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Needs Painting or Staining

Needs Painting or Staining

A common report defect I find on many homes with wood siding and or wood trim is “Needs painting or staining”. Unprotected wood products like siding and trim are vulnerable to attack by weather and ultraviolet rays from the sun. Paint and stains provide a...

Missing Jumper Wire at Water Meter

“Missing jumper wire at water meter” is a common electrical defect and safety hazard noted in many home inspections for older homes. The jumper wire is actually a grounding wire, a short section of large gauge wire that “jumps” or goes across...

Radon Fan Replacement Guide

RADON FAN REPLACEMENT GUIDE Looking for a new radon fan to replace your old one? These are the most common radon fan companies; your radon mitigation system most likely uses one of these fans. This chart compares replacement fans that provide similar performance,...

Sick House?

Is your house making you or your family sick? Unfortunately some homes do make the occupants sick. Many people are not aware of “Sick House Syndrome” and its causes. But most people are aware of the symptoms that can result from a sick home such as eye,...

Roof Water Drainage

Importance of Proper Roof Water Drainage Proper roof water drainage is very important in building maintenance. Even if the grade around a home is correct, the water running off the roof can wreak havoc on the foundation. Depending on the amount of soffit overhang, the...
House Grading Issues

House Grading Issues

If water runs towards or pools next to your house’s foundation walls you likely have some house grading issues. Water tends to run downhill, on the top of the ground as well as below the surface. When a home is placed on a lot, consideration should be given to...

Doing Your Own Radon Test

For doing your own radon test this is my number one recommendation, in most cases. The Pro Series III Radon Gas Detector, by Safety Siren is EPA approved and designed for the homeowner. Just plug it in and this multifunctional detector continually monitors the radon...

Asbestos Safety in Your Home

What is asbestos? Amosite, chrysotile, crocidolite, tremolite, actinolite, and anthophyllite are the six minerals grouped together and collectively named asbestos. These minerals occur naturally in the environment and are mined for their unique characteristics....

Adjustable Split Jack Posts

Adjustable “split” jack posts or “split” steel columns are improperly used in many homes in New York and are a structural defect. When any of these split type or telescopic adjustable post or columns are installed with the intention of permanent use for the support of...

Average New York Radon in your Town

Measured Basement Screening Radon Levels by Town – October 2012 The document Measured Basement Screening Radon Levels by Town – October 2012 is available in Portable Document Format (PDF, 99KB, 19pg.) The average New York radon in your town is given by...