Mold and Moisture Testing
Facts and Figures
Building Orientation for Optimum Energy
Abrasive Blasting for Mold Remediation
Now that that the winter temperatures have arrived, know the warning signs of Carbon Monoxide poisoning if you have gas burning appliances.
Do you know the symptoms of CO poisoning?
What’s the best prevention?
Be sure all fuel-burning equipment is installed and operated properly
The surest way to know if there is carbon monoxide in your home is to use a Carbon Monoxide detector. If you suspect CO poisoning or a natural gas leak, leave the building immediately and call 911.
Your safety matters to us!
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Polybutylene was used for many years as piping for plumbing systems inside of residential homes. It was manufactured between 1978 and 1994, and popular because of its astonishing benefits which included:
The Cause of Polybutylene Failures
The University of Illinois at Chicago conducted two studies regarding polybutylene failure which showed that disinfectants used during the water treatment process were the main cause of the problems. These disinfectants causes the material to flake away at various locations within the plumbing system which can result in catastrophic pipe leaks. More than $1 billion dollars in lawsuits have been paid to homeowners who had polybutylene installed and experienced a malfunction; however, these settlements have since expired and homeowners with PB piping are now faced with the costs of repairs or replacement.
Remove Polybutylene Pipes Immediately
Currently, no federal regulations are in place that require the replacement of PB pipes; however, it is highly recommend that you take action immediately to avoid potential leaks and major water damage. In addition, some insurance companies will not even insure the home if PB piping is present.
How to Determine if Polybutylene Piping is in your Home
PB pipes can be identified by the following characteristics:
If you suspect you might have PB piping, contact a qualified Home Inspector to evaluate your plumbing system.
Fall Home Maintenance
With the cool fall temperatures upon us, now is a great time to get your home ready for the winter. Below are a few home maintenance tips to get you through the fall and winter.
On The Outside...
Stay Warm this Winter...
For Your Lawn...
Let us know if you have any questions regarding the proper maintenance of your home's multiple systems. Our Home Inspector's can perform a maintenance inspection and guide your through the systems that are in need of maintenance. Contact a Columbus Home Inspector today for more information.
Knob and Tube Wiring
During our inspections, we still find many older homes have Knob and Tube Wiring. This type of wiring is a fire hazard and should be removed and replaced with new wiring by a qualified electrician.
The system is comprised of wiring supported with ceramic knobs with tubes that run through the wood joists and framing and at locations where the wires intersect.
Knob and Tube wiring is considered unsafe for several of the following reasons:
If you have any concerns about Knob and Tube wiring in your house, contact us to speak with a qualified home inspector.