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Whats that outlet with buttons? I know you've seen them.

A "GFCI" is a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter.
Ground Fault Circuit InterupterThis is picture of an outlet version. Some other versions are breakers in the electric panel, separate plug-type, or stand alone. A ground fault circuit interrupter is an inexpensive electrical device that, if installed in household branch circuits, could prevent over two-thirds of the approximately300 electrocutionsstill occurring each year in and around the home. Installation of the device could also prevent thousands of burn and electric shock injuries each year.

Act a little Greener

Tips on Energy efficiency blogWondering about the little things you can do to your home to become a little more energy conscience? Here are few simply items you can complete by the end of the week that will help your home become a little more efficient.

BathroomBig: Install a low-flow aerating showerhead. Most models allow you to save around 30 percent on water usage without compromising on your shower experience. Small: Avoid using toxic cleaning products, as chemicals find their way into the atmosphere and waterways. As you run out of old cleansers, replace with nontoxic cleaning products.

Stop them before they start!


If you don't already have termites, then there are a lot of things you can do to prevent an infestation in the first place. For the most part, home remedies and "natural" ways of dealing with them will ONLY prevent an infestation. If you've already got a colony in or near your home, you're going to have to have an exterminator get rid of it. You can, however, cut down on chemicals and costs by some simple termite prevention techniques. They aren't foolproof, but they will reduce the chance of another infestation.

When was lead-based paint banned in the US?

The United States government'sConsumer Product Safety Commissionbanned lead paintin1977. In an announcement dated September 2, 1977, "The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has culminated a major regulatory proceeding by issuing a final ban on lead-containing paint and on toys and furniture coated with such paint. This action was taken to reduce the risk of lead poisoning in children who may ingest paint chips or peelings."

FACT:Lead exposure can harm young children and babies even before they are born.

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How much Carbon Monoxide is safe?

No standards for CO have been agreed upon for indoor air.  The U.S. National Ambient Air Quality Standards for outdoor air are 9 ppm (40,000 micrograms per meter cubed) for 8 hours, and 35 ppm for 1 hour.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill you before you are aware it is in your home. At lower levels of exposure, CO causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu, like headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue.

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Want to know what happens in the crawlspace? Check out this video and see. This is just one of many items I look at during the inspection.  There are many videos listed. Check them out. Let me know if you have questions or comments. Hope to hear from you.


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They said WHAT!?!



Well,I just got off the phone with an inspector friend of mine and we spoke about the (obvious) slow market for us. He told me that a lot of his agents are recommending that their buyers opt out of the inspection so they can save a few bucks in the process.WHAAAT!?I can't believe I heard that. You might as well buy a house solely based on its price tag, sight unseen. Why even look at it? So you're telling me that these people would rather take the risk of pumping 1,000's of dollars into their home after they move in?

Why do I need a home inspection?

Have you asked yourself this question? Everyone who is buying should. It's one of the most important parts of the transaction. Home inspectors are trained to discover, disclose and document any deficiencies they find in a property.  Lets find them before you buy, not after you move in. If you are a first time buyer it's a must! Buying a home can be scary if you don't know what you're looking at. We want to take the fear out of it and help you make the purchase with confidence. We want you to know what you are buying.

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Welcome to my new Blog portion of the website! Come back frequently to read new posts about home inspection topics concerning common deficiencies with plumbing, electric, heaters, air conditioners, roofs, foundations, current events, frequently asked questions, etc. I look forward to your input and comments.


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