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.
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".
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.
Wondering 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.
Big: Install a low-flow aerating showerhead. Most models allow you
to save around 30 percent on water usage without compromising on your
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.