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15
Nov

How Radon Mitigation Works

By Steve Vacha President, Home Standards Inspection Company Radon is a gas that is released from uranium that is found in shale rock deep in our soil. Radon gas has a radioactive charge to it. In the early days of recording levels of radon gas, one method was to direct air to a thin plastic instrument. The radon gas with its radioactive charge ...

15
Feb

I have written on this subject before, but because this topic is important and potentially expensive, I think it’s time for another friendly reminder.  Due to the fact that the sewer piping to the street is buried there is no way for a typical home inspection to assess it’s condition. While we at Home Standards have been trained to run a lot of water during our inspection process, that does ...

08
Feb

See anything unusual?

Take a look at this shower. See anything unusual?

08
Feb

Unconventional Chimney

Here's a  chimney I looked @ the other day. I called it unconventional and labeled it a safety recommending further evaluation. In the second picture it appeared to me that the flue pipe inside may have been too close to the window well metal because the paint and galvanizing looks like it has burned off. - Inspector Dave Six

19
Jan

Looking for a significant other can be compared to looking for a house to buy. In some cases, a person may have expectations that are too high or just simply unreasonable. They might end up searching for most of their life…or most of their real estate agent’s life. Others have fewer expectations and simply settle for whatever presents itself as a viable option.

28
Nov

Sometimes it’s the Little Things

Yes, sometimes it’s those little forgotten items in your home that can cause the largest inconveniences. One example- behind your washer there are 2 or 3 water supply hoses. (If you have a dryer with a steam option, then you have 3.) Most of these are just rubber with metal fittings on the end. We use them year after year and think nothing of them. As the rubber breaks down, the ...

21
Oct

CO – The Silent Killer

Beginning in January of next year- any residence sold, rented or issued a building permit in Nebraska will require carbon monoxide detectors per Nebraska law. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is odorless and tasteless. Most who suffer from CO poisoning are not aware they are being poisoned. It has been estimated that unintentional CO exposure accounts for more than 20,000 emergency room visits and up to 500 unintentional deaths in the United ...

10
Oct

Water Heaters Need Love Too

Possibly the most neglected appliance in your home is the water heater. As long as we turn on the tap and get hot water, it rarely crosses our minds. But there are some recommended maintenance practices you should take to help extend the life of your unit. It is recommended that several gallons of water be drained every 6 months to a year to prevent sediment build up in the tank and ...

29
Jul

Toilet Talk

I don’t want to think about toilets- they are not pleasant things to ponder. But, as we all know, in-door plumbing is one of the most important advancements of a human civilization. To flush away all that waste and not have to worry about where it goes or how a toilet works is a luxury.  No one wants to be wondering what could go wrong every time the toilet flushes.

06
Jul

They’re Out There!

Sometimes when doing an inspection, we come across what can I only be describe as “jaw dropping” examples of how not to build a house.  The other day, I had two such events in the same home.  While checking the electrical panel, I noted that all the circuit grounds had been tied together instead of going to the buss bar.  Then, the grounds had been intertwined with a (roughly) 14 ...