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Sewer Line Inspection

By | October 30th, 2017|Additional Services, Maintenance, Sewer|

Many home buyers are familiar with and understand the importance of a home inspection.  But what about a Sewer Line Inspection?  It's almost an afterthought, if a thought at all.  Its always best to find out if a sewer line needs repair or replacement before buying a home, not after. The purpose of a sewer line [...]

Maintaining a Septic System

By | December 8th, 2015|Maintenance, Septic Tanks|

What is it important to maintain my Septic System? A failing septic system can be very costly.  Often times failing systems are impossible to repair and must be replaced.  Even when the system CAN be repaired, the expense is much greater than that of a simple cleaning.  A failing septic system can also cause your [...]

What is a Septic System?

By | December 8th, 2015|Maintenance, Septic Tanks|

A Septic System is an underground private sewage disposal system. It is the best method of disposal in areas where community sewage disposal facilities (Sanitary Sewers) are not available and where soil drainage is acceptable. A Septic System usually consists of two parts: Septic Tank - a water tight (concrete) container that receives untreated household [...]

Side Note: Back to the Earth

By | June 25th, 2015|Additional Services, Mold, Side Note|

Mold has become a big issue in recent years.  It has been the subject of lawsuits, a terror to builders, subject for front page writer, and the growth of a "new" industry - - Mold Testing & Remediation.  You might think its new.  It is not new. You might think it is complex.  It is [...]

Side Note: Crawl Space

By | June 25th, 2015|Basements, Side Note|

Wood + Water = BAD NEWS Exposed earth contributes a lot of water vapor into the crawl space air.  The earth is damp and as that damp soil dries into the house.  In climates where there are dirt crawl spaces, you can never dry the earth, and this invisible stream of water vapor from the [...]

Side Note: Just Add Water

By | June 4th, 2015|Basements, Side Note|

In this week's Side Note, we switch gears from basements to crawl spaces. Since air flows upward into the upper levels of your home from the crawl space, it brings the humidity from the crawl space with it. The effects on your home include: Dust Mites Sticking (swollen) doors and windows Smelly, Damp Carpets Buckling [...]

Side Note: Basement Waterproofing – Inside Strategies

By | April 22nd, 2015|Basements, Side Note|

In previous posts we've covered a few exterior options to protect your basement.  Now let's review what options you have inside!  By installing a drainage system around the inside of the basement along the wall, you can capture water at the most common point of entry - the floor/wall joint.  Capturing water from the walls can prevent [...]

Side Note: Outer Limits

By | April 22nd, 2015|Basements, Side Note|

By now we've learned that there are two types of basements - the ones that already leak and the ones that will eventually leak.  If the soil around the foundation of your home is pitched toward the foundation, it is a good idea to change the grade by adding dirt so that the soil slopes away. [...]

Side Note: Dry Basement

By | April 17th, 2015|Basements, Mold, Side Note|

Buyers expect a dry basement.  No one wants to buy a home with a wet basement.  These days most states have disclosure forms that would require the seller to details a series of questions about the of which is water in the basement.  Home inspectors are trained to find this sort of defect during [...]

Side Note: Basement Space

By | April 17th, 2015|Basements, Mold, Side Note|

Even though it may not be counted in the actual square footage of your home, your basement is VALUABLE space!  What can you do with your basement?  How about a Playroom for the kids, a Party Room or Family Room?  A home gym to keep you fit and healthy, or maybe a craft room for your [...]