Smiths Creek MI Home Inspections https://huroninspections.com Home Inspectors in Port Huron Mon, 30 Mar 2020 20:12:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4 How Close Is Too Close? https://huroninspections.com/how-close-is-too-close/ https://huroninspections.com/how-close-is-too-close/#respond 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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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.

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Protect Your Electronics! https://huroninspections.com/protect-your-electronics/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 12:39:42 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=2120 When lightning strikes, there is a possibility for serious damage. There are many videos out there that people have posted of lightning strikes and what happens to the objects they hit. One thing that you can’t observe at the site of a lightning strike is what happens when it strikes near or on the power […]

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When lightning strikes, there is a possibility for serious damage. There are many videos out there that people have posted of lightning strikes and what happens to the objects they hit. One thing that you can’t observe at the site of a lightning strike is what happens when it strikes near or on the power grid. Since we all are connected to it, this type of strike could travel down the line into your home. The same could happen to cable TV lines or wired phone lines. If you have electronics that are connected to the line carrying this surge, they could be irreparably damaged. Your $1000 TV could turn into useless garbage.

So what can you do to protect yourself? Plug valuable electronics into a surge protector. These work as a shield between your electronics and any power surges coming your way. It is important to remember that they will stop protecting you after a few surges, so check for an indicator light that lets you know that it is functioning. Just because you can still get power from it doesn’t mean it still protects you.

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Chemicals In Your Home – Formaldehyde https://huroninspections.com/chemicals-in-your-home-formaldehyde/ Fri, 27 Dec 2019 02:03:21 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=2117 Do you know what formaldehyde is? You might be familiar with the name, but you might not know what the effects are of exposure to this chemical. From short term exposure you might experience itchy, runny eyes, skin irritation, coughing, wheezing and nausea. The reactions range greatly from person to person and depend on how […]

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Do you know what formaldehyde is? You might be familiar with the name, but you might not know what the effects are of exposure to this chemical. From short term exposure you might experience itchy, runny eyes, skin irritation, coughing, wheezing and nausea. The reactions range greatly from person to person and depend on how sensitive they are to the chemical. There are also certain ties between long term formaldehyde exposure and cancer.

While you usually won’t find high rates of formaldehyde in a home, there is a type of insulation that contains formaldehyde known as UFFI, but it is not very commonly used. You’re much more likely to find it in pressed wood used in your furniture, but most of the time, this won’t be enough to give off a significant amount of formaldehyde gas. On average, homes will contain less than 0.03 parts per million of formaldehyde, and this is below the limit where you would usually see health problems.

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Why Your Pipes Are So Noisy https://huroninspections.com/why-your-pipes-are-so-noisy/ Sat, 23 Nov 2019 19:16:39 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=2113 When you turn on and off faucets in your home, do you sometimes hear a loud banging noise in your pipes? It might be disconcerting, but it is not very uncommon. The reason for the sound is commonly called water hammer, and it happens when your water bangs against the walls of the pipes. Over […]

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When you turn on and off faucets in your home, do you sometimes hear a loud banging noise in your pipes? It might be disconcerting, but it is not very uncommon. The reason for the sound is commonly called water hammer, and it happens when your water bangs against the walls of the pipes. Over time, this will damage your pipes, so the problem needs to be resolved as soon as possible.

Since the problem mainly comes from the pressure in your pipes, air chambers are installed to give the pressure somewhere to vent and stop the water hammer, but if these pipes are filled up with water for some reason, they will not work properly. Air chambers are vertical pipes and should be full of air, but at times, water could fill them up.

To drain them, you can shut the main water supply off and open all the faucets in your home. This will allow air back into the air chamber, and it should once again function as a protection against a water hammer.

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Heating Your Home From A Distance https://huroninspections.com/heating-your-home-from-a-distance/ Mon, 28 Oct 2019 02:27:29 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=2105 Outdoor wood boilers were introduced for a good reason. Having a fire burning inside of your home comes with risks. Besides the obvious risk for the fire to spread, there is also the risk of carbon monoxide forming and leaking into your home, posing a danger to your life. Using an outdoor wood boiler, you […]

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Outdoor wood boilers were introduced for a good reason. Having a fire burning inside of your home comes with risks. Besides the obvious risk for the fire to spread, there is also the risk of carbon monoxide forming and leaking into your home, posing a danger to your life. Using an outdoor wood boiler, you remove that fire from the inside of your home to a shed that is some distance away, which is then connected to your home with a duct or hot water pipes to provide heat in your home.

