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Many homes throughout the county are constructed on crawlspace foundations. A crawlspace foundation can be prone to dampness. Crawlspaces can be both vented and non-vented. Moisture issues in some crawlspaces can be caused by high ground water or improper grading. The New Jersey home inspector sh...
06/07/2011
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Indoor Mold Spore Avoidance Mold spore counts within a home can be managed by altering the conditions in which the mold spores propagate. Some of the precautions should include: Decreasing moisture in the home. The volume of moisture for mold growth can be lowered by correcting plumbing and roof...
05/27/2011
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Looksmart home inspections performs mold testing in NJ. More infoemation about mold testing and home inspetions can be found at the Mold testing in New Jersey Website. Mold spores found in the indoor environment:   Sometimes mold colonies can not be seen with the naked eye but they can still exi...
05/27/2011
Molds are a diverse group of fungi, a classification which also includes mushrooms and yeasts. When the average person thinks of the term mold he or she is usually referring to fungi that appear as powdery growths on  food items or grow on moist areas of the home.  Although viewed often as food s...
05/26/2011
Over the last several weeks I have been getting questioned as to why a home inspection in New Jersey takes three hours. I think its inappropriate for a realtor to tell a home inspector that he or she is taking too long to inspect a home especially if the inspector is working for their client. Ove...
05/23/2011
While performing home inspections in New Jersey I come upon sewage ejector pumps often. A sewage ejector or grinder pump is designed to pump out household sewage to an area that is elevated above the pump. This elevated area can be a the city sewer system or a septic tank that is installed in a p...
05/18/2011
One of the perplexing aspects of a kitchen renovation is figuring out where to begin the installation of ceramic kitchen tiles. The cabinets and countertop are typically the chief focal points in a remodeled kitchen. However I feel the kitchen floor is very next on the list of focal points for th...
05/18/2011
John Martino is a home inspector in NJ who provides home inspections as well as buyer education to his NJ home inspection clients. The wonderful spring weather is now here and homeowners are looking forward to working on their grounds and taking care of spring maintenance tasks. . A number of the...
05/02/2011
There are several electrical safety devices that are built into homes that we fail to appreciate until the devices are needed. The Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) and the (GFCI) Ground Fault Interrupter GFCI are just a couple of the revolutionary smart electric technologies which help to kee...
04/27/2011
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Carpenter bee holes are encountered often during home inspections in New Jersey. It is spring and the bees will be emerging soon. Carpenter bees are a wood destroying insect and should be included on the New Jersey Home Inspection report. Carpenter bees are often mistaken for the bumble bee. The ...
04/26/2011
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