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.
A tumble dryer has become an indispensable appliance for the majority of large households, however, as is the case with any appliance, it must be well maintained. If a dryer is not cared for properly it could even become the cause of a serious house fire. So, what are some simple ways to care for the dryer?
Most of us will be aware of how a dryer works, wet clothes are gently spun in the drum of the dryer as hot air is forced into the drum enabling it to dry the clothing. As this is happening, water evaporates from the clothes forming water vapor. This water vapor then must exit the dryer and does so through the dryer vent. Another result of the drying process is lint, and this too must exit the dryer to avoid a dangerous build-up in the machine.
When a dryer becomes a fire hazard. If the water vapor cannot exit the dryer this could cause the machine to overheat which could then cause it to burst into flames. If lint, which is extremely flammable, starts to build up in the machine, this also creates a big fire risk.
What are some ways to prevent a dryer fire? The vent plays a crucial role when it comes to dryer safety as this is the way water vapor escapes from the machine. Be sure to check it never becomes disconnected or damaged in some way that would cause the vent to become blocked. Another important thing to do each time you use the dryer is to empty the lint trap so that you avoid excessive build-up.
When it comes to what is going on with COVID-19 nowadays, it is nothing short of historical what is going on right now. In our day and age where medicine has never been more advanced, we are having an epidemic of mass proportions.
But The World Health Organization, the CDC, and others have given us clear direction on the primary things we can do to help prevent the spread of this disease - and a lot of it comes down to cleanliness. While we are not doctors, there are some basic things that they have helped us to understand so far.
First of all - wash our hands. Washing our hands is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We should also not touch out eyes, nose, or mouth without washing our hands first with warm soapy water.
Also, the CDC has said that wearing a mask - even a homemade one - can help in preventing the spread. In addition, wearing disposable gloves is important too.
The best thing we can all do at the moment is stay at home. So stay safe out there.
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.
Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL