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?”

What to Expect During a Home Inspection

First, let’s start by defining a home inspection. By definition, it is a visual examination of the readily accessible systems and components of a home. The key word here is accessible. The national standards specify that a home inspector cannot move the current homeowners’ personal property during the inspection. This implies that some things won’t get inspected because they are under and/or behind someone’s personal property. That being the case, I always advise my clients, if they get the opportunity, to do a final walk through before they close on the property after the current homeowner have removed their belongings just to reduce the chance of surprises such as holes in the wall behind a picture or major stains on the carpet under a bed or sofa. While these are technically not considered defects in terms of code or safety violations, it is nonetheless annoying to discover these while you are moving in. Continue reading “What to Expect During a Home Inspection”