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Back flow Prevention at Your Hose Bib

Health officials believe that thousands of people become ill because of contaminated water every year. Most folks think it is the stomach flu or food poisoning when contaminated water is the real culprit.Around your home, you must always separate drinking … Continue reading

The Patio Screen Door is Stuck

Sticking, rubbing, cheap, nasty, impossible patio screen door! Well, the door takes a beating, and most patio screen doors are not the highest quality. But often there is a fix. Most sliding patio screen doors can be unstuck with a … Continue reading

Is Your Roof Worn Out?

Should you care about wear and tear to your roof? You betcha. A worn roof at the end of its life span is prone to leaks. You don’t want to deal with damage caused by roof leaks, and you don’t … Continue reading

Inside Info on an Outdoor Fixture

Here’s a bit of fix-it trivia for you: the exterior faucet to which you connect lawn hoses is called a hose bib. You can toss out this technical term to impress friends and neighbors, right? Whatever you call it, keep … Continue reading

Reviving a “Dead” Garbage Disposal

Dead garbage disposal? Usually, it’s easy to bring this gadget back to life. Take a look at the illustration and follow these simple steps. Does the disposal “hum” when the switch is on? If not, most likely the problem is … Continue reading

No “Ding-Dong” Sound at the Bell

How annoying…that front doorbell only works from time to time, and you never know whether someone is there. You don’t want to call an electrician for such a small job. Hey, it’s often a quick fix — just replace the … Continue reading

How to Fix a Sinking Sidewalk

A sinking sidewalk is bad news for you and your guests. Where the pavement is uneven, someone’s bound to trip eventually. Pavement sinks because exterior concrete is always on the move. Soil settles. Moisture moves soil up and down. In … Continue reading

Tell Me More About GFCI Outlets in My Home

Ever noticed that some electrical outlets have a red and a black button in the middle? You’re looking at a GFCI — a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. This sophisticated device senses any current leaking through and immediately shuts off the … Continue reading

Finding Studs Using Construction Clues

If you think “finding studs” is something gals do in a singles bar, you’ve come to the wrong column. We’re talking wall framing studs. Every once in a while, you need to locate studs in a wall, like when you … Continue reading

Save Money with a Filter Change

Maintaining the filter on your air conditioning and heating equipment isn’t fun or glamorous. So why bother? Because a clean filter allows for proper air flow, and that makes the equipment run efficiently, saving you money. Also, a clean filter … Continue reading

Do You Have One Cold Room?

Does your home have one room that’s always cold? Is there very little air flow from the heating grill, even when it is fully open? The culprit may be a heating supply duct that’s been closed. In the basement, find … Continue reading

Plugged Drain? Heres a Quick Fix

Yuck…your tub or bathroom sink is draining slowly AGAIN. Every time you remove the trap or use a plumbing snake, you know you’ll be dealing with a major mess. And the hair in the trap is disgusting! But you’re tired … Continue reading

Quick Turn Off the Water!

Oh, no! Water is running from somewhere beneath the cabinets and ruining your new kitchen floor. HELP! You can prepare for a crisis like this by knowing how to turn off the water to your home. You should locate the … Continue reading

Sticking Closet Door

We have all experienced those sliding closet doors that stick and rub. Did you know there is a simple fix? All sliding closet doors hang from a horizontal metal rail. Rollers fastened to the top of the door fit into a … Continue reading

5 Tips When Buying a Newly Constructed Home

When you buy a newly constructed home instead of an existing home, there are many extra steps that must take place. To ensure a hassle-free process, here are 5 tips to keep in mind if you are considering new construction: … Continue reading

Residential Plumbing System Terms

Plumbing may be defined as the practice, materials and fixtures used in the installation, maintenance and alteration of all piping, fixtures, appliances and appurtenances in connection with sanitary and storm drainage facilities, the venting system, and public and private water supply … Continue reading

Electricity 101: Understanding the Service Panel

Many homeowners who are unfamiliar with construction and wiring are timid when it comes to electrical work. It makes perfect sense to have a healthy respect for electricity—it can be dangerous if you don’t understand it. To give you confidence … Continue reading

Radon Testing in Residential Homes

Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon and Radon Mitigation Systems in Residential Homes The EPA recommends: If you are buying a home or selling your home, have it tested for radon. For a new home, ask if radon-resistant construction features were … Continue reading

Maintenance Checks for Your HVAC System

Have you ever woken up in the middle of a winter night, shivering under the blankets and able to see your breath? Or have you ever watched the thermostat creep into the upper 80s during a record-setting heat wave, realizing … Continue reading

Five Effective 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 … Continue reading

