Insulation

When Do You Need to Inspect for Asbestos?

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When a home buyer is considering purchasing a structure built before 1980, one of the issues of concern will be the possibility of the presence of asbestos.  Asbestos was popular as a building material because it doesn’t burn, so it was widely used in items that needed to resist heat, including materials such as roof […]

Safety

Cool Weather Means Fireplace Safety

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Fall and winter mean cooler temperatures, and also means that a lot of homeowners will be using their fireplace again. One recent home inspection revealed cracks between the bricks in the wood-burning fireplace.  Had the homeowner not been aware of this issue which was found during the home inspection before they bought the house, and they had […]

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 […]

Safety

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 […]