Smiths Creek MI Home Inspections https://huroninspections.com Home Inspectors in Port Huron Tue, 29 Jan 2019 23:15:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2 Security For Your Rental Property https://huroninspections.com/security-for-your-rental-property/ https://huroninspections.com/security-for-your-rental-property/#respond Sat, 27 Apr 2019 00:17:52 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=2050 In the time it takes you to read this sentence, between 2 and 3 burglaries are committed somewhere here in the US. It is pretty sobering to think about, especially if you own a rental property. Indirectly, you are responsible for the safety of your tenants, and if you live in an area of town […]

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In the time it takes you to read this sentence, between 2 and 3 burglaries are committed somewhere here in the US. It is pretty sobering to think about, especially if you own a rental property. Indirectly, you are responsible for the safety of your tenants, and if you live in an area of town where crime rates are high, you do not have an easy job.

What can you do to lessen the risk that there are burglaries in your apartment buildings? One of the most effective deterrents is a security system. This can include cameras and alarms, as well as visible signs announcing the existence of a security system on the premises.

It is also important to ensure proper lighting in the building and its surroundings. Lastly, making sure that your tenants are aware of which types of behavior can increase or decrease the security of the building can make a big difference in the neighborhood.

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How To Prepare For Cold Weather https://huroninspections.com/how-to-prepare-for-cold-weather/ Sun, 31 Mar 2019 00:35:53 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=2040 How much does it cost to heat your home in the winter? Do you think you can change the bill? It is possible to make a major improvement by preparing well for cold weather. There is one major component to your home that makes all the difference in the cost of heating it, as well […]

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How much does it cost to heat your home in the winter? Do you think you can change the bill? It is possible to make a major improvement by preparing well for cold weather. There is one major component to your home that makes all the difference in the cost of heating it, as well as how comfortable it feels, and that is insulation. No matter how much you heat a poorly insulated home, it will cool down really quickly as soon as the heat is off. While you can’t do much about the insulation in your walls without a major expense, you can do something about the insulation in your attic, as well as, your basement and crawl spaces. Check and make sure that those areas are well insulated and you will notice a big difference immediately. Your windows and doors are also major sources of heat loss. Seal up any cracks and holes by repairing and installing weather stripping.

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What Is Wet Lumber? https://huroninspections.com/what-is-wet-lumber/ Sat, 23 Feb 2019 14:28:52 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=2030 ​Wet lumber, is also called green lumber. It is wood which is used for construction that has a higher level of moisture that that of kiln dried wood for example. When a tree is felled there tends to be a lot of water in the cells of the wood. The term for water that has […]

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​Wet lumber, is also called green lumber. It is wood which is used for construction that has a higher level of moisture that that of kiln dried wood for example.

When a tree is felled there tends to be a lot of water in the cells of the wood. The term for water that has accumulated in these cells is ‘free water’. After the tree is cut, the free water starts to slowly evaporate and will only stop this process when the level of moisture in the wood reaches the same level of moisture as its environment. A term used for this process is EMC or equilibrium moisture content.

Why are we talking about a woods evaporation process you might ask? Well, when it comes to green lumber, there has not been enough time for the wood to reach EMC, or the process has been hindered. For example, it is often hindered because it is usually wrapped in plastic before being stored after processing. This means that when the wood is unwrapped for use on a construction site, it still maintains a high-water content level.

States such as Arizona and parts of California which are drier, hotter areas of the country will often use green lumber. This is because the wood will dry out much faster.

One reason that wet lumber is used is that it’s usually a cheaper option. Also, due to it being a softer wood, it is less prone to splitting and easier to drive a nail into.

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Ventilation – Clean It Out! https://huroninspections.com/ventilation-clean-it-out/ Tue, 29 Jan 2019 23:15:50 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=2022 If you have ventilation for your home, overtime dust and dirt can build up, thus reducing the good air quality of your home. How can you clean out your ducts to make sure that’s your quality is good for your household? That will be the topic of today’s article. it’s important to clean out your […]

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If you have ventilation for your home, overtime dust and dirt can build up, thus reducing the good air quality of your home. How can you clean out your ducts to make sure that’s your quality is good for your household? That will be the topic of today’s article.

it’s important to clean out your ventilation shafts because as stated in the introduction, dust and dirt will collect overtime oh, and can even form dust bunnies, for a big clumps of dust and dirt collected together that can build up heat if not cleaned out. If these dust bunnies are left in, she can start to build up and overheat your ventilation, and then your system may not function properly because of the rapid overheating, so again it’s important to clean that with either a sweeper that collects dust, or even something as simple as an air hose to blow everything out, however make sure that you do not blow me or someone, for the effect the dust can have on the lungs can be detrimental.

