Over time, all washing machine hoses will wear out. Roughly, the included rubber hoses will last 8-9 years. Cracks, blisters, bulges, drips can lead to costly repairs with the average claim reaching close to $6,000. $6,000 for a repair you don't even need to hire a plumber for! It is imperative to inspect laundry hoses regularly and upgrade hoses to a reinforced, steel-braided type. These replacement hoses are a low cost ($10-20) preventative action against costly repairs (not to mention upset neighbors that live below you) and they are EASY to install.
The length of a
horizontal line drawn from the top of the opening of the chimney flue to the point at which that line touches
the roof surface should be ten feet or more. This height requirement is to assure that the chimney will develop
adequate draft. A "too short" chimney won't have a
tall-enough column of rising hot gases inside to develop a safe,
A chimney that istoo short
is unlikely to vent properly and it may also be a serious fire hazard to the building.
There are many sources of roof staining and they vary in significance, from cosmetic to harmful to the roof.
Black streaks on shingles caused by
algae or fungal growth used to be limited to warm, humid
climates, but now this can be seen on houses as far north
as Canada. Some experts attribute the spread to the
increased use of crushed limestone as a filler material in
Limestone is economical and makes a
durable shingle, but the calcium carbonate in the limestone
supports algae growth.
Short answer - no. The right answer -it's in your best interest to get one.
As with anything you purchase it is proper to do your due diligence. You wouldn't buy a used car without taking it to your mechanic first. So why not when you're buying a used home? A home inspection will give you aunbiased
opinion by a third party professional on the current condition and give you tips on how to properly maintain your property. The reports are NOT enforceable, they areNOT
code inspections, or appraisals. Keep in mind - just because there is a defect reported it does not mean the seller must repair it.
Knob and tube
electrical of wiring has been installed in homes from the 1920s right up into the 1970's in some jurisdictions. Only a hot and neutral wire are provided. The circuit has no electrical ground path. The individual electrical wires are wrapped in a rubberized cloth. That
was fine when the wires remained suspended in air. Wherever the knob and tube circuit wires pass through building framing
lumber a ceramic tube is used to insulate the wire from the wood. Where the knob and tube wiring is surface mounted in a building it is attached using a ceramic "knob".
Termites are pale-colored insects that live in large colonies and feed on wood. Termites resemble ants in their appearance, manner of living, and social organization, but are not closely related. Termites mostly feed on dead plant material, generally in the form of wood.
They can be very destructive to wooden buildings and structures.
Termites prefer to tunnel inside of wood and can cause extensive damage
without appearing readily on the wood surface. Mud tubes are typically
built to enable movement across a less hospitable surface such as
masonry walls or wood that was just not so nice to penetrate.
Aluminum wiring, used in some homes from the mid 1960's to the early 1970's, is a potential
According to theU.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
and even deaths have been reported to have been caused by this hazard. Problems
due to aluminum wiring expansion, or arcing at the aluminum wiring connectors,
can cause overheating at connections between the wire and
devices (switches and outlets) or at aluminum wire splices. The connections can become hot enough
to start a fire without ever tripping a circuit breaker!
An effective and informative article about wet basements. Did you know most basements are wet because of improper grading and poorly installed gutters/downspouts?
Keep water away from the foundation. This means proper
site drainage that assures that surface runoff and roof spillage are
conducted away from the building. Most of the wet basements investigated were suffering from mis-handling of roof
drainage. Between gutter defects that spill large volumes of water close
to the foundation and improper site grading, we estimate that 80
percent or more of basement water entry problems can be explained.
Don't get freaked out if your home inspection reveals mold! Mold is everywhere in the air we breath everyday. Some people react differently than others. Standards or Threshold Limit Values (TLVs)
for airborne concentrations of mold, or mold spores, have not been set.
Currently, there are no EPA regulations or standards for airborne mold
Molds can befound almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any
organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present.
The EPA and the U.S. Geological
Survey have rated every county in the United States as Zone 1 to 3 for radon risk. Links to state maps with county by-
county risk levels can be found at