How to Test and Improve Indoor Air Quality
People who are sensitive to indoor allergens often experience respiratory problems, stemming from poor air quality inside their home. Indoor air and heating systems can circulate pet dander, dust, mold spores, and other allergy-inducing air pollutants, all of which can cause sneezing and breathing problems. Concentrations of some air pollutants are 2 to 5 times […]
How to Identify & Get Rid of Black Mold
Black mold, or Stachybotrys chartarum, is a toxic mold recognized for its black-colored growths. While there are many molds which are black, the most common household mold is lighter in color—white, light gray, or even pink—whereas black mold is dark black. S. chartarum is often found in dark, damp, and unventilated cellulose-rich environments: floors, walls, […]
What is a Sewer Scope Inspection?
The best way to determine the condition of your sewer line is with a sewer scope inspection, in which a sewer scope inspector guides a drain snake fitted with a camera into your sewer line to look for signs of pipe damage. A sewer inspection performed by a trained professional is the best way to […]
Who Pays for Repairs After a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is one of the last boxes to check off before a home is officially sold. Unsurprisingly, it’s also one of the most important, as a home inspection is the last chance for a buyer to uncover any problems. It’s common for the home inspector to turn up needed repairs, and it’s just […]
Home Buying: Make Your Offer Contingent on a Home Inspection
Buying a home can be challenging—staying within your budget while balancing your needs and your wants is not always easy. When you do find the perfect home, submitting an offer, waiting to hear back from the sellers, and negotiating the final price can make the process long and arduous. But then, finally, you get the […]
How to Detect and Repair Lead-Based Paint
Lead-based paint was common in many homes and buildings until 1978, when the federal government banned its use due to the threat it posed to humans and the environment. Lead is a highly toxic chemical element that is known to cause a variety of serious health problems, ranging from nervous system damage to kidney failure. […]
Dry Rot & Wet Rot: How to Identify & Repair
Dry rot and wet rot are types of fungus that destroy wood. Occasionally, a home’s foundation, crawl space, or attic can become damp, humid, or harbor excess air moisture. These conditions are ideal for the growth of dry and wet rot on the timbers from which these spaces are built. Because load-bearing timber can become […]
How Energy Efficient Upgrades Can Save You Money
Residential electricity bills have increased by 15% over the last 10 years. As it becomes more expensive to power a home, many have turned to energy efficient upgrades to lower their energy costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a typical household can save 25% on their monthly utility bill by replacing their major […]
A Guide to Roofing Material Options
Roofs are one of the most important structural elements of a home, as they offer protection from inclement weather, provide insulation to keep your home at an ideal temperature, and can enhance curb appeal. When it’s time to replace your roof, it can be hard to settle on a roofing material. For example, you might […]
How Do You Detect And Prevent Household Mold?
Mold is a relatively common problem for many homeowners. Mold thrives in cool temperatures and dark spaces, a combination present in attics and basements, and also common areas like bathrooms. Mold can enter a home in one of two ways: it is either borne through the air, or carried into the home via surfaces like […]