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Inspecting Aluminum Wiring

Inspecting Aluminum Wiring

Between approximately 1965 and 1973, single-strand (solid) aluminum wiring was sometimes substituted for copper branch-circuit wiring in residential electrical systems due to the sudden escalating price of copper. After a decade of use by homeowners and electricians,...

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Beware of Electric Shock Drowning

Beware of Electric Shock Drowning

From our good friends at Excel Electric: Faulty wiring on a dock or boat or in a pool can send an electrical current into the water. When an electrical current occurs in a body of water, the electrical current passes through the body, causing paralysis, and ultimately...

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Residential Electrical Grounding Connection

Residential Electrical Grounding Connection

A typical residential electrical installation requires the house to be wired to the earth. One method used is a ground rod. The ground rod is that metal rod that is typically located within six feet of your main electrical disconnect and usually sticks out of the...

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Do I Need A 4-Point Inspection When Buying A Home?

Do I Need A 4-Point Inspection When Buying A Home?

A 4-point inspection is not a comprehensive home inspection and does not necessarily include a deficiency list or a detailed analysis, which would be part of a comprehensive inspection.   When buying a home, a comprehensive home inspection is recommended. Buyers...

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Hard Water

Hard Water

Hard water is the result of excessive amounts of minerals such as calcium and magnesium dissolved in the water. This may represent certain problems to homes but it is not considered to be a health-related problem to humans. For water to be considered hard, the content...

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Air-Sampling Mold Inspections

Air-Sampling Mold Inspections

Molds are part of the natural environment. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores which are invisible to the naked eye. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water. Molds have the potential to cause health problems (allergic reaction,...

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Saving Energy

Saving Energy

An energy-efficient home will keep your family comfortable while saving you money. Over time, those savings will typically pay for the cost of improvements. You home may also be more attractive to buyers when you sell. A home energy assessment will show what parts of...

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Radon Facts In South Florida

Radon Facts In South Florida

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Due to the fact that the air pressure inside the building is lower than the pressure around the building’s foundation, radon is released through foundation...

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Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is generally worse than most people believe. Our homes today contain many furnishings, appliances and products that can affect indoor air quality, but there are things you can do about it. The most effective strategy for reducing indoor air...

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Home Generators

Home Generators

A fuel-powered device that can supply electricity to your house during power outages is referred to as a home generator. There are two main types of generators:  permanently installed or standby generators, and gasoline-powered or portable generators.   For a...

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Different Types Of Light Bulbs

Different Types Of Light Bulbs

Energy conservation is becoming more and more of a concern. One of the most immediate approaches to a solution is to use more energy efficient light bulbs. Key terms: Watt (W): rate of energy consumption. The lower the watts, the lower the electric bill Lumens: amount...

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Roof To Wall Attachments

Roof To Wall Attachments

Item 4 on the Wind Mitigation Inspection Report asks for the weakest form of attachment of the trusses or rafters to the exterior walls or interior bearing walls. Toe nails are the weakest form of attachment, double wraps are the strongest. The following illustrations...

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Types of Roofing Materials

Types of Roofing Materials

3-Tab Shingle 3-tab shingles have only one single tab size and shape. Cost efficiency (in terms of both material and installation) is one of the many benefits of having a 3-tab shingle roof. These roofs have a life expectancy of 15 - 18 years. Dimensional Shingles...

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Your Heating System

Your Heating System

We are enjoying the beautiful Fall weather now and tend to forget that even though we are in Florida, cold weather will eventually come our way. Although it is only a few days, we sometimes need the heat.   Now is a good time to do a test run on your heating...

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