Heading to inspect a vacant house in Springfield we got a call from the office to tell us that a leak on the main drain in the basement had been repaired by a plumber the day before. There was only one main drain so we could not have been mistaken, does a disposable plastic […]Read More about Professional Repair
New homes come with new breakers in your electric panel box, some of them will look like the ones you may have had in your previous house and others will have a small colored button and the word ARC printed on the front of it. Engineers wanted to make bedrooms a safer place, electric blanket […]Read More about The breaker you may hate
Arriving early to inspect a vacant duplex in one of the less desirable areas of town, we decided to wait before knocking on the door and disturbing the tenants. Our notes marked “vacant” must have been incorrect, so we drove down the road and waited twenty five minutes. Returning we hesitated before going up the […]Read More about Ultimate Burglar deterrent
There are two types of clothes dryer plugs and receptacles. The older one with three prongs and typically a gray cord, still in use and perfectly acceptable. Then there are the new four prong plugs, these all have a black cord and plug. The additional pin on the plug adds a ground wire adding an […]Read More about Incorrect Dryer Receptacle
With global weather patterns changing power outages are becoming widespread, outages that were localized are now becoming citywide as hurricanes, flooding and wildfires threaten communities. The answer is a standby generator. There are the permanent types that are installed on a pad outside and the portable type that is generally stored in the garage then […]Read More about Killer Generator Hook Up
Back in Rome in 35 BC it was all about “caveat emptor “ as Julius Caesar would have counseled his friends when buying a house off the Via Apia! In fact up till the early 1990’s it was the same in Dayton until the first Home Inspection company appeared in the Yellow Pages and gave […]Read More about A Home Inspection ?
The installer did a great job when this furnace was installed, they dropped a liner down the chimney to be sure there would be no issues. The flue pipe from the furnace only required single wall pipe and they upgraded to double wall pipe. They were doing it correctly. They left the user manual and […]Read More about How good was the installer
Evidently in times gone past the local mail carrier who walked from house to house treated Christmas as a special time. This mail carrier gave all the homeowners on his route a gift , how times have changed. Happy Hollidays, it nice to thank your mail carrier for getting the mail to your door no […]Read More about A Kind Mail Carrier
You might be forgiven for thinking that this inspector was inspecting a WWII submarine, it looks like a moment from Red October. Down in the basement of an old school in Dayton that has been repurposed into a lovely apartment building are a series of old abandoned distribution panels behind huge three inch thick steel […]Read More about Submarine in Dayton
If you are looking at buying a home or walking around your neighborhood you may have seen this disk shaped gizmo with a pipe up the side of a house. In the last twenty years there has been a growing interest in testing for Radon (a gas generated deep in the earth as limestone deteriorates) […]Read More about Radon Mitigation System
As often as this church has been used over the last 100 years, the thousands of hours parishioners spent in the pews, the thoughts they must have had of the beautiful sanctuary, I wonder how many people thought of what was above the ceiling. The attic above the sanctuary is twice as large as the […]Read More about Hidden Beauty
There are basically two types of shingles used for roofing in our area. Three tab shingles, which have a 20 year life and in our area last about 15 to 17 years. Or dimensional shingles which have a 30 year life and last about 25 years in our area. The flatter your roof the shorter […]Read More about When is the right time to replace a roof?
No one wants hard scratchy clothing so fabric softener is the answer. There are two types, the liquid softener that is added to the wash or softener sheets used in the dryer. The photo is not of internal body parts but a dryer vent that has choked up with lint, as the lint builds up […]Read More about Fabric Softener
How dirty can “in floor” heating ducts get? It’s not something most people think about. Vents near a dog food bowl tend to accumulate bits of kibble that escapes the hungry hounds appetite. Candy and small toys that junior looses are often hidden in there, but nothing as bad as the duct in this house. […]Read More about Where Is The Toilet Brush