Flashing - we likely hear people talk about it, know that it is important, and know that if we don't have it then we have an issue.
Flashing is typically a thin sheet/strip of water-resistant material (usually metal or plastic) that's installed at key areas of your home to keep water out. Examples of this are roof intersections, penetrations, valleys, and more. It is also used around things like windows and doors, where roofs meet your home's walls, in key areas around stucco, and along foundation walls. All of this so that it can do one essential job: direct water away from the home.
Flashing guides water away from the home in critical areas. Without proper flashing, our homes would be lost to the elements. Knowing this, when hiring a contractor to build or repair a home, be sure to ask about their flashing methods and what materials they will use. Also, be sure to ask your home inspector about the condition of your home's flashing. Because while not always seen, flashing is one of the big "Heros" of your home!
Whenever you work with power tools, it is very important that you use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). PPE is used as a collective term for devices that you wear to protect yourself from injury. This could be earplugs, safety glasses, gloves, boots or similar items.
So what do you need to think of when using these? Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Many people talk about finding renewable energy sources these days. This could be something you are thinking about, especially if you are about to build your own home. There are a few options to choose from but one of the most common is solar energy. But, how can you know if it is a good choice for you? Some questions to ask yourself are: Does solar energy create any kind of environmental impact? Will it save me money? And, is it costly to install? Let’s briefly consider these points.
Solar panels are a very good option environmentally as they use the sun as their energy source, which means they are not depleting much needed energy sources on the earth. They do not create any noise pollution because they require no moving parts to operate. However, the manufacturing of solar paneling does have some impact environmentally, as does many other options.
Are solar panels expensive to run? While you will find the installation of solar panels to be expensive, the long-term savings will make up for it. Some people are even able to make money by selling the surplus energy they generate back to the power company. They can do this with the use of net metering.
Although we have only briefly covered these points, its clear to see that there are many advantages to using solar energy. This might not be the best option for everyone though, so take the time to research solar energy and whether this will work for you.
When might it be time to replace your roof? This depends on the age and type of material used, but since it is a major investment, it is wise to have your roof inspected to ascertain the state it is in, and how likely you are to have a large expense in the future. The decision you might need to make is whether to replace it or repair it.
This decision should not be taken lightly. Even though it might be tempting to just get a quick and easy fix and patch your roof where it is needed, the yearly repair bills might add up to a greater cost over a longer period than it would cost to re-roof. Additionally, when repairs fail or aren’t done properly, damage can occur to the underlying structure.
With a proper inspection in conjunction with an estimate from a trusted roofing company, you can make an informed decision.
Landscaping around a home is usually designed to be both pleasing to the eye and a relaxing space to be surrounded by but, could it be more than that? Can it be designed in such a way that it also helps with the home’s energy costs? How is that possible you may ask? Well, this is done by landscape shading. Landscape shading is where trees and shrubs are positioned in specific locations so that they provide shade to areas of the home that see the most sun. This is a method that has been shown to reduce a home’s indoor temperatures by as much as 9 degrees.
To make a success of landscape shading it needs to be planned out extremely well. Its important that trees are planted in just the right place so that they cast shade on the home at the time it is required most. Another factor to have in mind is the type of trees you use. You will get more shade the denser the tree. You will also want to consider if you wish to benefit from the sun’s warmth on the home during the winter months, if so, make sure you select deciduous trees which will provide full shade during summer but lose their leaves during winter.
You may also want to think about the rate that trees grow, if you are looking for quick results, why not choose vines instead? You can grow them to wrap around a fence or trellis positioned in the area you would like shade. Shrubs are a good option for areas like pathways or driveways.
So, as we can see, the smart use of landscape design can not only look beautiful but can also work for you by helping to cut down on the home’s energy costs.
The home should be a safe place of relaxation but, sad to say, many injuries are reported each year from accidents that take place within the home. Tip-over accidents are one danger present in a home, with children being most at risk. Let’s look at some of the causes of this and ways to prevent it.
Most new furniture items come with safe assembly guidelines and must adhere to strict safety standards, however, if the consumer does not follow these guidelines, the item they purchase could become very unsafe. For example, if you purchase a bookshelf or dresser, etc. it should be fixed to a wall using straps or L brackets. This will ensure that the item cannot tip over easily and cause injury.
In general, if a child sees something it wants, it will go to great lengths to obtain it. This might involve climbing on furniture items to do so. While it’s good to keep items you don’t want a child to have out of reach, it’s also a good idea to keep them out of sight to eliminate the temptation.
When shopping around for furniture, choose pieces that are sturdy with a wider base, this will minimize their risk of tipping. Store heavy items in lower drawers and shelving which will also increase their sturdiness.
One household item that can easily tip over is the television. If it’s not attached to a wall, keep the television on a low-lying stand or unit and make sure all electrical cables are well out of the way of children.
These are just some of the safety measures you can take to keep your home safe.
As our aging loved ones get older they need extra care, but do not necessarily want the upheaval of moving from their residence. This is described as ‘aging in place’. This term refers to the desire of aging ones and their families to adjust their current residence to cater to their growing needs. While there are many ways to help them with these needs, making appliances more convenient to use may be a good place to start.
Here are some tips;
These are just some ideas to help our aging loved ones ‘age in place’ and make it easier while they use their appliances.
So many children (and maybe adults) love having a trampoline in their own back yard. Trampolines can be a lot of fun and good exercise, but can also be extremely dangerous and cause injuries if not used safely
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Some may think of rats, snakes, mice, and even birds as pests that can be a nuisance. However, skunks are Infamous for getting into people’s garbage, spraying cats and dogs, and just generally being a pest. But how can you deal with this past? That will be the topic of our discussion today.
First off, make sure to keep all of your garbage and your trash can. If left outside bags can be easily ripped open by skunks and torn apart for scraps that are left in side. a large aluminum or tin trash can can definitely Keep away the skunks from tearing into it. plastic trash cans can be used, however skunks have been known to get into them with some work.
if you do know that you have a problem with skunks, you can use iHeart Traps in order to catch them humanely, and then release them at a distance away. However, if the skunks are not released at least 20 miles away from your location, they will come back. you can even call Pest Control if you live in a city, and Pest Control will come to capture the animal and then keep that from coming back again. These are just a few simple things you can do in order to defend against the pesky pest the skunk.
Drone inspections – what are they, and are they important? Drones are remote-controlled devices (typically aerial for inspection purposes) and they allow us to inspect areas that are otherwise inaccessible.
Some good examples of this are roofs that are not walkable. A roof with a really steep slope that is several stories up is not uncommon to see. So how would that be accessed and thoroughly inspected? That is obviously where a drone comes in handy.
We are able to take high-resolution photos and videos of areas that otherwise would not have been able to be reached. This is very important – because if it can only be reached using a drone on an inspection, then it is likely an area that has not been regularly accessed to be maintained and repaired.
The areas that we need to utilize drones for are the areas where we often find defects. Unless a drone is used, then these defects would likely have gone unnoticed and unrepaired. These are just some of the many reasons why drones are an important thing to have on a home inspection.
Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL