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Compost Pile Hazards

By Nick Gromicko Original Article Link   Compost is an accumulation of degrading food scraps, plants and other nutrient-rich organic matter.  It is an easy and environmentally responsible way to dispose of biodegradable kitchen waste, which can then be returned to the soil as fertilizer for vegetable and flower gardens. Composting Is Good Composting helps […]

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What the heck is CSST?

Article by Paul Duffau of Safe@Home Inspections I get this question a lot, usually from someone angry that I said their CSST was not bonded properly. Electricians especially get annoyed with me, so let me take a bit of time and explain CSST and why it keeps popping up in (my) inspection reports. Photo courtesy […]

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Collar Ties vs. Rafter Ties

by Nick Gromicko and Ben Gromicko Original Article Link   Collar ties and rafter ties are both horizontal roof-framing members, each with different purposes and requirements. Home inspectors should be familiar with these structural members and the differences between them, as they are not the same.   Please note that, according to the International Standards […]

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Yard Drainage: How to Identify and Solve

Original Article by Redfin Whether it is a miniature mansion or a humble cottage in the woods, your home is probably your biggest investment. Chances are the roof over your head is the biggest single purchase you will ever make, and protecting it is in your best interest. You already know how important it is […]

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Chimney Inspection: Preventing Collapse

by Nick Gromicko Original Article Link   Chimneys are among the heaviest and most structurally vulnerable of all exterior components of a building.  Accidents caused by their collapse can lead to death.  A collapse can also cause costly structural damage to the building and its surroundings. Inspection, maintenance and preparedness are critical safeguards against chimney collapse. Wind and other elements […]

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A Home Inspection Checklist

This article originally appeared on OpenListings. A home inspection is a professional, third-party inspection of a property that you intend to buy. During an inspection, the professional will evaluate the home from a structural and safety standpoint, as well as to ensure you’re buying a hazard-free, up-to-code property that’s a good investment of your dollars. […]

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Central Vacuum Systems

by Nick Gromicko Original Article Link   A central vacuum system (sometimes called a whole-house vacuum system) is a cleaning device installed throughout a building. Located in the garage or basement, a canister receives dust and debris sucked by the force of a motor from wall outlets, which are located for the homeowner’s convenience. While many […]

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Ceiling Fan Inspection

by Nick Gromicko Original Article Link 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 […]

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Carpet Mold: Identification, Prevention and Removal

by Nick Gromicko and Ethan Ward Original Article Link   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 […]

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Detectors

by Nick Gromicko Original Article Link   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 winter […]

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