How To Stay Safe After Your Home has been Flooded

Sad to say, natural disasters have become all too common lately. Whether you live in an area affected by the recent hurricanes or not, its good to know what we should do after our home has been flooded. catastrophe-1098490__340

Here are some important reminders of what to do immediately after your home has flooded:

  • When first entering your home, be very careful as you don’t know what you’ll encounter. The structure could be unstable, so look out for potential floor and ceiling collapse. Make sure you have the proper clothing on, such as sturdy shoes and appropriate breathing masks.
  • Do not consume food or drink water that might of come into contact with flood waters.
  • After a flood, its possible that your electrical system could be damaged. While its probable that there is no electricity in your neighborhood, you still want to make sure that you turn off the electricity to your own house as the flood water may of damaged electrical circuits. A word of caution though, if there is water you have to stand in to get to the circuit breaker, ask a professional electrician for advice first.
  • As strange as it may seem, did you know that fires pose a huge risk after a flood? This is due to electrical appliances and furnaces being under water. Chemical spills and gas leaks also are a big factor.
  • A home doesn’t just fill up with water when flooded, but also with mud and sludge. This can be very hazardous to health as it contains all kinds of bacteria and sewage. Try and remove this from your home as quickly as you are able, also don’t try to salvage absorbent building materials or mattresses etc, as these will be contaminated with bacteria.

This is just some of the first steps to staying safe after your home has been flooded. In our next blog we will consider more on this subject.

Pre-Listing Home Inspections

Want to sell your home faster and for more money? We all would. We work hard to maintain our homes and to keep them in good condition. So when it comes time to sell your home, you want as few road blocks as possible.

One of the best ways that you can prepare your home to sell is to get a pre-listing home inspection. A pre-listing home inspection allows you to find the issues with your home before a buyer’s home inspector finds them – and puts your deal in jeopardy.

Watch this short  video below to see what you can do to prepare to sell your home, and why having a pre-listing home inspection is so important. And feel free to contact us to schedule your pre-listing home inspection!

How can I improve the air quality in my home?

In our last article, we looked at the potential causes of air pollutants in our home. In this article, we will look at ways to reduce and treat these pollutants. Here are a few suggestions:

 

 

  • When using cleaning chemicals in the home, try to avoid using aerosols and opt for nontoxic cleaners, also make cat-717806__340sure you read the instructions on the bottle to make sure you use them in the appropriate way.
  • If you have pets in your home, make sure to vacuum and clean regularly, especially in areas where your pets sleep etc. Bathe and groom your pets on a regular basis.
  • Certain types of new furniture and soft furnishings contain formaldehyde and can release formaldehyde gas, try to ventilate the area. Hang your curtains and soft furnishings in a well ventilated space at first to air them out.
  • If you’re a smoker, try and smoke outside as the smoke from tobacco contains harmful chemicals.
  • Areas that can be prone to mold and damp  should be inspected regularly. Your home inspector can help you with this.
  • Certain indoor plants can also be very useful in absorbing pollutants.

 

As you can see, there are many things we can do to improve the air quality in our home. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have regarding the quality of air in your home.

 

How good is the air quality in my home?

More and more people nowadays are being affected by pollutants in the air. These can cause many different allergies allergy-18656__340and 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:

  • 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, and 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 here at Wise Home Inspections with any questions you may have about the air quality in your home

How to tell the age of a water heater

2016-06-20 09.13.02When buying a home, many people ask a very common question: How old is the water heater.

They probably ask this because they have either heard horror stories of older water heaters bursting and leaking all over a home, or perhaps they have even seen it first hand.

The problem is, sometimes those stories are true. Water heaters seem to choose the most random time to break – and sometimes the worst time. So replacing your water heater before it breaks is important.

So before we answer the question in our blog, we should first understand how long the average water heater lasts. According to most associations, the average lifespan of a water heater is about 10 years. But there are other factors.

For instance, larger water heaters and electric water heaters tend to last a little longer. Also, some brands go sooner, and some last longer. The average water heater warranty is about 6 years – so a good rule of thumb is to at least start watching a water hear at 6 years old, but consider replacing it at 10 years (whether it still works or not).

So how can you tell how old your water heater is? That’s an easy one. Buildingcenter.org has most manufacturer’s date codes (usually built into the unit’s serial number). Just look at the sticker, and use the Building Center online guide.

What Really Matters On Your Home Inspection

When it comes to a home inspection, there are a lot of things that go into the report. We pride ourselves on being thorough, detailed home inspectors.

We scour your home to find every issue possible. Everything from a damaged outlet to a structural issue. So when you get your completed home inspection report, it can look pretty terrifying at times.

So you may wonder: What really matters in the home inspection report? That is a valid question.

We want to give you the most complete information possible. But a lot of that information is for your your benefit after you move in. For instance, we may recommend cutting back vegetation from the home. While that is a great maintenance item, it is not usually something that you bring back to negotiate with the seller.

So what “really” matter? While we make our reports very clear in this regard, watch this brief video to see what really does matter on your home inspection: