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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Detectors

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that forms from incomplete combustion of fuels, such as natural or liquefied petroleum gas, oil, wood or coal. Facts and Figures 480 U.S. residents died between 2001 and 2003 from non-fire-related carbon-monoxide

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Ten Tips to Speed Your Home Inspection

Many home owners aren’t familiar with the home inspection process.  Consider the following list to help the home inspection go as smooth as possible. 1. Confirm that the water, electrical, and gas services are turned on and that pilots are

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Tank Style Water Heater Inspection

Continuing my theme of common problems I see on home inspections, today’s post is going to discuss tank style water heaters. These water heaters are simple tanks with a cold water pipe coming in and a hot water pipe coming

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Dishwasher High Loop and Air Gap Devices

My job as a home inspector can be quite interesting with unusual things popping up that one doesn’t normally see. One thing that isn’t included in that unusual list is the dishwasher drain’s high loop or air gap device. I’d

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Steel Support Columns

Steel support columns come in two varieties, fixed and adjustable and are designed to provide structural support.  The adjustable columns are also known as screw jacks and beam jacks.  An attached threaded adjustment mechanism normally at the top of the post

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Three Deadly Mistakes Every Home Buyer Should Avoid

Deadly Mistake #1: Thinking you can’t afford it. Many people who thought that buying the home they wanted was simply out of their reach are now enjoying a new lifestyle in their very own homes. Buying a home may be

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Inspecting Chimney Flashing

When doing Racine home inspections, one of the things I see far more often than I should is improper chimney flashing or sometimes no flashing at all!  That may be alright for the kids tree fort but you want to

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Foreclosure Inspections: Trust Your Gut

by Nick Gromicko and Kate Tarasenko So, you want to buy a house cheap, and you look to the foreclosure market. Considering the over-abundance of these properties and just how little many of them are going for, it’s tempting to

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Attic Pull-Down Ladders

Attic pull-down ladders, also called attic pull-down stairways, are collapsible ladders that are permanently attached to the attic floor. Occupants can use these ladders to access their attics without being required to carry a portable ladder.  These ladders are very

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Anti-Tip Brackets for Freestanding Ranges

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were 143 incidents caused by range tip-overs from 1980 to 2006. Of the 33 incidents that resulted in death, most of those victims were children. A small child may stand

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