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Garage Door Safety & Maintenance with Louisville Home Inspection

Posted on: February 26, 2011 by in Blog
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On a recent home inspection in Jeffersonville Indiana we decided to do an article on garage door safety; just stop and think about this, a garage door may be the heaviest working part of your home. Most people have never given very much thought to all of the safety features of a garage door, or even just how hazardous a malfunctioning garage door may be. As often as your garage door is used it is really important to take into account your maintenance and safety conditions. There are various Continue Reading ...

Chimneys Caps with Louisville Home Inspection

Posted on: October 21, 2010 by in Blog
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Chimney caps and crowns are used to stop the damage to your chimney. Chimney caps simply act as a roof for your chimney. The water will be deferred from the chimney and kept from entering the chimney and causing deterioration of the masonry and brick. Water can actually do more damage to masonry chimneys than a fire can. A chimney is constructed of a variety of masonry and metal materials, including brick, mortar, tile, steel and cast iron. All of these will deteriorate sooner if susceptible to Continue Reading ...

Driveway Cracking Repair with Louisville Home Inspection

Posted on: October 21, 2010 by in Blog
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Sidewalk cracking can be a potential safety trip hazard at your new home and should be corrected to avoid accidental falls and trip hazards. Repairing driveway cracks is important to prevent moisture from entering the cracks and causing further damage.  Fixing driveway cracking  also increases the "curb appeal". Repair your driveway with the Louisville Home Inspection tips. Before starting the repair, check the area around your driveway looking for the cause of the crack.  Growing tree Continue Reading ...

Chimney Spalling with Louisville Home Inspection

Posted on: August 4, 2010 by in Blog
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What is Spalling? Spalling is a term used to describe masonry deterioration in brick and or stone products due to moisture absorption or entry. Spalling (Broken or damaged brick surface) is more commonly seen on chimneys although foundations, retaining walls, sidewalks and driveways are also susceptible. Moisture Problems? Chimneys that have moisture problems are normally found to have one or more of the following issues, the most common is that they are missing the rain/snow cap or have Continue Reading ...

First Time Home Buyer tips with Louisville Home Inspection

Posted on: October 3, 2009 by in Blog, Buying/Selling, Clients Say It All
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1. Educate Yourself About the Mortgage Process – By taking the initiative and learning about the mortgage process, you can be more confident in the financial decisions you are making. It’s important to learn about different types of mortgages, how much you can afford, how your credit impacts your interest rate, and the benefits of home ownership. A mortgage tutorial is available at http://smartedgebygmac.com, which breaks down the home buying process into easy-to-understand steps. 2. Continue Reading ...

Have Your Furnace Inspected with Louisville Home Inspection

Posted on: September 28, 2009 by in Blog, Maintenance/Safety
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Have your home heating system inspected to avoid freezing this winter.  The last thing you want in the cold winter is to not have any heat!  A maintenance check by a qualified heating contractor could be all that is needed to ensure that you have adequate heat for your family. A furnace usually involves the following: 1.  The thermostat calibration -A faulty or improperly installed thermostat could  keep the home from reaching its adequate room temperatures. 2.  The blower.  A Continue Reading ...

Where Is Lead Found – with Louisville Home Inspection

Posted on: August 14, 2009 by in Blog
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Where lead is found In general, the older your home, the more likely it has lead-based paint. At Louisville Home Inspections we can test your home for lead based paint by taking a sample of the suspected area. We serve all of Southern Indiana and Louisville Kentucky. •·         Paint. Many homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint. The federal government banned lead-based paint from housing in 1978. Some states stopped its use even earlier. Lead can be found: In homes in Continue Reading ...

Septic Tank Maintenance with Louisville Home Inspection

Posted on: May 14, 2009 by in Blog
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Septic Systems 1. Have your septic system inspected at least every three years. 2.Pump your septic tank as needed (generally every three to five years). 3.Don't dispose of household hazardous wastes in sinks or toilets. 4. Keep other household items, such as dental floss, feminine hygiene products,  diapers, and cat litter out of your system. 5. Use water efficiently. 6.Plant only grass over and near your septic system. Roots from nearby trees or shrubs might clog and damage the Continue Reading ...

Facts About Lead Paint with Louisville Home Inspection

Posted on: May 7, 2009 by in Blog
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Facts about lead Lead exposure can harm young children and babies even before they are born. Even children who seem healthy can have high levels of lead in their bodies.  You can get lead in your body by breathing or swallowing lead dust, or by eating soil or paint chips containing lead.  You have many options for reducing lead hazards. In most cases, lead-based paint that is in good condition is not a hazard.  Removing lead-based paint improperly can increase the danger to your family. Continue Reading ...