Water Heater Settings

Which is worse, scalded skin or Legionnaire’s disease? Until 2006, many homeowners had to ask themselves that question. It has to do with water temperature. Water in a water heater…

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Garage Door Safety

Regular home maintenance includes inspecting and maintaining your garage door and opener. To avoid injury and maintain functionality, the garage door and safety components should be checked monthly. A quick…

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Why does my bathtub sound like that?

Does your bathtub take a long time to drain, and does it make a lot of noise? It is likely an issue with the plumbing vents. The sound is what…

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Clean your dryer vent

Dryer vent lint build-up has caused the most home fires, after cigarette smoking. According to National Fire Protection Association, 17,000 fire-related deaths are attributed to home cloths dryer fires. Your…

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Anti-tip device

How an inexpensive device and 15 minutes of work can save the Thanksgiving turkey At every home inspection, I check for the presence of an anti-tip device on the kitchen…

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Finding the right-sized water heater for your bathtub

A simple formula for matching your bathtub needs with your water heater capacity. Don't bother taking a bath after my daughter takes a shower. She starts singing Adele songs and…

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Corrugated Drain – an oxymoron?

See how I did that? How could it be called a drain if it doesn't drain? Get it? I'm not sure why home centers and hardware stores are allowed to…

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Buried fuel oil tanks

There are still a few oil burning furnaces. Most of the houses I inspect are heated with natural gas. (I'm seeing more and more geothermal heating systems, but those are…

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Dishwasher High Loop

A quick peek under your kitchen sink and a 15-minute fix can help avoid costly repairs. At nearly every inspection, I find a problem relating to the dishwasher installation. Even…

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