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Whats that outlet with buttons? I know you've seen them.

Posted on November 10, 2010 at 7:57 AM Comments comments (2)
A "GFCI" is a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter.
Ground Fault Circuit InterupterThis is picture of an outlet version. Some other versions are breakers in the electric panel, separate plug-type, or stand alone. A ground fault circuit interrupter is an inexpensive electrical device that, if installed in household branch circuits, could prevent over two-thirds of the approximately 300 electrocutions still occurring each year in and around the home. Installation of the device could also prevent thousands of burn and electric shock injuries each year.

The GFCI is designed to protect people from severe or fatal electric shocks Because a GFCI detects ground faults, it can also prevent some electrical fires and reduce the severity of others by interrupting the flow of electric current. Where are they needed? General standards say within 6 feet of a water source, outdoors, unfinished basements, and garages. How many do you have? Get great  info about GFCI's here.

Act a little Greener

Posted on October 21, 2010 at 3:33 PM Comments comments (0)
Tips on Energy efficiency blogWondering about the little things you can do to your home to become a little more energy conscience? Here are few simply items you can complete by the end of the week that will help your home become a little more efficient.

Bathroom Big: Install a low-flow aerating showerhead. Most models allow you to save around 30 percent on water usage without compromising on your shower experience. Small: Avoid using toxic cleaning products, as chemicals find their way into the atmosphere and waterways. As you run out of old cleansers, replace with nontoxic cleaning products.
Kitchen Big: Replace your old refrigerator or dishwasher with an energy-efficient model. Look for models that either meet or go beyond ENERGY STAR levels, like a new 4-Door French-door refrigerator from LG that's 20 percent more efficient than the minimum ENERGY STAR standard. The fridge achieves efficiency through linear compressor technology that alters output based on demand from the refrigerator. This means fewer temperature swings, ultimately using less energy and saving you money. Small: Plant a garden, as the food out of your garden will be fresher and won't need to be transported to the store or to your home.
Bedroom
Big: Buy all-natural bedding that is made from earth-friendly materials. Small: Unplug gadgets like cell phone chargers and unused appliances before going to bed, since they can use energy even when they are plugged in and not in use.
Laundry room
Big: Buy an energy-efficient washer and dryer. Consider a high-efficiency, front-load machine like a SteamWasher from LG. It uses more than 50 percent less water per load and is roughly 86 percent more energy-efficient than conventional top-load machines. Small: Clean your dryer vent after each load, because even a partially clogged vent will hurt your dryer's efficiency.
Energy center
Big: Invest in a programmable thermostat, which can save you money by setting temperatures lower when you plan to be away or while you sleep. Some even can be controlled remotely while you are away. Small: Replace incandescent light bulbs with more energy-efficient CFL or LED bulbs.
Garage
Big: If you're in the market for a new car, buy a gas-sipping hybrid. Small: Take public transportation. Better yet, where possible, bike or walk on one trip each week where you would usually drive.
Living room
Big: Buy an ENERGY STAR-rated TV that will save you money when it's both on and off. With very low standby and on-mode power consumption, some new LED HDTVs from LG use only about 7 cents of electricity a day for average viewing of six hours daily. Small: Unplug your DVD player or other accessories when they are not in use, especially when leaving for an extended time like a vacation.

Whether they are big or small, your energy-saving contributions won't go unnoticed by Mother Nature or your pocketbook. For more on The Green House project and more helpful home energy tips, visit www.SmartHouseSmartLiving.com. You can also take the ENERGY STAR Pledge at energystar.gov/changetheworld and join with millions of others in making energy-efficient choices at home and at work that save energy, save money and protect the environment.

Stop them before they start!

Posted on September 1, 2010 at 10:19 AM Comments comments (0)

If you don't already have termites, then there are a lot of things you can do to prevent an infestation in the first place. For the most part, home remedies and "natural" ways of dealing with them will ONLY prevent an infestation. If you've already got a colony in or near your home, you're going to have to have an exterminator get rid of it. You can, however, cut down on chemicals and costs by some simple termite prevention techniques. They aren't foolproof, but they will reduce the chance of another infestation. Find out more information on my termite links page here.

Brad
Smart Moves Home Inspections, LLC

When was lead-based paint banned in the US?

Posted on August 24, 2010 at 8:37 AM Comments comments (0)
The United States government's Consumer Product Safety Commissionbanned lead paint in 1977. In an announcement dated September 2, 1977, "The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has culminated a major regulatory proceeding by issuing a final ban on lead-containing paint and on toys and furniture coated with such paint. This action was taken to reduce the risk of lead poisoning in children who may ingest paint chips or peelings."

FACT: Lead exposure can harm young children and babies even before they are born.
FACT: Even children who seem healthy can have high levels of lead in their bodies.
FACT: You can get lead in your body by breathing or swallowing lead dust, or by eating soil or paint chips containing lead.
FACT: You have many options for reducing lead hazards. In most cases, lead-based paint that is in good condition is not a hazard.
FACT: Removing lead-based paint improperly can increase the danger to your family.

