If your house is equipped with such a device as pictured, you have probably noticed it plumbed in above or beside your water heater but may have no idea what it is for. If so you’re not alone. It’s not exactly the rock star of the plumbing world and doesn’t get much attention. So let’s […]Read More about Expand Your Knowledge
The bathtub and shower are cornerstones of basic hygiene in the house. Should we dare think what might become of us without them? A few days without such amenities would likely have us begging for olfactory reprieve! So rather than entertaining that scenario, let’s just assume them to be non-negotiable items. As such, […]Read More about Bathtub & The Damage Done
A gas meter may be located in a variety of places around your property. You may find it on the interior of the structure, mounted to the exterior or located somewhere on the grounds. When installed outside, one of the most important considerations is protection of the unit and piping. In particular, we are […]Read More about Protect Your Meter: Bollards Up!
What is the condition of the roof ? That is an important question that you will want answered by your home inspection. Replacement of shingles is a big ticket expense that you will want to be able to plan for as much as possible. Ten-thousand dollar surprises are not fun, at least not when the […]Read More about Roof Condition and Age
I stood on the second floor looking through the charred remains of the exterior wall towards the even more decimated neighboring house where the fire had begun. It was a total loss leaving only a lone chimney to stand with the last bits of blackened timbers still clinging on, precariously upright. The fire had not […]Read More about Know Thy Neighbor
I’ll save you time. YES! However, you may be curious as to why and how important are they really. Let’s start with considering the only plausible argument against having a private third party inspection on a new construction project. It goes something like this, usually coming from a project manager for the builder. “This thing […]Read More about New Construction: Are buyers inspections really needed?
Saturday, May 1st 2021: Restaurant deck collapses in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee. Forty people fall sending eleven to the hospital, two with critical injuries. A quick internet search will reveal far too many unfortunate and avoidable incidents like this happening on a regular basis. What factors are at play with deck failures and how can we ensure […]Read More about Deck Dangers
As homeowners, we don’t typically give too much thought about the lights in our homes as long as they are doing what lights are supposed to do. We flip the switch, instantaneous illumination, we can see and life is good! However, it is usually what we can’t see that can be a cause for concern. […]Read More about Not A Bright Idea!
One of the primary functions of our homes is to provide us with an adequate supply of fresh water for all of life’s necessities. From doing dishes and laundry to flushing toilets and taking showers, we use a lot of water. So naturally, it can be very distressing to turn on a faucet only to […]Read More about Case of the Low Flow Woes
While inspectors focus most of their attention on the structure and components of a house, they also pay close attention to other things that may adversely affect or actively be affecting the building. Grading is one of those key areas of focus. Grading refers to the slope and contour of the ground in relationship to […]Read More about Making The Grade: Grading 101