Does this mean that all your problems are magically solved? Unfortunately not, and this is the reason why these wood boilers aren’t allowed in many areas of the country. Since they usually have a shorter chimney than your home does, this means that the exhaust is much more likely to enter into homes. It could become a problem not just for you, but also for your neighbors. Before considering an outdoor wood boiler, make sure you are well aware of the local legislation.

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A Different Way To Heat Water https://huroninspections.com/a-different-way-to-heat-water/ Fri, 27 Sep 2019 01:10:51 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=2098 Water heating technology hasn’t changed much over the years. The same principle of having a large tank of water that is heated up has been the standard for a very long time, but there is an option that offers significant benefits, as well as, offers savings on energy, and that is tankless water heaters. Tankless […]

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Water heating technology hasn’t changed much over the years. The same principle of having a large tank of water that is heated up has been the standard for a very long time, but there is an option that offers significant benefits, as well as, offers savings on energy, and that is tankless water heaters. Tankless water heaters are often installed right by the faucet so that the water can be heated up on demand, but there is also the option of having one installed centrally, providing hot water for the whole building.

So why does this design improve on the efficiency of your water heater? If your water heater is installed right at the sink, you won’t lose heat from the pipes over the distance the water travels. You also eliminate the need for your water heater to constantly run to keep the water in the tank hot.

Another nice side effect is that you won’t experience sudden drops in the hot water supply if someone else opens a faucet.

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Let Your Feet Take A Break https://huroninspections.com/let-your-feet-take-a-break/ Fri, 30 Aug 2019 02:10:09 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=2091 Your legs and feet consist of a large number of bones, joints and muscles, all working in unison to keep you balanced. The surface on which you stand can have a big impact on your comfort. If you stand for a long time on a hard surface, such as cement, you can experience fatigue and […]

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Your legs and feet consist of a large number of bones, joints and muscles, all working in unison to keep you balanced. The surface on which you stand can have a big impact on your comfort. If you stand for a long time on a hard surface, such as cement, you can experience fatigue and pain in your feet and legs. To counteract this, many businesses put in fatigue mats made from softer materials. One popular type of flooring used is made from rubber. Rubber is fairly inexpensive, and extremely durable. Rubber flooring can be made from recycled car tires, which also makes it an environmentally wise choice. It is also slip resistant and anti-static which makes it ideal in many circumstances.

There are a few downsides to rubber flooring. It can be damaged by exposure to intense light or heat. Some chemicals are also known to interact with rubber, breaking it down.

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Something Sneaking Into Your Home https://huroninspections.com/something-sneaking-into-your-home/ Tue, 30 Jul 2019 02:16:17 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=2075 Radon gas. Homeowners hear about this gas quite often, and many feel like the danger of it is exaggerated, but that is far from the case. In fact, radon is the second leading cause for lung cancer, exceeded only by cigarette smoke, so it makes sense that you should protect yourself. Radon is invisible and […]

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Radon gas. Homeowners hear about this gas quite often, and many feel like the danger of it is exaggerated, but that is far from the case. In fact, radon is the second leading cause for lung cancer, exceeded only by cigarette smoke, so it makes sense that you should protect yourself.

Radon is invisible and odorless, so special equipment is required to detect it. Since it comes up from the ground below your home, your basement will usually have the highest levels.

To remedy the situation, it might be necessary to install fans and dig out trenches underneath your home to funnel the gas away to the outside. This can be very costly, and serves as a reminder as to why it is so important to have radon testing before buying a house. If you are fortunate, however, it might be enough to patch up holes and cracks in your basement to prevent the gas from seeping through.

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Caring For Elevators https://huroninspections.com/caring-for-elevators/ Thu, 27 Jun 2019 02:11:47 +0000 https://huroninspections.com/?p=2069 If your building has more than a certain number of floors, you might have an elevator installed. It could even be that you have one in a building with fairly few flights of stairs, but with a large amount of seniors using it. Since you own the elevator, you are also responsible for its proper […]

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If your building has more than a certain number of floors, you might have an elevator installed. It could even be that you have one in a building with fairly few flights of stairs, but with a large amount of seniors using it. Since you own the elevator, you are also responsible for its proper operation. There is local legislation, as well as, building codes to make sure that elevators are safe, but since they might see quite a bit of traffic, it is important to keep an eye on your elevator to make sure that it doesn’t develop a problem.

Many times your best inspectors will be the people that use the elevator daily. If your tenants notice something different than usual, you should pay attention to them. Since they ride in the elevator often, they will be more attuned to how it should move and sound. Ignoring them might lead to an elevator that gets stuck, malfunctions or something similar that will end up costing you much more in time and inconvenience than a simple repair would have.

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