Long Island Home Inspections https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com Home Inspectors in Long Island Fri, 27 Sep 2019 01:08:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Do NOT Let The Bed Bugs Bite https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/do-not-let-the-bed-bugs-bite/ https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/do-not-let-the-bed-bugs-bite/#respond Fri, 27 Sep 2019 01:08:50 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=679 Do you wake up in the morning with tiny little bites all over your body? If so, you are probably suffering from a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs were almost completely unheard of just a few decades ago when the pesticide DDT was used, but when the serious side-effects of that chemical were discovered, use […]

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Do you wake up in the morning with tiny little bites all over your body? If so, you are probably suffering from a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs were almost completely unheard of just a few decades ago when the pesticide DDT was used, but when the serious side-effects of that chemical were discovered, use of DDT was banned. In recent years, bed bugs have made a serious resurgence. Besides the lack of an effective pesticide to deal with them, international travel has also lead to bed bugs migrating from countries where they are proliferant to countries like the US where they were almost non-existent.

Hotels are one of the worst places for bed bug spread. If you stay in a hotel room, you should inspect the bed and furniture before you start unpacking to make sure you don’t take any bed bugs home. You can usually find them collecting in the seams of the mattress, so if you pull on the fabric around there, you should be able to find a cluster of bugs if there are any.

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Who Controls Your Home? https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/who-controls-your-home/ Sat, 31 Aug 2019 01:21:27 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=675 Living in a neighborhood where there is a Homeowners Association (HOA) is a different experience from when you live in one without. You will find out that there are many rules that dictate what you can do to your own home and yard. The purpose of HOA’s is to keep a neighborhood uniform and counteract […]

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Living in a neighborhood where there is a Homeowners Association (HOA) is a different experience from when you live in one without. You will find out that there are many rules that dictate what you can do to your own home and yard. The purpose of HOA’s is to keep a neighborhood uniform and counteract influences that can make a neighborhood less appealing, but sometimes they do more than that. In some cases, HOA’s have gone as far as putting the homes of those not paying their dues in time into foreclosure, selling it at a fraction of the cost. This is why it is important for you to do the research before buying a home in a neighborhood where there is an HOA. You can see if there have been a lot of foreclosures in the neighborhood in the past. You can also discreetly inquire of those living in the neighborhood as to what their feelings are. Does the HOA overreach its authority? Are they strictly enforcing their bylaws, and are the bylaws unreasonable? In the end, you will need to make an informed decision.

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Why Is Backdraft A Danger? https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/why-is-backdraft-a-danger/ Tue, 30 Jul 2019 01:51:44 +0000 https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/?p=671 There are many risks to consider when using gas powered appliances, both because of the risk of fire and explosion, as well as, the dangerous gas that is generated from the combustion of natural gas – carbon monoxide. Your appliances will be set up to vent their exhaust to the outside of your home, but […]

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There are many risks to consider when using gas powered appliances, both because of the risk of fire and explosion, as well as, the dangerous gas that is generated from the combustion of natural gas – carbon monoxide.

Your appliances will be set up to vent their exhaust to the outside of your home, but in some cases, conditions exist that make this exhaust come into your home instead, causing a potentially dangerous situation. This is called backdraft, and it can occur when the air pressure inside your home is lower than the outside pressure. If you start seeing soot build up around your appliance, this is an indicator that you have a problem with backdraft. However, a much more accurate indicator for checking your exhaust is to use a puffer or a smoke pencil to see which way the exhaust travels.

On top of this, every home needs to have a carbon monoxide alarm that will let you know when you are experiencing higher than normal levels of CO in your home.

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Why Linoleum Is A Good Choice For Your Floors https://howsmyhousehomeinspections.com/why-linoleum-is-a-good-choice-for-your-floors/ 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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