Smiths Creek MI Home Inspections https://huroninspections.com Home Inspectors in Port Huron Thu, 31 Dec 2020 00:19:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6 Is That Supposed To Look Like That? https://huroninspections.com/is-that-supposed-to-look-like-that/ https://huroninspections.com/is-that-supposed-to-look-like-that/#respond Thu, 31 Dec 2020 00:19:41 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=2153 Some homeowners do damage to their own homes without even being aware. Naturally, not every homeowner is an expert at how their home works, and while it is encouraged to get familiar with how things work, there is simply too much to know it all. This presents a problem when something might look out of […]

The post Is That Supposed To Look Like That? appeared first on Smiths Creek MI Home Inspections.

]]>
Some homeowners do damage to their own homes without even being aware. Naturally, not every homeowner is an expert at how their home works, and while it is encouraged to get familiar with how things work, there is simply too much to know it all. This presents a problem when something might look out of place to the untrained eye when there actually isn’t anything wrong at all.

Take kickout flashing for example. Looking at it, you might think that it’s a piece of flashing that has come loose or got bent somehow. This has caused some homeowners to remove it, but it actually serves a vital purpose in protecting your home from water intrusion. Kickout flashing is there to push water out and away from sensitive areas of your home, but when it is removed, water can get into cracks and crevices and then leak into your home.

If you notice that your kickout flashing is missing, getting it replaced as soon as possible will protect your home.

The post Is That Supposed To Look Like That? appeared first on Smiths Creek MI Home Inspections.

]]>
https://huroninspections.com/is-that-supposed-to-look-like-that/feed/ 0
A Choice For The Environment https://huroninspections.com/a-choice-for-the-environment/ Mon, 30 Nov 2020 20:00:34 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=2150 Have you ever considered linoleum flooring for your floors? There are many good things to say about this material. It is low-cost, so it won’t break the bank for you, and you will find that it isn’t very difficult to install. One reason why some choose this material is that it is made from recycled […]

The post A Choice For The Environment appeared first on Smiths Creek MI Home Inspections.

]]>
Have you ever considered linoleum flooring for your floors? There are many good things to say about this material. It is low-cost, so it won’t break the bank for you, and you will find that it isn’t very difficult to install.

One reason why some choose this material is that it is made from recycled materials, which is good for the environment. There are different materials that are used for making it, but a couple of common ones are cork dust and sawdust. This is mixed with linseed oil and pine resin to make a hard material that can be used for your floors.

While it isn’t hard to maintain a linoleum floor, you should make sure to avoid strong chemicals, whether acidic or alkaline, since these can eat away at the floor and damage it. Even water isn’t great if you use too much, since standing puddles can do damage. The best method for everyday cleaning is using a broom or a vacuum.

The post A Choice For The Environment appeared first on Smiths Creek MI Home Inspections.

]]>
Dangerous Weather https://huroninspections.com/dangerous-weather/ Sat, 31 Oct 2020 19:19:09 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=2147 We’ve probably all watched the news in fascination as a tornado leaves a path of destruction behind. Tornadoes are among the scariest weather phenomena that you could experience, and while they are more common in certain parts of the country, they could strike anywhere.Do you know how to protect yourself and your family in case […]

The post Dangerous Weather appeared first on Smiths Creek MI Home Inspections.

]]>
We’ve probably all watched the news in fascination as a tornado leaves a path of destruction behind. Tornadoes are among the scariest weather phenomena that you could experience, and while they are more common in certain parts of the country, they could strike anywhere.
Do you know how to protect yourself and your family in case one comes your way? Looking at homes that are leveled by a tornado, it might be hard to imagine how someone could survive that, but the chances are much better if we take the needed precautions.
Of course, if your home isn’t well-built, it might be a good idea to seek shelter whenever a storm comes, but you don’t always get enough warning. If your home has a basement, this would be one of the safest places to be, but lacking that, finding shelter underneath a staircase or in an interior bathroom can also work. It is important to get yourself padded using pillows and mattresses to make sure nothing falls on you and injures you.

The post Dangerous Weather appeared first on Smiths Creek MI Home Inspections.

]]>
What’s Eating Your Home? https://huroninspections.com/whats-eating-your-home/ Tue, 29 Sep 2020 11:20:48 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=2144 While metals are hard and sturdy, they do have one major weakness that can turn them brittle and useless. Rust is a natural process that breaks down metals using water and oxygen, and various methods are used to prevent or at least delay this process. Unfortunately, these eventually fail, especially when the metal is scratched […]

The post What’s Eating Your Home? appeared first on Smiths Creek MI Home Inspections.

]]>
While metals are hard and sturdy, they do have one major weakness that can turn them brittle and useless. Rust is a natural process that breaks down metals using water and oxygen, and various methods are used to prevent or at least delay this process. Unfortunately, these eventually fail, especially when the metal is scratched allowing access for the elements to do their work. As a homeowner, you might see different effects of this process. There could just be unsightly spots, but it could also be very serious effects. For example, if you have rust in connection with your electrical system, it could cause fires and electrocution if not dealt with. The rebar in your cement could rust as well, and this could eventually lead to a crumbling foundation. Rust should never be ignored. It is not a situation that will improve on its own. Instead, it will just get worse until the metal object falls to pieces.

The post What’s Eating Your Home? appeared first on Smiths Creek MI Home Inspections.

]]>
Choosing Your Cover https://huroninspections.com/choosing-your-cover/ Mon, 31 Aug 2020 13:19:22 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=2141 Having a roof over your head is one of our basic human needs. In today’s world, however, you actually have many choices what that roof will be made of. Wood used to be a very common material for roofing, but it has been replaced with many cheaper and more versatile materials that have been manufactured. […]

The post Choosing Your Cover appeared first on Smiths Creek MI Home Inspections.

]]>
Having a roof over your head is one of our basic human needs. In today’s world, however, you actually have many choices what that roof will be made of. Wood used to be a very common material for roofing, but it has been replaced with many cheaper and more versatile materials that have been manufactured. Some homeowners will still choose to have a wood roof for one or several reasons. Wood is a renewable natural resource, so some appreciate that as an environmentally conscious choice. A well-maintained wood roof can also be very pretty, so some homeowners have chosen it for that reason.

Whatever the reason, it does take some extra work to keep a wood roof in good repair, and since it has a shorter life span than many other materials, it is a good idea to be well acquainted with the upkeep of a wood roof before you decide to install it.

The post Choosing Your Cover appeared first on Smiths Creek MI Home Inspections.

]]>
Don’t Touch This https://huroninspections.com/dont-touch-this/ Thu, 30 Jul 2020 16:18:03 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=2138 Have you ever considered touchless fixtures in your business? While many despise these devices in the bathrooms, there are many benefits that can’t be ignored. One major benefit is that of hygiene. No one needs to touch the controls, meaning less spread of bacteria and viruses. Fixtures without controls are also generally easier to clean, […]

The post Don’t Touch This appeared first on Smiths Creek MI Home Inspections.

]]>
Have you ever considered touchless fixtures in your business? While many despise these devices in the bathrooms, there are many benefits that can’t be ignored.

One major benefit is that of hygiene. No one needs to touch the controls, meaning less spread of bacteria and viruses. Fixtures without controls are also generally easier to clean, meaning less chance that something gets missed.

Another benefit is financial. Usage of water and paper-towels is usually much lower with touchless fixtures than without.

There are some that argue that the added cost of installing, purchasing, maintaining, and repairing these fixtures is quite high, but usually, they will pay for themselves in time.

Another concern is that the complicated plumbing will actually encourage bacteria growth inside of the fixture, but in many cases, this could be due to a lack of cleaning, or an installation that isn’t sealed properly. It might be best to have a plumber install your fixtures for you to make sure it is done right.

The post Don’t Touch This appeared first on Smiths Creek MI Home Inspections.

]]>
A Roofing Material That Is Everywhere You Look https://huroninspections.com/a-roofing-material-that-is-everywhere-you-look/ Thu, 28 May 2020 18:31:38 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=2134 When you look at homes in your neighborhood, what is the most common type of roofing that you see? In most cases, we can predict that it will be asphalt shingles since it is one of the most widely used roofing materials in the US. Why is that? One of the main reasons is that […]

The post A Roofing Material That Is Everywhere You Look appeared first on Smiths Creek MI Home Inspections.

