Baltimore Home Inspections https://almosthomeinspections.biz Home Inspectors in Baltimore Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:59:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.4 Keep Your Windows From Leaking https://almosthomeinspections.biz/keep-your-windows-from-leaking/ https://almosthomeinspections.biz/keep-your-windows-from-leaking/#respond Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:58:59 +0000 https://almosthomeinspections.biz/?p=1462 When you are trying to keep your home cool in the summertime, are you concerned about the cost of running your air conditioner? You most likely are. Did you know that you could be wasting a lot of energy by having leaky windows? While most of us might just concern ourselves with leaky windows in […]

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When you are trying to keep your home cool in the summertime, are you concerned about the cost of running your air conditioner? You most likely are. Did you know that you could be wasting a lot of energy by having leaky windows? While most of us might just concern ourselves with leaky windows in the wintertime, they are just as harmful in the summer. Cool air will be leaking out and hot air will be leaking in through cracks and holes around your window. If you want to check where there might be a leak, you could have someone spot on the inside of the house while you shine a flashlight against the window-frame.

Fixing a crack in a window-frame isn’t very complicated. The most important thing is that you need to remove any rot that might be there, since leaving just a little behind would lead to it spreading once again. You also need to seal up the repair well so that water won’t get in and do damage once again.

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Who Is Throwing Shade On You? https://almosthomeinspections.biz/who-is-throwing-shade-on-you/ https://almosthomeinspections.biz/who-is-throwing-shade-on-you/#respond Sun, 30 Jun 2019 11:55:35 +0000 https://almosthomeinspections.biz/?p=1459 When it gets really hot and sunny outside, where would you rather be? Out in the sun, or underneath the shade of a tree? Many of us have differing opinions on this, but we can all agree on the fact that it is cooler underneath a tree. This is not only because of it giving […]

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When it gets really hot and sunny outside, where would you rather be? Out in the sun, or underneath the shade of a tree? Many of us have differing opinions on this, but we can all agree on the fact that it is cooler underneath a tree. This is not only because of it giving us shade from the sun, but trees also release moisture into the air, further cooling it down.

That same principle can benefit your home as well. By having trees growing near your home, you can actually lower your cooling costs by as much as 10%. Considering how expensive energy is, that is quite significant. There are a few risks connected with this to keep in mind however. For one thing, some trees are more likely than others to attract wood boring insects. Unfortunately, this is often the case with trees that grow quickly. Another reason why those trees are a poor choice is that they are less durable, thus more likely to fall over or lose branches in a storm.

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Is Something Blocking Your Pipes? https://almosthomeinspections.biz/is-something-blocking-your-pipes/ https://almosthomeinspections.biz/is-something-blocking-your-pipes/#respond Sat, 22 Jun 2019 01:11:08 +0000 https://almosthomeinspections.biz/?p=1456 Very few things are as annoying as slow running drains, but it is not always easy to figure out why water isn’t moving down your pipes. There are a few signs that can give you clues that there might be a clog somewhere in your pipes. For example, when water runs down the drain, does […]

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Very few things are as annoying as slow running drains, but it is not always easy to figure out why water isn’t moving down your pipes. There are a few signs that can give you clues that there might be a clog somewhere in your pipes. For example, when water runs down the drain, does it make a lot of gurgling noises? A clog is a possibility. The same goes for bubbling from your toilet, since air could be pushed out that direction with a clog blocking the passage somewhere else.

A slow drain, or one that backs up is another possible sign.

There are options for how you choose to remove a clog in your plumbing, but if at all possible, you should avoid using chemicals, since these can damage your pipes, septic system and the environment. Instead, you should use a plunger or a snake or something similar.

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First, Put On Your PPE https://almosthomeinspections.biz/first-put-on-your-ppe/ Fri, 31 May 2019 01:04:41 +0000 https://almosthomeinspections.biz/?p=1453 When you go riding on your bike do you wear a helmet? This might be something you feel is unnecessary, but after you see the effect it can have when someone falls off of a bike without wearing one, you will likely change your mind. The same goes for wearing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), you […]

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When you go riding on your bike do you wear a helmet? This might be something you feel is unnecessary, but after you see the effect it can have when someone falls off of a bike without wearing one, you will likely change your mind. The same goes for wearing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), you might just feel like it is cumbersome and hindering free movement when you are working, but in reality, the inconvenience is minor when you consider the injury you could sustain when not wearing it.

Depending on the job you are doing, the PPE you wear will be different. If you work with a liquid that could splash or spray into your eyes, protective eyewear is in order. If you are working with loud power tools, hearing protection should be worn, and when you are dealing with sawdust or paint, a breathing mask is important.

There is never a job that needs to be done so quickly that it is worth not wearing the appropriate PPE.

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There Is No Smoke Without Fire https://almosthomeinspections.biz/there-is-no-smoke-without-fire/ Sun, 26 May 2019 21:26:59 +0000 https://almosthomeinspections.biz/?p=1450 Have you ever had a fire in your home? Hopefully you never experienced it, since fires in homes can be very devastating. Unfortunately, many times fires turn out worse than they should because of a lack of smoke alarms. While smoke alarms are neither expensive nor hard to find, the problem usually comes when the […]

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Have you ever had a fire in your home? Hopefully you never experienced it, since fires in homes can be very devastating. Unfortunately, many times fires turn out worse than they should because of a lack of smoke alarms. While smoke alarms are neither expensive nor hard to find, the problem usually comes when the battery runs out. The common solution for an alarm that has low battery and starts beeping is usually to pull the battery out, even though it should be replaced.

With a fire comes smoke, and if you are sleeping, the smoke might make you pass out before you wake up, with fatal consequences.

