Long Island Home Inspections https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com Home Inspectors in Long Island Sat, 31 Oct 2020 19:06:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 Is Your Pressure Too Low Or Too High? https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/is-your-pressure-too-low-or-too-high/ https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/is-your-pressure-too-low-or-too-high/#respond Sat, 31 Oct 2020 19:06:27 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=737 If I were to tell you that your faucet flow rate is low, do you know what it means? Not everyone is familiar with the concept, but homes should have a rate of approximately 1 gallon per minute, and there are many things that could affect that. Measuring your flow rate is fairly simple. As […]

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If I were to tell you that your faucet flow rate is low, do you know what it means? Not everyone is familiar with the concept, but homes should have a rate of approximately 1 gallon per minute, and there are many things that could affect that. Measuring your flow rate is fairly simple. As a shortcut, you can fill a container for 15 seconds and then multiply the water collected by 4. That number is your flow rate for that faucet. If you have an aerator on the faucet, you’ll see a lower number, and you are keeping your water consumption down, but what if it is a lot higher? Well, it is something that should be remedied, because it could damage your pipes over time.
If you have a plumber install a pressure regulator, you’ll see a difference, and you will protect your plumbing system from damage. This regulator can also help with a low flow rate if you find that your water doesn’t have very good pressure.

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Keeping A Roof Over Your Head https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/keeping-a-roof-over-your-head/ Tue, 29 Sep 2020 11:09:44 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=734 Every homeowner is looking to save money. While some might be doing so more diligently than others, none of us likes to spend money unnecessarily. There is definitely a benefit to keeping costs down across the board since it all adds up, but there are some items that deserve extra attention from you. One of […]

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Every homeowner is looking to save money. While some might be doing so more diligently than others, none of us likes to spend money unnecessarily. There is definitely a benefit to keeping costs down across the board since it all adds up, but there are some items that deserve extra attention from you. One of the most expensive things that you could deal with is a roof replacement, so you want to keep your roof in good shape for as long as possible.

Your job is made more difficult by the weather. When the sun beats down on your roof, it will deteriorate some types of roofing materials, wind can destroy others, and water is just bad all around.

When it comes to keeping your roof from getting damaged by water, you need to make sure that rain can get off the roof as easily as possible. This means keeping your roof free of debris and ensuring that gutters and downspouts are open and will allow free water flow. If you know that heavy rain is expected, you might want to take a closer look to ensure everything is ok.

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Keeping Your Electronics Safe https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/keeping-your-electronics-safe/ Mon, 31 Aug 2020 13:11:55 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=731 When there is a power surge, terrible things can happen to your sensitive electronics. If you have a TV that cost you quite a bit of money to buy, you probably would like to make sure that it isn’t busted by a random spike in your power grid. Your best friend in this case is […]

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When there is a power surge, terrible things can happen to your sensitive electronics. If you have a TV that cost you quite a bit of money to buy, you probably would like to make sure that it isn’t busted by a random spike in your power grid. Your best friend in this case is a surge protector. These devices aren’t that expensive, but they will make a huge difference in the worst-case scenario. While they look like a regular power strip, they are made in such a way that your electronics will be protected.

Some of these surge protectors will even come with a warranty for the connected electronics, but before you use that as a deciding factor, you should see if people have been successful with getting reimbursed for that warranty with the brand in question.

One important point to keep in mind is that your surge protector needs to be plugged into a grounded receptacle for it to function properly. If not, it will not protect your equipment.

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Top Heavy https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/top-heavy/ Fri, 31 Jul 2020 00:42:38 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=728 When you watch old movies, especially those taking place in European countries, you probably see a lot of clay roofs. They have a certain charm to them, and interestingly enough, some of those roofs are still standing. Clay roofing is one of the longest-lasting roofing materials you can find, and well maintained, it can last […]

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When you watch old movies, especially those taking place in European countries, you probably see a lot of clay roofs. They have a certain charm to them, and interestingly enough, some of those roofs are still standing.

Clay roofing is one of the longest-lasting roofing materials you can find, and well maintained, it can last for over a century. So why don’t you see more homes with clay roofs? A major concern is the cost. It is not a cheap material to have installed, especially considering that the extra weight could end up costing you extra when you need to strengthen the existing support that you have. It is also a tricky material to install, and if you don’t have a roofer that is experienced with installing clay roofing, it is possible that the roof could get damaged by heavy winds.

If you are thinking of installing clay roofing, it is important that you consider all the factors involved before you take the leap.

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Get Out And Play https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/get-out-and-play/ Mon, 29 Jun 2020 21:35:11 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=722 Do you have fond memories of playing in a playground as a child? Many of us do, but the current generation of children might not have had the same experience that those growing up a few decades ago did. It’s much more common for kids to be playing inside with their video games or watching […]

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Do you have fond memories of playing in a playground as a child? Many of us do, but the current generation of children might not have had the same experience that those growing up a few decades ago did. It’s much more common for kids to be playing inside with their video games or watching TV than actually playing outside. This has led to childhood obesity and other issues.

If you want your children to have an opportunity to enjoy playing in a playground, you might be considering adding one to your backyard, but it is important to make sure that the playground doesn’t become a dangerous place for them to play.