Another thing that you can do is call a professional cleaner. These guys know exactly what they’re doing, but you have to make sure that you do your research beforehand. Inexperienced ventilation duct cleaner is going to have good ratings on his work or company site, and well-liked by his customers. By following these guidelines, you can just continue to have clean and fresh air in your home so that you can continue to build your family and happiness in a safe environment.

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Plywood VS OSB – Which Is More Applicable? https://huroninspections.com/plywood-vs-osb-which-is-more-applicable/ Fri, 30 Nov 2018 03:53:39 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=2015 OSB and plywood are both used in construction, especially in roofing projects and in flooring projects. However, depending on the project, you will use one type of wood over the other. Both the pros and cons of each will be discussed in this article. OSB is a type of manufactured wood that in recent years, […]

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OSB and plywood are both used in construction, especially in roofing projects and in flooring projects. However, depending on the project, you will use one type of wood over the other. Both the pros and cons of each will be discussed in this article.

OSB is a type of manufactured wood that in recent years, has been more widely produced than plywood. For one thing, they can be manufactured into bigger pieces than plywood can, and can have many more uses than plywood can. It is also more uniform, so when applied to a roof, there will be much less soft spots than plywood have. Approximately, on average plywood will be 700 dollars more than OSB normally would.

Plywood still has many advantages however. For example, plywood will not swell as much as OSB when exposed to moisture, especially along the panel edges. Plywood also weighs less than OSB does and is significantly easier to install. Plywood floors are also about 10 percent stiffer than OSB boards, which means that OSB boards will have a greater chance to squeak over time. Keeping in mind these factors will help you to choose the right type of boarding you will need for a specific project.

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Is Geothermal Energy For You? https://huroninspections.com/is-geothermal-energy-for-you/ Fri, 19 Oct 2018 02:31:29 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=2009 Many ways are being created to get cleaner, greater sustainable energy to residential and commercial places, but it the time and money put into providing geothermal energy for your business or home? Well both side’s will be discussed in the article today. Geothermal energy harvesting is becoming increasingly applicable in areas where it can be […]

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Many ways are being created to get cleaner, greater sustainable energy to residential and commercial places, but it the time and money put into providing geothermal energy for your business or home? Well both side’s will be discussed in the article today.

Geothermal energy harvesting is becoming increasingly applicable in areas where it can be applied. How is this energy harvested though? Instead of burning this fuel, which would lead to much more emissions, pipe systems that are drilled into the earths crust naturally collect this heat and use the heat naturally. These ‘loops’ are installed just below the frost line of the earth. Here, an electrically driven compressor and a heat exchanger concentrate the heat and release it inside your home or business at a higher temperature, where duct-work distributes the heat to different rooms. What is also interesting, is that during the summer time, any excess heat in your home or business can be pumped back through the pipes and put back into the earth’s crust naturally.

But what are the costs of installing this system into your business? Well any drilling that is needed can cost greater than $30,000 depending on the area. In a residential home, a home usually has a 3 ton capacity of this stored heat, and 1 ton of capacity usually costs around $2,500 to install. So if you were to have 3 tons installed, it would end up being around $7,500. While it may be more installing it commercially, if your company is looking to ‘green up’, then getting geothermal energy is definitely an option on the table.

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Why You Should Insulate Your Plumbing https://huroninspections.com/why-you-should-insulate-your-plumbing/ Fri, 28 Sep 2018 14:40:28 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=2004 In the winter time, the temperature can drop so low that it can actually freeze the pipes in your house, causing them to rupture, flood your house, and cause massive water damage to your personal property. How do you prevent this from happening to your home? Well this article will give a few tips on […]

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In the winter time, the temperature can drop so low that it can actually freeze the pipes in your house, causing them to rupture, flood your house, and cause massive water damage to your personal property. How do you prevent this from happening to your home? Well this article will give a few tips on how to insulate your plumbing fixtures.

