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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...

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...

Energy Efficient Gas Fireplace

Few things says luxury better than a cozy fireplace.  But traditional fireplaces are anything but luxurious to operate, and those that have been converted to gas logs are huge energy wasters.  A better option is the energy efficient gas fireplace; the Rinnai 750 Fireplace.  

Rinnai, the world's...

Drainage

When buying or selling a home, make sure a professional home inspector is part of the transaction. Nosy people can be really annoying if they are always sticking their nose in other people's business! But if you are buying a house, a home inspector is one super nosy person you definitely want...

Cleaning

Here's an easy way to make cleaning a fireplace screen part of your regular cleaning routine. Once or twice a season, use a cleaning solution of 1/8 cup liquid dishwashing detergent per quart of water to remove the caked on dirt.  Gently scrub the fireplace screen with a soft bristle brush and...

Ceiling Fans
Heating costs usually take a big chuck out of household budgets each winter. But there are a few things you can to actually reduce heating costs without spending a dime:
Do windows: Keep window shades open and curtains pulled back during the day to take advantage of the sun’s energy. At...