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Joshua McKay

August 20, 2018
Manufactured homes versus modular homes

Modular vs Manufactured Homes

While the terms “modular home” and “manufactured home” refer to two very different things, they are sometimes used interchangeably. Perhaps some of this confusion stems from the fact that modular homes are, in fact, manufactured (“manufactured” might be an unfortunate label.) Also, traditional “site-built” homes are not necessarily better than modular homes, despite the stigma associated with their assembly-line origin. There have been cases where Realtors […]
August 13, 2018
Fiberglass insulation panels

Fiberglass Insulation: History, Hazards and Alternatives

Fiberglass is a type of fiber primarily composed of glass that is used in a wide variety of applications and is predominantly employed as a residential and commercial thermal insulator. Fiberglass is also used to create products as varied as automobile bodies, boat hulls, arrows, roofing, shower curtains, and tent poles. As an insulator, it slows the spread of heat, cold, and sound in structures, cars, […]
August 6, 2018
OSB has a rough appearance

OSB vs Plywood

Oriented strand board (OSB) and plywood are wood structural panels made by compressing and gluing pieces of wood together. While OSB and plywood appear similar and are generally interchangeable, the different ways that each material is manufactured contribute to each having its own unique strengths and weaknesses. What are they, and how are they made? OSB is manufactured from heat-cured adhesives and rectangular- shaped wood strands […]
July 31, 2018

Galvanic Corrosion

Galvanic corrosion (also known as bimetallic corrosion or dissimilar-metal corrosion) is an electrochemical disintegration that occurs when dissimilar metals come in contact with each other while immersed in an electrolyte. Galvanic corrosion is of major concern anywhere moisture can reach metal building components. Corrosion as a broader category is defined as the disintegration of a material into its constituent parts, which may be caused by crevice […]
July 23, 2018
For sale by owner house

Why Get a Home Inspection If You’re Buying “As Is”?

Some sellers – often, those working without an agent – want to sell their home “as is” so they don’t have to invest money fixing it up or take on any potential liability for defects. There is nothing wrong with buying a home “as is,” particularly if you can buy it at a favorable price, but if you are considering buying an “as is” home, you […]
July 16, 2018
Stains on asphalt roofing shingles make a house look shabby, which detracts from its value.

How to Clean Algae and Moss Off Asphalt Shingles

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 […]
July 9, 2018
Modern home inspection reports should be highly visual and display well on both computers and smartphones

What Does a Home Inspection Report Look Like?

A home inspection is a necessary step when purchasing a home. This step often takes place in the middle of the real estate transaction itself. Most buyers don’t know what to expect from a home inspection report. Let’s define a few basics for home buyers and sellers and show you what a modern home inspection report should look like. What is a home inspection report? A […]
July 2, 2018
Anti-scald valves protect individuals from accidental burns while using fixtures such as showers

Anti-Scald Valves

Anti-scald valves, also known as tempering valves and mixing valves, mix cold water in with outgoing hot water so that the hot water that leaves a fixture is not hot enough to scald a person. Facts and Figures Scalds account for 20% of all burns. More than 2,000 American children are scalded each year, mostly in the bathroom and kitchen. Scalding and other types of burns […]
June 25, 2018

Childproofing Windows and Stairs

The number one hazard for children is falls, which are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries in the U.S. for this age group. About 8,000 youngsters wind up in emergency rooms every day for injuries related to falling, adding up to almost 2.8 million per year. With those statistics in mind, it is worth looking at what can be done to prevent such injuries in the […]
June 22, 2018
Dryer lint accumulation presents a fire hazard for homeowners

Dryer Vent Safety

Clothes dryers evaporate the water from wet clothing by blowing hot air past them while they tumble inside a spinning drum. Heat is provided by an electrical heating element or gas burner. Some heavy garment loads can contain more than a gallon of water which, during the drying process, will become airborne water vapor and leave the dryer and home through an exhaust duct (more commonly […]
June 18, 2018

Attached Garage Fire Hazards

The purpose of this article is twofold. First, at Lake City Inspections, we’d like you to take measures to prevent a fire in your garage. Fortunately, there are ways this can be done, some of which are described below. Secondly, garage fires do happen, and we’d like you to make sure that a fire cannot easily spread to the rest of your house. While you can perform […]
June 15, 2018

What’s Included in a Home Inspection? (Infographic)

The Home Inspection Defined A general home inspection is a visual inspection for system and major accessible component defects and safety issues. The inspection is not technically exhaustive. A home inspection is designed to reflect, as accurately as possible, the visible condition of the home at the time of the inspection. Conditions at a home for sale can change radically in only a day or two, […]
June 12, 2018
A wood frame window can be repaired in a few easy steps

Top 5 Fast Fixes for Faulty Windows

There’s a common misconception that if your home has older windows that are in less-than-perfect condition, you must replace them with new windows. But as long as the window is structurally sound, you can fix most problems and extend the window’s service life by many years. Of course, there are instances when a window is so badly damaged that it’s beyond repair, such as when the […]
June 11, 2018
Home inspectors may use a smoke pen to detect a backdraft issue

Backdrafting

Backdrafting is the reverse flow of gas in the flues of fuel-fired appliances that results in the intrusion of combustion byproducts into the living space. Many fuel-fired water heaters and boilers use household air and lack an induced draft, which makes them especially vulnerable to backdrafting when indoor air pressure becomes unusually low. How does backdrafting happen? Fuel-fired water heaters, boilers, wall heaters, and furnaces are […]
June 6, 2018
Most homes for sale in North Idaho qualify for a USDA loan

USDA Loan Basics

USDA loans are housing loans that are backed through the Rural Housing Division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Simply put, the USDA offers competitive loans for borrowers in rural areas. Purpose In the wake of the mortgage crisis in 2008 and 2009, lenders have become more cautious, so it’s harder for home buyers, especially first-timers, to secure financing, especially those with low incomes or […]