This may be a question that you have never thought of, but if there are young children or older ones present in your home and your range is freestanding, it can be a concern. As a matter fact, it could be a hazard for anyone if there aren't anti-tip brackets installed on your freestanding oven. These brackets, which come with every installation kit for a freestanding oven or range, ensure that it never tips over if weight or pressure is applied to the front end.
If you haven't installed the oven in your home with these brackets present, you may want to take a look to make sure that you have them. Just by taking a flashlight one can look in the back of your range to see if there are anti-tip brackets present. These brackets could be attached to the bottom legs of the oven or screwed to the wall behind the range.
The fact that they are present though, doesn't ensure that they will stop the oven from tipping. That's why it would be a good idea to have someone qualified to inspect their installation.
Yes just resting a thanksgiving dinner on an open door of the oven, a small child standing on the open door to check the stove, or a person resting on an open door while cleaning would be enough to tip an oven that doesn't have anti-tip brackets properly installed.
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us.
We all need to protect our homes from burglars, especially this time of year, so how about a few tips and pointers on how to do so.
Did you know?
A high percentage of burglars enter through the first floor of the home, so insuring exterior doors and windows are secure is important.
Exterior doors should be constructed of a heavy solid material that are not easily broken, and should have good quality deadbolt locks.
Beware of leaving spare keys in what you believe to be hidden areas. Don’t hide keys in obvious places or close to the door, instead leave them with a neighbor you can trust.
Install a peephole, so you can see who’s at your door before you open it
If you absolutely must have a pet door, make sure it’s not located close to a lock and try to have it as small as you can.
What about sliding glass doors? A cheap fix would be to place a wooden pole or handle of a broom, and place it in the door track so it cannot be opened. These doors should also have top and bottom locks.
Windows want to be constructed with strong glass and screening should be a heavy-duty wire.
Burglars don’t want to be seen, so make it as difficult as possible for them by attaching motion sensored lighting all around the house.
What if you’re going to be away?
Try to make it look like someone's home. Timer activated lights, TV or radio are a good idea. Make sure the yard is kept neat while you are away, also try keeping a car in the driveway.
Contact us for more advice on how to protect your home.
Carpet in a home can feel comfortable and cozy, and can look very appealing, but is it a good idea to have it everywhere? What about the bathroom for example?
A carpeted bathroom can seem appealing as it is a lot warmer under foot, it is also a lot more slip resistant than a tiled floor, and it can look very nice, but here are also a few things to keep in mind when deciding if it is right for your bathroom.
Moisture! Moisture! Moisture!
Everything in the bathroom is geared towards using water, and as careful as we try to be, water splashes from the sink, the bath, and even the shower, this all lands on the bathroom floor which is not a problem with tile, and while it may not seem to be a big deal with carpet, it can lead to mold spoors and decay of the wood floor underneath.
Another issue is that while its easy to clean around the toilet with a tiled floor, its not so easy with carpet, and this can lead to bacteria accumulating in the carpet.
If you have a carpeted bathroom, a certified home inspector can use a moisture meter to gauge how much moisture is in the carpet.
Please contact us for any questions you might have.
Bathrooms are a very important room in the house, most of us like to spend a good amount of time there, so its wise to have a check of the ventilation system to make sure that its functioning properly, thus improving your bathroom experience.
If your not sure if your ventilation system is working properly, keep your eye out for these indications:
If you are noticing any of these things, you may want to get your fan inspected. One of the biggest reasons it might not be working properly is that the duct might not reach to the outside of the home, so this is a good thing to check.
A simple thing that can be done is to regularly clean the fan as dirt and dust accumulate frequently.
If you feel that your bathroom is not ventilated properly, please call us for more advice. We would be happy to help.
No one enjoys the thought of these little creatures living in our attics, however due to the fact that bats can be found in the majority of inhabited places all over the world, we have to expect that we will encounter them at some point, so what are some of the ways we can identify if we have bats in our homes?
Bat feces (guano) can look like rodent feces but the difference is that guano is often shiny and speckled in appearance (due to the bat's diet of insects), it can also be crushed into smaller pieces, which does not happen with rodent droppings.