If you think your home might have lead hazards, read on to learn about lead and some simple steps to protect your family at epa.gov.

Effective April 22, 2010, the US EPA now requires that all renovators who work in homes built pre-1978 and disturb more than six square-feet of lead paint be RRP certified.

Brad
Smart Moves Home Inspections


Special Invitation

Posted on August 23, 2010 at 8:43 AM Comments comments (0)


I want to invite you to my 'Helpful Links' page here to sign up to my e-mail list for monthly newsletters. This is a great way for you to keep up with today's home inspection/home buying related topics. This service is free and I do not have any interest in selling your information. My main intent is to give you top-notch, quality tips and guidance. It is strictly for people who are eager to learn and stay informed. This will be a great way to automatically get short, useful golden nuggets from home maintenance to the latest trends in the industry. Join the hundreds already members of this great resource. No obligation but I am positive you will find it a great source of invaluable information. Please share this with family and friends. I invite home buyers, home sellers, home owners, real estate agents, and other real estate professionals. It only takes a few seconds when you visit my 'Helpful Links' page.  I am dedicated to helping with the buying process. An informed buyer is a smart buyer. Please share any comments or concerns.

Brad
Smart Moves Home Inspections, LLC.

How much Carbon Monoxide is safe?

Posted on August 20, 2010 at 10:34 AM Comments comments (0)
No standards for CO have been agreed upon for indoor air.  The U.S. National Ambient Air Quality Standards for outdoor air are 9 ppm (40,000 micrograms per meter cubed) for 8 hours, and 35 ppm for 1 hour.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill you before you are aware it is in your home. At lower levels of exposure, CO causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu, like headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue. The effects of CO exposure can vary greatly from person to person depending on their age, overall health and the concentration and length of exposure.

Unventilated kerosene and gas space heaters; leaking chimneys and furnaces; back-drafting from furnaces, gas water heaters, wood stoves, and fireplaces; gas stoves; generators and other gasoline powered equipment; automobile exhaust from attached garages; and tobacco smoke contribute to CO sources.  Incomplete oxidation during combustion in gas ranges and unventilated gas or kerosene heaters may cause high concentrations of CO in indoor air.  Worn or poorly adjusted and maintained combustion devices (e.g., boilers, furnaces) can be significant sources, or if the flue is improperly sized, blocked, disconnected, or is leaking.

Find more info on my links page.

Brad

Check out some videos

Posted on August 18, 2010 at 7:11 PM Comments comments (0)
Hello!

Want to know what happens in the crawlspace? Check out this video and see. This is just one of many items I look at during the inspection.  There are many videos listed. Check them out. Let me know if you have questions or comments. Hope to hear from you.


Brad 215 794 2813


They said WHAT!?!

Posted on August 16, 2010 at 2:11 PM Comments comments (0)


Well,I just got off the phone with an inspector friend of mine and we spoke about the (obvious) slow market for us. He told me that a lot of his agents are recommending that their buyers opt out of the inspection so they can save a few bucks in the process. WHAAAT!? I can't believe I heard that. You might as well buy a house solely based on its price tag, sight unseen. Why even look at it? So you're telling me that these people would rather take the risk of pumping 1,000's of dollars into their home after they move in? I can't believe I am hearing this.

Do you know how often I go on an inspection where the client said, "wow, that was a waste of money."? NEVER!! I think it is safe to say that with every home inspection completed out there, it is worth well over our asking price. That is, for the cost of a home inspection you are getting a lot of useful  information. Please, before you "opt-out" of your inspection, talk to a friend who has had an  inspection before and get their opinion, or you can call or email me.

Please, get a home inspection - call or visit the 'contact us' page to schedule.

215 279 2813
Brad

Why do I need a home inspection?

Posted on August 10, 2010 at 11:23 AM Comments comments (0)
Have you asked yourself this question? Everyone who is buying should. It's one of the most important parts of the transaction. Home inspectors are trained to discover, disclose and document any deficiencies they find in a property.  Lets find them before you buy, not after you move in. If you are a first time buyer it's a must! Buying a home can be scary if you don't know what you're looking at. We want to take the fear out of it and help you make the purchase with confidence. We want you to know what you are buying. There are hundreds of systems involved in a house and it's important that you know what kind of condition they are in. Why should you be stuck with the bill after you buy when you may be able to get the seller make the repairs. 
How long do you spend looking at a house before you sign an agreement? maybe 20 min or even 30? That's not that much time. With a home inspection it's your chance to really look around. Expect to spend a good 2-3 hours there (depending on size, issues and other factors). So, why do you need a home inspection? This is your chance to get to know the condition of the house before you buy.

Smart buyers choose Smart Moves.

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Welcome!

Posted on August 9, 2010 at 11:52 AM Comments comments (0)
Welcome to my new Blog portion of the website! Come back frequently to read new posts about home inspection topics concerning common deficiencies with plumbing, electric, heaters, air conditioners, roofs, foundations, current events, frequently asked questions, etc. I look forward to your input and comments.



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