Recessed Lighting Basics

Recessed lighting goes by a few different names. Other than Recessed light, there is down-light, can-light, canister-light, and pot-light. Although pot-light is used by our north of the border neighbors in Canada and not-so-much here in the United States. There are two different types of recessed lighting. Insulation Contact (IC) rated Non-IC rated IC rated […]

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Inspecting Ductwork in Residential Homes

This article talks about the ductwork found in a home and identifies the components along with how the ductwork should be installed. According to NHRAW (North American Heating, Refrigeration & Air-conditioning Wholesalers) the goals for any finished duct system are: The system is reasonably air-tight. The system is noise/vibration free. The system minimizes resistance to […]

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How Separated Conduit Can Hurt You

After looking at thousands of houses and seeing many different ways to connect electric, I am still amazed that people who don’t know what they are doing are making an attempt to install electric.  Here in Chicagoland, we are one of three main metropolitan areas that require residential electric to be in conduit.  Most of […]

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Sump Pump Basics

The (IDFPR) Illinois Department of Financial Professional Regulations is the governing authority for home inspectors. The IDFPR Subpart j) defines what is required to be done as a minimum for a home inspection. It is written as follows: When pursuant to the written agreement with a client, the plumbing system is observed, the home inspector […]

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Discount for Yelpers Who Upload a Photo or Video During the Inspection

Yelp users receive a UP TO a $50.00 discount on our home inspection service by uploading a photo/video and sharing it on Yelp. Elite Yelpers, contact us via Yelp “Request a Quote” button and let us know you are an elite for additional benefits. This discount cannot be used with any other coupon or discount. […]

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Dryer Transition Duct Information

  I have reviewed many home inspection reports and one of the many things that stand out is how some home inspectors report on dryer vent connectors. Recently a picture of a flexible dryer transition duct was posted on a home inspector Facebook page and another home inspector commented, “That’s not allowed”. Since his statement […]

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Chicagoland Home Inspectors Announce That Roof Inspections Just Got Easier, Faster, and More Efficient With Drone Technology

Chicago Evening Post Article American Society of Home Inspectors Article CHICAGO, IL – 04-02-2018 — Roof inspections were once a hazardous activity where life and limb could be at risk from fragile roofing materials, high roofs, and steeply sloped roofs. This made the job of thoroughly inspecting a roof as perilous as it was important […]

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The Importance of Downspout Extensions

I was doing a home inspection in Glenview when I informed my client about the lack of downspout extensions.  The real estate agent spoke up and stated that the home inspector she uses doesn’t think that is a problem.  I always thought that every home inspector calls out downspouts discharging too close to a house.  […]

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Fix Sagging or Sticking Doors

Fix tight doors by tightening hinges and jambs—sanding is a last resort. This post shows you how to fix a sticking door in most cases without removing the door. Get instant results and enjoy a trouble-free door. Overview It seems that when a door is difficult to open or close, everyone calls the handyman or […]

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Maintaining Your Furnace

Annual maintenance and inspections prevent problems. The furnace in your home controls the temperature and circulates the air to filter out dust and allergens. Annual inspections by HVAC professionals will keep your furnace functioning properly and efficiently by finding issues with tuning and safety features of the unit. Common problems found include: Heating and cooling […]

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