Are Dark Colored Molds Really More Dangerous?

There is a significant amount of misinformation surrounding “black mold”. This misinformation contributes to the ease in which immoral contractors/companies can use scare tactics to take advantage of a naive customer. In this article we are going to dispel these lies and ensure when you finish reading you will be more informed than you started!

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Everything You Need To Know About Sump Pumps

Sump pumps operate relatively simply. The sump pump will usually rest in a short well or pit that was designed to work with the pump. This pit is usually in the lowest part of the basement to help attract water to pool at the well’s bottom. Residential sump pumps are activated when the water level

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What Repairs Is The Seller Really Responsible For?

If you are a home inspector or agent, chances are that you’ve had at least one extremely picky, perfectionistic buyer. This is the buyer who nitpicks on every little blemish and imperfection on the property, insisting without end that it is the seller’s responsibility to repair all. Sometimes, the buyer is simply misinformed; in fact,

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Home Maintenance Checklist

It is a fact that all homes need regular maintenance. Use this list as start to help you keep the value in your home where it should be. Use the empty lines to add things specific to your home. Monthly Change furnace and air conditioner filters unless you have the very thick filter of that

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Columbus home buyer gets a free underground sewer line repair from their Home Inspector.

Columbus Ohio home buyer gets a free underground sewer line repair from their Home Inspector. This is the link to the Youtube video that was produced by RWS Home inspections are very valuable and they save home buyers lots of money and they inform home buyers of safety issues. This helps new home owners have safe

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Is a Home Warranty a Replacement for a Home Inspection?

Life is expensive, especially when you’re looking into buying a home. Sometimes, as a cost saving measure, potential homebuyers consider purchasing a home warranty rather than a full home inspection. Is a home warranty really going to protect you? Is it even worth it?   A home warranty is what it sounds like; it’s insurance

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Is Moisture in the Basement/Crawl Space Normal?

This is a very common concern among potential home buyers upon reading their home inspection report. While moisture in your basement/crawl space is obviously not desirable, the good news is that (provided the area is not always wet), there is little reason for serious alarm. It may also comfort you to know that a damp

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The Safe Usage of Generators

While generators are typically beyond the scope of the average home inspection, it is still important for everyone to be aware of how to be safe while using them. We Ohio home inspectors do see them with more frequency than several years ago. Generator misuse can cause carbon monoxide deaths, injuries from close calls, and

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Baluster Guardrail spacing and safety

Newer standards only allow 4 inches of spacing between balusters on guardrails. This is to help prevent small kids from falling throiugh them and getting injured. Often the heights are not a big deal and people will ignore the comment in the home inspection report. The video linked to below shows very well as to

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Tip to help home buyers find mold

Molds are everywhere and home buyers are often concerned about elevated levels of mold growth in any home they are looking to buy. Mold spores are not visible to the eye and can not be seen if they are floating around in the air. However if there has been some mold growth going on for

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Back flow valve leaking in basement

I inspected a home and set a radon monitor up to test for radon on a Wednesday, I return on Friday morning and I hear water flowing in the basement. I quickly go down to see what is going on and I spot the back flow valve leaking. The water was being caught by a

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The Value of Pre-listing Inspections for Sellers & Agents

Many an agent and seller have been in this position: the sale of a home is just about to close, when the deal suddenly falls through after a disheartening discovery during the home inspection. This is frustrating for everyone involved, but you can make this entire process faster and smoother by taking advantage of pre-listing

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Ceiling cracks and winter

Ahhh winter, the season that my wife hates. Along with the higher heating bills comes along dry skin, chapped lips and cracks in walls and ceilings. The colder air of winter is not able to hold as much moisture as warmer air has the potential to do. As the dryer winter air normally infiltrates the

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Should The Home Buyer Be Present At The Home Inspection?

Should the home buyer be at the home during the home inspection? Is the home buyer required to be at the home during the home inspection? Two great and related questions regarding the home buying process. In reverse order of the questions, No the home buyer is not required to be at the home during

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Ohio Home inspector reminds you to clean your HVAC ducts

Central Ohio home inspector reminds everyone to clean their hvac ducts.

Challenges of Cold Weather Home Inspections

Despite the temperatures and time of the year people do still need to buy homes and move during the winter. Winter presents specific challenges for home buyers and for home inspectors as well. Roofs are always a concern for home buyers. Roofs can be costly to replace or even to repair. The challenge is that

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Gas Fireplace Damper Clamp

Gas fireplaces (unless ventless type) need to vent the exhaust gases to the exterior of the home to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. To help ensure that the gases all go to the exterior of the home gas fireplaces either do not have a damper for the flue or they have a damper clamp installed

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Concrete Floor Cracks normal?

Old types of concrete were invented centuries ago. If interested you can read the history of concrete. For us the only type we care about is the modern Portland cement which is used to make concrete. It is a great building material able to stand thousands of pounds of compression. Its durability makes it the

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Home seller wants to paint damaged exhaust

When we do a home inspection we always find some issues. That is normal for all homes. From Dublin Ohio homes, Columbus Ohio homes to some of the oddest little places in the least populated counties all homes have issues that will be found by home inspectors. It is also normal and common for a

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Thought for the week- Best preparation for tomorrow is doing great today

Thought of the week from Best Columbus Ohio Home Inspection Company What habits are you creating for yourself and what are you teaching others?