20 12, 2016

Get Toasty! Fireplace and Chimney Cleaning and Safety Tips

2019-02-12T02:04:06+00:00December 20th, 2016|

Expert Advice for Safe, Cozy Winter Nights by the Fire One of the best things about winter is cozying up by a warm fireplace and enjoying the woodsy, slightly spicy scent that envelopes your home. What’s not so wonderful is a malfunctioning fireplace or chimney that causes an dangerous fire and makes your home smell [...]

9 03, 2016

National Ground Water Awareness Week

2019-02-12T02:04:06+00:00March 9th, 2016|

National Ground Water Awareness Week March 6-12, 2016 is National Ground Water Awareness Week. These days it seems that everyday is “National Something Week or Day.” Some may just be for fun, like National Ice Cream Day (7/17/16), but recognizing the importance of ground water is not frivilous or just for fun. Clean, safe water [...]

16 12, 2015

Choosing a Smoke Detector

2018-05-30T18:15:37+00:00December 16th, 2015|

Choosing a Smoke Detector According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were 2,755 civilian deaths and 12,200 civilian injuries from fires in the United States in 2013. The US Fire Administration represents that 3 out of 5 home fire deaths are in homes without smoke alarms  Smoke alarms can be easily added to [...]

8 07, 2015

Air Conditioning Maintenance

2019-02-12T02:04:06+00:00July 8th, 2015|

Maintaining Your Air Conditioner: One of the most often neglected systems a home inspector must evaluate in a home is the central air-conditioning system. Most central air-conditioning systems are split systems, meaning that part of the equipment is found outside the home and part is inside. There is an exterior component called the condenser (compressor) [...]

3 02, 2015

Mold Testing – Good Idea?

2019-02-12T02:04:07+00:00February 3rd, 2015|

Should Mold Testing be included with a Home Inspection? Should mold testing be included with a home inspection? Before you spend your money on mold testing, you may find the following information helpful. MOLD is a concern for many homebuyers and they bring that concern to their home inspection. There are four issues for most [...]

28 10, 2014

Aluminum Wire Corrections In Homes

2019-02-12T02:04:07+00:00October 28th, 2014|

Aluminum Wire Corrections Now and then we come across homes or condos that have single strand aluminum wire. Aluminum wire was installed in the 1960s and 1970s in many homes. Many of these homes need repairs for safety. The problem with aluminum wire is the risk of fire when the wire at the connections becomes [...]

31 07, 2014

Building Code vs. Recommendations for Home Inspectors

2018-05-30T18:17:49+00:00July 31st, 2014|

Building Code vs Recommendations for Home Inspections? We are often asked during a home inspection whether something meets building code.  For example, are GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets required by code?  What kind of railing is required for decks?” The answer: it depends on whom you are asking, and when the house was built. [...]

15 07, 2014

Radon Testing In The Summer

2019-02-12T02:04:07+00:00July 15th, 2014|

Buying or selling a home is challenging, and can create stress.  Add in summer heat, and tempers will rise with the temperatures. Here is good information regarding radon testing during the summer months.  How complicated can radon testing be? The following testing protocol will simplify the challenging requirements during hot summer months, especially for a home [...]

13 06, 2014

Septic Inspection Tips

2018-05-30T18:18:43+00:00June 13th, 2014|

Septic Inspection Tips Tips for Septic Inspections ‘The grass may be greener over the septic tank’ as the saying goes, but it’s what’s under the green that everyone buying a home with a septic system should be concerned about.  We have some recommendations we would like to pass on regarding septic system inspections. Get The [...]

18 03, 2014

Water Heaters

2019-02-12T02:04:07+00:00March 18th, 2014|

Tankless or on-demand Water Heaters vs. Conventional Storage Tank Water heaters Green technology is very much in our consciousness as energy prices continue to rise.  As home inspectors in Connecticut, we have observed two major reasons home owners consider energy saving systems for their home: 1.       Conserving the limited resources our planet can produce. 2.       [...]