Archives for June 2011

Lubricate all of your Doors, keyholes and hinges.

Often when performing home inspections in the Scottsdale area I find doors that bind, don’t lock or squeak.
This is likely one of the easiest things you can do that never gets done. It only takes a moment to make sure the key continues to work and doesn’t break off when you are in a hurry. Use a penetrating oil in a small can with a spout or a spray like WD-40 with a small hose to direct the spray.
Be sure to have a rag handy to wipe away any grime and any oil residue.

Window Tips from your home Inspector

Inspecting your windows will tell you a lot of things. Inspect for dirt and dead insects that are obstructing the bottom of the window or the weep holes, This is something that can usually be cleaned with an attachment on your vacuum fairly easily. You may find that the screens are blocking the weep holes, […]

Summertime Swimming Pool tips from your home inspector

Check your chlorine AND the PH level in the pool. Many times I see pools where the owner focused on just the chlorine and neglected the PH . this can result in serious damage.
As temperatures increase, most Arizona swimming pools will continue to use 2-3 times as much chemicals as in the winter months. If the pool is being used this will increase the amount of chemicals needed. When it comes to use and chemicals, one midsized dog in the pool is equivalent to 10 people.
Also remember the pools need more filter time this time of year than in the winter months.

Service the Air Conditioning system

If you are like most people, you do not change your air filter often enough, this allows dirt to get into the unit. Having a qualified air conditioning tech come out to your house and check out the unit before it gets too hot has several benefits; It helps the unit perform better, last longer, […]

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