Blog, Building Science

Should home inspectors have infrared cameras?

Infrared cameras can “see” temperatures of objects immediately and at somewhat of a distance. So, an inspector can walk into a room and

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Blog, Chimney

CHIMNEYS AND FIREPLACES

This time of year, people who own fireplaces are probably using and enjoying them. Especially when it’s really cold like it has been recently. Here

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Blog, ETHICS

HOME INSPECTION REFERRAL FEES TO REAL ESTATE AGENTS

Should a home inspector pay a commission to a Real Estate Agent for Home Inspection referrals? In a word, NO. In 2006, New York State instituted a

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Blog, Safety

FIRE DOORS

DEADLY BRONX FIRE New York City fire investigators determined that this horrible fire, which has been declared the worst in New York City’s

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Blog, Safety

How To Be Safe On a Ladder

Several years ago, I climbed a ladder to inspect a roof. When I was done with the roof inspection, I took a step onto the top of the ladder and

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Blog, Heating and Cooling

What’s that green stuff on my pipes?

Ever see green-gray stuff on your pipes and wonder what it is? Well, it’s due to a bi-metallic reaction, also called electrolysis. If 2 different

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Blog, Energy Efficiency

RECHARGABLE BATTERIES

NEW BATTERY TECHNOLOGIES BEGINNING TO POWER UP HOMES Battery technology has improved quite substantially over the last 10 years. Tesla has developed

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Blog, Foundation

WHAT’S A HELICAL PILE?

Helical piles are basically big screws in the ground that are designed to serve as structural supports. They’ve been around since about 1850 but

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Blog, Environmental

What is that musty smell?

Do you have a musty smell in your home? There’s a good chance it could be mold. If you smell mold, you most likely have some mold present.  It

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Blog, Repairs

Real Estate Requires Maintenance

Without maintenance, real estate starts to fall apart. A basic rule in physics is that things tend towards maximum disorder, which means things fall

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Blog, Heating and Cooling

Your Heating System Reminder

This is a reminder, as we head towards winter, it’s a good idea to have your heating system serviced. If you don’t have a service contract, we

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Blog, Energy Efficiency

What is TYVEK?

Everybody has seen Tyvek house wrap on the sides of homes and commercial buildings during construction. What’s it for? Well, Tyvek blocks air

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