Fairfax VA Home Inspections https://squareoneinspections.com Home Inspectors in Virginia and Washington DC Mon, 01 Oct 2018 21:10:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Natural Gas Burner – Pilot Light https://squareoneinspections.com/natural-gas-burner-pilot-light/ https://squareoneinspections.com/natural-gas-burner-pilot-light/#respond Mon, 01 Oct 2018 21:10:05 +0000 https://squareoneinspections.com/?p=340   Pilot lights – what exactly are they? Well, the exact description of this unique instrument and its function will be discussed in today’s article. The pilot light is a small flame that is fueled by a small portion of gas supplied a gas line. Pilot lights are most often found in natural gas appliances […]

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Pilot lights – what exactly are they? Well, the exact description of this unique instrument and its function will be discussed in today’s article.

The pilot light is a small flame that is fueled by a small portion of gas supplied a gas line. Pilot lights are most often found in natural gas appliances such as gas stoves, water heaters, clothes dryers, fireplaces, and central heating systems. Sometimes if the flame goes out from the pilot light and be re-ignited. When the appliance is first turned on, the valve releases more gas, and thus ignites the pilot light. However, there is a danger that presents itself when igniting the light. If the flame suddenly stops, but the valve continues to supply the gas to the light, the gas could be released into your home, thus posing a serious danger.

Modern appliances offer an alternative option to traditional pilot lights and gas appliances. Appliances that use electricity are more often sought at now that gas stoves are somewhat obsolete.

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Dangerous Plants – What Could They Be? https://squareoneinspections.com/dangerous-plants-what-could-they-be/ https://squareoneinspections.com/dangerous-plants-what-could-they-be/#respond Mon, 01 Oct 2018 21:01:24 +0000 https://squareoneinspections.com/?p=337 What are allergenic plants? You might think – how dangerous can a plant be? Well knowing the three top notorious allergenic plants can give you the knowledge needed in order to stay away from them. The top three allergenic plants widely known include poison ivy, oak, and sumac. To understand the severity of getting any […]

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What are allergenic plants? You might think – how dangerous can a plant be? Well knowing the three top notorious allergenic plants can give you the knowledge needed in order to stay away from them.

The top three allergenic plants widely known include poison ivy, oak, and sumac. To understand the severity of getting any oil on your skin, only .25 ounces of the oil contained within these plants is sufficient to cause a rash on your skin. Just minutes after contact, the oil will already be under your skin, however the rash will not develop until 12 to 72 hours after initial contact. Depending on your immune systems response time, the rash won’t spread, but will continue to grow. The oil is found in just about every part of the plant, so ripping the plant to shreds will cause more oil to be released than just brushing against it.

But how do you defend against these plants? Well, if you do accidentally brush against any one of these plants, alcohol and cold water can be applied to the area of contact to get rid of the oil, but the area must be thoroughly cleaned to get the oil off. Knowing these few facts can help you to defend against these deadly plants.

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How To Keep Your Dryer Vents Clean https://squareoneinspections.com/keep-dryer-vents-clean/ Wed, 22 Aug 2018 22:05:50 +0000 https://squareoneinspections.com/?p=333 Do you happen to have a dryer vent that leads directly outside your house? What should you know about it, keeping it maintained, clean, etc? Well in this article, we will share just a couple of helpful reminders to help you keep your vents safe and as non-combustible as possible. So if you were to […]

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Do you happen to have a dryer vent that leads directly outside your house? What should you know about it, keeping it maintained, clean, etc? Well in this article, we will share just a couple of helpful reminders to help you keep your vents safe and as non-combustible as possible.

So if you were to put lint in the vent, then took a match to it after you get done drying some really damp clothes, do you think it would potentially cause a fire, then an electrical malfunction within the dryer itself, leading it to spark then everything else go up in flames? Well, that is what you would be in effect doing if you don’t regularly clean the duct out of this trapped lint. If you don’t, then the lint will become trapped inside the dryer, just as the example states, then the dryer will overheat, causing the lint to catch on fire.

Another preventive maintenance you can do for your vent is to regularly check that the duct work is still connected to the dryer at least twice a month. That way, if you do find that part of the duct work has come apart, you can easily fix it. If duct work were to be left as it was, the heavy buildup of lint and water vapor would stay in between the outside and inside walls, thus creating more problems for you in the future. Keeping these things in mind will help you and your family to have dry clothes, a working dryer, and a safe environment.

