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Having properly installed bathroom ventilation is crucial in the prevention of moisture build up on the framing in the attic space. As steam develops in the bathroom it will travel up to the attic space unless there is a ventilation fan installed in the bathroom. Moisture will cause wood rot and ...
08/10/2009
Tank-less water heaters are becoming very popular. They are becoming more and more common and are taking the place for conventional water heaters. Tank-less water heaters have some significant advantages over more common traditional water heaters. Tank-less type water heaters provide an instant o...
08/02/2009
All wood burning stoves and fireplaces should be inspected at least yearly as provided for in the guidelines of the National Fire Protection Association. Chimneys get dirty and obstructed because creosote sticks to the interior surfaces of the fireplace, dampers and chimney liners. Creosote is on...
07/31/2009
Roof leaks may be caused by a number of different factors. Some of the issues that can cause roofs to leak are. Age: As roofing materials age they loose their ability to create a water tight system. Asphalt shingles can get brittle. Rolled roofing or built up membranes (mod-bit) also gets brittle...
04/07/2009
The guidelines of the National Fire Protection Association state that chimneys and fireplaces should be inspected every year before they are used. Creosote which is one of the products of combustion can get thick and sticks to the inside of the fireplace, damper and chimney liner. This combustibl...
04/02/2009
As part of the requirements for a properly performed New Jersey home inspection the electrical service panel cover is to be removed. The New Jersey home inspector is required to inspect the internal electrical connections located on the inside of the service panel. One of the defects or condition...
03/30/2009
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What is that tank there? The question relates to an expansion tank found on water boilers. When the water inside the boiler is heated the water expands. The space in the expansion tank provides room for the water to expand as it is heated. Inside the expansion tank there is water and air. As the ...
03/25/2009
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Cantilevers are floor joists that extend through the house wall to form the floor of a balcony or deck structure. These types of structures are usually found in the upper floors of the home. The reason for cantilevering is that it would look unsightly to have posts or columns supporting the deck ...
03/23/2009
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While performing home inspection in new Jersey. I see more and more flexible gas piping in use instead of the conventional black pipe that was used for so long. I must say that this newer type of flexible pipe does have some major advantages over the rigid gas pipe. The proper name for the flexib...
03/17/2009
Plastic water pipes or (PEX pipes) are becoming more and more common. I see a lot of plastic water pipes while performing home inspections in New Jersey. Plastic has become more and more popular because of its ease to install, time savings, and cost savings over traditional piping materials such ...
03/11/2009