Central Air-Conditioning System Inspection

A building’s central air-conditioning system must be periodically inspected and maintained in order to function properly. While an annual inspection performed by a trained professional is recommended, homeowners can do a lot of the work themselves by following the tips … Continue reading

Pre-Drywall Home Inspections

One way to ensure that a house is built according to its specifications is by performing a pre-drywall inspection. “Pre-drywall” refers to a phase during the homebuilding process just after the installation of certain elements – such as the doors, … Continue reading

Air Sampling for Mold Inspections

Taking air samples during a mold inspection is important for several reasons.  Mold spores are not visible to the naked eye, and the types of mold present can often be determined through laboratory analysis of the air samples.  Having samples … Continue reading

Ten Ways to Save Energy in Your Home

Most people don’t know how easy it is to make their homes run on less energy, and we want to change that. Drastic reductions in heating, cooling and electricity costs can be accomplished through very simple changes, most of which … Continue reading

Fireplace Maintenance and Safety

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Is your fireplace safe? A fireplace is a comfortable place for the family to gather around during a cold winter. Statistics show that fireplaces and chimneys cause over 23,000 serious domestic fires every year in the United States, resulting in over $110 … Continue reading

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Home Inspector Licensing

Do I have to be licensed to be a home inspector? Home inspector licensing is required in many states in order to conduct a home inspection for a fee.  Virginia and Maryland have licensing requirements, the inspector must be licensed … Continue reading

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Students pursuing a degree in engineering are encouraged to apply for our intern position. Qualified intern candidates will have an interest in construction, real estate, or home inspection. Candidates should be detail oriented, familiar with Microsoft Office and Notepad, and … Continue reading

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Do I Need an Inspection, Even if the Property Looks Like It’s in Great Condition?

Not all problems will be apparent just by the appearance of a property. This makes it incredibly important to always have inspection services done regardless of whether or not you believe it’s necessary based on physical appearance alone. Additionally, the … Continue reading

What Should I do if the Report Identifies Problems?

No report will be perfect because no property is without its problems. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t purchase the property either. It should simply serve as a guide regarding where current or potential problems lie and where you might … Continue reading

When is the Right Time to Contact an Inspector?

Often, a property inspection is done right after a contract or purchase agreement is made. It’s vital that this agreement include a clause making final obligation contingent on the home inspection findings because it offers you protection in case major … Continue reading

Is it Possible for a Property to Fail Inspection?

It isn’t possible for a property to fail an inspection because the inspection is simply meant to evaluate the current condition of a property. This means that in your report, you can expect information about a property’s physical condition and … Continue reading

Why Can’t I Conduct an Inspection on My Own?

Many property owners are tempted to conduct inspections on their own, however most lack the expertise and knowledge necessary to properly inspect a property. Engineers from NextDay Inspect are highly trained to evaluate a property’s construction, installation, maintenance, and safety. … Continue reading

How Much do Property Inspections Typically Cost?

The cost of any property inspection will differ based upon the location, size, age, and other factors specific to your residential or commercial space. Of course, you might also incur additional expenses if you take advantage of other services that … Continue reading

Why Might I Need a Home or Commercial Property Inspection?

Most often, property inspection services are used for individuals who are looking to either purchase or invest in a residential or commercial property. Due to the large amount of risk involved in making such a purchase, companies like NextDay Inspect … Continue reading

What Will be Included in a Home or Commercial Inspection Report?

Whenever you choose to have inspection services conducted, you can expect a report that will cover several key components of a building’s structure and systems. Generally, the report will include the condition of the: Heating and Central Air Conditioning Systems … Continue reading

What is a Home or Commercial Building Inspection?

When you choose to have any of your properties inspected, you can expect an objective visual examination of the property. This will include both the physical structure of the building from the foundation to the roof as well as the … Continue reading

What Does The Crack In Your House Mean?

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  What harm could a thin crack possibly do to my home? This is the common attitude of homeowners when they spot cracks running across the walls, roof, or ceiling of their home. What they don’t realize is that a … Continue reading

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Is Your Home Safe with Radon?

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On January 13, 2005 the Surgeon General of the United States issued a Health Advisory warning Americans about the health risk from exposure to radon in indoor air. The Nation’s Chief Physician urged Americans to test their homes to find … Continue reading

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What to Do In The Event Of Fire

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What would you do in the event of fire? How would you react? These are some important questions you need to ask yourself. According to statistics, only 23% of families in the US know the answers to these questions, which … Continue reading

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Five Most Concerning Window Problems

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Window Problems: We all know what a pain a faulty windowcan be. They can be leaky, drafty or squeaky, they’ll close when we need them to stay open, and open when we want to close them. If you are facing these issues with your windows, this list is just for you. Oh, and having your windows fixed before winter is a good way to keep your heating budget in check for this winter. Continue reading

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