Long Island Home Inspections https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com Home Inspectors in Long Island Sat, 09 Jun 2018 13:14:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 Windows And Stairs – Dangers To Your Children https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/windows-and-stairs-dangers-to-your-children/ https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/windows-and-stairs-dangers-to-your-children/#respond Sat, 09 Jun 2018 13:14:28 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=606 The safety of a young child is priority number 1 on parents minds. However, locations in your house may not be as safe as you’d like them to be if you have a child between the ages of two and six. What are some dangers in the house, and what can you do to safeguard […]

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The safety of a young child is priority number 1 on parents minds. However, locations in your house may not be as safe as you’d like them to be if you have a child between the ages of two and six. What are some dangers in the house, and what can you do to safeguard your children from them?

Around 8,000 children are sent to the ER every day, averaging around 2.8 million every year from non-fatal injuries. So the first step in protecting your child from windows would be to move any furniture from the windows area to make it less accessible for the child. Secondly, by installing windows stops will allow the windows to only be opened to a certain point, maybe 4 inches, thus removing the possibility that a child could put their head out the window or even a limb.

Stairs are another huge danger to young children. Having a safety gate either at the top of the staircase or at the bottom will prevent your child from gaining access to the stairway, which would potentially lead to a fall. Also, your railing along your staircase poses yet another problem. The child may want to climb on it, put their head through the risers, etc. Having the height of your ballisters be between 34″-36″ inches will not allow the child access to the top of the railing, and having 4″ space between each riser will keep the child from putting a limb though.

Keeping all these tips in mind will help you to further protect your child from potential dangers in the home.

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Is Engineered Flooring For You? https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/is-engineered-flooring-for-you/ https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/is-engineered-flooring-for-you/#respond Wed, 16 May 2018 20:15:58 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=602 Engineered wood flooring is now becoming one of the most common floorings in consumers homes these days. Why is this so, and is it for you? Well for starters, any type of engineered wood flooring is any type of wood flooring that is not solid wood. For instance, plywood is considered to be the first […]

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Engineered wood flooring is now becoming one of the most common floorings in consumers homes these days. Why is this so, and is it for you?

Well for starters, any type of engineered wood flooring is any type of wood flooring that is not solid wood. For instance, plywood is considered to be the first type of engineered flooring, but since the creation of OSB (or Oriented Strand Board) engineered flooring, it is cheaper to produce, maintain, and install in large quantities than normal plywood would be. Another advantage of this type of flooring is that building codes do recognize the use of this flooring.

OSB, in addition, can also be created into not only flooring materials, but roofing, siding, and sheathing as well. Due to the many available options and uses from the OSB, contractors will most likely use OSB for flooring or for roofing, however. Interestingly enough, this type of wood can be mass produced, not only using less natural resources to do so but also have a consistent scratch resistant quality from panel to panel.

All in all, engineered flooring would be an excellent choice for your house due to its scratch resistant qualities and inexpensive cost.

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What Is A Defensible Area? https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/what-is-a-defensible-area/ Sun, 22 Apr 2018 03:05:07 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=597 What really is defensible space? Well, it can be defined as an area, or zone, around your house that will better protect you from naturally occurring fires, falling trees, or things that could potentially damage your house. The easiest way to think of this would be to split the area into 3 zones. Zone 1 […]

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What really is defensible space? Well, it can be defined as an area, or zone, around your house that will better protect you from naturally occurring fires, falling trees, or things that could potentially damage your house. The easiest way to think of this would be to split the area into 3 zones.

Zone 1 would be an immediate 15 feet in any direction from the outside of your house, having no flammable plants or even firewood, which should be located a reasonable distance away. Zone 2 would be an extension from zone 1, a total of 75 to 125 feet from the house. Keeping flammable debris like dead leaves, branches, or pine needles must be kept in check. If there are trees or shrubs, it may be good to have them spread out, so as to slow a fire down in case one did occur. Zone 3 would extend beyond zone 2 and to the property limit.

More vegetation can be left in this area, but should still be kept in check. Maintaining your zones around your house can help to keep your house and family safe in the long run.

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How To Conduct Ladder Safety https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/conduct-ladder-safety/ Tue, 20 Mar 2018 06:54:09 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=593 The post How To Conduct Ladder Safety appeared first on Long Island Home Inspections.

