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Client Testimonials

Thank you John, I received the inspection report and I have to say I am very impressed at the thoroughness of it. I just went though the whole report and it was very easy to understand and loved the pictures in the report. I just emailed it to my Atty I am sure I will be discussing issues with him tomorrow. Thanks for explaining everything and for being so patient. You are a true professional.
Sonia A. Buzzelli

I actually researched dozens of inspectors, I contacted John approximately 10:15pm and he answered the questions I had concerning the services he provides. I could not have made a better choice he saved me thousands and helped me�re-negotiate my contract with his findings.
-A. Armstrong, Plainfield, NJ

"I’m extremely satisfied. I genuinely feel I choose the right person for the job. John was pleasant and most importantly informative and knowledgeable"
A. September, Oakland, NJ

"Thanks so much for such an amazing job on the inspection and for such a thorough and detailed report! I have to say - I remember the last home inspection we did about 6 years ago when we bought our last house - and I thought our inspector at the time was really good. Mind you, it was a smaller house, but his report was like 8 pages. Yours is over 40 with pictures and coverage down to the individual outlet, window, etc. So much really valuable detail!"
C. Cerruto, Glen Ridge, NJ

"Thank you for the outstanding service in inspecting our potential home. We really enjoyed meeting you and the time and care you put into inspecting the house. We felt as though you were inspecting your own house.�The report with the pictures was really very valuable and the turn around time was outstanding. We would definitely recommend you to others as well as call you again"
M.C Landing, NJ

"It was a great experience working with John. He has a very sharp eye. Very detailed and thorough inspection. John does not cut corners. After a home inspection with LookSmart you will know exactly what you are buying"
B. Aboulenian, Avenel, NJ�

"Home buying can be a very stressful experience.�Hiring John Martino at Look Smart was probably the easiest part of my home purchase. His fees are affordable and his schedule is very flexible. John is�extremely thorough with his inspection and�the inspection report can be completed�in less then 48 hours. I�was also�impressed by the�quality of his reports containing�photos and summaries of�his findings. I highly recommend LookSmart!!"
Yvett Plaza, Dover, NJ

"The home inspection was very thorough and the inspector (John) was very knowledgeable"
G. Urena, North Bergen, NJ

"Thanks again for coming out to the house twice.�You did a real through and professional�job"
I. Walsh, Flanders, NJ�

"I knew "Dilip cannot be wrong", when he recommended your name. I am extremely satisfied with the details of your work. Now, I am another client of yours, who will be talking about you in our friend circle".
S. Prandhan, Hackettstown, NJ

"I am very happy with the service. I received all that was promised....Very satisfied"
R. Khandelwal, Parsippany, NJ

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.

Forced hot air heating

By : John Martino | In : Home Inspections

Forced air heating is the second most popular means to heat a modern home. These types of systems consist of a furnace that heats air and a system of ducts that distribute the heated or conditioned air throughout the home. The system uses a large blower fan to push the air through the duct work and out through the registers throughout the home. Most forced hot air systems are installed with the original build of the home. Forced air is challenging to retrofit because of the size and the distribution of the duct work. Cool air returns through a system of return registers. These return registers are usually larger in size the the distribution registers. Sometimes these types of systems can be muti-zoned. more often additional furnaces are installed to handle additional areas of the home. The usual configuration is a furnace in the basement which heats the first floor and a second furnace in the attic that supplies heats to the second floor. A single furnace may be sufficient to heat a smaller home. If the system has zones dampers are used to control the air flow.

Circulating hot water heat

By : John Martino | In : Home Inspections

Circulating hot water heat is the most popular type of residential home heating. In this type of systems a circulator pump delivers hot water through heat distribution piping. The heat distribution pipes are installed through out the home. Some of these heating systems are loop type systems in which hot water circulated through the system in sequence. Another type of system is composed of two sets of piping. One set of pipe delivers hot water to the radiators and the other set of pipes brings back cool water back to the boiler. These types of systems usually have an expansion tank located at the top of the boiler. The purpose of the expansion tank is to take up pressure from the boiler. This pressurizes the water in the system so that the water does not turn to steam.

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