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 Expansion Tank on Water Pipes Explained
Bathtub & The Water Damage Done
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, what can […]Read More about Bathtub & The Water Damage Done
Protect Your Gas Meter: Bollards Up!
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 Gas Meter: Bollards Up!
Determining Roof Condition and Age
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 Determining Roof Condition and Age
Does Your Neighbor Have Insurance?
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 Does Your Neighbor Have Insurance?
New Construction: Are Inspections Needed?
I’ll save you time. YES! Now you may be curious as to why you should have a home Inspection on new construction and how important are they really. Let’s start by considering the only plausible argument against having a private third party inspection on a new construction project. It goes something like this, usually coming […]Read More about New Construction: Are Inspections Needed?
Decks Look Good Often Badly Built & Unsafe
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 Decks Look Good Often Badly Built & Unsafe
Recessed Lights Pose a Fire Hazard
As a homeowner you probably don’t typically give much thought about the lights in your home, as long as they are doing what lights are supposed to do. You flip the switch, instantaneous illumination, you can see and life is good! However, it is what we can’t see that can be a cause for concern. […]Read More about Recessed Lights Pose a Fire Hazard
Low Flow Water Woes: Water Pipe Issues?
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 Low Flow Water Woes: Water Pipe Issues?
Grading Around House: “Correct Grading 101”
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 Grading Around House: “Correct Grading 101”