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.
Here in Orlando, we have no shortage of sun – so solar panels are something that are very desirable here. So desirable in fact, that people are willing to steal them!
Below are some examples of “solar theft”. Be sure to secure your solar panels!
The New York Times writes that in one solar panel theft case, a thief tried to sell off stolen solar panels on eBay. The panels were worth almost $1500 per one but he put it up for $100 each. Police detectives placed and won the bids for the solar panels, and afterwards arrested the man when he attempted to close the deal.
As reported by the Mercury News, police found solar panels worth over $70,000 that had been stolen from a private school in El Cerrito, California. The police got the location of most of the solar panels after they capture the 42-year-old thief who had made away with 56 solar panels previously attached to the roof of the school. It cost about $100,000 to replace and repair the damage he caused.
The Napa Valley area in California is one of the areas with the most occurrence of solar panels theft despite its many vineyards that can conceal ground-based solar panels. The National Public Radio reports that in 2016 alone, thieves had stolen solar panels worth over $400,000. They also cited the case of Honig Winery which was a victim to solar theft twice. The owner then decided to install an alarm system to protect his panels. They thief was arrested the next time he tried to steal from the establishment.
It may seem like an unnecessary expense to have your new home inspected, but there is a very good reason why this is such a good idea. Here’s the reason:
If you are living in a newly constructed home, you will likely be aware that most new homes come with a one-year warranty, covering you for any issues that might occur with the home during that time. But, what if there are some problems you are not currently aware of? Wouldn’t it be frustrating and, no doubt, costly to only discover the problems after the warranty has expired?
This brief video demonstrates the advantages to having an 11-month home inspection performed on your newly constructed home. It also highlights what you can do, should a problem be found. Being well informed is always the best option. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information regarding 11th-month inspections or any type of home inspection query.
Are you planning to move to a new house this year? Perhaps you are already in the process of moving. No doubt we are all aware of what a stressful time it can be. It is at these stressful times that we are not, perhaps, as vigilant with regards to the environment as we could be. What are some things we can do ahead to prepare ourselves for a move, and at the same time being environmentally responsible?
A good thing to do is start sorting out your belongings way in advance. Have a sort out of things you no longer use. Its best to do this when you are not under pressure, so the week you are moving is a bad time for this. Remember, the less you actually have to move, the less stressful it will be.
RECYCLE! Once you have a pile of things you don’t want, separate them into piles to recycle, donate or even for a yard sale.
There are many items we have in our homes that, if thrown away in the garbage, would be terrible for the environment. Things like chemicals, paint cans, batteries, light bulbs and electronic equipment are all examples of what not to simply throw away. Take some time to get rid of these ahead of moving day in the appropriate manner. If you are unsure what to do with them, call your local environmental agency who will advise you.
We are very aware of what a very stressful experience moving house can be, but simplifying your life ahead of time will help relieve some of the stress, and make you feel more organized.
Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL