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Sources of carbon monoxide in the home can be significant, and as a professional home inspector who has completed thousands of heating system examinations, it is astounding the number of times I find a problem with carbon monoxide leakage. Severity ranges, but it is not unusual to find life...

Electric

Simple holiday safety tips could make the difference between a peaceful or disastrous holiday season. Trees, lights and holiday cheer make this such a special time of year, so don't let your celebrations turn to tragedies because of dangerous decorations, faulty fireplaces or other common...

Chimney Repair and Cleaning

When temperatures drop, it's time to think about getting your house ready for winter. A good place to start is by reviewing your chimney for any repair or cleaning it may need.

Often neglected, chimneys are a vital part of a home's structure and mechanical functioning. If a chimney is not...

Pellet Heat: Renewable Home Energy Source

Pellet heat, used in free-standing pellet stoves and fireplace inserts, is gaining popularity as an approach to renewable home energy.  Pelletized fuel is a time-tested heating method, but with the increasing consumer interest in green lifestyles, consumers are becoming more aware of...

Pests

Firewood piles are popular nesting sites for rodents, attracting both termites and carpenter ants that can cause serious damage to your house. After the fireplace season has passed, be sure to properly store any remaining firewood off the ground and away from the foundation.