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Over 49,000 injuries from ladder falls are reported every year, so knowing how to use a ladder the right way while doing construction projects or any DIY projects is of the utmost importance. Some safety tips and ladder tips are as follows:

Knowing the different types of ladders is the first step to prevent injury. Each different type of ladder has its own ability, so knowing the abilities and functions will help prevent injury to yourself in the long run. Before using a ladder, make sure all the components, i.e. bolts, screws, steps, are attached properly, etc.

Always face the ladder when walking up and down the steps, to minimize the chances of slipping and falling. When setting up your ladder, make sure it is set up on secure ground, so that as you climb up, the ladder doesn’t move side to side and have that potential of falling over with you on it.

If you are on a roof, be aware of where the ladder is. If it does fall, and you don’t know it, you could unknowingly go to step back on it with nothing being there, thus leading to a fall. Finally, wearing the right kind of safety gear is vital as well. Gear like hard hats, eye protection, heavy duty boots, and gloves will help keep you steady on the ladder and will prevent injury to your head if you do fall.

Keeping these tips in mind will help you to remain injury free, and complete your projects with the best outcome.

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Rental Tools You’ll Need For Some Inside DIY Projects https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/rental-tools-youll-need-inside-diy-projects/ Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:52:31 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=587 Getting ready to do some minor DIY repairs on the inside of your home? Here are some necessary rental tools that you will need in order to complete your tasks. For carpet cleaning, you can rent light duty carpet cleaners from your local hardware store, which require a special cleaning solution. However, if it is a […]

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Getting ready to do some minor DIY repairs on the inside of your home? Here are some necessary rental tools that you will need in order to complete your tasks.

For carpet cleaning, you can rent light duty carpet cleaners from your local hardware store, which require a special cleaning solution. However, if it is a tougher cleaning that needs to be done, more heavy duty cleaners are built to do the job, which you can also find at your local hardware store.

For painting high ceilings, going up and down ladders are a must. So, ladders can be rented from your local hardware store as well. However, you have to get the right height or it will make the job much more difficult to complete. So, scaffolding might be your next best option, with adjustability, you can easily get your painting done.

For hardwood finish, a drum sander can easily remove the old finish from the floor. For the smaller areas where the drum sander can’t reach, a handheld sander can do the job. These are just a few tools and equipment you can get from your local hardware store to complete your inside DIY projects.

 

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Don’t Be Duped By A Dishonest Tradesperson https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/dont-duped-dishonest-tradesperson/ Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:08:43 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=573 The post Don’t Be Duped By A Dishonest Tradesperson appeared first on Long Island Home Inspections.

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Do you have upcoming home maintenance projects that you will need to hire someone to do? All too often, an innocent home owner becomes the victim of a home repair scam. We don’t want this to happen to you, so what are some ways to ensure you do not fall prey to a dishonest tradesperson?

 

When it comes to shopping around for estimates, you might be given different prices depending on the area you live. For example, a person living in a wealthier area might be quoted a higher price. To avoid this, try to get an estimate before giving out your address. That way, the you will know that the price is not based on your location.

 

Con men, sad to say, often prey on those who are more vulnerable like the elderly. Keep this in mind, especially if a tradesman calls you on the phone or comes to the door trying to get you to have work done. Ask them for their address and be weary of those who shy away from giving it to you. A scam artist will not want to give you much information about themselves. Check out their credentials before you hire them.

 

Only hire contractors that are licensed for the job you want done. Make sure you have a fixed price for the work before the job starts, and ensure it is all down in a written contract.  That way, they will not be able to add expensive extras to the price. Also, keep in mind that although you may be required to put a small deposit down, never put too large of a one or pay for the whole job up front

 

This is just a few of the many dishonest practices to watch out for. Please feel free to contact us with further questions.

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Why Have A Pre-listing Inspection Done? https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/pre-listing-inspection-done/ Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:31:26 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=569 The post Why Have A Pre-listing Inspection Done? appeared first on Long Island Home Inspections.

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With the beginning of a new year next month, perhaps you are starting to think of what plans you will make for it. Will next year be the year you decide to move? Its always good to plan such big decisions in advance.

