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Entries from May 2009

Going Green – The Waterless Toilet

May 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Most people don’t realize it, but it is not washing dishes or taking a shower that uses the most water during the day. It is actually the act of flushing a toilet. Older, less efficient toilets operate by passing over three gallons of water through the plumbing system with each flush. As water resources become [...]

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Tags: Energy Saving · Going Green · Plumbing Issues

Home Inspector Finds Maintenance Items on Charlotte Home

May 26th, 2009 · No Comments

Without a doubt, buying a home can be the largest investment youll ever make. With the average home costing approximately $190,000, many homeowners take great pains to ensure that all cosmetic and structural repairs are attended to. However, the truth is that many expensive repairs could be avoided by simply sticking to a routine maintenance [...]

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Tags: Home Maintenance · Maintenance · Safety Hazards

Charlotte Inspector Finds Roof Leaks

May 25th, 2009 · No Comments

Roof leaks are a nuisance for many homeowners. They can be difficult to diagnose – that is a fact. To make matters worse, different weather conditions will produce leaks in different locations. The vast majority of roof coverings operate using the principal of gravity. This can be a big help in locating a leak source. [...]

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Tags: Roof Inspection Charlotte

Charlotte Home Inspector Talks About Aluminum Wiring

May 15th, 2009 · No Comments

Aluminum wiring, used in some homes from the mid 1960′s to the early 1970′s, is a potential fire hazard. How safe is aluminum wiring? According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fires and even deaths have been reported to have been caused by this hazard. Problems due to expansion, or more likely micro-fretting and [...]

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Tags: Aluminum Wiring · Safety Hazards

Charlotte Home Inspector Asks – Could Your New Home Have Harmful Drywall From China?

May 15th, 2009 · No Comments

When the demand for housing materials was booming back in 2005, partially due to the increase in demand brought about by Katrina’s destruction, construction companies were hard-pressed to meet the demands set by clients. As such, they began to look at more inexpensive options to meet the huge demand for housing while maximizing their profits, [...]

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Tags: Drywall · Environmental Hazards · Unusual Findings

Home Inspector Asks Are Granite Counter Tops Causing Radon In Your Charlotte Home?

May 15th, 2009 · No Comments

Are Granite Countertops In Your Charlotte Home Causing High Radon Levels? All granite countertops produce some levels of radiation. Some granite countertops produce negligible levels of radiation, while others have unbelievably high radiation levels. The only real way you will know for certain if your granite countertops are dangerous or not is to have a [...]

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Psychic Charlotte Home Inspector Predicts New Roof For Indian Trail Home

May 14th, 2009 · No Comments

I Predict a new roof for this Charlotte Home. Your first mission is to check the ceiling inside your Charlotte home. There might be a small leak somewhere that’ll show up first as a spot on the ceiling. Once your ceiling inspection is completed, it’s time to take a little trip into the attic. Unless [...]

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Tags: Crazy Things · Uncategorized · Unusual Findings

Moving Chimney Found By Charlotte Home Inspector

May 8th, 2009 · No Comments

Recently Chip Sprague a Charlotte home inspector was inspecting a house in Charlotte when he noticed the chimney is on the move. A brick chimney has it’s own foundation separate from the house because of the weight of the bricks. The chimney also has flashing and counter flashing where it joins the roof to allow [...]

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Tags: Chimney · Roof Inspection Charlotte

Charlotte Home Inspector Explains The Difference Between Termites and Ants

May 8th, 2009 · No Comments

As spring comes it is the time of swarmers. Swarmers are the reproductive termites that come out by the thousands after the first few warm Spring days usually after a rain. This usually freaks people out if it’s inside their house. Ants also have swarmers and the purpose of this video is to show the [...]

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Tags: Termites

Charlotte Home Inspector Inspects A Geodesic Home

May 8th, 2009 · No Comments

A geodesic dome is a structure built in an almost spherical shape—a structure made from struts set on large circles. Because of its curved walls and ceiling, these domes use approximately a third less surface area to enclose the same volume as a traditional box home. In fact, the geodesic dome has the highest ratio [...]

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Tags: Energy Saving · Going Green · Home Buying · Unusual Findings