To be as safe as possible, you should have an alarm outside each bedroom in your home, as well as one on every floor. You should also have one near any flammable materials you might store. As a safety precaution, you should have a few replacement batteries handy, as well, in case they need to be replaced.

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Are You Taking Care of Your Roof? https://almosthomeinspections.biz/are-you-taking-care-of-your-roof/ Mon, 29 Apr 2019 11:24:34 +0000 https://almosthomeinspections.biz/?p=1447 Do you know how much it could cost you to replace your roof? On average, the price ranges between 1 and 9 dollars per square foot, which can add up to quite a bit of money. If your roof were to fail you, you can expect damage from rain and snow, as well as, an […]

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Do you know how much it could cost you to replace your roof? On average, the price ranges between 1 and 9 dollars per square foot, which can add up to quite a bit of money. If your roof were to fail you, you can expect damage from rain and snow, as well as, an ever increasing heating and cooling bill.

The worst thing for your roof is standing water. When water stands still on a roof, it encourages mold and moss growth. Depending on the material, it could also cause it to rust or rot. To prevent this from happening, you need to keep your roof clean and your gutters working.

If you have nailheads protruding on your roof, this likely means that the wood they were attached to has begun to deteriorate. You will need to remedy this problem, but it will probably require you to get help from a professional.

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What is Covering Your Walls? https://almosthomeinspections.biz/what-is-covering-your-walls/ Thu, 18 Apr 2019 23:41:06 +0000 https://almosthomeinspections.biz/?p=1444 If you grew up in the 80s, you probably saw your fair share of wallpaper. While some wallpaper wasn’t that appealing, some might feel nostalgic when they see wallpaper covered walls. This could in part explain the resurgence of wallpaper in recent days. If you choose to install wallpaper, you should make sure that you […]

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If you grew up in the 80s, you probably saw your fair share of wallpaper. While some wallpaper wasn’t that appealing, some might feel nostalgic when they see wallpaper covered walls. This could in part explain the resurgence of wallpaper in recent days. If you choose to install wallpaper, you should make sure that you do it properly right from the start. There is no way to fix a poor installation short of tearing it down and starting over again. You should take the time before you start installing it to plan out where each panel will go and how to make sure you get the job done right.

If you buy a home with wallpaper already installed, you will need to pay some extra attention to the wallpaper since there could be a lot of problems hidden behind it. Mold, cracks and holes just to mention a few. You might be able to feel these problems running your hand over the wall, but you also want to pay attention to any irregularities, indentations or discoloration.

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A Safe Place For Children To Play https://almosthomeinspections.biz/a-safe-place-for-children-to-play/ Sun, 31 Mar 2019 11:16:28 +0000 https://almosthomeinspections.biz/?p=1441 Having a playground in the backyard is great if you have children. It will allow your children to enjoy physical activity and fresh air, something that could improve their health, as well as, give them beneficial habits that can last a lifetime. However, there are some dangers inherent with playgrounds that should be considered. There […]

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Having a playground in the backyard is great if you have children. It will allow your children to enjoy physical activity and fresh air, something that could improve their health, as well as, give them beneficial habits that can last a lifetime. However, there are some dangers inherent with playgrounds that should be considered. There are guidelines for how swings should be installed, for example. A safe spacing between swings is 24 inches. This will keep them from smacking into each other. There should also be a 30 inch clearance to the frame.

If you have a seesaw or similar device where there are possible pinching points, these need to be covered to prevent fingers or limbs from getting caught and crushed. You should also have the playground on a soft material. There are many options that are acceptable, but cement and asphalt are not. Instead it should be a material that will dampen a fall.

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Keeping Your Appliances in Shape https://almosthomeinspections.biz/keeping-your-appliances-in-shape/ Mon, 25 Mar 2019 23:35:50 +0000 https://almosthomeinspections.biz/?p=1438 While there are many major expenses for a homeowner, appliances are up there, and they don’t always last as long as you would like them to. There are some things that you should keep in mind to make sure that you get the most out of your appliances. Inspecting your appliances carefully might take some […]

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While there are many major expenses for a homeowner, appliances are up there, and they don’t always last as long as you would like them to. There are some things that you should keep in mind to make sure that you get the most out of your appliances.

Inspecting your appliances carefully might take some time, but considering how much it would cost you to replace them in case of a complete failure should motivate you to set the time aside.

Many appliances need to sit on a level surface. While some homes have more of an issue with this than others, usually you will be able to use adjustable legs to make sure that you get the appliance as level as possible.

Ensuring good airflow around your appliance is also very important. If this is not the case, your appliances could overheat or not work as intended.

You should also make sure that the wiring is in good shape, and not fraying or cracking, since this could pose a safety hazard.

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Preparing Your Heating Unit https://almosthomeinspections.biz/preparing-your-heating-unit%ef%bb%bf/ Thu, 28 Feb 2019 15:15:57 +0000 https://almosthomeinspections.biz/?p=1435 Is your heating unit ready for the winter? In know, it isn’t something that we all want to think about at the moment. But this is one of the best times to consider working on your heating unit. Why is that? In the fall time, most HVAC companies are not overly busy – they are […]

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Is your heating unit ready for the winter? In know, it isn’t something that we all want to think about at the moment. But this is one of the best times to consider working on your heating unit. Why is that?

In the fall time, most HVAC companies are not overly busy – they are done with the cooling season and not quite in the heating season yet. So you usually get more attention and time from them.

It is also much better to find out about any possible heating unit issues now than in the dead of winter. At this point you would be able to fix the issues with little risk of freezing pipes and things like that.

So be sure to get ready for the heating season early and stay warm this winter.

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