Smiths Creek MI Home Inspections https://huroninspections.com Home Inspectors in Port Huron Thu, 28 Feb 2019 14:29:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 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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Power Strip Safety https://huroninspections.com/power-strip-safety/ Sat, 19 May 2018 20:52:19 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=1977 The power strip – one of the best tools a homeowner can have, but also one of the many tools that could cause serious damage to your appliances, or even your house. What are some things you need to know in order to protect your electronics and appliances, and potentially even your whole house? Something […]

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The power strip – one of the best tools a homeowner can have, but also one of the many tools that could cause serious damage to your appliances, or even your house. What are some things you need to know in order to protect your electronics and appliances, and potentially even your whole house?

Something that not all people know, is that not all power strips have surge protectors in them. A surge protector basically will protect any devices or appliances connected to the power strip from overloading in the case of a power outage, power spike, or electrical storm. Making sure that when you buy your strip, make sure that it has the proper specs in regards to having a surge protector.

Another thing to watch out for are power strips in either a moist environment or where a strip is located in an area of your home where air ventilation is not as strong. With either of these two things, they will lead to damage to your strip and to corresponding devices/appliances if not properly used. If left in an unventilated area, your strip could overheat, and left in a moist environment, it could spark then short out.

Again, stressing the importance of knowing where the strip is at all times and making sure that it is properly used is of the utmost importance. Proper use of your power strip will allow you to continually enjoy the ease of use, and the convenience of using a power strip.

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Is Your Chimney Earthquake Proof? https://huroninspections.com/is-your-chimney-earthquake-proof/ Wed, 11 Apr 2018 17:27:05 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=1972 The post Is Your Chimney Earthquake Proof? appeared first on Smiths Creek MI Home Inspections.

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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 can also collapse in on itself, potentially causing a lot of damage and injury?

  • Make sure that any damage previously incurred to the chimney is quickly repaired
  • Check that the mortar is in good shape and repair areas that are crumbling
  • Look out that the chimney is not visibly coming away from the building
  • Make sure the chimney has sufficient bracing
  • It is wise to prevent the areas below, around the chimney from being areas where you would spend time such as areas that children play, or outside seating areas.

It is always a good idea to frequently check that your chimney is structurally sound. A certified home inspector can advise you on many of the ways you can make sure of this.

Please contact us for more information on this subject, or any of your home inspection needs.  We are always happy to help.

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