Outside Faucet

Posted on: February 1, 2016 by in Blog
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How To Prevent An Outside Faucet From Freezing Preventing Burst Pipes Winter weather can be very tough on your home and one potential by-product of cold weather is the frozen water pipe. As water freezes, it expands and as it expands it can produce thousands of pounds of pressure per square inch. This pressure is what causes a water pipe to rupture. In the tutorial Preventing and Thawing a Frozen Water Pipe I describe steps you can take to prevent frozen pipes in your home. However, I Continue Reading ...

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

Posted on: January 26, 2016 by in Blog
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Many homeowners may not be familiar with the term Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI), but it’s likely that you use one every day. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters are the outlets with the coloured “Test” and “Reset” buttons. Click here to see our detailed picture of a GFCI. They are specifically designed to better protect people than ordinary outlets and have been used in houses since the 1970's. Homeowner Tips  Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters Why Are They Used? GFCI’s are Continue Reading ...

Grounded And Not-Grounded

Posted on: January 26, 2016 by in Blog
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A common way that defects happen in homes is they simply get done wrong from the get-go.  Improper installations that involve, inadequate earth-to-structure clearances, types of materials, missing flashings and code violations are all common. Another way that defects happen is when repairs to existing, properly installed, components get done wrong during the repairs.  This is often the case in areas that involve multiple trades.  For example Uncle Harry knows how to do plumbing or at Continue Reading ...

Furnace Efficiency For Homeowners: Think Like Home Inspectors

Posted on: January 26, 2016 by in Blog
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In recent years there has been quite an emphasis on the benefits “going green” and being energy efficient. As a professional Home Inspection company, we often get questions on furnace efficiency, what it means, and how having an energy efficient furnace can impact one’s home. During a Home Inspection our Home Inspectors will be able to tell you the age and capacity of the furnace, but if you want to be familiar with all the “efficiency” terminology, check out the information Continue Reading ...

Fireplaces

Posted on: January 26, 2016 by in Blog
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While fireplaces are no longer used as the primary source for heating homes, there are few things nicer than a cheery fire – especially on a cold winter night. By the same token, there are few things more distressing than a fireplace which doesn’t draw smoky air up into the chimney:  belching smoke into the home, chasing people out, setting off smoke detectors, and covering your house in dirt. So why do some fireplaces draw perfectly, and others so poorly? Usually it comes down to the Continue Reading ...

Basement Renovation

Posted on: January 26, 2016 by in Blog
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As with any project, you won’t get all of your basement remodeling money back if you sell your home; think a 70 percent return. But there are many more reasons for finishing a basement than the money invol Before you flinch at the cost of a big remodeling job, think about a two-step process. If your children are at home, you may want more space for living. The first step can be creating a couple of bedrooms downstairs, or just building a great get-away for watching television and having Continue Reading ...

Buyer Beware: “Nice Can Be A Four Letter Word

Posted on: January 26, 2016 by in Blog
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I’ve seen it time and time again. I’ve even fallen into the trap myself. People forego getting a professional opinion from a Home Inspector because the Sellers were so “nice” and they said everything was in tip-top shape. When I bought my first home in my early twenties, money was tight. I was so ready and excited to be out on my own, but trying to avoid every cost I could. I could not imagine shelling out $350 for a home inspection because, after all, my Dad and I looked over the Continue Reading ...

What Is An Ice Dam

Posted on: January 22, 2016 by in Blog
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And How To Prevent Them Snow on your driveway is seldom more than a pain in the back. However, snow on your roof can lead to leakage, even if your roof is new. The culprit is ice damming, the insidious snow-melting phenomenon that many of us are well-acquainted with. Since ice damming is climate driven, warm weather can make many believe that come summer, their problem is solved — think again. Without a permanent solution ice dams will continue to form on your roof when it gets cold enough. Continue Reading ...

Mold Intelligence: Part One

Posted on: January 2, 2016 by in Blog
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Stachybotrys…Not a Problem?!? When we talk about “black mold”, we’re generally talking about slimy, wet, Stachybotrys.  It’s the ugliest and most infamous of the molds…not necessarily the most harmful, but that’s a story for another day. Whether you’re testing for mold or not, being educated on mold is a good thing in home inspection, and we’ve got the best resource in the world for you- Dr. John Shane of InspectorLab. Here’s the first of three things you need to Continue Reading ...

Happy New Year!

Posted on: January 1, 2016 by in Blog
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Happy New Year! Well it's a New Year and with it comes the hope of better times to come.  For us, the New Year brings a new focus on what it is we really love to do, inspect homes.  To better convey this, We've changed our company name to Right Home Inspections. Our new website is done, yeah!!!  Check it all out and if you find something not working, spelling errors, etc., please point them out to us. Best Wishes to all for a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2016!   Happy New Continue Reading ...