When it comes to our homes, we don’t always give them the attention they need. In fact, our cars get more attention than our homes typically. In fact, we even inspect our cars more – but most only do it because it is required by the government.
But what about our homes? Shouldn’t they be inspected annually too? The answer is a definite YES. Annual maintenance inspections can help you avoid thousands of dollars in home repairs.
Many people worry that an annual inspection will cost too much, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. An annual inspection is affordable, as well as easy to schedule.
Many if not all counties and towns within the US require people with homes and Lawns to take care of them. However some people may not take care of their lawn and it can be eyesore to their neighbors around them. So here are a few tips to remember the regulations in your neighborhood.
The regulations between different cities and towns defer, however there are some recommended standards that homeowners live by. For instance, a maximum growth of your grass that may be allowed is up to 7 or 8 in. Anything higher than that could cause your neighbors to complain and then you would be receiving either a call or a visit from your local District. So be sure to keep that grass mowed and looking fresh.
If you are a neighbor who sees that a house may not be taking care of the proper way and no one may be living in the house, or claiming it, it’s state law that if you take care of lawn maintenance for up to 2 years, the property can technically be signed over to you because of you’re taking care of it. However, this may not be the case for all Town districts, so be sure to check your local code enforcement’s.
With just these few things in mind, it’s good to have regular lawn maintenance so that not only your house looks beautiful, but also your neighborhood as well.
Clay roofing has been around for a very long time. It’s still a very common roofing material, and this is much in part, due to the longevity of a clay roof. Clay has high thermal capacity. What this means is that it can store and absorb heat energy well. This will serve to save you money on heating and cooling.
Clay does not take damage from heavy rain, hail or other severe weather conditions as easily as other types of roofing materials will. It is also a protection from fire.
If you have decided to switch from a different, lighter roofing material to clay, you do need to make sure that you are prepared to pay extra for the installation. This is because your framing might not be built to handle the extra weight that would be involved. It is important that you have the roofing company you hire ascertain if you need to strengthen the existing structure before installing a heavy, clay roof.
What might be signs of an electrical system that needs repairs or upgrades? There are a few things that you might notice that will let you know that it is time to consult an electrician to take a look at it.
One obvious problem is if you notice lights dimming when turning on an appliance. This is a sign that a circuit is overloaded. You might be able to remedy this by moving large appliances to a different circuit, but it could be that you need to upgrade the circuit and wiring. If you have circuit breakers that constantly pop, this could be caused by the same issue, but it could also be from an appliance that is malfunctioning and short circuiting. You could experiment and see if it doesn’t occur when an appliance is unplugged. If this is the case, replace the appliance or have it repaired by a professional as soon as possible.
If you often experience power outages and brownouts, you should check with your neighbors if they are experiencing the same. If that is the case, the problem is most likely the power grid where you live, but if not, you should consult an electrician, since you likely have a serious problem.
Pools are great to have family and friends over with while having a party. Swimming, splashing, just generally playing can cool off anyone on the hottest day. But if you don’t regularly clean your pool, what can result from it? Not many people think about it, but pools are like test tubes that can carry and breed water based pathogens. Here’s a couple cleaning tips to remind you how to properly clean your pool.
Because you have so many different people in and out of your pool, the chances of disease are increased. For example, mucus, blood, and skin of infected people are left in the pool, which begins to create the virus. If fecal matter is released into the pool, millions of gallons of water could be infected, leading to more pain and heartache. So the thing you need to do on a regular basis is to clean the pool with chlorine. Chlorine kills a great number of the bacteria and pathogens in the water, however, it does not kill everything.
Also, remember the basic things while in the pool. Don’t swallow the water, make sure young children go regularly to bathroom breaks, shower before and after swimming in the pool, and cleaning your hands after every time you use the bathroom. Using these tips will help to keep your pool environment clean, and everyone safe and happy while enjoying their pool time.
Follow these simple steps to determine if you have an actual pool leak problem or if it's water loss due to normal evaporation:
1) Put a Bucket in the Pool and Fill it with Water
Place a 5-gallon bucket on the pool's steps. Add water to the bucket until it is the same height as the pool's water level. Mark both water levels (inside & out) on the bucket.
2) Let the Simple Bucket Test run for 24 hours
With the pool operating on it's normal schedule, let the bucket rest for 24 hours. If the pool has an automatic fill feature, make sure it is turned off.
3) Check the Results
Evaluate the water levels of the bucket and the pool. If the pool's water level is now lower than the level of the bucket's water, you likely have a leak.
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When you find a home on the market that seems to be perfect for you, its easy to become anxious about closing the deal. This anxiety could be made even worse if there is a great demand for the property and multiple offers are being considered. You might even start thinking of ways you can make your offer more appealing to the seller by offering to do things like skip the home inspection. In a situation like this, is it ok to skip the home inspection?
To answer that question, please consider the following video. It will explain why, even with a highly sought-after property, it’s never a good idea to skip the home inspection. Whether there are multiple offers or not, this is still a huge investment and you want it to be a good one, skipping the home inspection could end up costing you way more in the long run. If you would like more advice on your home inspection, please feel free to contact us and we would be happy to help you.
Most homes have an attic, and there are a couple of different ways in which they are accessed. The most common, is just having a stair that leads up there, but in some homes, space was saved by installing a pull down ladder for attic access.
While most of us don’t spend a lot of time in the attic, we will usually have a load of some sort when we go up there. This is why it is important that your pull down ladder is installed properly. If the ladder is to long, you will create unnecessary pressure on it when climbing the ladder. If the ladder isn’t mounted well in the opening, you run the risk of having it disconnect and come falling down. The hinges on the ladder should also be sturdy, since they have to take quite a bit of weight.
When moving things into or out of the attic, it might be better to have someone hand you the items to minimize the risks involved.
So you think you have a leaky roof – and your ceiling says it all. Stains are starting to appear, so you decide to take a look on your roof to see if it really is leaking… But what are you going to be looking for? Well, that is what is going to be discussed in this article.
The first thing you’d want to look for are potential shingles that are either coming off your roof from wind damage, rain damage, or just general storm damage. This shingles might be easy to pull off, look damaged, or are just not attached to your roof securely. Look for any holes in your roof, and by holes we mean spots where shingles may not cover. They don’t even have to be giant holes, they can start as little tiny holes, then over time, rot your rafters, which would then develop into bigger holes in your roof.
You also want to check your gutter system. Pine needles, grass, branches, and water, when frozen, can expand your system and then cause damage too, not only your gutters, but also to your roof. You can clear all of this debris either by hand, or by using a water hose and spraying everything out. Regular maintenance on your roof and gutter system will help prevent long term problems for you and your roof.
Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL