If the home you are about to move into uses a grinder pump, it will be beneficial for you to have at least a little knowledge of the way one works so that you can keep it well maintained.
Let’s look at how a grinder pump works and discuss a few of the dos and don’ts of using one.
A grinder pump is a device designed for managing household waste. It works by grinding up this waste into a slurry and then flushing it through into the sewer system. Grinder pumps are usually required if the homes drainage system is below or even at the same level as a public sewer line or septic tank which would prevent sewage from flowing quickly enough through the system by itself.
Although we know there are many items that should never be flushed down any toilet or sink, it's important to be aware of items that you should avoid disposing of this way when you have a grinder pump. Among the things that should not be placed in a toilet or drain are grease which builds up in the tank, caustic or toxic chemicals, cat litter, aquarium gravel, plastic, feminine hygiene products, and diapers.
Keep in mind that grinder pumps require electricity to operate, this means that, should you experience a power outage for any reason, the pump will not work so you will want to limit the amount of water you use during this time otherwise the tank cause become too full.
If you are going away for a few days you will want to prepare the grinder pump by running water long enough so that the pump activates and leaves only clean water in the tank. If you do not do this, you could experience some unpleasant odors.
Be aware also that you should never connect a grinder pump to the sump pump. This will not only use much more electricity but will overwork the pump, potentially costing you a lot of money.
Are you presently looking for a home to buy? Maybe you’re a first-time buyer and are looking for a starter home. Whatever your reason for buying property, you have many options available to you that suit a variety of budgets. The important thing with any property you choose though is making sure you know its exact condition.
One example of the importance of knowing the home's condition is if it has a prior history of fire damage. The seller may have done a good job with the home’s outward appearance, but what is its real condition? To help you understand why we are saying this, please watch the following brief video. It highlights the many problems that a fire damaged property might have incurred and will also help to give you an idea of why a thorough home inspection is so vital.
What is a great home inspection without an amazing home inspection report. But what items go into a home inspection report? Here are just a few:
- Hazardous items: This one is important. We make very clear when an item is hazardous. This could include live exposed wires, a missing railing, or other items that could cause someone injury.
-Material defects: This is the nitty-gritty of a home inspection - defects. These are items that are not performing their function properly at the time of the inspection and need repair or replacement in order to make them functional again.
Our reports comment on many items, and have many different ratings, but those 4 items help you to understand just some of the many items that are in a home inspection report.
Florida may be hot, but it makes for great swimming weather! There seems to be one of the biggest concentrations of pools here of just about anywhere out there. Outdoor pools, indoor pools, screened in pools - and everything in between. But before you buy or sell a house with a swimming pool, what condition is your pool in? How about the pool equipment?
These are important questions to ask, because while swimming pools are fun - they are also very expensive to fix. As a buyer, it could cost you many thousands of dollars to repair faulty equipment, replace pool liners, and more. As a seller, faulty pool equipment and components could put the sale of your home at risk.
So before you buy or sell a home with a swimming pool - be sure to get a proper inspection. We here at HERO offer far more than you average swimming pool inspections. We provide advanced pool inspections. We get into every inch of your pool (yest, that means underwater gear and all) and inspect every part of your swimming pool's systems that we can.
Contact us today and see why so many choose us as their advanced swimming pool inspectors here in Orlando and surrounding areas!
What should you do on a monthly basis to maintain your home? Here are 4 things that only take a few moments to do each month, but could save you in the long run:
1. Clean the sink disposal. You will find a lot of ways to do this. However, the best solution you can do is to use vinegar ice cubes. How can you do this? Put some vinegar on the ice tray and allow it to freeze. Then run the vinegar ice cubes in the disposal. Lemon peels also work very well.
2. Check the fire extinguishers. This inspection will not need to be done much; however, you need to ensure that it is accessible. To make it short, you need to ensure it’s not blocked by anything. Make sure there’s enough pressure and there are no visible indications of wear and tear.
3. Inspect the filters of your HVAC Unit. This only applies if you have a forced air unit. A lot of experts tell that you need to change the filters on a monthly basis, but that is not always necessary to do. For those smaller families out there, without allergies or pets, you need to change your filters every two to three months. When you see that the filter is getting dirty, it’s time to change it, otherwise check it again the other month.
4. Clean the range hood filters. In order for you to clean your range hood filters, it is best to use a degreaser from your auto parts store and mixed it with water (or as instructed). Let the filter soak for some time and wash it.
Water seems to have an uncanny ability to make it into your home. This is why many decisions when it comes to the design of a home need to take rain and wind into consideration to protect the home from their effects.
Kickout flashing is an essential part of the protection of your home against the elements, but unfortunately, some homeowners fail to realize how vital it is and have removed it because they feel like it looks odd on their home.
Kickout flashing directs water away from the seams where your roof and walls intersect, since this is the most likely location for a leak to begin.
If you check your roof out and find that it is missing kickout flashing, you should do something about it right away. Not installing kickout flashing correctly could end up costing you large sums of money if you end up having water damage to your home.
Thousands of elderly people are injured each year from accidents that happen within their own homes. Most of these accidents occur while they are performing everyday tasks. Some of the more common types of accident that someone elderly is at risk from is slipping and falling. So, what can you do to reduce the risk of these types of accidents in your loved one’s home?
Looking around a home you can easily see where someone with limited mobility might trip and fall. Appliances that have long electrical cords could become lethal if they are in a walkway area or stretching underneath rugs and carpets. To help reduce the risk of electrical cords becoming an accident risk, you may need to rearrange the furniture so that they are not stretching across an area that would be a tripping hazard. Another thing to check for is the condition of wires and power cords etc. If they are old, fraying or wires are exposed, they are a fire hazard and need to be replaced or checked out.
Many elderly people prefer the comfort of carpet in their homes. However, carpet can become a serious tripping hazard if it is coming up in places or the adhesive is wearing out causing the carpet to loosen. Rugs are another, potentially lethal, hazard as they are very easy to slip on. If there are rugs in the home, ensure they have a very good rubber backing which will make it stay firmly in place.
We have only mentioned a few of the numerous hazards that an elderly person can face in their homes, but it does highlight the need to go through the home analyzing whether there are areas that need to be improved for safety.
With children in the home, you very likely have some type of permanent or semi-permanent play equipment in your yard, or maybe you even have a full fledged playground. This is a very good thing to have since your child will receive exercise while enjoying the benefits of fresh air. However, there are also some dangers that you need to keep in mind as a parent to make sure that the playground doesn’t become a risk to your children.
Take swings, for example. Children love to swing back and forth on swings, but if two swings were to be too close to each other, this could lead to them smacking together. They also shouldn’t be too close to the frame for the same reason.
The playground surface also needs to be taken into consideration. If it is too hard, a fall could be that much more dangerous. All equipment should also be inspected for damage, such as loose parts or rust, which could lead to damage if the equipment were to fail.
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.
Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL