Stop the Mold Monster In Its Tracks: How to Keep Your Vacation Home Mold Free During the Off Season

Boat-House
Boat-House

Growing up in the Lakes Region, in a small town whose population grew from 2,500 people in the winter to more than 40, 000 people in the summer, I had quite a few friends that were “summer people”.  Most of these “summer people” had houses on or near the lake and I can distinctively remember the musty odor that would greet you at the door of their houses. Over the summer this odor would fade and be replaced by the smells of suntan lotion and barbecue chicken, but those first few weeks it was very distinct.   At the time I had no idea what caused this odor that stung my nose when I visited my friends’ lake houses, but I now realize it was probably mold that had built up over their long absent winter.

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Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck- Renovate Your Kitchen and Bathroom!

Renovation
Renovation

Maybe you have just purchased that diamond in the rough, the house with the good bones and beautiful architecture, but the bathroom tile resembles Pepto bismal and your kitchen has army green linoleum that matches the ancient appliances. Or perhaps, you have lived in your home for years and now that abundance of oak in your kitchen has gotten old or the once glorious jet tub ceased to sooth your aching muscles long ago or you plan to sell your house soon, it is probably time to make some changes to your home. There are many things to consider when you approach either of these type of renovations. Perhaps, after careful consideration you may decide you want to renovate both of these spaces.

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How Can You Buy That Diamond in the Rough Property and Make it Your Palace?

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One of the best parts about New England are all the quaint and historic properties that pepper its small towns and cities alike. As you drive along any New England highway or dirt covered back road you are bound to see several beautiful cape cod style houses, old Victorians, or classic salt boxes. Who hasn’t wondered what it might be like to live in one of these gems?

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Carbon Monoxide: Colorless, Odorless, Tasteless and Deadly. Why You Need a Carbon Monoxide Detector in Your Home

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Family-Safe-From-Carbon-Monoxide

Many people have never heard of or considered having a carbon monoxide detector installed in their home.  I was one of these people until I was in the process of becoming a foster/adoptive parent and having a carbon monoxide detector in each room in my house was required.   I didn’t understand why this was necessary at the time, but I knew that I wanted to make my house as safe as it could be for my future children. So, I hired a professional to install a detector in each bedroom and main living area in my home.  Although, I knew that I could install them myself, I wanted to make sure that it was done correctly.  You might ask why is this important or even what is carbon monoxide and how does it get into my home?

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Icicles Can be a Sign of Danger! Ice Damming can Lead to Serious Damage!

Icicles
Icicles

As a child growing up in New Hampshire one of my favorite parts of winter was the beautiful icicles that would form on the gutters of my house. I was convinced that Jack Frost had left them just for me. Not only did I love the way they sparkled in the sun, but I would wait with great anticipation for them to fall off the roof so that I could have an icy treat. Little did I know then that they could be a sign of trouble to come. Not only could the larger ones fall and hurt someone, but they could be a precursor to ice damming on the roof. As a child you don’t think of all the dangers and damage that could be caused by those lovely prisms of ice, but as an adult and a home owner they are something to be feared.

What is an Ice Dam?

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Creosote and Carbon Monoxide the Silent Killers: Chimney Safety Tips that Could Save Your Life!

December 21, 2018

fireplace
fireplace

As we head into another bitterly cold New England winter, I’ll bet that one of your main concerns is keeping your home and family warm!   As the snow piles up and the temperature drops, no doubt there are a lot of maintenance items on your mind, from tuning up your heating system to installing storm windows, in all this bustle don’t forget one of the most important parts of your heating system- your chimney.  Although chimneys and their maintenance are often overlooked this is not wise, as chimney fires account for over 25,000 fires a year, yet are 100% preventable!                                    

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Annual AC System Maintenance Checklist

To make sure your air conditioning system is ready for the dog days of summer, review Advanced Home Inspection’s annual AC System Maintenance Checklist.

Before we know it, the warmer temperatures of summer will be upon us. Will your air conditioning system be ready to keep your home cool and comfortable when things start to heat up outside? To make sure your system is ready for when you need it most, review Advanced Home Inspection’s annual AC System Maintenance Checklist.
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What Causes Streaks on Roofs?

 

As home inspectors, we are often faced with the question from a potential home buyer about what the ugly black streaks on a roof are, and more importantly how do they get rid of them?

Many people believe the streaks are caused by dirt or pollen building up on the roof, but more often than not the culprit is actually an algae that is growing on the roof and feeding off the roof materials.

The algae is most commonly Gloeocapsa Magma, a blue-green algae that travels and propagates through airborne spores.

The algae doesn’t typically do much damage to the roof, but it does look unsightly. And many people argue as to how to deal with it. Continue reading “What Causes Streaks on Roofs?”

Weatherproofing Windows for Winter

Tips for Weatherproofing Windows:

This inspector faced ridiculous heating bills last year in New Hampshire during what is probably going to be labeled as the worst winter in history. So after paying more than $4000 for the winter on heating oil, I am resolved to not allow a repeat of that this coming winter.

So what can one do, short of replacing all your windows for an average cost of $9,720 (according to an article in Remodeling Magazine) for 10 windows? Continue reading “Weatherproofing Windows for Winter”