Why “New” Doesn’t Mean Perfect

Many people carry the belief that because a home is new, it must be flawless. Unfortunately, no new product is free from the possibly of a defect. How often are new cars recalled? Why do skydivers always carry second parachutes, even when using a brand-new parachute as their primary?   Of course, those who work

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London Ohio Real Estate Agent Did Not Want The Best For Home Buyers

I will admit, it is possible that I am slightly biased towards my own company. However when I have evidence to prove some things well then we believe it to be true. Like all industries there are a few unethical people. The unethical ones are very dangerous when it comes to real estate, due to

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What Are Humidifiers?

There are several different types of humidifiers, but all humidifiers exude water vapor into the air to increase the level of humidity in the area. They are commonly used during the cold and dry winter months or during flu season to help alleviate unpleasant symptoms from either illness, or allergies brought on by the dry

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Why Your Water Heater Should Have a TPR Valve

What is a TPR valve? To put it simply, a TPR valve or temperature/pressure-relief valves, are safety devices that are installed onto water heating appliances such as boilers and water heaters. The purpose of a TPR valve is to automatically release water/steam should the pressure or temperature inside the tank exceed safe levels. If correctly

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The Risks Of Using Ozone Generators

You might’ve heard that ozone is bad for you, but how much do you really know about the dangers of ozone? Read on to learn on about how to protect your family from this toxic gas.   Ozone is a gas. Ozone molecules have three oxygen atoms, O3, whereas the oxygen we breathe has two.

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What Are Ozone Generators?

Today, we’re going to clear up some of the mystery behind ozone generators. Most people have heard of them, but what are they, and how do they work? Ozone generators are ozone-generating machines that purposefully puts out ozone gas. Although the claims are false, they are marketed are safe and effective air purifiers for the

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The Costs of Hiring Individual Contractors vs Hiring a Single Home Inspector

As one of the largest home inspection companies in Central Ohio we get to hear lots of odd things. Some of of the things we hear are odd, some are unethical things that other do, and then some make no sense and seem to be intended to prevent full knowledge of the home being disclosed.

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How to Limit EMF Exposure

Magnetic fields from appliances drop off dramatically in strength with increased distance from the source. Distance is your friend here and creating more space between yourself and the item emitting the EMF is by far the usually the easiest thing to do, assuming that you have had an EMF survey conducted and you know the

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What have the studies of cancer in people living near power lines (EMF) found?

EFFECTS OF 60-Hz EMFs REPORTED IN SOME LABORATORY STUDIES  Changes in functions of cells and tissues  Decrease in the hormone melatonin  Alterations of immune system  Accelerated tumor growth  Changes in biorhythms  Changes in human brain activity and heart rate   Cancer Of children ages 14 and under, in the

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Indicators That You May Have a Bad Home Inspector

Most home inspectors are good guys. They mean well and want to protect the home buying clients. However like all people that is a small percentage that may not be as good nor as honest as you want them to be. Below are some tips to help you select a home inspectors. This is first

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Top Indicators You May Have a Bad Real Estate Agent

Most real estate agents we deal with are good honest people who want the best for their clients. However, like in all types of work there is that small percentage that are only interested in themselves and they do not care if others are harmed. Average is not memorable so most average people are forgotten,

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Mold Behind Walls and Other Ridiculous Claims

As a home inspection company we sell all sorts of things during home inspections. We also come across and read a variety of social media posts and message boards with various issues and complaints. One situation that I have read twice online in only 2 days is where a new home owner is taking down

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The Myth of Bleach for Killing Mold

As a home inspection company in Ohio, we come across mold often. Some people will state that it can not be claimed to be mold unless it is tested, however when it is fuzzy, looks like and smells like mold, it is very very likely mold. We can test it if desired and to verify

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Should Swimming Pools be Level?

Time for some brief pool education…We inspected an in-ground pool recently and noted that the pool was not level. An agent claiming to be a top agent for many many years tells us that she never heard of pool companies being certain the pools are level. I of course double checked with a local pool

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Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

The air inside your home can  be 5 times as polluted as the air outdoors. As homes became tighter and more energy efficient this allowed for the accumulation of air pollutants such as allergens, dust mites, volatile organic compounds and other irritants. There are a few main strategies to improve IAQ First way is to

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Lake Homes Have Special Home Inspection Concerns

When doing a home inspection of a home that is on or near a lake such as Indian Lake in Russells Point, Belle Center, Lakeview, or London Ohio or any other body of water there are certain aspects that need to be taken in to account by the home inspector. A lake area like around

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All About AFCI Protection

As technology ever improves, new tools and devices to improve our lives and keep us safe are constantly evolving. One of those devices are AFCI protection! Put simply, they are outlets and/or circuit breakers that hold specialized and micro-miniaturized electrical circuits that can catch the tell-tale signs of electrical current problems. Once the problem is

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All About GFCI Protection

As technology ever improves, new tools and devices to improve our lives and keep us safe are constantly evolving. One of those devices are GFCI protection! Put simply, they are outlets and/or circuit breakers that hold specialized and micro-miniaturized electrical circuits that can catch the tell-tale signs of electrical current problems. Once the problem is

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Are they protecting home buyers or the deal?

Real estate agents are in a weird spot. They do not get paid unless the property get sold. It does not matter how many hours of time they spent showing houses or taking phones calls and answering emails at nearly all hours of the day. Until the home gets sold the agent does not receive

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Testing for VOC

The common time to test for VOCs is following a renovation project because the VOCs found in many building materials, furnishings, paints, and varnishes can result in higher levels of these chemicals. While some VOCs do have a clearly identifiable odor, you cannot rely on your sense of smell alone to determine the concentration of

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