Look out for urine stains on windows which are milky white in appearance, also keep your eye out for stains around cracks, entry holes and crevices
Listen out for squeaking and scratching noises in your walls and attics especially around the dusk and dawn hours.
Check for unpleasant smells and stains generated from the bat's feces
What are some of the dangers of a bat infestation?
Bats pose a huge health risk to humans. They can carry rabies which can be fatal. Bat feces is also dangerous to humans as it can cause a respiratory disease called Histoplasma capsulatum.
Please contact us for more details and instructions on where to locate entry points for bats, as they are able to squeeze through very small holes.
Most homes have air conditioning to provide a comfortable temperature when it's warm outside, but you may decide that a ceiling fan is an adequate solution to have proper airflow and a comfortable living environment. Before adding this attractive and helpful addition to a home, here are some tips for installation.
If you are installing a ceiling fan for your home, only use a residential one, which typically has 4 or more blades.
Generally, a ceiling fan should be 8 or 9 feet from floor to ceiling, and no part of the fan should be less than 7 feet away from the floor. These measurements add various advantages. One advantage is that ensuring proper clearance avoids accidental contact with the fan. Also, when the fan has the right distance from the floor, the downward air movement is maximized and the air flow is right where you want it.
What if your ceiling is much higher than the average home? Simply drop the fan to the desired height, which can easily be done by an experienced installer.
These details may seem like a lot to remember but if are willing to take the time to install a ceiling fan correctly and safely, you can enjoy the benefits of this simple solution to an airflow problem.
In recent years Bed Bugs have become an epidemic. Their hard to see, love to travel and not so easy to eliminate, so what do we know about these pesky invaders, and what can we do about them?
Although bed bugs are found in mattresses, they are by no means limited to beds, in fact they can hide in an alarming amount of places. Anywhere from furniture, curtains and clothing to picture frames and books
What do they look like?
Bed bugs are rather small, especially when first hatched. An adult bed bug is flat, oval and has a orangey, rust colored body.
See the signs
Bed bugs are rather shy in nature, so it is usually easier to look out for the signs of their presence. These include blood spots, and stains from fecal matter, you may find crushed bug remnants, they are also known to emit a musty smell
(It should be noted though that this is not always present)
These little parasites enjoy biting us aswell which can leave itchy bumps on our skin.
How to treat the problem
It is not advised for homeowners to try to treat the problem themselves, as if not careful they can make the problem worse. PMPs or Pest Management Professionals are best for treating the problem as they can look for the bugs at the beginning stages of their development.
Trained dogs are also successfully being used in the detection of bed bugs as they are able to detect an odor that is emitted by the bugs.
Please contact us for more information on how to detect the presence of bed bugs in your home
Understanding the Process of Your New Construction Home
New construction homes provide many distinct benefits over older ones. While buying a residence which has had a previous owner might be a good thing and easier than creating a building from the ground up, you must take a thoughtful approach every time making your next investment.
Newly constructed buildings and properties are usually in great condition. So, spend a good time researching on the process of your new construction home, and you will be more likely to make the best decision for you and your family.
Building a new home is both daunting and exciting, particularly when you understand the whole process. The following are some of the important things you need to consider when planning to construct a new home. Learn and understand the steps carefully so that you know how the process works. Doing this will help you keep up-to-date and informed of what happens at every stage.
Put in mind that the entire home construction process might depend from one aspect to another and builder to builder, particularly if you are constructing an intricate custom home. Ensure that you ask your builder regarding his or her specific procedures and policies.
The Planning Stage
The interest of the homeowner in the planning process of the project roots from his or her desire to see the building or home built. Bear in mind that you have a need to take occupancy of the home - on time. To do so, you need to participate in the planning process to make sure that schedules are set to build your home in time. You need to use information throughout the planning process to identify the length of time required to set up and pay for the temporary housing arrangements and the schedules the purchase of the furnishings and other needs.
Choose your builder wisely. View other homes they have built, and even arrange to meet the crew that will work on your home. Also, be sure to have engineer approved plans that are followed closely. Ding these things can save you a lot of trouble down the road.
Also, be sure to contact us for your 11th month Warranty inspection!
Cary Morrell, Certified Professional Home Inspector