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Air Fresheners and Indoor Air Quality

A fresh & clean smelling home is desired by all. This desire drives consumers to purchase air fresheners, sprays, and plug-ins regularly. What we must consider however, is how the air fresheners affect your health, your pets, and the home...

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Carbon Monoxide

With the cold weather hitting South Texas and the Hill Country, I figured it was a good time to provide a little information about Carbon Monoxide and how to protect your family from its deadly effects. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless,...

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Ungrounded Electrical Receptacles

Grounding of electrical receptacles (which some laypeople refer to as outlets) is an important safety feature that has been required in new construction since 1962, as it minimizes the risk of electric shock and protects electrical equipment from...

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House Numbers

Introduction and back-story: The other day, while I was looking for the house I was set to inspect, I came across an issue that could make a critical difference in an emergency.  The house did not have an address displayed.  Now normally it's...

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Safety Guidelines for Home Swimming Pools

Swimming pools should always be happy places. Unfortunately, each year thousands of American families confront swimming pool tragedies, drownings and near-drownings of young children. At Veteran Home Inspections, we want to prevent these tragedies....

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Final Walk-Through Checklist

The big day is finally here!  You've found the perfect house, negotiated a contract, had the home inspection, negotiated repairs, and of course negotiated the financing process.  It's almost time to sign on the dotted lines to get the keys to your...

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Electrical Service Panels

by Nick Gromicko & Mike Marlow Electrical panels are boxes that house circuit breakers, which are are safety devices that stop the electrical current if it exceeds the safe level for some portion of the home electrical...

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Home Inspection Reports: What to Expect

by Mike Marlow, Nick Gromicko, and Kenton Shepard Influenced by the changes in the economic and legal environments over the past 30 years, home inspection reports have changed to accommodate increased consumer expectations, and to provide more...

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Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)

by Nick Gromicko, Ethan Ward, and Mike Marlow What is a GFCI? A ground-fault circuit interrupter, or GFCI, is a device used in electrical wiring to disconnect a circuit when unbalanced current is detected between an energized conductor and a...

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InterNACHI's Standard Estimated Life Expectancy Chart for Homes

The following chart details the predicted life expectancy of appliances, products, materials, systems and components.   Consumers should note that these life expectancies have been determined through research and testing based on regular...

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