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Did you know…?

Your roof and attic are often one of the most neglected parts of your home. Damage starts and is often overlooked for long periods of time. Roofs should be inspected for:

1. Worn or damaged shingles.
2. Damage or wear to metal flashing around roof
protrusions and in valleys.
3. Gutters that do not fit under the shingles therefore miss rainwater that is shed by the singles.

Did you know…?

White shingles have a much longer life span than dark colored shingles. However, contrary to what many think, roof coverings are not intended to keep out the cold. The majority of roofs are extremely poor insulators.

Did you know…?

Many times, homeowners over-insulate their homes in an effort to save on energy bills. Your house needs to breathe. Correct insulation also provides for ventilation of the house to avoid excessive moisture, which leads to rot, rust and structural damage.

Did you know…?
A sink is defined as a fixture for cleaning things, rather than people. A basin, on the other hand, is used for personal washing. We refer to a kitchen “sink”, to a bathroom “basin” or “lavatory.”

Most Common Problems

Water Damage
The single most damaging affect on a home is water (moisture) damage to the exterior of the home. Oddly, it is also one of the easiest items to correct.
• Be sure to have all water drain away from the home.
• The grade or landscape should slope away from the foundation.
• Clean and repair clogged or leaking gutters and downspouts.
• Use splash pans or extended downspouts to remove roof drainage from the foundation.
• Trim back excessive foliage (trees and shrubs) from the house.

Aluminum Wire
Aluminum wiring was commonly used from the late 1960s until about 1978. All wire heats up when electricity passes though it, however, aluminum tends to expand more than copper. This leads to the wire trying to move out from under the terminal screws. This phenomenon is called “creep” and can lead to poor connections and overheating, creating a potential hazard.

Water Heater
Sludge build-up in a water heater can lead to poor water pressure. The tank should be flushed every year or so. A water softener, especially if not well maintained, can adversely affect water pressure.

Furnace Filter
Approximately ten percent of the furnace filters noted during inspections have been installed backwards. Look for the directional arrows on the furnace filter. Install the filter with the arrows pointing the heat flames.

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