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  • 7 SIGNS YOU HAVE A DRAINAGE PROBLEM

    Posted by: Jeanne Huber |

    Finding drainage problems when they’re smaller and easier to fix can save you thousands of dollars and plenty of headaches down the line. You don’t have to be a geophysicist to know that puddles in the basement or a lake on the front lawn are signs of drainage problems. But many drainage problems aren’t so obvious. Here’s how the pros read some of the more subtle signs of bad drainage, and why you’ll save big bucks if you tackle these problems now instead of later. You don’t have to be a geophysicist to know that puddles in the basement or a lake on…

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  • GET OUT THE SPRAY

    Posted by: Elementary Home Inspections |

    Protection against mosquitos and concern about DEET One mosquito bite and it seems we are exposed to an increasing host of bad stuff from malaria, West Nile and now the Zika virus. If that is not enough, Fido can end up with heart worms. Is there any protection? Yes. There is an effective repellent that has worked for 50 years on hundreds of millions of people with few, if any, side effects: DEET. Some still don't trust it. Popular Science calls DEET the most effective mosquito repellent ever invented. But, like many chemical agents, DEET has come under suspicion in recent years, even though it has…

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  • 10 INSIDE TIPS FROM A DESIGNER WHO SPECIALIZES IN SMALL BATHS

    Posted by: Elementary Property Inspections |

    A New York City designer shares secrets to making a small bath both functional and beautiful. Got a small bathroom to renovate? Go wild with texture and colours if it's a rarely used guest bath, but stick to clean and simple in a master bath. That's the word from designer Jamie Gibbs, who transforms incredibly small New York City bathrooms into beautiful spaces. "I like being shocked by details in a little space, especially if it's not going to be used much," Gibb says. His small-bath secrets: Avoid textures in bathrooms that get daily use. In a heavily used bathroom, anything with texture becomes…

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  • DISHWASHER NOT WASHING?

    Posted by: Elementary Home Inspections |

    Common maintenance tips on getting your dishwasher to wash the dishes properly, and reduce the amount of detergent that you need to use. The most common cause of a dishwasher not washing the dishes well is improper loading- so if you're letting the kids load pot on top of pan covered by a bowl, you might experience food and waste stuck on the dishes after the wash. If you load your dishwasher properly, and it still doesn't wash dishes quite the way you would like, read on! (You may even save some money on detergent by following this maintenance tip) Assuming you…

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  • BE AWARE OF GARDEN FRIENDS AND FOE!

    Posted by: Elementary Home Inspections |

    Some plants thrive in each other's company, but some just don't get along. Some plants thrive in each other's company, but some just don't get along. The cabbage family. Broccoli, cauliflower, kale and kohlrabi. The family does well with herbs like sage and mint, which repel the white cabbage butterfly. It also pairs well with the onion family. Potatoes. They are good companions with the cabbage family, but keep the away from tomatoes and cucumbers, which share a common blight. According to harvesttotable.com, cucumbers protect from the Colorado potato beetle. Tomatoes. They help protect asparagus from the asparagus beetle. Some gardeners report that basil…

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  • BYPASSING HOME INSPECTIONS TO WIN BIDDING WARS A GROWING, DANGEROUS PRACTICE

    Posted by: News Staffposted |

    Would you let your kids grow up in grow op? It seems some people are unwittingly doing just that. Home buyers in the current cut-throat market are waving home inspections as a condition of buying a home in an effort win bidding wars. Allan Spisak, chairperson of the Professional home and property inspectors of Canada says a buyer recently bought what appeared to be a beautiful, three-bedroom, two car garage home in the GTA that was once used as a marijuana grow up. “Whoever bought it probably never Would you let your kids grow up in a grow-op? It seems some people…

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  • THE FACTS ABOUT CLOTHES DRYER EXHAUST SYSTEMS

    Posted by: Elementary Home Inspections |

    The leading cause of home clothes dryer and washer fires is failure to clean them. Home Inspectors and Hazards I am confident most home inspectors would put recognizing potential hazards in a house at the top of their list of priorities. Nevertheless, not everyone realizes the hazards presented by the clothes dryer exhaust system. All too often, dryer exhausts ducts are not given due respect. They receive little to no consideration in the design stage, are often installed haphazardly, and are seldom maintained. Once installed, the ducts are rarely given another thought. Current lax attitudes about dryer exhaust ducts need to change! Home…

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  • EARLY SPRING MAINTENANCE TIPS

    Posted by: Elementary Home Inspections |

    Homeowner Maintenance Tips for Early Spring Check for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make certain downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris. Low areas in the yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage. Also, when water pools in these low areas in summer, it crates a breeding ground for insects, especially mosquitos with west nile virus. Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors,…

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  • TIPS TO HELP SELL YOUR HOME

    Posted by: Elementary Home Inspections |

    Whether you're looking for tips on how to select the right real estate agent, or whether you want to sell your property yourself, this article contains some great tips on how to sell in the real estate market in general. These tips will shed light on some of the aspects of the market you once thought were difficult. Once you decide to sell your property, add some energy efficient updates to increase the interest of buyers. If you install certain items, such as outdoor solar-powered lights, an energy monitor, and LED bulbs, then buyers may be interested in your home due…

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  • NEW BLOG

    Posted by: Elementary Home Inspections |

    Introducing Elementary Property Inspections new blog on its new web site. So, what do you think of our brand new web site courtesy of our friends at DANIMA Creative Group? We will be looking to add interesting new information and links for buyers, sellers, realtors and just those interested in home maintenance, DIY, and other tips for their home. Enjoy, and please visit the rest of this great web site.

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