Why Inspect a Brand New House According To Home Inspectors Huntley IL

Posted on: April 14, 2010 by in Blog, Home Inspection
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That is a question I hear all too often. Many people think inspecting new construction is not necessary. I think they are wrong! You may think I’m just saying that to get more business, but that is not the case. I have seen some new construction issues both in person and through other inspectors that scare me. There are photos all over the internet of potential disasters waiting to happen in new homes. One of the more disturbing images I have seen is a fireplace chimney flue pipe that was Continue Reading ...

Spring Preparation With Home Inspectors Huntley IL

Posted on: April 12, 2010 by in Blog, Home Improvement
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I think spring is the best time of the year! I love getting out of the house after a long Chicago winter and work in the yard. The grass is growing, the birds are singing, and it is time for some routine home maintenance. I am sure I am not alone! Winters can be very hard on your house. Ice, snow, wind and severe temperatures can cause unforeseen damage. Many of these issues go unnoticed until they become big problems. The best way to avoid costly repairs is to fix the minor issues before Continue Reading ...

Learn More About Radon From Your Home Inspectors Huntley IL

Posted on: April 7, 2010 by in Blog, Home Inspection
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Radon Gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers in the US. It is estimated by the IEMA that 1,160 Illinois citizens develop Radon related lung cancer annually. The US Surgeon General stated “breathing radon over long periods of time can present a significant health risk to families all over the US.” You shouldn't have to wear this in your home! Radon is a naturally occurring cancer-causing radioactive gas that can be found all over the United States. You can’t see it, Continue Reading ...

Dryer Fires Are A Cause For Concern Of Home Inspector Huntley IL

Posted on: March 31, 2010 by in Blog, Home Inspection
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According to the US Fire Administration there are an estimated 15,600 annual structure fires caused by clothes dryers. These fires cause an average of 15 deaths and 400 injuries per year. Eighty percent of those fires occur in residential buildings. One and two-family residences account for 81% of resi­dential building dryer fires. These statistics are a few years old, but I think we all get the picture. Dryer fires are dangerous and they appear to be on the rise. In order to prevent dryer Continue Reading ...

Replace Your Water Heater With Home Inspectors Huntley IL Help

Posted on: March 24, 2010 by in Blog, Home Improvement
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Everything has an expected useful life. That leaves a little room for some discussion as to what is considered useful. For the sake of argument, we’ll say the expected useful life is over when an appliance no longer operates as it was designed to operate without using extraordinary means. You shouldn’t have to use a match, while manipulating the controls, standing on one foot to light your oven! A water heater that produces enough warm water to fill a one gallon bucket is probably past its Continue Reading ...

Truss Lift With The Help Of Home Inspectors Huntley IL

Posted on: March 17, 2010 by in Blog, Home Inspection
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Now that we understand what Truss Lift is, what can we do about it? If you have no idea what I’m talking about, this would be a good time to go back and read last week’s entry. Go ahead……..I’ll wait! Truss Lift is a naturally occurring phenomenon that would be most easily and cost effectively addressed before it occurs. In other words, it should be fixed during the building process. Since so many people are experiencing the effects, it is apparent that this is not happening. In most Continue Reading ...

House Is Cracking Up. Get Help From Home Inspector Huntley IL

Posted on: March 10, 2010 by in Blog, Home Improvement
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Many homeowners are experiencing a frustrating occurrence in their homes. Cracks are appearing in corners where the interior walls meet the ceiling. These cracks may be small and hardly noticeable or they may be large gaping cracks that catch the eye of every visitor to the home. These cracks seem to be most visible in the dead of the winter and almost non-existent in the summer. If I have just described your house, you may be experiencing a common phenomenon called “Truss Lift”. A truss Continue Reading ...

Home Inspectors Huntley IL Working Codes

Posted on: March 3, 2010 by in Blog, Home Improvement
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That is a question I hear all the time. Did you realize that states have building codes, counties have building codes, and municipalities have building codes? These codes are always being changed and updated. Which code does the inspector use to inspect your home? The answer is quite simple. Home Inspectors are not code inspectors. In Illinois, Home Inspectors are required to inspect homes per the standards of practice set forth by the state. The standards are very detailed about what is and Continue Reading ...

Home Inspector Huntley IL Explains Circuit Breakers And GFCI’s

Posted on: February 24, 2010 by in Blog, Home Improvement
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A GFCI or ground fault circuit interrupter is a device used to protect people from electrical shock while a circuit breaker or fuse is meant to protect a house from an electrical fire. Both are very important and require proper installation to be effective. A typical GFCI outlet. A properly sized circuit breaker or fuse, when properly installed, will disrupt an electrical circuit before the wires heat up enough to start a fire. If too large of breaker or fuse is installed, the wires will Continue Reading ...

Is Home Inspector Huntley IL Worth The Cost?

Posted on: February 10, 2010 by in Blog, Home Inspection
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Pre-list inspections are really beginning to gain popularity. With any market conditions, it makes sense to do everything possible to get an advantage over other homes on the market. A pre-list inspection is the perfect way to get that ‘Leg Up’. A pre-list inspection is virtually the same as a pre-purchase inspection except for the timing. This inspection is normally performed before or in conjunction with listing the home on the market. This gives the seller an unbiased, in-depth look at Continue Reading ...