Problems and repair

Adding heat to an unheated room

 If you have an unheated attic that is not insulated, the house heat will rise through the top floor ceiling into the cold attic. (Meanwhile, the heavier, cooler attic air will make its way down, if you have an open or uninsulated stairway.) If you have a finished attic, with no heat, the household heat

By | 2017-12-05T14:47:30+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Categories: Energy efficiency, Problems and repair|Tags: , , |

Radon Health Risks

My recent posts about radon prompted PropertECO to send me this great information to pass on to you: Home About Radon Testing Radon Mitigation Other Services Shop Contact Us The Dangers of Radon and its Health Effects Radon is a gas that occurs naturally in the ground, but if it enters a property and is

By | 2017-08-18T21:54:09+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Categories: Health and safety, Problems and repair|Tags: |

Radon mitigation

What do you do if you have radon above the action level of 4.0 pci/l? What does it cost to make your house safe? There are tried and true cures for that problem. To mitigate for Radon, a system is installed that creates a slight vacuum under the basement slab.  This keeps the radioactive gas from

By | 2017-08-10T08:43:36+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Categories: Health and safety, Problems and repair|

Radon: Is it in my house and why should I care?

What is Radon and why should you care? According to the EPA Radon is a naturally-occurring, invisible and odorless radioactive gas. One in 15 American homes contains high levels of radon. Radon gas is not isolated to certain geographical areas or home types. Radon problems have been detected in homes in every county of the U.S.

By | 2017-08-03T20:58:34+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Categories: Health and safety, Problems and repair|Tags: , , |

Estimate repairs while house hunting

It is impossible to judge the value of a house without calculating a rough cost of repair. The properties around here are frequently 100 years old. When a problem begins, it is much cheaper to repair than the same problem left for years to get worse. Tip one: deferred maintenance costs roughly five times more to

By | 2017-07-17T11:10:36+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Categories: Negotiating, Problems and repair|Tags: |

Tankless hot water heaters

“Don’t get attached to that hot water heater, it will fail on you.” We tell our clients this because direct-fire hot water heaters are unreliable appliances that are created with built-in obsolescence. Many have five, seven, or ten-year warranties. They will last five years and three weeks, or seven years and three weeks, or ten

By | 2017-06-02T07:26:13+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Categories: Energy efficiency, Problems and repair|Tags: , |

Houses that don’t belong on the land

There are some houses that never should have been built. You can't even level them and build a better house on that lot. Either the lot is too small to build on — by current standards — or the land is not fit to hold a house. I have seen both. Potentially unsolvable problem, type 1