Aging in Place: Creating a Safe Home for Seniors

If you are entrusted with the care of an elderly loved one, make sure their living environment is a secure space. Taking steps to improve the safety of the home for your aging family member is as important as childproofing a home for infants. If you aren't mindful,...

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Keep Your Home Healthy: Retest After Radon Mitigation

When high levels of radon are found in living spaces, the next course of action is to reduce the amount of radon. To do this, radon mitigation specialists install a system custom designed for your home. It is important to retest after radon mitigation to make sure the...

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7 Ways to Reduce Humidity in Your Home

Homes with excess moisture can cause discomfort and lead to health problems. Too much moisture indoors contributes to an environment that's conducive to mold and mildew growth. If your home is too humid, take a look at these ways to reduce humidity in your home. 1....

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The Benefits of Cleaning Gutters in the Spring

Warmer weather inspires many homeowners to take on exterior maintenance projects. Cleaning the gutters after winter helps protect your home from rain during spring and summer. Consider these benefits of cleaning gutters in the spring. One of the Benefits of Cleaning...

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Easy Ways to Increase Home Health and Safety

Keeping your home healthy and safe helps you to be prepared in case of emergencies. You're also making sure that the spaces in and around your home are a safe environment for family and friends. Your home is where you want to be able to relax, knowing that you and...

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3 Signs of Mold In the Home

Look for These Signs of Mold In The Home Mold can be dangerous to your health and home when it spreads throughout your living spaces. Pay attention to these signs of mold in the home to keep it from becoming a problem for you and your family. 1. Moldy Smell You can't...

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4 Steps to Prepare Your Fireplace for Use

As winter approaches, gathering by a warm fire might seem like the perfect way to spend an evening. However, a fireplace should never be used for the first time without taking some precautions first. Here are 4 steps to prepare your fireplace for use. The Parts of the...

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Infrared Thermal Imaging In Home Inspections

You have likely come across the term thermal imaging, especially if you're in the market for a new house. Thermal imaging is a tool that some home inspectors use during home inspections. This technology offers deeper insight into the home inspection by showing...

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Tips for Creating Healthier Indoor Air Quality

Poor indoor air quality is not good for you or your family's health. Breathing in particles that come from pet dander, dust, pollen, pollution, mold spores, and chemicals may make you sick. If your indoor air is polluted, it can affect your nasal passages, allergies,...

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5 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool for Less During the Summer

As summer temperatures rise, so do utility bills as most of us choose to run our air conditioners more often. We have five pieces of advice to keep your air conditioning costs lower than they otherwise would be. Whether it's basic maintenance or strategic positioning...

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Top 3 Home Inspection Tips for Home Buyers

Your home inspector plays a crucial role in a successful real estate transaction. If you think of your home inspector as a partner in your home-buying experience, he or she could save the day and help you end up with the home you want. The prospect of getting a home...

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Fall Home Maintenance Tasks

Fall Home Maintenance Tasks Get on schedule with your favorite heating and air conditioning company, and have your system serviced before you turn on your heat. Check windows and doors on the exterior for peeling paint and cracked caulked. Vinyl windows...

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Winter Home Maintenance Tasks

Winter Home Maintenance Tasks Inspect interior caulking and touch-up or replace where needed. Pay close attention where the tub and floor meet and where the tub and tile meet. Check the attic for leaks, check the insulation, look for blocked...

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Loose Electrical Outlets And Switches

Loose Electrical Outlets And Switches In electrical talk an outlet is lights, switches, smoke detectors and receptacles. However, many recognize the term outlet as a place to plug in a lamp or another electrical device. I will use the term...

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Six Tips To Keep You Warm And Save Money

Six Tips To Keep You Warm And Save Money The windows of older homes can be very drafty and if you, like many do not intend on opening them during the winter, purchase window kits and seal them up until summer.  3M and Frost King make a clear...

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AFCI’s Verses GFCI’S

AFCI’S VERSES GFCI’S UNGROUNDED OUTLETS If you own, rent or are planning to purchase an older home then you have heard plenty of stories around ungrounded electrical systems and outlets. One of those stories is the high cost of updating the branch circuits...

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HVAC Filters and Why You Should Change Them

HVAC Filters and Why You Should Change Them The purpose of the filter in your heating and cooling system is more than just cleaning the air so we breathe better. Its purpose is also to keep the coil (much like a car radiator) clean so the unit...

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What Can I Do To Stop Mold Growth

What Can I Do To Stop Mold Growth Control the moisture. If your bathroom fan does not operate with the light switch, remember to turn it on when you take a shower. If you do not have a bathroom fan then open a window, the top sash is best...

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Black Mold Health Effects

What are the heath effects of Mold? Black mold, black mold, black mold. That is all we here but there are several different molds that are black in color and while their health effects are uncomfortable they are not deadly. Every time we...

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How does mold grow?

How does Mold grow? As mentioned before mold needs four things to grow or produce spores. A food source, such as drywall, wood, fabrics, dead plants or any organic material. Mold requires the right temperature, right moisture content and spores...

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What Is Mold

What is Mold? Mold is a naturally occurring living organism and it can be found in virtually every environment. It grows when the humidity is 60% or higher, there is a substance to eat (like drywall), the temperature is between 40 and 100...

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Deck Attachement LedgerLok Verses Lags Bolts

LEDGERLOK verses LAG BOLTS Received a phone call today regarding ledger bolts being used to attach a deck to a house instead of lag bolts. Here is what I found; Many years ago it was standard practice to attach a deck to a house using nails and...

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The Cost of a Home Inspection

The Cost of a Home Inspection Home inspectors use many factors to determine what they are going to charge for a home inspection. Items such as the square footage, finished verses unfinished areas and travel time. Others considerations are: Does...

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