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Wood rot

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By : John Martino | In : Home Inspections

Every home owner at some point will have to replace some areas of rotted out wood at their homes. All wood has the potential to rot. Rot damage is caused by high moisture content of wood. If the moisture content of wood rises to over 20% wood rot is very likely to develop. Wood rot is very common around door and window trims and in basements with water infiltration and seepage problems. Wood rot essentially is caused by a fungus. Fungus like mold needs several favorable conditions to survive. One condition is that it needs a food source which is the wood itself. (more…)

Make improvements to your current heating system in order to achieve cost savings

By : John Martino | In : Home Inspections

Making improvements to your existing heating system may be more cost effective and advantageous then purchasing an entire new heating system. Performing maintenance and small upgrades can make your existing heating system more efficient and economical to operate. Preventative maintenance is the most important thing that you can do to make sure your heating equipment operates efficiently. (more…)

Radon gas facts

By : John Martino | In : Home Inspections

Radon gas is colorless, odorless and a radioactive by-product of uranium. Radon is found in almost every state and may effect over ten million American homes. Any home can be effected, however radon gas tends to be in higher concentrations in homes that are tightly sealed up. A more drafty house is likely to have a less of a concentration of radon gas.

The issue with radon is that is decays or breaks down into radon daughters. The radon daughters can attach to dust particles and then can be inhaled. There have been studies that indicate a significantly increased risk of lung cancer in high radon homes then lower. The risk is even greater if a person is a smoker.

Radon enters a home through cracks in basement floors, cracks in foundations, dirt floors, unsealed penetrations, sump pump pits, foundation drains and rock foundations. It is very prudent to have a home tested for radon gas before you purchase it.

Two types of oil burners

By : John Martino | In : Home Inspections

There are two types of oil burners. One type is called a gun type burner and the other is called a vaporizing burner. In a high pressure oil burner a fine spray of oil is pumped under high pressure through a small nozzle. The oil vapor combines with air and is ignited by a high voltage spark generated by a transformer in the unit.

Vaporizing burners do not operate under pressure. The combustion area consists of an enclosed shallow pan into which oil is entered manually by turning a valve. The oil in the pan is ignited by an electric igniter. The heat from the burning oil causes more oil to vaporize and combine with air in the combustion chamber. The vaporizing oil burner is not widely found in this part of the county. The gun type burner can be found almost in every oil fired heat application in New Jersey.

Buying a house is one of life’s biggest decisions. Before you close, you’ll want a professional inspection of the house to ascertain its true condition. John Martino is a formally trained New Jersey home inspector and member of the American Society of Home Inspectors...ReadMore