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A Cut Above: Important Details for Shingling Roof Valleys

The valleys in roofs are highly susceptible to leaks due to the amount of water being concentrated into them. For this reason, properly installing the shingles at valleys is crucial to maintaining the water tightness of the roof. There are several...

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Vent-Free Gas Heaters

Gas heaters designed to be vent-free use the air in the home for combustion. In order to safely do this without depleting the oxygen in the home they are designed to burn very efficiently and they have an Oxygen Depletion Sensor installed that shuts...

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What does Ghosting Have to do With Home Inspections

Have you ever seen dark areas on your ceiling or walls that seem to outline the rafters, studs, or even the insulation? If you have, then you have experienced what many call “ghosting.” The photos below are examples of this.   The...

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A Common Error Found with the Roof Decking Installation

Roof decking is supposed to be installed in such a way that it provides the roof covering with a solid base to attach to and a strong support to transfer snow and wind loads. In order to provide this strong and solid base, the roof decking is to be...

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When Crawl Space Encapsulation is Reasonable to Consider

A Short History Behind Crawl Spaces:   To understand when crawl space encapsulation is reasonable, a good understanding of the history and purpose of crawl spaces is needed. “Prior to the Second World War, crawl space con- struction in...

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Should I Have A Termite Inspection Prior To Purchasing A Home?

  In North Carolina & South Carolina a common type of termite is called "Eastern Subterranean Termite." Subterranean termites can grow very large colonies with millions of termites, which can do considerable damage in a short...

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A Few Things to Consider When Buying a Log Cabin

When buying a log cabin home, there are a few import things to consider related to the exterior of the home. One theme you will notice if you read my blogs is that water is a home’s worst enemy. Most of the defects I find during home...

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Common Fiber Cement Siding Installation Errors

  If you are buying or if you own a home built in the 2000’s, it most likely has fiber cement siding. As its name suggests, fiber cement siding is a cement based material known for its longevity and decay resistance. However, like...

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Pinholes in Copper Plumbing

  Copper plumbing is the one plumbing material that has stood the test of time due to its resistance to corrosion. However, the important word in that description is “resistance.” Copper plumbing, like anything in this temporal...

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Managing Lot Drainage: What You Need To Know

  Managing Lot Drainage: What You Need To Know   Water is a home’s worst enemy.  Many water penetration issues in foundations are a result of lot drainage being improperly managed. Lot and concrete surfaces catch a great...

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How to Keep Your HVAC Condensing Unit Healthy

If you have a split HVAC system, your system is made up of two basic components. An outside unit, and an inside unit. In this article I am going to focus on the outside unit. This unit is known as the Condensing or Compressor Unit. The purpose of this...

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What You Need To Know About Aluminum Wrapping

  When it is time to update your siding of your home, depending upon the type of siding you are installing, it is often recommended that you have the wood trim around doors, windows, fascia, soffits, etc wrapped with aluminum. This type of...

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Understanding Your Electrical Service and Safety Hazards to Avoid

      Understanding Your Electrical Service and Safety Hazards to Avoid Your electrical service comes from the utility point of connection at the street to your electric meter used for billing. The service then enters the main...

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5 Footing Concerns Found During Home Inspections And How You Can Prevent Them

The man-made portion of the foundation of a home starts with the footing, the first building component that contacts the supporting soil. A footing that is designed and built well is one with these characteristics: It is supported properly with...

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