Stanwood WA Home Inspections https://reliancehomeinspection.net Home Inspectors in Stanwood WA Sat, 05 Jan 2019 13:01:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.2 Green Lumber https://reliancehomeinspection.net/green-lumber/ https://reliancehomeinspection.net/green-lumber/#respond Sat, 05 Jan 2019 13:01:56 +0000 https://reliancehomeinspection.net/?p=995 The post Green Lumber appeared first on Stanwood WA Home Inspections.

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Green lumber, which is a term also referred to as wet lumber, is wood that has a higher moisture content, and is used in construction.

When a tree has been freshly cut, it tends to hold a lot of water in its cells. A term used for the water that has collected in these cells is ‘free water’. After the tree has been cut, this ‘free water’ will slowly evaporate. It will stop this process when it has reached the same level of moisture as the environment it is in. This is a process which is referred to as EMC (equilibrium moisture content).

If we want to use dry lumber in construction, we would naturally expect it to have had time to reach EMC before being used. This is not the case when it comes to green lumber. As the name suggests, it has not usually had the required amount of time to reach EMC before use. Generally, after processing, green lumber has been wrapped in plastic and stored, which hampers the process of evaporation. The result of this is that the wood is used while still retaining a lot of moisture.

There are some areas of the country where green lumber will often be used. These are drier and hotter areas like Arizona and areas of California, where that wood will dry out much quicker.

Perhaps you’re thinking “why use this type of lumber in construction then?” A very simple reason for this is that it is normally cheaper to use. It is also a softer wood which makes things like hammering nails a lot easier, and less prone to splitting

Maybe after this brief description, you are wondering what kinds of problems could possibly arise from the use of green lumber. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

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Adjusting a home to the growing needs of aging parents https://reliancehomeinspection.net/adjusting-a-home-to-the-growing-needs-of-aging-parents/ https://reliancehomeinspection.net/adjusting-a-home-to-the-growing-needs-of-aging-parents/#respond Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:00:01 +0000 https://reliancehomeinspection.net/?p=991 The post Adjusting a home to the growing needs of aging parents appeared first on Stanwood WA Home Inspections.

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As our aging loved ones get older they need extra care but do not necessarily want the upheaval of moving from their residence.  This is described as ‘aging in place’. This term refers to the desire of aging ones and their families to adjust their current residence to cater to their growing needs. While there are many ways to help them with these needs, making appliances more convenient to use may be a good place to start.

Here are some tips:

  • Location of microwave oven should be in an easy to reach location.  On the countertop or above the oven may be a convenient location.

  • Place the refrigerator and freezer side by side and not on top of each other.  This will eliminate unnecessary reaching or crouching.

  • Side swing ovens are much easier than an oven door that opens towards the floor. Alternatively, an oven mounted on the wall may also make it easier to reach.

  • Stoves that are electric and have level burners will help the user to transfer items without difficulty. Also, controls that are easy to read and located on the front can draw the heat away from the user.

  • Front loading Washers and dryers make it much easier than top loading ones.

These are just some ideas to help our aging loved ones ‘age in place’ and make it easier while they use their appliances.

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Power Strip Safety https://reliancehomeinspection.net/power-strip-safety/ Wed, 21 Nov 2018 12:46:39 +0000 https://reliancehomeinspection.net/?p=987 The post Power Strip Safety appeared first on Stanwood WA Home Inspections.

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So many things in our home nowadays are electric, from kitchen appliances to iPads and phones, everything requires an electrical outlet. In many older homes, there are simply not enough outlets, so a power strip seems the obvious choice to keep up with the demand, but how can we make sure that we are using them safely?

Consider the following:

  • Never interconnect power strips, even if the power strip has a surge protector. These can become overloaded and cause a fire hazard. It is also a violation of OSHA and NEC regulations.
  • You may think that old power strip you’ve had for years with its exposed wires and scorch marks is still in workable condition, but it is not safe and should not be used.
  • Stop use immediately if a power strip becomes hot to the touch
  • When plugging in your device, make sure that none of the metal prong parts are exposed as this presents a danger also
  • Power strips are not intended to be a permanent solution, but only for use temporarily.

As you can see, power strips can be very useful, but only if used correctly.

Please give us a call with any questions you may have about electrical outlet safety in your home

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Home Air Quality in Seattle https://reliancehomeinspection.net/home-air-quality-in-seattle/ Sat, 20 Oct 2018 12:44:43 +0000 https://reliancehomeinspection.net/?p=984 The post Home Air Quality in Seattle appeared first on Stanwood WA Home Inspections.

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More and more people nowadays are being affected by pollutants in the air. These can cause many different allergies and respiratory ailments. It’s important then, to analyze how good the air quality is in our home, especially as it’s the place we spend most of our time.

The bad news is that every room of our home has potentially harmful pollutants in it and in general, outdoor air is better quality than indoor air. The good news is that something can usually be done about it.

Here are a few potential air quality hazards to look out for:

  • Heaters, gas stoves, furnaces etc. that are not properly ventilated
  • Damp and humid areas where mold and mildew can grow
  • Pet dander, dust mites, and insects such as cockroaches
  • Household cleaning products
  • Solvents used to treat furnishings such as curtains and couches
  • Asbestos and lead paints if the house is older
  • Dust and pollen

This is a brief overview of the potential hazards to air quality in the home, but as we can see, most of us have at least a few of these in our home.

In the next blog, we will look at what can be done to treat these issues, as well as ways to prevent them.

Please contact us with any questions you may have about the air quality in your home

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Ways to prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning https://reliancehomeinspection.net/ways-to-prevent-carbon-monoxide-poisoning/ Wed, 12 Sep 2018 12:42:37 +0000 https://reliancehomeinspection.net/?p=981 The post Ways to prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning appeared first on Stanwood WA Home Inspections.

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Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer as it has no odor and cannot be seen, and so attacks without warning. Many instances of Carbon Monoxide poisoning occur in the home, this is largely due to faulty, fuel-burning appliances found in the home.

What are some ways that CO Poisoning can be prevented?

It is very important to install Carbon Monoxide detectors, that meet appropriate safety standards on every level of your home, also make sure they are quite close to the bedroom so that they would be easily heard if the alarm goes off.

All appliances need to be installed properly and have maintenance performed on them regularly

If you have a chimney, get it inspected to make sure there is no damage or blockages, also a yearly clean is important

It can be very tempting to try to heat the house with a household appliance such as an oven, but this is very dangerous and should not be done.

Do not keep your car running in the garage, this can be lethal

Please call us to schedule an inspection or if you need help with any questions.

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The Best Home Inspectors in Seattle https://reliancehomeinspection.net/the-best-home-inspectors-in-seattle/ Mon, 20 Aug 2018 12:40:57 +0000 https://reliancehomeinspection.net/?p=979 The post The Best Home Inspectors in Seattle appeared first on Stanwood WA Home Inspections.

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Are you looking for the best home inspections possible in the greater Seattle area? Are you buying a home and want to make sure you know what you are getting into? Then you have come to the right place!

We are experienced home inspectors that are InterNACHI Certified, professional, and thorough. We pride ourselves on not just meeting the standards, but exceeding them and raising the bar for other home inspection companies.

So if you want a thorough, detailed, and comprehensive home inspection in Seattle or the surrounding areas, contact us and we will be happy to help!

 

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Pre-Listing Inspections https://reliancehomeinspection.net/pre-listing-inspections/ Mon, 20 Aug 2018 10:53:43 +0000 https://reliancehomeinspection.net/?p=749 The post Pre-Listing Inspections appeared first on Stanwood WA Home Inspections.

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