Temperatures this summer are breaking records and matching others, there have been days where Dayton has been hotter than Florida and this puts a lot of pressure on your air conditioning system. Two simple things you can do to help your system: 1) Make sure your return filters are clean, this lets more air through […]Read More about It’s Super Hot Help Your AC Cool Better
On this large older commercial building the roof had been replaced about five years ago. We inspected the roof and other than minor issues it was very functional. There was a big stainless steel flue pipe up the side of the building for the 250,000 BTU boiler that supplied heat to the building. Four hours […]Read More about A Hidden Danger That Could Have Silently Killed!
Gas distribution systems in houses are the same for natural and propane gasses. Just like the best plumbing that has been trouble free for years can for no apparent reason develop a leak, so too can gas piping. The one difference is that with water, the pipe itself will often spring a leak whereas that […]Read More about Gas Leaks: Finding and What to Do
Between the days of heating a home with coal and today’s natural gas there was a period of high demand for fuel oil as customers converted and modernized their heating systems. Starting in the 1940’s heating oil was considered a cleaner alternative to coal and so much easier to store. This love affair continued thru […]Read More about Unused Heating Oil Tank Requires Removal
Heading to inspect a vacant house in Springfield our inspector got a call from the office to tell us that a leak on the main drain in the basement had been professionally repaired by a plumber the day before. There was only one main drain so we could not have been mistaken as we […]Read More about Professional Plumbing Repair ?
New homes come with new breakers in the 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 AFCI Breaker You May Grow to 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 is for a ground wire adding […]Read More about Incorrect Dryer Receptacle for Wire Type
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 Generator Hook Up Must Be Legal
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 ? How Things Have Changed.
The installer did a great job when this furnace was installed. They dropped a liner down the existing chimney to be sure that there would be no issues. The flue pipe from the furnace only required single wall pipe and yet they upgraded to double wall “B-vent” pipe. They were doing it correctly. They left […]Read More about Perfectly Installed Furnace, Potential Fire Hazard
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 Holidays”, it nice to thank your mail carrier for getting the mail to your door no […]Read More about A Kind Mail Carrier At Christmas
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 Dayton school in that has been repurposed into a lovely apartment building are a bank of old abandoned distribution panels that looked like something from a […]Read More about Submarine in a Dayton Basement?
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 Installed