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Finding Out You Have an Old Water Heater

One of the most common defects that I come across is, water heaters that have exceeded their life expectancy. In this picture, the water heater is: Passed its expected service life. It was manufactured and installed in 2003. The vent pipe is not pitched correctly, this can cause a water heater  too not draft or cause the combustion products to vent improperly. It has scorching on the front cover which…

Don’t turn your back.

Flushmate recall: Exploding toilet tanks cause injuries Flushmate is recalling more than 1.4 million toilet-flushing systems due to complaints that the units can explode, with reports of people being injured and property damage, according to federal safety officials. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/flushmate-recall-exploding-toilet-tanks-cause-injuries-property-damage/?fbclid=IwAR2Esc2Le2k4EvRnTDUOVzwKWRDe8AI0p7jCxlqLTopyj2XwDBS_J-TK_aI

Why do we hire these people?

Well this is a perfectly good day to rant about the poor quality of home inspectors out there. I’m inspecting a home that another inspector had looked at previously. I was given a copy of his report and started going through it. The inspector was certified but seemed to be completely incompetent. He was concerned about an unsupported front porch which turned out to be unsubstantiated, yet missed other structural…

Summer look

Think spring: Now’s the time to plan the landscape of your dreams

Think spring: Now’s the time to plan the landscape of your dreams. The weather outside is frightful, and the week ahead calls for falling temperatures, maybe even snow. That makes it easy to dream of warmer spring weather, but to plan for it? To sit and strategize for making the most of next year’s lawn and landscape projects? That seems like a great idea. It doesn’t have to be. The…

How to Stay on Top of Your End-of-Summer Home Maintenance

As the summer winds down and the warmer weather transitions into fall, many homeowners resolve to finish some home maintenance projects before the weather gets too cold. This is a wise decision, especially considering that severe winter weather is the third leading cause of insured catastrophic losses. (The other leading causes, tornadoes and hurricanes, can also happen during this time of year.) Homeowners can literally save themselves upwards of tens…

New Life for Old Decks

​I am trying out a new product today. It is called Behr Deck Over. This is a new class of paint that I frequently see out there during my inspections. It is designed for re-coating weathered decks. The manufacturer claims that the coating is 5 times thicker than paint. It works with wood, concrete, and composite surfaces. DeckOver creates a solid color non-slip surface. It will cover splinters and cracks…

Catahoula

Make your new house feel like home to your family pets

(BPT) – Moving into a new home is exciting — for the humans in the family. It can be less comfortable for pets who need time to adjust to a new environment, learn their way around and discover the best nap spots in their new home. As a loving pet parent, you want every member of your family to be as happy and comfortable as possible. Here are some tips…

4 winter-blues-busting home improvement projects

(BPT) – A portion of the U.S. population suffers from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) every winter, according to Psychology Today. But you don’t have to be diagnosed with an actual disorder to suffer a bad case of the winter blues — it can happen to anyone. Since climate and environment have a lot to do with causing winter doldrums, you might find engaging in some home improvement projects can make you…