Equipment needs to be in good condition, with enough space in between moving parts to avoid children bumping together or getting pinched. While you might be able to do most of the work preparing a playground for your children on your own, you should make sure that you consult the recommendations for making it a safe playground.

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Blowing Off Some Steam https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/blowing-off-some-steam/ Thu, 28 May 2020 16:21:36 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=718 Having a fan in your bathroom is essential. When you take a shower or just run hot water, steam is released in the air. You probably have seen how steamed up your bathroom mirror can be after a shower, especially when it is cold out. All that moisture in the air will go somewhere. If […]

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Having a fan in your bathroom is essential. When you take a shower or just run hot water, steam is released in the air. You probably have seen how steamed up your bathroom mirror can be after a shower, especially when it is cold out. All that moisture in the air will go somewhere. If there isn’t enough ventilation, it could definitely cause mold and other water-related damage to your home. This is where the bathroom fan saves the day. It is important, though, that the fan is set up correctly for it to be effective.

The fan needs to vent the air outside of your home. If it just leads to your attic or some crawlspace, you will have problems there instead. The duct leading outside should be as short and straight as possible to avoid any blockage issues.

It is also good to inspect the fan and ductwork to make sure that it isn’t getting blocked by debris in the duct or that the fan is starting to deteriorate due to old age.

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A New Way Of Shopping https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/a-new-way-of-shopping/ Tue, 28 Apr 2020 18:38:22 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=709 Have you always been a person that likes to go shopping or are you one of those people that only do it once it is absolutely necessary? Some people that used to love shopping now view it as a difficult chore. It is important to keep yourself safe while shopping since it’s one of the […]

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Have you always been a person that likes to go shopping or are you one of those people that only do it once it is absolutely necessary? Some people that used to love shopping now view it as a difficult chore. It is important to keep yourself safe while shopping since it’s one of the few times many of us are in a situation where we can get exposed to the virus. So the first thing you should ask yourself is whether or not the trip is necessary. If you find that you can get by with what you have, it is better to avoid the risk and staying at home. When you do go shopping, buy things that will not expire quickly and provide plenty of nutrition. While shopping for junk food might be very tempting right now, those items will not provide proper nourishment and in the long run, be very harmful to your health.

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A Brand New Experience https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/a-brand-new-experience/ Mon, 30 Mar 2020 20:00:01 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=706 While some might be experienced workers from home, there has been a sudden, huge uptick in the number of people that are now required or asked to work from home. While this might seem like a great thing, there are a few sides to working from home that you might not be aware of. For […]

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While some might be experienced workers from home, there has been a sudden, huge uptick in the number of people that are now required or asked to work from home.

While this might seem like a great thing, there are a few sides to working from home that you might not be aware of.

For one thing, being efficient while working at home can be difficult. This is why a private room or secluded spot is very important to keep distractions to a minimum.

Another issue is that of ergonomics. You should be seated in a comfortable chair that gives you proper support. Your monitor should be at such a height that you don’t have to look up or down too much to work with it. Your keyboard should also be at a level where you aren’t hurting yourself by working with it.

Satisfying all these needs might cost you some money, but you will be happy that you did it.

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Are Bats Driving You Nuts? https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/are-bats-driving-you-nuts/ Tue, 25 Feb 2020 21:11:03 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=703 What are your feelings for bats? Some hate them, some are scared of them while others are fascinated by them. Bats can be very useful, eating up to 8000 mosquitoes in a single night, but at the same time, homeowners that have bats living in their attic aren’t too thrilled about it. Bats in the […]

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What are your feelings for bats? Some hate them, some are scared of them while others are fascinated by them.

Bats can be very useful, eating up to 8000 mosquitoes in a single night, but at the same time, homeowners that have bats living in their attic aren’t too thrilled about it.

Bats in the attic can make quite a mess, producing a lot of excrement, or guano, which could carry disease. They also make it a struggle to get into the attic, since disturbing their sleep can cause quite a stir.

So, what can you do? One way to prevent bats from making your attic their home is to block it up really well. Find the entryways that the bats have used and seal them up. If you are forced to do this with some bats still in the attic, you can install something called a one-way excursion device that allows bats to exit the attic but not come back in.

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How Do You Protect Yourself? https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/how-do-you-protect-yourself/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 12:23:49 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=699 Do you want to protect yourself? This can mean many different things depending on what situation you are in. It could include home security, wearing a seat-belt or using anti-virus on your computer, just to mention a few areas of your life. What about when you’re doing work around your home? To protect yourself, you […]

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Do you want to protect yourself? This can mean many different things depending on what situation you are in. It could include home security, wearing a seat-belt or using anti-virus on your computer, just to mention a few areas of your life. What about when you’re doing work around your home? To protect yourself, you should wear your PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). This term covers anything that you wear to keep from getting hurt when using chemicals, tools or just working in an elevated location. Many times you will find recommended PPE listed on the tool or the chemical you are about to use, and it can be protective eye-wear, hearing protection, fall protection, gloves or something similar. The important thing is to wear the PPE for the duration of time that you are doing the task in question. It is easy to decide to take it off just because it would make the task less complicated or cumbersome, but that is the best way to get yourself hurt. Remember that saving time is never a good reason to risk bodily harm or even death.

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