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Chimneys

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...

Drainage

April showers won't just bring May flowers, but leaking wet basements too if homeowners don't maintain good outside drainage conditions. Wet basements are one of life's biggest headaches, yet waterproofing is generally easy to accomplish.

When basements leak, people panic. The trouble,...

Basement

Every year, nor'easters, hurricanes and other major weather events do plenty of damage to the nation's homes. Wind and rain can flood basements, wash out foundations and rip shingles from roofs. If you have had a storm like this pass through your area, it's wise to have a home inspection to...

Bathroom Cleaning

Mold is not just a cleaning issue, it’s a health concern as well.  It’s been called the next asbestos due to its potential effects on human health.  If the research is right, over 50% of our homes have indoor mold. That leaves a lot of families exposed to its effects, which range from itchy...

Carpet

Keep mold out of a finished basement by choosing moisture-resistant materials and finishes. Paperless drywall such as Georgia-Pacific's DensArmor Plus is a great choice for walls, as it doesn't contain the paper fiber that mold feeds on and resists the damaging effects of moisture.