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If we have new construction done on our home and it involves any masonry, there are certain basic steps to follow to ensure the work done by the contractor doesn’t have any problems down the road. We as inspectors have to know these steps to identify any issues or problems that may be happening with…

No one enjoys the thought of these little creatures living in our attics, however since bats can be found in most inhabited places all over the world, we should expect to encounter them at some point. What are some of the ways we can identify if we have bats in our homes? Bat feces (guano)…

One of the most damaging threats that could exist for your home, especially structurally, are pests and insects. Some insects work silently however, and escape your notice until they’ve already caused a lot of damage to the structure of your home. The most common perpetrators to damaging a wooden structure could be termites, or carpenter…

If you are thinking of buying an older home, you might want to consider that it could possibly be wired with aluminum wiring. Is this something you should be concerned about? Here are a few factors to consider; Aluminum has been shown to have certain weaknesses which make it less durable than copper wiring Aluminum…

We all see the need to be conscious of any potential fire hazard in our home, but what about our garage, especially when its attached to our house? Garage fires can occur very easily, this is because our garage is where we store most of our flammable liquids ( paint cans, varnish, gasoline cans to…

The quality of the air we breathe in our home is always a concern, as its a place we want to feel relaxed and safe in. Depending on the cause, bad air quality can result in possible health issues, sometimes serious ones. One risk is the chemical formaldehyde. This is a chemical that we may…

When buying a home, it is important to make sure that a radon test has been performed. A certified home inspector usually does this as part of the seller’s home inspection. You might ask yourself, though, what exactly is Radon? How dangerous is it? How common is it? What is involved in testing my home…

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