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Radiant With Joy? We’re talking water. Hot water, specifically hydronic central heating systems, otherwise referred to as radiant heating. Hydro-heat What’s so important about heat and water? Well, other than the ability to produce relaxing bubble baths or saunas on a crisp autumn day, heat and water comprise a fantastic (and essential) combo for hydronic central heating systems. Hydr...

From the Flames Winter is drawing near, and with the cold comes our animal need for heat.  Fire has been used for heating, whether for camp, cave, castle, hut or home. Thankfully, fire has come a long way from the traditional camp fire. When we use the word fire, particularly in the context of home heating, we’re referring to the various methods used to heat the modern home. In this edition,...

Chim chimney, Chim chimney, Chim chim cher-ee You may think that a fire in a fireplace goes up and out, but it often clings to your chimney and builds up residue on the flue - the chimney’s interior shaft designed to vent smoke and fumes to the exterior of the building. Such residue, known as creosote - a thick, oily brown, and flammable tar that coats the flue when the fireplace is used - is res...

Why do you need to remove water from a home? Because your pipes can burst if water freezes in the pipes!  Why exactly?  Well, as water freezes, it expands. And because water supply lines already are pressurized, water that freezes can cause pipes to expand, rupture, and crack. If you expect your property to remain vacant and unsupervised for an extended period of time, you need to winterize you...

Every year the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) designates a fire prevention week, and this week is it! The theme this year is fire safety in the kitchen, and we are here to help spread awareness to prevent house fires. The Ever-Present Threat of Burning Flames According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fire departments responded to 352,000 home fires which caused 1...

The Leading National Home Inspection Company Partners with the Largest Home Inspector Association CHANTILLY, VA. (Sept. 3, 2020) – US Inspect, the leading national home inspection company, and InterNACHI®, the world’s largest association for home inspectors, have announced a strategic partnership. All of US Inspect inspectors join InterNACHI® and benefit from InterNACHI’s superior education an...

As our industry's market leader, we've taken the lead implementing inspection best practices related to COVID-19. We understand the risks of COVID-19 and have implemented best practices to help keep you, your clients, and our inspectors safe. On-site Inspection Personal Protective Equipment Our inspectors are equipped with the highest-quality protective gear – safety masks, disposable gloves, a...

What happens when you get sad or hurt?  Tears build up, you start to cry, your weep holes release water.  Likewise, when it rains, water builds up on exterior brick veneer walls and is released from the spaces between brick veneer and structural wood framing via weep holes. Badness happens when your walls don’t have weep holes. Without weep holes, water has only one place to go – inside your ho...

As winter, cold and snow approach, it's natural to want to cuddle up with your bae by the fire.  That's cool (or hot, depending on your perspective...or planned activities). While you're warming up, did you know that the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that there are 22,000+ residential chimney and fireplace fires annually in the US? When's the last time you actually spent more ...

According to the National Fire Protection Association, US fire departments respond to about 15,000 home structure fires involving clothes dryers annually, which kill or injure over 400 people per year (with $225+ million in property damage). The biggest problem is that you generally only view the front and sides of the dryer. Unfortunately, it's the business end of dryers that can cause lots of...