On nearly every home we inspect in Colorado, there is inevitably some issue that make it into our report concerning exterior concrete. Cracking sidewalk slabs, heaving driveways and sinking front porches are extremely common defects that make it into our reports. Let’s discuss why concrete on grade (aka “flatwork) is always moving and options you […]
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Radon Mitigation systems are typically installed in a home to reduce the radon levels to an acceptable amount. The EPA is the governing body that gives us guidance on what an acceptable amount of Radon actually is. That magic number set by the EPA is 3.9 or lower. Ultimately, it is up to the homeowner […]
The main Sewer Line is a large pipe (usually buried deep underground) that most interior drains go to. Basically the drains from every sink, shower, tub and toilet eventually end up connected to the main sewer line. The sewer line itself is not visible once it leaves the home because it is buried underground. During […]
Did your inspector make a comment about the lack of an Anti-Tip device? Don’t panic! Let’s take 2 minutes and discuss this little device. An Anti-Tip device is a very simple bracket that provides a very important safety feature. It is designed to prevent a fixture from tipping over unexpectedly. It’s that simple. Nowadays, we […]
Yes. Colorado’s “Public Health Order” describes what services are deemed Critical. It explains: “Professional services, such as legal, title companies, or accounting services, real estate appraisals and transactions…”. Read more HERE from the Colorado Association of Realtors. Home Inspections are a professional service occurring during real estate transactions. As such, we are continuing to inspect […]
You may have an Air Conditioning unit at your home that uses R22 refrigerant. If your home inspector or HVAC professional has mentioned this to you, here is what you need to know. Basically, R22 refrigerant (also called HCFC-22 or Freon) was widely used in many air conditioners up until about 2010. This product is […]
It’s that time of the year again! Take advantage of the Fall weather and knock out these 10 steps before the snow comes. A little maintenance goes a long way, and it isn’t very difficult. 1) Add caulking around doors and windows: Caulking is inexpensive, easy to install and very important for weatherproofing your home. […]
Your Real Estate Agent or Home Inspector may be suggesting that you do a “Radon Test” before you move into your new home. What is Radon and how is it tested? Here are some quick facts to grasp the concept and links to more information. What is Radon 1) Radon is radioactive element that is […]
When you need repairs on your home, it may be a little daunting trying to find out who to call. I always recommend using a locally owned company that has the proper license to perform the work. They should be able to verify that for you at any time. Use this list as a good […]
Here are 5 tips for homeowners that are new to Colorado’s beautiful Front Range. 1) Hail is coming. Update your home and auto insurance if you need to. Park the cars in the garage. Keep the pets inside….etc. Do what you have to do, but the hail is definitely coming. Several areas along the Front […]