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How To Inspect A Crawl Space https://squareoneinspections.com/inspect-crawl-space/ Wed, 22 Aug 2018 22:03:23 +0000 https://squareoneinspections.com/?p=330 If you are an inspector that routinely look at houses for specific problems, like water damage, storm damage, wind damage, etc, you know how it can be to crawl underneath the crawlspace of a house if it does not have a basement. What are some things you will want to be looking for that may […]

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If you are an inspector that routinely look at houses for specific problems, like water damage, storm damage, wind damage, etc, you know how it can be to crawl underneath the crawlspace of a house if it does not have a basement. What are some things you will want to be looking for that may constitute replacing some of the foundation out while your inspecting the crawl space? Here’s just a few things to keep in mind.

First, you want to make sure you have the basics: a flashlight and a mask for your mouth to keep all kinds of dirt or dust from getting into your precious lungs. What you will be looking for under the crawl space is evidence of animal infestation, such as groundhogs, chipmunks, snakes, etc that could potentially cause damage to your home. Once that’s done, you can start looking at the foundation from a structural viewpoint.

You want to make absolutely sure that there isn’t any water damage, i.e. flooding that could have potentially shifted the foundation in any way. Also, keep in mind if you have wooden rafters at the bottom of your foundation, you will want to look for any signs of molding, any splinters in the wood, anything that could put into jeopardy that integrity of the house’s foundation. Once you are done with that, do another quick sweep for any signs of any other damage, and you’ll be set to go!

These are just a few things to remember when you go out inspecting a crawl space beneath someone’s house.

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Pesky Insects In The House – Ants https://squareoneinspections.com/pesky-insects-house-ants/ Sat, 21 Jul 2018 02:47:49 +0000 https://squareoneinspections.com/?p=326 Ants.. they may be everywhere inside your home.. you just never can see them crawling about. What do you do in order to cut back on the ant population in your home, and how can you keep them from coming back? This article will discuss how you can do just so and with complete efficiency. […]

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Ants.. they may be everywhere inside your home.. you just never can see them crawling about. What do you do in order to cut back on the ant population in your home, and how can you keep them from coming back? This article will discuss how you can do just so and with complete efficiency.

In order to defend against the ant invaders, you must first know where they came from. So you must start by looking for their nests. You can use the tunnels that they burrow through in order to search for the nest. Once you have found the nest, you can use a special spray foam that will kill the ants on impact, so all you would have to do is vacuum it up afterward.

The next thing that you could try doing is setting up traps around your home, using commercial traps that could bait the entire colony, trap them, and then you can just dispose of the trap when its full. Also, you could use a form of bait poison that, when worker ants come to bring it back to the colony, will poison the entire colony within a matter of days.
In this short list, you can continue on living without hundreds of ants scurrying in the shadows of the walls.

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Carpenter Bees – Friend Or Enemy https://squareoneinspections.com/322-2/ Sat, 21 Jul 2018 02:45:17 +0000 https://squareoneinspections.com/?p=322 Bee’s can be a bother to those who are constantly outside, spending time with the family, cooking, etc. However, bees like the carpenter bee can be unintentionally hazardous to the inside and outside of your home. But how can you defend against these invaders? Here are just a couple quick tips in defending against these […]

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Bee’s can be a bother to those who are constantly outside, spending time with the family, cooking, etc. However, bees like the carpenter bee can be unintentionally hazardous to the inside and outside of your home. But how can you defend against these invaders? Here are just a couple quick tips in defending against these home borrowers.

Well, the first step is to find the burrowers nest. To do so, look for piles of frass, or light wood shavings left behind when the carpenter bees burrow through the wood. Finding one of these piles can help you to locate the nest by following the tunnels. The next step in the control process is to make sure that any holes in the sides of your house or the inside of your house are sealed tight with foam sealant.

A third thing that you can do to stop the migration of carpenter bees into your home is by calling in a bee exterminator. They’ll come in, spray pesticide, fumigate the area, and all of your bee troubles would be gone. However, this takes both time, patience, and extra money. Keeping these reminders in mind will help you to protect your family from the potential injury from these bees, and protecting your home from being eaten alive.

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Elderly Safety https://squareoneinspections.com/elderly-safety/ Mon, 18 Jun 2018 17:09:53 +0000 https://squareoneinspections.com/?p=313 Slips and falls are one of the most common reasons why elderly ones are injured, either in a home or in a business. How can you make sure your business or home is accessible and safe for the elderly? First of all, keep all power chords and lines free from the flow of traffic, and […]

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Slips and falls are one of the most common reasons why elderly ones are injured, either in a home or in a business. How can you make sure your business or home is accessible and safe for the elderly?

