Common Plumbing Material Defects – A Historical Perspective

Plumbing materials have changed through the years for the better becoming safer, cheaper, stronger, lighter and easier to install.  All of which adds up to make your home a better place to live. I thought I would devote a little time to discuss common plumbing defects associated with the material used relative to the time period it was installed.  Continue reading “Common Plumbing Material Defects – A Historical Perspective”

5 Things Every Homeowner Should Know About Their Home

Your home is a fairly complicated structure that contains many different systems and components. In order to protect your largest investment, it’s imperative that you know as much as possible about your home.  So in this post I’m going to discuss 5 things I believe every homeowner should know about their home, but probably don’t. Continue reading “5 Things Every Homeowner Should Know About Their Home”

Seller’s Inspection

In today’s competitive housing market, it’s more important than ever to market your property and make it stand out to drive potential buyers your way.  Consider having a pre-listing/seller’s inspection.  For a fraction of a mortgage payment, it can be a great marketing tool that you and your realtor can use to eliminate the natural fears of the buyer, letting them know the home is in good shape. Continue reading “Seller’s Inspection”

Life Expectancy of Common Household Components

I’m always a little surprised by someone’s reaction when I tell them that some of the major components of the home may be near the end of their useful service life, particularly when the house is nearly 15 years old.  I understand that the average person doesn’t sit around and converse about the life expectancy of their water heater, roof, and HVAC.  So, I thought I would discuss the average life expectancy of some common household components.  It’s important to keep in mind the following are just industry averages. Some components may fall short of their expected life span and others will far exceed it. Continue reading “Life Expectancy of Common Household Components”

How to prevent your exterior faucet from freezing

The recent winter weather has reminded me about the many things that can happen to your home if you’re not prepared to deal with the consequences of sustained temperatures below freezing.  Specifically, I would like to discuss exterior faucets.  Unfortunately, I’m quite familiar with this problem, as I recently discovered that one of mine fell victim to the harshness of winter.  Continue reading “How to prevent your exterior faucet from freezing”

Common Home Defects and What to Do About Them

As your home ages you will start to notice certain minor defects that can be unsightly. So I thought I would spend some time talking about the more common defects and how to fix them.

We have all seen the circular bulge along a wall or ceiling in a seemingly random fashion.  The not so technical name for this is nail pops. Continue reading “Common Home Defects and What to Do About Them”

Radon Mitigation Techniques

Last post we discussed Radon.  What it is, where it comes from and its associated health risks.  Now let’s talk a little about what to do if your home has elevated levels of radon.  The next step is called mitigation.  Mitigation is defined as a way to moderate the intensity or force of something, and in many cases alleviate the thing all together.  When the something is radon, mitigation means utilizing one or more accepted techniques to reduce radon levels inside a home and lessen the risk of exposure to the home’s occupants.  The goal of radon mitigation is to reduce the radon concentration in a home to a safe level and prevent radon concentrations from being elevated in the future. Continue reading “Radon Mitigation Techniques”

What is radon? And why do I need to test for it?

I’m surprised when I mention radon to potential customers who call for a Home Inspection quote to find out they know nothing about it. After all, it’s the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today according to the US Surgeon General. In fact, some 21,000 people die each year from exposure to elevated levels of radon gas and the scary part is that you cannot smell, taste, or see radon. The only way to know if you and your family are safe is to test for it. Continue reading “What is radon? And why do I need to test for it?”