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November 26, 2018
Missing kickout flashing often results in visible damage to the wall components

Kickout Flashing

Kickout flashing, also known as diverter flashing, is a special type of flashing that diverts rainwater away from the cladding and into the gutter. When installed properly, they provide excellent protection against the penetration of water into the building envelope. Several factors can lead to rainwater intrusion, but a missing or improperly installed kickout flashing, in particular, often results in concentrated areas of water accumulation and […]
November 19, 2018
Ice dams can result in thousands of dollars in damage

Ice Dams

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining. As water backs up behind the dam, it can leak through the roof and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas. How do ice dams form? Ice dams are formed by an interaction between snow cover, outside temperatures, and heat loss through […]
November 12, 2018
HVAC systems should be serviced annually by a qualified HVAC technician

Estimated Life Expectancy Chart for Homes

This article details the predicted life expectancy of appliances, products, materials, systems, and components. It is worth noting that these life expectancies have been determined through research and testing based on regular recommended maintenance and conditions of normal wear and tear, and not extreme weather or other conditions, neglect, over-use or abuse. Therefore, they should be used as guidelines only, and not relied upon as guarantees […]
November 5, 2018
Basement foundations are common in North America

Residential Foundation Insulation

Homes being constructed today are more energy-efficient than those built even just a few years ago, primarily due to significant improvements in building products and techniques, as well as the development of high-performance heating and cooling systems and other appliances. The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors believes that the benefits of foundation insulation are often overlooked nationwide. Heat loss from an uninsulated, conditioned basement may […]
October 29, 2018
Settlement may cause foundation damage

Soils and Settlement

Soil is a naturally-occurring mixture of mineral and organic ingredients with a definite form, structure, and composition. It’s composed primarily of minerals which are produced from parent material which is broken into small pieces by weathering. Larger pieces are stones, gravel, and other rock debris. Smaller particles are sand, silt, or clay. Since the original materials vary from place to place, the exact composition of soil […]
October 22, 2018
Winterizing your home is one of the best ways to prevent damages

Home Winterization

Winterization is the process of preparing a home for the harsh conditions of winter. It is usually performed in the fall before the snow and excessive cold have arrived. Winterization protects against damage due to bursting water pipes, and from heat loss due to openings in the building envelope. Plumbing System Water damage caused by bursting pipes during cold weather can be devastating. A ruptured pipe […]
October 15, 2018
Leaves can accumulate in your gutters, preventing proper drainage

Fall Maintenance Checklist

Snow is flying in the mountains and fall is firmly upon us in North Idaho. Perhaps as a new homeowner, you are enjoying the leaves turning for the first time in your front yard! Grab your favorite pumpkin spice flavored product and let’s take a quick look at some fall maintenance tasks that are vital for homeowners to protect your home and your sanity as we […]
October 8, 2018
Mold and moisture buildup on corner wall of a house.

Protect Your Property From Water Damage

Water may be essential to life, but, as a destructive force, water can diminish the value of your home or building. Homes, as well as commercial buildings, can suffer water damage that results in increased maintenance costs, a decrease in the value of the property, lowered productivity, and potential liability associated with a decline in indoor air quality. The best way to protect against this potential […]
October 1, 2018
Keep pesky items off the home inspection report by fixing them ahead of time.

Ten Tips to Speed Up The Home Inspection

Speed up your home sale by preparing your home ahead of time using the following tips. The home inspection will go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing. Confirm that that the water, electrical and gas services are turned on (including pilot lights). Make sure your pets won’t hinder your home inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured outside. Tell your agent […]
September 24, 2018
Factory Built Fireplace

Factory-Built Fireplaces

There’s nothing like coming home and warming up next to a roaring fire during the long, cold months of winter, or even chilly evenings in any season. Long commutes to work in the cold and the increasingly short hours of daylight in the fall and winter are made more bearable by the comfort and familiarity of family gatherings by the fire. It may be for this […]
September 10, 2018
Installing a furnace filter takes very little time and can be accomplished by a homeowner

Homeowner Maintenance: Changing the HVAC Filter

Part of responsible homeownership includes, of course, regular home maintenance. And there are some tasks that, if deferred, can lead to a home system that’s inefficient and overworked, which can result in problems and expenses. One such task is changing the filter of the home’s HVAC system. It’s simple and inexpensive, and taking care of it at least every three months can mean the difference between […]
September 4, 2018
Tankless water heaters will save homeowners a substantial amount in energy costs

Tankless Water Heaters

  There is perhaps no more appropriately named plumbing fixture in the whole world than the tankless water heater. No deception, no confusion: It’s a water heater that has no hot-water storage tank. So, where does the hot water come from? Good question! Tankless water heaters, while relatively new, are growing in popularity with both plumbing contractors and homeowners. These compact units are designed to provide […]
August 27, 2018
Double paned windows can lose their seal, resulting in fog between the panes as moisture accumulates

Condensation in Double-Paned Windows

Condensation is the accumulation of liquid water on relatively cold surfaces. Almost all air contains water vapor, the gas phase of water composed of tiny water droplets. The molecules in warm air are far apart from one another and allow the containment of a relatively large quantity of water vapor. As air cools, its molecules get closer together and squeeze the tiny vapor droplets closer together, […]
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 […]