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As beautiful weather is sweeping the nation, many of us are opening the windows to let all that fresh air in. But if you are conducting a radon test this week, it's not the time to let in a breeze. Did you know that opening your windows, even for a short period time, can not only impact your test results, but render the test invalid? Know The Facts About Radon Testing Closed-House Requirements ...

Do you have more than one water heater servicing your home? Are they side by side in the utility room/closet? Do you know the difference between series installed and parallel installed? Simply stated, 2 water heaters installed in Series means cold water enters the first heater, often referred to as upstream, and travels through the second heater, referred to as downstream, on it's way to the ...

One of the most often neglected homeowner duties a home inspection will reveal is that of maintenance of the clothes dryer venting system. It's very common, beginning behind the dryer, to find evidence of restriction and lint buildup indicating this as an area the homeowner has been ignoring. Continuing to the crawlspace, sometimes attic, and/or exterior will reveal further violations of the syste...

I received a call from a local realtor this past week asking how to identify hail damage to her roof. It seems a recent hail storm passing through the area brought out the "roof inspectors" enmasse, many of whom were knocking on her door. We talked for a while about the storm, the aftermath, and the best ways to enlist the help of professionals to identify and repair roof damage. My advice was ...

"How's the air at home?" If you're like most people, your eyebrows raised and you find this to be an odd question. But you might just want to take a little time to learn more about the air quality in your home. Besides, wouldn't you want to reduce the risk of allergic reactions, chronic bronchitis, nausea, headaches, fatigue and breathing problems, not to mention minimize the chance of slow or sud...

Zinsco or Zinsco-Sylvania is the name given to a brand of electrical panel that was commonly installed up to the mid-1970's. It was a very popular product and installed throughout North America. Production was halted when design flaws were discovered. However, previously purchased panels were still being installed for a time after that. The deficiencies that became evident were serious enough t...

Routinely, while conducting inspections of the kitchen appliances and plumbing piping at the kitchen cabinet, our inspectors will run the garbage disposer and check the hot water control location (left) simultaneously. A homeowner recently became very concerned when she observed one of our inspectors conducting this ritual. He politely asked if something was wrong and she replied, "I've alway...

Garbage disposals are pretty darn useful kitchen appliances, not to mention beneficial to the environment, if used properly and maintained appropriately. Having just had a clogged disposal at my son's house during a family Valentine's Day dinner, I found myself educating my child and his wife on how to properly operate the appliance and teaching what you can and shouldn't throw into your disposal....

With the holidays just around the corner, you're likely to have company dropping by, perhaps even a few surprise guests. You know, the guests that you must impress! The last thing you want is for your relatives and friends to be overcome with offensive odors emanating from your sink or shower drain? Keeping your drain pipes flowing freely is one of those reoccurring maintenance tasks accomplished ...

Recently, I performed a home energy audit here in SE Michigan. The customer was bothered by many cold spots throughout the house. I set up my blower door in an entry door to test for air leaks. I turned on the blower door and then went hunting for those air leaks. I found air leaks at some electrical outlets and switches on the exterior walls. This infrared photo of a quadruple switch box and a...