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Weird Snake Demise

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I’ve seen some pretty strange things during home inspections, but this one is up there at the top. This poor snake weaved himself right into the air conditioner one too many times for his own good. Sometimes we feel tied up in knots, but I pray you have a great week!

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Looks Like We Might Have Roof Leaks…

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During an attic inspection the other day, I saw sunlight shining through nail holes in the roof decking – a pretty cool sight ..but actually the roofers were there replacing the roof and had removed all the old shingles, creating this starry night effect when the nails were pulled out.

Family

Earn Free Electricity with Ambit

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View this video about free electricity:  www.electricity4u.hotsystem.com/free/   Customer Rewards Program If you’re like most energy customers you’re probably not used to generosity from your energy provider. So you’re probably not going to believe this next part. If you’re an Ambit Energy customer, we actually appreciate your business. And we want to reward you for becoming, […]

Savings

10 Easy Ways to Save Energy in Your Home

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by Nick Gromicko, Ben Gromicko, Rob London and Kenton Shepard  Most people don’t know how easy it is to make their homes run on less energy, and here at InterNACHI, we want to change that. Drastic reductions in heating, cooling and electricity costs can be accomplished through very simple changes, most of which homeowners can […]

Insulation

Installing Attic Insulation

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by Nick Gromicko and Barry Fowler According to the EnergyStar™ Program, heating and cooling costs can be slashed by up to 20% per year by properly sealing and insulating the home. Insulating the attic should be a top priority for preventing heat loss because as heat rises, a critical amount of heat loss from the living areas of the home […]

Safety

Safety Guidelines for Home Pools

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Swimming pools should always be happy places. Unfortunately, each year thousands of American families confront swimming pool tragedies, drownings and near-drownings of young children. At InterNACHI, we want to prevent these tragedies. These are guidelines for pool barriers that can help prevent most submersion incidents involving young children. These guidelines are not intended as the […]

Foundations

Distress Phenomena

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Below is a link written by several engineers in Texas so homewoners, home inspectors, and others can learn about: DISTRESS PHENOMENA Often mistakenly attributed to foundation movement   http://www.foundationperformance.org/projects/FPA-SC-03-1.pdf 

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Bent Water Heater Flue Pipe

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Missing a few screws Here’s a picture of why we recommend in our inspection reports to install screws on the gas water heater vent pipe that carries hot gases outside. Strong winds can can move the vent pipe completely off the top of the water heater and the hot gases will then be venting into […]

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15 Tools Every Homeowner Should Own

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by Nick Gromicko   The following items are essential tools, but this list is by no means exhaustive. Feel free to ask an InterNACHI inspector during your next inspection about other tools that you might find useful.    1.  Plunger A clogged sink or toilet is one of the most inconvenient household problems that you will face. […]

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Detectors

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by Nick Gromicko and Rob London  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 poisoning. Most CO exposures occur during the winter months, especially […]