Caring For Your Gutters and Downspouts

Understanding the health of your gutters and downspouts are important. When Home Inspectors visit your home for an inspection, they are required to inspect the gutters and downspouts as part of the roof portion of the home inspection. Here is some insight into what a Home Inspector is looking for when evaluating gutters and downspouts. […]

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Tree Dangers Around Your Home

Trees Can Grow To Be A Problem. Although trees are generally a desirable feature of home landscaping, they can pose a threat to buildings in a number of different ways. Home owners may want to educate themselves about tree dangers so that they can be aware of potentially dangerous situations. Tree Roots and Foundations Contrary […]

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Hazardous Plants Around Your Home: Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac

The Dangers of Poisonous Plant Species In almost all suburban and rural regions of the United States and Canada, home owners run the risk of developing potentially debilitating, allergic symptoms from exposure to urushiol-secreting plants. This potent, clear oil causes an itching rash (called contact dermatitis) in 350,000 people each year, but these numbers can […]

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Pressure-Assist Toilets

What are Pressure-Assisted Toilets, and How do they Work? As Pressure-Assisted toilets become more common, especially in newer and updated homes, homeowners should know how they work. Pressure-assist toilets are water-efficient alternatives to standard, gravity toilets. The first pressure-assist toilet was developed in 1984 in response to concerns over water shortages, and they have become […]

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Fire Extinguisher Maintenance and Inspection

Fire extinguishers are devices commonly found indoors and are used to douse fire and prevent its spread. They are small metal canisters that contain compressed gas (usually nitrogen) that, when activated, propel a directed spray of flame-retardant chemicals. Fire extinguishers are only effective if building occupants understand where and why they are used. Fire Type […]

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Fall-Arrest Systems

Fall-arrest systems provide protection for roof workers. Various forms of safety equipment are available, and guidelines are used to ensure they are installed and used properly. More than 6 million people work at approximately 250,000 construction sites across the United States every day. Inspectors are likely to find fall-arrest systems at these locations, as well as […]

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