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The Need for a Carbon Monoxide Detector

Do we need to install a carbon monoxide detector?

Michael,

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The importance of a carbon monoxide detector is often overlooked. Even an inexpensive carbon monoxide detector may save your life by alerting you if the gas is present in your home!

We discussed having a detector with a loud alarm for the colorless, odorless and tasteless by product of combustion from our furnaces – carbon monoxide.

The one I have in my home is made by Kidde. They ..read more

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Sealing a Black Pipe Gas Line

How do seal a black pipe gas line?

Ken,

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Black pipe fittings are threaded fittings that also usually have a “pipe dope” or putty-like compound on the threads. The fittings are “sealed” by doping the threads and tightening the fitting with pipe wrenches.

A common “test” of the seal is the “bubble” test whereby a little dish soap is spread around the pressurized pipe joint where any bubbles in the soap would then indicate a leak.

We always ..read more

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Mini-split Heat Pumps

Can you tell us about ductless mini-split heat pumps?

Candace,

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If you have heard Pat Kelley from Kelley Brothers on our show, you have heard about the new heating and cooling technologies.

Heat pumps function much as your refrigerator – using a refrigerant and a condenser to move heat from one place to another.

In your home they can heat in the winter and cool in the summer using this technology.

Mini-splits is a reference to smaller units ..read more

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Interior Lighting Needed

I need Interior Lighting design for a kitchen/family room that is always dark.

Ellen,

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Interior lighting is a poor cousin to most other design considerations, yet it helps with specific tasks, safety, ambiance and more.

Determine what you want out of the lighting design regarding these issues, i.e. in the kitchen you would require task lighting at your food prep areas, whereas a dark hallway or stair might require safety considerations.

Call Spectacle Lighting Design at 734-547-5657 ..read more

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New Front Door

Who can I contact about installing a new front door and repairing another?

Brenda,

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A door installation is NOT a DIY project!

Many people assume they can properly install a door only to have the operation fail or look amateurish.

Call Tim at Royal Tech – 877-795-5548 and discuss your needs with him. ┬áHonest, ethical people are at Royal Tech!

Please stay in touch with us and tell everyone you know about the Inside Outside ..read more

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Old Leaky Valves

Pat,

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We always say the worst thing in a house to try to work on is old plumbing – where one thing ALWAYS leads to another.

Sometimes a leaking valve can benefit from a slight tightening – but be careful because some old pipes and valves might be a little brittle and break on you.

It could be the valve seat is bad or simply covered with minerals, so a couple “off-on” cycles may help as well.

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Tested Positive for Black Mold

We have had a positive test for Black Mold. Who can we get to re-mediate this?

Heather,

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There are many different types of molds and many different types of black molds. Some are toxic to humans while others are far less so. The black mold everyone fears is Stachybotris Charterum.

If your tests did not identify a specific toxic type, you have a little less to worry about regarding your health.

Molds need oxygen, food, warmth and ..read more

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Window Wells – Do they cause leaks?

Wouldn’t outside basement window wells be a catch for water and cause leaks?

Dianne,

Good to hear from you.

Basement window wells or area ways have been a part of both residential and commercial construction for over a century. When people realized the value of the subterranean square footage and the need to provide natural light and ventilation, area ways were created.

Will water naturally pool there and cause problems?

As long as A) the grade around the windows slopes away from them and does ..read more

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Re-Circulating Pump on Water Heater Humming

I keep hearing a humming noise from our re-circulating pump – what’s going on?

Laura,

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You had a re-circulating pump installed on your water heater to create a stream of heated water to the point of use in the house.

This system loops back to the water heater to keep a steady supply of warm/hot water in the loop for whenever you demand it – a true “instant” hot water system.

It may be that the pump ..read more

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Fixing a “Negative” Grade Foundation

Theresa,

Thank you for listening and for the great comments – we appreciate both!

If the property you are looking at has a “negative” grade – one that actually appears to direct water back toward the house, it can usually be corrected.

The issue that compounds this problem is that the house is a slab-on-grade construction.

This severely limits what you can do to resolve a potentially bad situation!

You should call Terry at Blessed Assurance Home Inspections before you commit to any home purchase. ..read more

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