) was updated and therefore directly impacted the water heater energy factor (EF) on all residential water heating devices and some commercial ones. Any water heaters manufacture prior to that date and still available …

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Clothes dryer vent maintenance is important!

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“Improperly installed dryer vents and some are attributed to the type of dryer vent material used to vent the dryer. A broad range of dryer vent duct or piping is available including – flexible vinyl duct, flexible aluminum foil duct, semi-rigid aluminum duct, rigid sheet metal duct and rigid right angle periscope type duct Lets talk about each type, some …

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Smoke alarms save lives

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I can’t tell you how many times we inspect homes and see missing alarms or ones that have been taken down and never replaced because they were chirping. Everyone knows smoke alarms save lives! So why do three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms? “Smoke spreads …

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Garage door opener safety checklist

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The large majority of homeowners with attached garages use the garage at the main point to enter and exit the home. Garages are typically where today’s family keeps all of their sporting goods and outdoor activity supplies. Therefore, it’s important we talk about garage safety. Garage doors manufactured prior to 1993 may not be equipped with some safety devices and …

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What is the purpose of a thermal expansion tank

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When inspecting homes people often ask what’s that little tank above the water heater. Answer: A Thermal Expansion Tank Thermal expansion tanks have been required in most areas for the last 10 years or so when installing a new water heater. This code was adopted because of the advent of backflow preventers, water meter check valves and pressure reducing valves …

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