Long Island Home Inspections https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com Home Inspectors in Long Island Thu, 28 Feb 2019 15:21:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 Gutters draining on a roof https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/gutters-draining-on-a-roof/ https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/gutters-draining-on-a-roof/#respond Thu, 28 Feb 2019 15:21:10 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=652 Have you ever seen a gutter drain on a roof This is actually a common practice. But just because it is common, does not mean it is right. When you drain a gutter onto a roof like this, it causes that section of roof to get more water than other sections, causing premature wear, and […]

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Have you ever seen a gutter drain on a roof This is actually a common practice. But just because it is common, does not mean it is right.

When you drain a gutter onto a roof like this, it causes that section of roof to get more water than other sections, causing premature wear, and possibly leaking.

This is a very common building practice that we see as home inspectors, but one that always makes us look a little bit closer.

Remember, just because it is “allowed”, does not mean it is the right thing to do.

The simple fix is to fit a leader so that it drains to the gutter below it.

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Tips For Staining Wood https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/tips-for-staining-wood/ Fri, 21 Dec 2018 01:55:38 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=632 Staining unfinished wood can increase your homes value and greatly increase your satisfaction in the quality of your home. However, keeping a few tips in mind will help you to be successful as you begin staining your wood. Some tips will be the topic of today’s discussion. Working with stain can be scary, because once […]

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Staining unfinished wood can increase your homes value and greatly increase your satisfaction in the quality of your home. However, keeping a few tips in mind will help you to be successful as you begin staining your wood. Some tips will be the topic of today’s discussion.

Working with stain can be scary, because once its on, its on. Using the right product is of utmost importance, because there are so many types out there. When working with stain, its important to wear proper safety gear such as gloves and eye wear. Remember also to wear old clothing, because like we said earlier, once its on its staying on. Before putting stain on a piece of furniture, apply it to a scrap piece to double check that you will like the way it will come out.

Only apply stain with a brush or rag, depending on what will work best for you. Don’t sweat about being extremely careful, the main goal here is to get a nice flow of stain along the grain of the wood. To avoid the potential danger of fumes, go with a water based stain if you wish. They come in a wide variety of colors, so it is in your favor if you decide to go down that road. Lastly, the nice thing about stain is that it won’t go bad for a while, so be sure to keep old cans. If there is a top film as you open the can, time for it to be chucked. If not, your still good to use it.

Keeping these tips in mind will help you to enjoy the hobby of staining furniture and wood.

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Expanding Storage In Your Room https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/expanding-storage-in-your-room/ Fri, 30 Nov 2018 23:04:11 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=628 Closet Space – A Necessity Or Not? Everybody likes to have they’re own space in a big family. However, that may often not be the case when young children or teenagers have to share closet space with each other because there is no other room to store their clothes. However, in this article we will […]

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Closet Space – A Necessity Or Not? Everybody likes to have they’re own space in a big family. However, that may often not be the case when young children or teenagers have to share closet space with each other because there is no other room to store their clothes. However, in this article we will talk about a few options that can give families additional space to store things that you may not have thought of.

The first problem is finding space. Where can extra space be found? Try looking under your beds, clearing extra clutter in someones room in order to create that space, and even your dressers. There is a type of dresser that you can get for underneath your bed that is great as storing extra clothes. These compartments can be found on Navy ships especially where space is limited and closets are luxuries.

The second thing that you can get is a bigger dresser with more drawers as well as larger. It seems pretty common sense, but it will definitely be a huge help to adding more storage for your room. These are just two things you can get in order to expand the storage of your room in case you don’t have a closet of your own.

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Equipment Cleaning After A Workout https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/equipment-cleaning-after-a-workout/ Tue, 16 Oct 2018 16:59:28 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=622 Many people use exercise equipment to keep active, build up muscle, and stay in good shape. However, as with any piece of equipment, gym equipment can cause problems within the home. Such as regular cleaning. If regular cleaning after use of equipment is not done, pathogens can arise and cause serious problems, so here are […]

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Many people use exercise equipment to keep active, build up muscle, and stay in good shape. However, as with any piece of equipment, gym equipment can cause problems within the home. Such as regular cleaning. If regular cleaning after use of equipment is not done, pathogens can arise and cause serious problems, so here are a couple things to remember.

Using common sense, just by washing your hands before and after a good workout will reduce the amount of germs that you will have on yourself and the equipment. You sweat a lot, which can turn into germs if left untreated. Be sure after every workout to wipe down every inch of the equipment with specific germ killing wipes or antibacterial spray. By doing so, you reduce the amount of germs on the equipment. Another thing you may not think to do is to regularly wash the inside and outside of your water bottle. Most diseases can be transferred from the mouth or by touch, so cleaning the bottle is extremely important.

