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Water Heater Expansion Tanks

May 19th, 2015 | [email protected] | Tags:

What is an expansion tank?   An expansion tank is a metal tank connected to a building’s water heating appliance designed to accommodate fluctuations in the volume of a building’s hot water supply system. These fluctuations occur because water expands in volume as it gets hot and loses volume as it cools. Expanding water volume in a closed system can create dangerously high water pressure. As water is forced into the tank by expansion, it compresses air contained inside of a rubber bladder. Air is used as a cushion because […]

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How to Find the Water Heater That Fits Your Needs

May 4th, 2015 | [email protected] | Tags:

Whether you live in Florida or New York, your water heater is an essential appliance in your home. Without it, you would have to resort to old school methods of heating your water, such as heating pots of water on the stove. It’s clear to see that a water heater is an essential part of your home. Whether you’re buying a new water heater, or already have one in your home it’s important to know important information about it. 1. About 25% of the energy you use in your home […]

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Don’t Let The Inspection Screw Up Your Deal!

April 20th, 2015 | [email protected] | Tags:
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Smoke Alarm Inspection

April 4th, 2015 | [email protected] | Tags:

A smoke alarm, also known as a smoke detector, is a device that detects smoke and issues an audible sound and/or a visual signal to alert residents to a potential fire. Facts and Figures   According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission: Almost two-thirds of reported deaths caused by home fires from 2003 to 2006 resulted from fires in homes that lacked working smoke alarms. Older homes are more likely to lack an adequate number of smoke alarms because they were built before requirements increased. In 23% of home fire deaths, smoke […]

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Mastering Roof Inspections: Roof Penetrations, Part 2

March 23rd, 2015 | [email protected] | Tags:

Chimney Inspection:  Part 2 Inspecting the chimney exterior is the same as inspecting the exterior walls of the home. You’ll be looking for and commenting on the defects common to whatever type of material is installed. Cricket If the chimney is wider than 30 inches in the direction parallel to the ridge, it should have a cricket installed on the uphill side. A cricket is a small roof designed to keep runoff from pooling on the uphill side of the chimney. Framing the cricket will create a couple of little […]

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Mastering Roof Inspections: Roof Penetrations, Part 1

March 23rd, 2015 | [email protected] | Tags:

Chimney Inspection:  Part 1 The IRC requires that roof penetrations such as chimneys, vents and skylights be protected by flashing. That flashing should be installed in a manner that keeps water out.  It has to be in good condition. The IRC has requirements for minimum metal gauge, but unless you carry a micrometer on inspections, determining the gauge of metal flashing exceeds the scope of your inspection. The flashing details will vary with the type of penetration, with the type of roof-covering material, and also the type exterior wall covering — […]

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Mastering Roof Inspections: Roof Styles

March 9th, 2015 | [email protected] | Tags:

This article of the Mastering Roof Inspections series is the first installment covering conditions common to the five major steep-slope, residential roof-covering materials, including: asphalt composition shingles wood shakes and shingles metal roofing clay and concrete tile slate Although each of these articles covers the basics, they also go into detail. Information was pulled from a wide variety of sources, including the home inspection and insurance industries, and various sectors of the roofing industry. In development, we worked with consultants, contractors, suppliers and manufacturers. Although we’ll be using common terms, […]

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Is Your Roof In Tip Top Condition?

March 5th, 2015 | [email protected] | Tags:

A roof is the foundation of a person’s home. At times most people forget how important it is to keep your roof in good condition. Without a proper care your roof can fall apart, which later results in in damage to your home. How exactly do you keep you roof in good condition? Precision Homes is here to help! Here are a couple tips to make sure your home is in the best condition possible. 1. You should be inspecting your roof on a regular basis. This doesn’t mean you […]

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How to Clean Algae and Moss Off Asphalt Shingles

February 17th, 2015 | [email protected] | Tags:

Stains on asphalt roofing shingles make a house look shabby, which detracts from its value. In some cases, stains are merely a cosmetic issue.  But sometimes they’re symptomatic of a problem that, if left unchecked, can lead to more serious damage and, eventually, roof failure. It’s not always hard to distinguish the causes of stains, nor, in most cases, to get rid of them and prevent the stains from recurring. Common Causes of Staining Dark stains on an asphalt roof could be caused by a number of conditions, including: Eroded […]

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Pre-Listing Home Inspections for Sellers; Is it better to have your eyes open or your figures crossed?

February 4th, 2015 | [email protected] | Tags:

After living in that beautiful home for years- changing it, upgrading it, and improving it- it is now time to sell. Before it is time to list it you find your long “honey-do list” and realize there were many projects planned that just never got done to improve or finally fix the house. When selling a home the one thing that all parties want to avoid is surprises, especially near the closing date. Surprises wind up causing delays, costing everybody money and aggravation, and may just kill the deal. Most […]

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