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10 Easy Ways to Save Money & Energy in Your Home

10 Easy Ways to Save Money & Energy in Your Home

10 Easy Ways to Save Money & Energy in Your Home   Most people don’t know how easy it is to make their homes run on less energy, and here at InterNACHI, we want to change that. Drastic reductions in heating, cooling and electricity costs can be accomplished...

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15 Tools Every Homeowner Should Own

15 Tools Every Homeowner Should Own

The following items are essential tools, but this list is by no means exhaustive. Feel free to ask an InterNACHI inspector during your next inspection about other tools that you might find useful.    1.  Plunger A clogged sink or toilet is one of the most inconvenient...

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How Homeowners Can Prevent Duct Contamination

How Homeowners Can Prevent Duct Contamination

Whether or not a homeowner decides to have the air ducts in their home professionally cleaned, committing to a good preventative maintenance program is essential to minimizing duct contamination. To prevent dirt and debris from entering the system, the homeowner...

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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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