If you do your workout at a gym, be sure to bring your own towel. Gyms are not restricted to the same standards that hospitals clean their towels and equipment, so naturally diseases can be easily spread through regular use of towels at the gym. Also, keeping any scratches or cuts on your skin constantly covered can prevent infection and possible disease transference. Keeping these common sense ideas in mind will help you to not only be physically fit from working out, but physically fit from a clean environment.

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Window Film – What Is It? https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/window-film-what-is-it/ Thu, 27 Sep 2018 15:13:01 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=618 We’ve all heard about window film for our cars – other wise known as window tint. But did you know that there is a tint for your homes windows? What can this film for your homes windows do for you though? Shade your windows, maybe even be energy efficient? Well all the pros will be […]

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We’ve all heard about window film for our cars – other wise known as window tint. But did you know that there is a tint for your homes windows? What can this film for your homes windows do for you though? Shade your windows, maybe even be energy efficient? Well all the pros will be discussed in this article.

This type of film can be bought at your local hardware store and can be applied to any window, can be formed to any shape of your window by using a razor blade or cutting knife. Its interesting to note that sometimes people will apply this film to a window to keep the window from shattering into dangerous pieces everywhere. Also, this film, when applied to a window, can block certain high energy waves from the sun yet allow certain low energy waves from the sun into your home, and thus become more energy efficient. There are some films that are designed for different energy waves, so the amount of energy efficiency you want for your home can be easily decided on each purchase.

Heat mirror is a type of film that can increase your energy efficiency by a large percentage if you apply it to all of your windows in your home. This type of film is relatively inexpensive to buy and install by yourself. With all this in mind, you can install this film in your homes windows and thus continue to save yourself money on your energy bill.

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Asbestos Safety Tips https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/asbestos-safety-tips/ Wed, 22 Aug 2018 19:01:26 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=614 Do you and your family live in an older house? If you do, there is the possibility that you would have asbestos in parts of your house, such as the walls, window trim, etc. How can you protect yourself and your family from it? Also, what can you do to get rid of the asbestos? […]

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Do you and your family live in an older house? If you do, there is the possibility that you would have asbestos in parts of your house, such as the walls, window trim, etc. How can you protect yourself and your family from it? Also, what can you do to get rid of the asbestos? These questions will be discussed in the following article.

The simplest way to fix your problem if you do have asbestos in your house, is to do nothing at all with it as long as its not creating problems for your household. The cost it would take in order to remove and replace every piece of material that has asbestos in it would just be too big of a cost. However, if the asbestos in your house is causing you trouble, then the next phase in your process of removing it would be to call a professional to come take samples of the materials that may have asbestos in them. There is no real way to look at a piece of wood and tell if there is asbestos or not in it.

Also, if you plan to have the asbestos removed, even in a minor way, call a professional who knows what he is doing. If you do it and a problem arises when one hadn’t before you had started to remove the asbestos, then serious consequences could result from a lack of waiting for the professional to come and check everything out. Keeping these things in mind will help you to remember how to be safe in either contemplating or repairing the asbestos related problems in your home.

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Ready For Your Home Inspection? https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/ready-for-your-home-inspection/ Sun, 22 Jul 2018 02:42:07 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=610 Is your home ready for inspection? You might say that it is, however, the codes inspector may not see it as fully up to code. So what are you going to do to make sure that codes are up to spec? Here are a few tips that you can take to heart in order to […]

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Is your home ready for inspection? You might say that it is, however, the codes inspector may not see it as fully up to code. So what are you going to do to make sure that codes are up to spec? Here are a few tips that you can take to heart in order to make sure your house is fully prepped for the big inspection day.

The first thing that you can do is research just what inspectors will go over what the inspectors will be looking for. Look for things that haven’t been updated in a long time, like maybe your porch needs fixing or updating. Maybe there are some things you can do in your backyard, making it look pretty, removing stumps, weeds, items that could possibly harm you or your family by accident, such as metal fragments, roots above ground, etc. Also, check the interior of your house. You’ll want to look for water damage in your basement, possible damage to your water heater, etc.

The next thing you can do is go to your local county office and make sure you know exactly what codes you’ll need to know for your area because there are different codes for different areas. Being prepared in this sense will help you to pass with flying colors on your home.

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Windows And Stairs – Dangers To Your Children https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/windows-and-stairs-dangers-to-your-children/ 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/ Wed, 16 May 2018 20:15:58 +0000 http://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 http://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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