|Posted on November 18, 2018 at 12:10 AM||comments (1)|
Central Air-Conditioning Systems
A building's central air-conditioning system must be periodically inspected and maintained in order to function properly. While an annual inspection performed by a trained professional is recommended, homeowners can do a lot of the work themselves by following the tips offered in this guide.
Clean the Exterior Condenser Unit and Components
The exterior condenser unit is the large box located on the si...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 8, 2018 at 8:50 AM||comments (0)|
A fan attached to a room’s ceiling is known as a ceiling fan. Like other fans, it is used to provide comfort for building occupants by circulating air within a room.
Fun Facts About Ceiling Fans
• An adult human cannot be decapitated by a ceiling fan, according to the TV show "MythBusters." A powerful, industrial-strength fan might be able to damage a skull or slice a person’s neck, howe...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 12, 2018 at 11:50 AM||comments (0)|
Carpeted bathrooms are bathrooms that have carpeted floors instead of traditional floor surfaces, such as tile or vinyl. Despite their tendency to foster mold and bacteria, carpets are sometimes installed in residential bathrooms for aesthetic purposes. Carpets should never be installed in bathrooms in commercial buildings.
Advantages of Carpets in Bathrooms
• They make bathrooms appear more warm and inviting.Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 20, 2018 at 9:50 AM||comments (0)|
Carpet Mold: Identification, Prevention and Removal
by Nick Gromicko and Ethan Ward
The Dangers of Mold
Molds produce allergens, which are substances that can cause allergic reactions, as well as irritants and, in some cases, potentially toxic substances known as mycotoxins. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type sym...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 3, 2018 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Detectors
by Nick Gromicko of Internachi
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that forms from incomplete combustion of fuels, such as natural or liquefied petroleum gas, oil, wood or coal.
Facts and Figures
• 480 U.S. residents died between 2001 and 2003 from non-fire-related carbon-monoxide poisoning.
• Most CO exposures occur during the wint...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM||comments (0)|
Buying a Foreclosure Property
Purchasing foreclosed homes in desirable areas at below-market values can be a sound investment strategy. Appreciation on their original prices may be tax-free. Buying foreclosed rental properties can provide positive cash flow, as well as valuable tax deductions. On the other hand, buying a foreclosure involves homework, patience, and a certain amount of luck. For those wishing to get a bargain house through the foreclosure p...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 28, 2018 at 9:30 AM||comments (0)|
Building Orientation for Optimum Energy
Provided by INTERNACHI
Building orientation is the practice of facing a building so as to maximize certain aspects of its surroundings, such as street appeal, to capture a scenic view, for drainage considerations, etc. With rising energy costs, it’s becoming increasingly important for builders to orient buildings to capitalize on the Sun’s free energy. For developers and builders, orienting a new home to take...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 21, 2018 at 8:55 AM||comments (0)|
Biological Pollutants in the Home
Courtesy of INTERNACHI
Outdoor air pollution in cities is a major health problem. Much effort and money continue to be spent cleaning up pollution in the outdoor air. But air pollution can be a problem where you least expect it, in the place you may have thought was safest -- your home. Many ordinary activities, such as cooking, heating, cooling, cleaning and redecorating, can cause the release and spread of indoor pollutants at home. Studie...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 13, 2018 at 8:55 AM||comments (0)|
Attached Garage Fire Hazards
The purpose of this article is twofold. First, at InterNACHI, we’d like you to take measures to keep your garage free from fire. Fortunately, there are ways this can be done, some of which are described below. Secondly, garage fires do happen, and we’d like you to make sure that a fire cannot not easily spread to the rest of your house. While you can perform many of the recommendations in this article yourself, it is a ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 7, 2018 at 8:00 AM||comments (0)|
15 Tools Every Homeowner Should Own
The following items are essential tools, but this list is by no means exhaustive. Feel free to ask an InterNACHI inspector during your next inspection about other tools that you might find useful.
1. Plunger A clogged sink or toilet is one of the most inconvenient household problems that you will face. With a plunger on hand, however, you can usually remedy these plumbing issues relative...Read Full Post »