News/ Blog

21
Dec

Electrical blunder

On a recent inspection we discovered this- A electrical plug that connects to a 220 outlet had been hard wired to two 110 outlets. They had a gas oven so figured they would still make use of the 220 outlet... a dangerous idea!

01
Dec

Ice Damming

Stopping Ice Dams by Steve Vacha If a home has a history of ice damming, fall is the time to try to prevent further problems. Ice damming occurs with heavy snow on the roof starts to melt.  The melting is usually caused by inadequate insulation in the attic.  Too much warm are in the attic area warms the underside of the roof or ...

24
Oct

Duct Cleaning

Duct Cleaning By Steve Vacha Duct cleaning typically involves the use of specialized tools to dislodge dirt and other debris in ducts and then having them vacuumed out. The EPA suggests that you should consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned if: - Ducts are infested with vermin, e.g. (rodents or insects). - Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and ...

02
Sep

Balancing Act

Balancing Act By Steve Vacha We all know that air has volume.  If air is removed from a room it creates a vacuum.  This vacuum will naturally equalize itself by pulling air in from another space.   And if air is being pushed into a room in the form of a warm air vent, the old air must have a place to escape ...

25
Aug

Seller’s Block

Seller's Block By Steve Vacha Many of us grow to be very emotionally connected to our homes.  They are where we find comfort and rest.   Even the inadequacies or deferred repairs often become normal to us, (especially to some of us males). When it comes time to sell however, prospective buyers often do not see the home through those same rose-colored glasses. In ...

05
Jul

Decks and Safety Concerns

Decks and Safety Concerns By Steve Vacha Decks are an important and valuable component on many homes.  Decks are usually elevated above the ground which makes proper construction and design a critical feature.  Often decks are built by home owners after new construction of the rest of the house.  A good inspection of an existing deck is critical for the safety and ...