We have a short video this month explaining how to go about the seemingly huge task of selling your home. One of the most important aspects when it comes to this is having a pre-listing home inspection done.

We are ready to help you as soon as you have need. You can count on us to give you an honest and thorough home inspection. It is also very important to make sure you use a InterNACHI certified home inspector. Please don’t hesitate to call us for more advice.

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Are you worried about lead in the home? https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/worried-lead-home/ Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:00:58 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=565 The post Are you worried about lead in the home? appeared first on Long Island Home Inspections.

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Through the years we have been learning more about the dangers of lead and lead based materials found in the home. Those mostly at risk of its effects are unborn babies, babies and small children. How worried should you be about lead dangers in the home?

If you home was built 40 yrs or more ago, there is a greater possibility that lead paint was used, both in the interior as well as the exterior of the house.

A big problem that could arise is lead paint dust and paint chips. Even the soil around the home can contain these.

Another area that lead can be found is lead piping. This type of piping found in the plumbing system could affect your drinking water.

Are you someone who enjoys antiques and older furniture? These type of items could also contain lead.

If I find lead in the home, should I always be concerned?

The answer depends on the condition the paint in your home is in. It is not as much of a issue if it is in good condition, but if the paints starts to show signs of damage and is chipping or peeling, then you need to address the problem.

Why is this you might ask? Paint which is scratched, dented or knocked can cause dust. If this paint is lead paint, it becomes a hazard as this dust settles anywhere and everywhere. As the household inevitably touches these dust covered areas, it transfers onto them. A household with young children are especially at risk here as children touch everything and will breathe in this dust.

Lead, as we’ve mentioned can also be found in the soil. It is easy to bring this into the house, as it is transported on shoes and boots.

If you feel concerned about lead in your home, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to advise you.

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Fire Damage and Your Home https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/fire-damage-home/ Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:05:04 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=561 The post Fire Damage and Your Home appeared first on Long Island Home Inspections.

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We have heard so much distressing news lately related to wide spread fire, and while we may not be in a place at risk of wild fires, fires in the home happen everywhere. When thinking about all of the destruction a fire can cause, our minds immediately think of the safety and well being of our families and anyone living in the house with us. Then comes thinking about the kind of the damage to your home.

While thinking about the kind of damage you could face, you would likely assume that the greater part of the damage would come from smoke and the fire itself, yet there are other types of damage caused by a house fire.  What are they?

As we’ve mentioned, the fire itself would cause a great deal of the damage. Were you aware though, that fire does more than just destroy things, it also leaves behind caustic substances. Some damage is not even visible to the naked eye.

Another evident result of a fire is smoke damage. While smoke damage is obvious from visible damage caused to walls and other parts of the house, its also a health concern because, if not completely taken care of can cause respiratory problems down the road.

Where would we be without the much-needed help from the firefighters? However, this help comes at a cost. Firefighters have to use a lot of water to put out the fire, which will also damage your house in many ways. If not dried out immediately, the water damage will lead to issues with mold.

We want you all to stay very safe in your home and hope you never have to deal with the horrible effects of a house fire.

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Should my Long Island home be tested for Radon? https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/should-my-long-island-home-be-tested-for-radon/ Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:34:38 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=546 The post Should my Long Island home be tested for Radon? appeared first on Long Island Home Inspections.

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When buying a home, it is important to make sure that a radon test has been performed. A certified home inspector usually does this as part of the seller’s home inspection. You might ask yourself, though, what exactly is Radon? How dangerous is it? How common is it? What is involved in testing my home for it? Here are some answers to those questions:

What is Radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas, that cannot be detected without testing for it.

How dangerous is it?

Radon causes cancer and is responsible for causing many cases of lung cancer per year. Because radon is undetectable, it means the occupants are unknowingly breathing in this dangerous gas. If you are a smoker and your house contains high levels of radon, it is especially dangerous.

How common is it to find radon in a home?

It is very common and is detected in many homes both old and new throughout the States.

What is involved in testing for radon?

There are a couple of different methods that can be used to test for radon. This involves placing a testing device in the lowest level of your home for a certain amount of time so that radon levels can be determined. It’s important to note however that it must be placed in an area that will be totally undisturbed.

Please contact us here at Hows my house home inspections,  for more information on radon testing. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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