First of all, keep all power chords and lines free from the flow of traffic, and not laying freely across the floor. Reducing the number of chords on the floor will decrease the chance of a slip or fall for an elderly person. In addition, in the case of an emergency, have emergency contact information accessible near a telephone or doorway. In the case of a slip or fall, having such emergency lifelines like the ‘Life Alert’ necklace will allow emergency response teams to react quickly.

Also, bathrooms are one of the main areas where elderly ones are most likely to fall. Keeping your floors cleaned, your area free of clutter, and stalls handicap accessible will keep elderly ones from injury.

These are just a few things you will need to keep in mind to prevent injury to elderly ones and keep yourself from blame.

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Windows And Stairs – Threats To Your Children https://squareoneinspections.com/windows-stairs-threats-children/ Tue, 12 Jun 2018 17:17:49 +0000 https://squareoneinspections.com/?p=317 Nearly 8,000 children are sent to the ER every day, averaging around 2.8 million every year from non-fatal injuries. So the first step in protecting your child from windows would be to move any furniture from the windows area to make it less accessible for the child. Secondly, by installing windows stops will allow the […]

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Nearly 8,000 children are sent to the ER every day, averaging around 2.8 million every year from non-fatal injuries. So the first step in protecting your child from windows would be to move any furniture from the windows area to make it less accessible for the child. Secondly, by installing windows stops will allow the windows to only be opened to a certain point, maybe 4 inches, thus removing the possibility that a child could put their head out the window or even a limb.

Stairs are another huge danger to young children. Having a safety gate either at the top of the staircase or at the bottom will prevent your child from gaining access to the stairway, which would potentially lead to a fall. Also, your railing along your staircase poses yet another problem. The child may want to climb on it, put their head through the risers, etc. Having the height of your ballisters be between 34″-36″ inches will not allow the child access to the top of the railing, and having 4″ space between each riser will keep the child from putting a limb though.

Keeping all these tips in mind will help you to further protect your child from potential dangers in the home.

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Engineered Flooring – Is It For You? https://squareoneinspections.com/307-2/ Sun, 20 May 2018 20:00:39 +0000 https://squareoneinspections.com/?p=307 Engineered wood flooring is now becoming one of the most common floorings in consumers homes these days. Why is this so, and is it for you? For starters, any type of engineered wood flooring is any type of wood flooring that is not solid wood. For instance, plywood is considered to be the first type […]

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Engineered wood flooring is now becoming one of the most common floorings in consumers homes these days. Why is this so, and is it for you?

For starters, any type of engineered wood flooring is any type of wood flooring that is not solid wood. For instance, plywood is considered to be the first type of engineered flooring, but since the creation of OSB (or Oriented Strand Board) engineered flooring, it is cheaper to produce, maintain, and install in large quantities than normal plywood would be. Another advantage of this type of flooring is that building codes do recognize the use of this flooring.

Also, OSB can be created into not only flooring materials, but roofing, siding, and sheathing as well. Due to the many available options and uses from the OSB, contractors will most likely use OSB for flooring or for roofing, however. Interestingly enough, this type of wood can be mass produced, not only using less natural resources to do so but also have a consistent scratch resistant quality from panel to panel.

In conclusion, engineered hardwood flooring would be an excellent choice for your house due to its scratch resistant qualities and inexpensive cost.

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Power Strip Safety https://squareoneinspections.com/power-strip-safety/ Sun, 20 May 2018 20:00:02 +0000 https://squareoneinspections.com/?p=306 The power strip – one of the best tools a homeowner can have, but also one of the many tools that could cause serious damage to your appliances, or even your house. What are some things you need to know in order to protect your electronics and appliances, and potentially even your whole house? Something […]

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The power strip – one of the best tools a homeowner can have, but also one of the many tools that could cause serious damage to your appliances, or even your house. What are some things you need to know in order to protect your electronics and appliances, and potentially even your whole house?

Something that not all people know, is that not all power strips have surge protectors in them. A surge protector basically will protect any devices or appliances connected to the power strip from overloading in the case of a power outage, power spike, or electrical storm. Making sure that when you buy your strip, make sure that it has the proper specs in regards to having a surge protector.

Another thing to watch out for are power strips in either a moist environment or where a strip is located in an area of your home where air ventilation is not as strong. With either of these two things, they will lead to damage to your strip and to corresponding devices/appliances if not properly used. If left in an unventilated area, your strip could overheat, and left in a moist environment, it could spark then short out.

Again, stressing the importance of knowing where the strip is at all times and making sure that it is properly used is of the utmost importance. Proper use of your power strip will allow you to continually enjoy the ease of use, and the convenience of using a power strip.

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