Reducing air quality hazards in the home

In the last blog, we focused on some of the causes of pollutants in the air of our homes. This blog will focus on doing something about it. Minimizing the hazards, how? Newer furniture and soft furnishings can contain formaldehyde this can...

How good is the air quality in my home?

More and more people nowadays are being affected by pollutants in the air, and as we know, here in California is no exception. These can cause many different allergies and respiratory ailments. It's important then, to analyze how good the air quality is in our home,...

A consideration of low-E windows

If you have considered installing new windows in your home you may have come across one type of window that is on the market called "low-E windows". A first look at these windows may seem like buying or installing them is a "no-brainer", but the advantages aren't the...

Is my chimney earthquake proof?

We are all to aware here in California that earthquakes arrive without notice and bring with them a lot of destruction. How can you make sure your chimney would be safe in an earthquake? Did you know that your chimney doesn't just fall on the exterior of the home, but...

What To Do After Your Home Inspection

So you had a home inspection and now you have moved into your new home - congratulations! This is an exciting time. But during the transaction, you likely had a lot of guidance. You had agents, home inspectors, and others there right on hand to ask questions and to...

Important Aspects To Check On A Sump Pump

A sump pump is an important part of a home inspection. It is the first line of defense against moisture in a basement or crawlspace. So what are some important things to inspect on a sump pump? Check Valve - With the same diameter as the discharge pipe, this should be...

Drilled Wells

Many people have drilled wells, and they are common to see on a home inspection. But how do they work and what are some things to look out for? With a drilled well, they will normally go between 100-400 feet into the bedrock. Commonly called ‘ledge’, this bedrock will...

How Much Power is Enough?

How much amperage does your home need? That is a question that many home inspection clients ask us. But unfortunately it is a question that only you can answer. There are rules of thumb, speculative family usage, and all sorts of charts. But when it comes down to it,...