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Electrical Safety Pt. 2

Electrical Appliances Frontline recommends that you treat appliances with respect and care. They need room to breathe. Avoid enclosing them in a cabinet without proper openings and do not store papers around them. Level appliances so they do not tip. Be sure to check washers and dryers often. Their movement can put undue stress on...
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Backwards A/C Sytem?

So this was the highlight of the past week.  After 22 years in this business, I have never happened onto a scenario quite like this one. When I get to a home, I typically turn down the air conditioning when I arrive and I let it run for an hour or more, then check to...
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Electrical Safety Pt. 1

Electrical Safety: Electricity is an essential part of our lives. However, it also has the potential to cause great harm. The electrical system in your home will function almost indefinitely if it has been properly installed and if it is not overloaded or physically abused. Electrical fires in our homes claim the lives of 485...
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I Have Not Seen It All

People frequently say to me, “Todd, after 20+ years, you’ve probably seen EVERYTHING by now, right?” I always reply that this job is so unique and I am surprised quite often by things that I find during inspections. Today was a great example. This floor system in a room addition had quite an odd sound...
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5 tips for choosing the best home inspector

Okay, you’ve found the house, your offer has been accepted, and financing is in place. But before you call the movers; make sure you hire a professional home inspector to be certain that your new house doesn’t have any major defects that could cost you grief and money down the road. A home inspection typically...
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Disposal Systems for Larger Families

PIC of the DAY 8/30/18 – The twin Badger 1/2HP system is a great option for larger families 🙂  
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Tampa Home Inspector – Talking About Garage Door Safety

  Garage door sensors are an integral part of an automatic door opener. Since 1993, as specified in the Underwriter Laboratories specification UL325, all garage door openers are required to have a safety mechanism to reverse the moving door if something gets in the way. For example, a child running to beat the closing door...
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Pool Safety – Make Sure Your Drain is not a Safety Hazard

Is you pool drain unsafe? Pool floor drains have enough suction to hold a person under the water. Entrapment injuries and deaths from drowning occur all too frequently in Florida, particularly in the summer months. 3 Ways to keep your pool safe: Install dual main drain openings rather than a single drain. Dual drains will...
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Judgemental Map of Tampa Bay – :)

Nothing educational here today. Just a bit of entertainment from your Tampa Home Inspector. If you have lived in the Tampa Bay area for a long time, then you may find humor in this one. Happy Friday!  
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Mold Prevention/Control

Moisture and Mold Prevention and Control Tips Moisture control is the key to mold control, so when water leaks or spills occur indoors – ACT QUICKLY.  If wet or damp materials or areas are dried 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases mold will not grow. Clean and repair roof gutters...
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Does Your Home Have AL Wiring?

Between approximately 1965 and 1973, single-strand aluminum wiring was sometimes substituted for copper branch-circuit wiring in residential electrical systems due to the sudden escalating price of copper. After a decade of use by homeowners and electricians, inherent weaknesses were discovered in aluminum that lead to its discontinued use as a branch wiring material. Although properly...
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Roofing: 101

Roofing Roofs play a key role in protecting building occupants and interiors from outside weather conditions, primarily moisture. The roof, insulation, and ventilation must all work together to keep the building free of moisture. Roofs also provide protection from the sun. In fact, if designed correctly, roof overhangs can protect the buildings exterior walls from moisture and...
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Enjoy the View – 07/28/2012

Enjoy the view on this water front deck – Carefully! Many decks and docks are not safe and in need of repair, most of them are not quite as obvious as the one in this picture that is about to collapse.
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