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Got the urge to plant and landscape? Be very careful...what you don't know could kill you. OK, that's a little dramatic.  But what you don't know actually could damage your property. The law of unintended consequences, which applies to life in general, applies to landscaping in particular.  In other words, planting over here could mean trouble over there. We've delivered over 1 million...

Most of us have seen cracks in our homes. Some of us may have even seen cracks appearing on the foundation of the home. But do you know how to tell if a crack is structurally deficient? There are many variations of cracks, but there are three primary cracks that are commonly found--vertical cracks, horizontal cracks and diagonal crack. The following overview of the basic types of cracks shoul...

A garage door auto reverse is pretty much what it sounds like - a system which forces the door to quickly reverse if it encounters an obstacle, like your car, your cat, your chihauhua, or your child. You've probably seen the mechanism in action but haven't given it much thought. Or maybe you have even been annoyed by its efficiency, like when you think you have closed the garage, only to di...

No matter what the size of your home, most of us try to eek every last inch of square footage. "Between the studs" projects are a great way to accomplish just that. By utilizing the hidden space found between the studs in a wall, one can create a bookshelf, a closet, recessed display area - and just about anything else you can dream up that's 16 inches (sometimes 24 inches) wide! Plan ahead and be...

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...

One of our Realtors asked us recently if one of her listings had a roof with hail damage. Recent hail storms had passed through the area, which tends to bring out "roof inspectors" (otherwise known as "consumer lead generators"), one of whom knocked on the Realtor's customer's front door. How should a customer handle this situation? Check Your Roof! Check your shingles - Hail damage is to...

"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...