]]>
When you look at homes in your neighborhood, what is the most common type of roofing that you see? In most cases, we can predict that it will be asphalt shingles since it is one of the most widely used roofing materials in the US. Why is that? One of the main reasons is that you can get a quality roof with easy upkeep for a very reasonable price. Naturally, there are some shortcomings with asphalt shingles that come from being a cheaper option. They are prone to issues with mold and moss if there are drainage issues with your roof. If you notice that you growth starts on your roof, you might want to look into cutting back trees around your house to allow more sunlight in. You should also clean off your roof regularly to keep leaves and branches off.

Replacing a shingle roof is fairly simple as well, and you do have the option of installing fresh shingles on top of your existing ones.

The post A Roofing Material That Is Everywhere You Look appeared first on Smiths Creek MI Home Inspections.

]]>
Some Extra Cleaning Won’t Hurt https://huroninspections.com/some-extra-cleaning-wont-hurt/ Tue, 28 Apr 2020 18:47:56 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=2130 Cleanliness is one of the main tools in keeping yourself and your family safe in the face of the coronavirus outbreak. Whenever you leave your home, you could be exposed to the virus and then bring it home to your family. Since many stores have sold out on their supplies of cleaning chemicals, this could […]

The post Some Extra Cleaning Won’t Hurt appeared first on Smiths Creek MI Home Inspections.

]]>
Cleanliness is one of the main tools in keeping yourself and your family safe in the face of the coronavirus outbreak. Whenever you leave your home, you could be exposed to the virus and then bring it home to your family. Since many stores have sold out on their supplies of cleaning chemicals, this could put you in a tricky situation. So what are your options?

If you happen to have bleach at home, this is a very potent chemical and can be mixed with 98% water and still be able to kill the coronavirus. It is wise to not use more than needed since it will preserve your supply and also not be as harmful to human health. When you clean your home, you should focus on the areas that are touched more frequently, such as doorknobs and light switches, and you should make sure to leave the solution sitting on the surface for a short period of time.

The post Some Extra Cleaning Won’t Hurt appeared first on Smiths Creek MI Home Inspections.

]]>
How Close Is Too Close? https://huroninspections.com/how-close-is-too-close/ Mon, 30 Mar 2020 20:12:13 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=2127 Do you feel like people are avoiding you? As the Coronavirus spreads around the world, more and more are careful to practice social distancing. The recommendation is to stay at least 6 feet away from other people during this time to hinder the spread of the virus. It makes things pretty interesting, seeing how many […]

The post How Close Is Too Close? appeared first on Smiths Creek MI Home Inspections.

]]>
Do you feel like people are avoiding you? As the Coronavirus spreads around the world, more and more are careful to practice social distancing. The recommendation is to stay at least 6 feet away from other people during this time to hinder the spread of the virus. It makes things pretty interesting, seeing how many cities around the world that usually are bustling with people now lay empty. While it is a great inconvenience, social distancing has a proven effect on the spread of the disease.

In some neighborhoods, friends and family encourage one another from a safe distance. Some have been seen singing together as a whole group and others check up on older and infirm ones, leaving care packages for them outside their door. At the end of the day, we will all do what is necessary to make it through this crisis and hopefully keeping our loved ones safe in the process.

The post How Close Is Too Close? appeared first on Smiths Creek MI Home Inspections.

]]>
Cold, Refreshing Water https://huroninspections.com/cold-refreshing-water/ Tue, 25 Feb 2020 21:52:55 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=2124 Getting cold water from your faucet should not be difficult, but for some homeowners, this can prove to be a challenge. When they turn on the faucet, the water stays warm for a while, or it might be that the water will start cold and then get warm for a while, only to turn back […]

The post Cold, Refreshing Water appeared first on Smiths Creek MI Home Inspections.

]]>
Getting cold water from your faucet should not be difficult, but for some homeowners, this can prove to be a challenge. When they turn on the faucet, the water stays warm for a while, or it might be that the water will start cold and then get warm for a while, only to turn back to being cold again.

Unfortunately, there are quite a number of issues that could be behind the problem, and it might take some trial and error to figure it out. One possible cause is pipes that are to close together. This will cause the hot water to heat up the water standing in the cold water pipe. There could also be a single-handle faucet with a mixer that has gone bad. It is also possible for an issue with your water heater to cause hot water getting pushed into your cold water line, or your pipes could be exposed to the elements in a hot garage or crawlspace. Finding the cause will let you figure out what your course of action should be.

The post Cold, Refreshing Water appeared first on Smiths Creek MI Home Inspections.

]]>