John Martino's (looksmart) Blog

By
Home Inspector - lookSmart Home Inspections, LLC - 24GI00058700
RECENT BLOG POSTS
You have accepted the buyers offer and now you are trying to get your home ready for the home inspection. But how? Follow these simple steps to help take the stress out of having your home inspected. The home inspection is an important component of the real estate transaction process. Here in New...
02/25/2010
One of the most cost efficient means to conserve energy and decrease utility bills is to install an insulation blanket over your gas fired water heater. Even high efficiency water heaters may have less then one inch of insulation on the inside of the unit. An insulation blanket can be purchased a...
02/18/2010
What a home inspection will and wont do. A home inspection will provide information about the readily accessible components and systems in the home that you are thinking about purchasing. It will not tell you about hidden components or systems.A home inspection may give you peace of mind about th...
11/23/2009
Having a properly performed and thorough home inspection of the property that you are considering purchasing is vital. Buying the home is probably the largest financial investment that you will make in your lifetime. A qualified home inspector will look at all areas of the home during the inspect...
09/08/2009
0 Comments
Grey water is water from dishwashing, washing machine discharge, waste water from sinks and tubs. The laundry discharge into a septic system can be a problem because of the lint that enters into the septic system when the washing machine discharges. The lint is so light that is will not sink to t...
09/05/2009
The Federal Pacific Electric Company was a manufacturer of circuit panel boxes and circuit breakers during the time period of the1950's to the 1980’s. I come across these Federal panels almost weekly while doing home inspections in New Jersey. Here are the problems with these Federal Pacific elec...
08/30/2009
The purpose of a window well is too prevent water penetration through the window, prevent water damage to the window frames, and to allow for egress out of the basement in the event of an emergency. With out a window well some basement windows will be below grade and would be a source of water le...
08/26/2009
There is sometimes confusion over what is mold and what is efflorescence. Efflorescence are mineral deposits that come through masonry such as brick, stone, and cement. The deposits are bought to the surface of the masonry because of water infiltration into the brick or cement and then subsequent...
08/23/2009
Gutters and downspouts are very important for exterior control of water. If gutters, leaders and downspouts are clogged water will run over the gutter and pool next to the exterior foundation walls of the dwelling. Downspouts should be extended so they discharge at least five feet away from the e...
08/17/2009
An oil tank located below grade has a short life expectancy of roughly twenty year or less. As the below grade tank gets older the probability of oil leakage increases. Most below grade tanks are constructed of steel. It is just a matter of time until the steel rusts out and leaks oil into the gr...
08/10/2009
Rainmaker
29,764

John Martino

local_phone(973) 407-9621
smartphone(862) 432-9034
Contact The Author