In order to prevent even small ruptures in your pipes, which would cause you heartache either way, you will need to insulate the pipes, especially in colder areas like the attic, basement, and crawl spaces. The type of insulation that you will need to wrap your pipes in are either foam insulation, or a fiberglass insulation. To further benefit, plastic plumbing may be better to use in colder climates because it can handle the expansion when its cold better than copper or steel. Another thing to keep in mind is that you can’t keep track of the temperature in every little nook and cranny in your home, so it would be wise in the endgame to keep your home at a pretty standard temperature to keep all your pipes from freezing, and then insulate the colder areas.

Keeping these things in mind, you can save yourself some heartache and money if you keep your house at a room temperature and insulate your plumbing fixtures.

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Mud-Jacking: What Exactly Is It? https://huroninspections.com/mud-jacking-what-exactly-is-it/ Thu, 23 Aug 2018 14:34:24 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=1991 If you have concrete sidewalks at your home or a concrete driveway, and its been a very wet season. You start to notice that the foundation the concrete was built on starts to crumble, and in turn, the concrete itself starts to drop into the dirt. What can you do to fix it? Well its […]

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If you have concrete sidewalks at your home or a concrete driveway, and its been a very wet season. You start to notice that the foundation the concrete was built on starts to crumble, and in turn, the concrete itself starts to drop into the dirt. What can you do to fix it? Well its a relatively simple procedure called mud-jacking.

Mud jacking is basically where you drill small holes down into the concrete, then pump a type of slurry down underneath the concrete. This slurry can be composed of sand, cement, soil, limestone, bentonite clay, water, or other expanding polymers. This slurry forces the concrete to be pushed back up to its original form, and then the holes that were drilled can then be pumped with cement to fill the gaps.

While it is a relatively simple process, it should be done by a professional. If you do try to do it on your own, an inexperienced one could cause further damage to the concrete. The good thing about mud-jacking is that it is quite cheaper to do than to actually replace the entire concrete slab, and its quicker to do so. Mud-jacking typically only takes a few hours, while replacing the slab would take days.

It’s important to remember that this type of procedure should never be done by an inexperienced one, for fear of causing further damage to the slab.

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Water Heater/Tank Problems and Solutions https://huroninspections.com/water-heater-tank-problems-and-solutions/ Sun, 22 Jul 2018 18:09:33 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=1986 Problems with your water tank again? Every time you go and take a shower, it is always cold, and you can’t figure out why. Well here are a couple of problems you may have with your water tank, and how you can fix them. If you start out in a shower with hot water, then […]

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Problems with your water tank again? Every time you go and take a shower, it is always cold, and you can’t figure out why. Well here are a couple of problems you may have with your water tank, and how you can fix them.

If you start out in a shower with hot water, then 5 minutes later, the next thing you know the water is stone cold. One of the potential problems you could have is with the dip tube. The dip tube is basically a pipe inside the water heater that draws water from the top to keep water at the bottom of the tank. If it happens to break off, then you have rapid loss of heated water. So the simple thing to do is to replace the dip tube, by a qualified technician.

The next problem you could face is something as simple as having the thermostat turned to a lower temperature to save energy if it’s an electric water heater. The basic thing you do to fix it is to turn the thermostat up. If you are still having problems with your tank, then another thing you could look to is the heating element. This element simply heats your water then stores it in the tank. So you may just end up having to replace the element.

In conclusion, the best thing you can do to fix a water heater problem is to call a professional. However, if it is simple enough for you to do, then have at it, and may you have hot water days!

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Heating And Cooling – Saving 101 https://huroninspections.com/heating-and-cooling-saving-101/ Thu, 14 Jun 2018 13:53:31 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=1981 Have you recently had a heating bill that seems higher than the last one, but you try and save on your heat by leaving it at 65 degrees all the time? Well here’s just a few simple things that you can do to be energy efficient with your heating and cooling systems. Having a well-insulated interior […]

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Have you recently had a heating bill that seems higher than the last one, but you try and save on your heat by leaving it at 65 degrees all the time? Well here’s just a few simple things that you can do to be energy efficient with your heating and cooling systems.

Having a well-insulated interior is step #1 in saving heat already in your house. Having thermostats set at a specific temperature, and even reducing the temperature when you aren’t home can also help reduce costs in the long run.

In addition, wood stoves can provide more energy efficient heat than furnaces can, and will deal heat to a much more direct area. On the other hand, ceiling fans can cool an area just as well as an air conditioner, and use much less electricity doing so. Even something so simple as having the curtains drawn over windows at night will help to further contribute to a well insulated and well-heated home, using energy saving methods.

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