Long Island Home Inspections https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com Home Inspectors in Long Island Fri, 28 Jun 2019 01:02:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Why Linoleum Is A Good Choice For Your Floors https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/why-linoleum-is-a-good-choice-for-your-floors/ https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/why-linoleum-is-a-good-choice-for-your-floors/#respond Fri, 28 Jun 2019 01:02:36 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=667 You might remember linoleum flooring from your childhood, but interestingly enough, it is once again becoming common in homes. With very affordable pricing, as well as, a wide selection of styles, more and more people are choosing linoleum. Some choose linoleum because it is made from renewable resources, and thus good for the environment. Installation […]

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You might remember linoleum flooring from your childhood, but interestingly enough, it is once again becoming common in homes. With very affordable pricing, as well as, a wide selection of styles, more and more people are choosing linoleum. Some choose linoleum because it is made from renewable resources, and thus good for the environment.

Installation is usually fairly simple, and if you decide to do it yourself, it could save you some money. 

Linoleum does have a few shortcomings, and because of this, your care for the flooring is very important. Using certain chemicals on linoleum can create unsightly pits in the flooring. This is the case both with alkaline and acidic chemicals. Instead, you should use a broom or a vacuum for everyday cleaning. If you need to use something else, you can use water with a mop, but you should still be careful not to leave behind puddles, since this too could be damaging to the flooring.

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Are Your Drains Keeping Up? https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/are-your-drains-keeping-up/ Fri, 31 May 2019 00:11:54 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=663 When you take a shower, you expect the water to drain away, and not build up around your feet, but this is not always the case. What can you do about a slow shower drain? While your first instinct might be to go out and get some drain chemical, this is not an ideal solution, […]

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When you take a shower, you expect the water to drain away, and not build up around your feet, but this is not always the case. What can you do about a slow shower drain? While your first instinct might be to go out and get some drain chemical, this is not an ideal solution, since these can do damage to your pipes, the environment and your septic system.

Usually, a slow drain is due to clogs of hair and soap. Sometimes just pouring hot water down the pipe will be enough to dislodge a clog, but if this doesn’t help, you might want to try getting to the clog with a snake or a wire hanger. Once the clog starts moving, it will usually keep going. You can also try plunging your tub. You just need to cover up the overflow drain to prevent it from releasing pressure. Always be careful so as not to damage the pipes when trying to remove clogs.

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Never Get Burned https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/never-get-burned/ Sat, 27 Apr 2019 00:04:22 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=659 While hot water is good both for comfort and hygiene, this is definitely a case where too much of a good thing can be bad. You might have had water too hot for your hands at a time or another, but that’s not what we’re talking about. If you were to have water coming at […]

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While hot water is good both for comfort and hygiene, this is definitely a case where too much of a good thing can be bad. You might have had water too hot for your hands at a time or another, but that’s not what we’re talking about. If you were to have water coming at a temperature of 160 degrees, which is what most water heaters can put out, you can have scalding within a few seconds. If this were to happen to an older person or a young child, they might need medical attention.

To avoid water from your faucet coming out at those high temperatures, you need to have an anti-scald valve installed. These devices are made to mix the incoming hot and cold water to achieve a stable, comfortable temperature.

They also serve a second purpose by preventing temperature fluctuations from water running to other faucets, toilets or showers.

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Do You Know How To Use A Plunger? https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/do-you-know-how-to-use-a-plunger/ Sun, 31 Mar 2019 00:33:38 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=655 Have you ever had a toilet clog and overflow? It is a very unpleasant experience, and it is why many homes have a plunger sitting ready, right next to the toilet. Unfortunately, many do not know how to use a plunger properly, and therefore end up resorting to chemicals or calling a plumber instead. To […]

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Have you ever had a toilet clog and overflow? It is a very unpleasant experience, and it is why many homes have a plunger sitting ready, right next to the toilet. Unfortunately, many do not know how to use a plunger properly, and therefore end up resorting to chemicals or calling a plumber instead.

To make sure that you use a plunger in an effective way, there are a few simple steps that you need to follow.

First, you want to have the right level of water in the toilet. If it is too high, you might cause contaminated water to spill out on the floor, and if it is too low, plunging will have little effect. You should make sure that there is water inside the cup of the plunger before you start, and then make sure that there is a proper seal between the plunger and the pipe. Keep a steady rhythmic motion going until the clog dislodges.

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Gutters draining on a roof https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/gutters-draining-on-a-roof/ 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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