Safe Home Book

We have a new “Safe Home Book” featured on our Download, print, and use freely, with our compliments:

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The Dangers of Radon

Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that can be harmful if accumulated inside a building. There are two main ways of mitigating this problem, the passive and the active. In the passive method, a physical barrier is laid between the soil and the foundation and a vent pipe extending from the sub-slab up to the roof.

In active form, there is a setup of electric vent fan, vent pipe extending from sub slab to roof, sealed cracks in the foundation, and a system failure warning device. For detailed information about radon gas and its preventive methods go through this infographic from PropertEco.


Garage Interiors

This older garage has storage, outlets, three doors, even a wood stove!

Garage Overhead Door

Here we test a garage overhead door for two safety features:

An Older Chimney and Improper Cricket

Here we inspect from a ranch roof and find an older chimney with an interesting diverter:

Well Pump and Water Testing


Even in the Triangle area, many clients have private well water service. We offer well pump and water testing to reduce the risk of water-borne illnesses and well pump failure. Here’s what we do, on-site, during the home inspection:

  1. Run the pump for 90-120 minutes. We locate a safe place to disperse water away from the home and run a hose to that location. It continues running for the duration of the testing period.
  2. Test the water pressure 3-4 times. We report this pressure in gallons per minute (GPM).
  3. Watch the pump switch cycle on and off. We time this cycle and monitor for slow-cycling or constant re-cycling.
  4. Inspect the well tank. We look for corrosion, damage, and leaks.
  5. Inspect the well head. Here, we are looking for cracks and damage. Groundwater is not to enter the well head area.
  6. Take a water sample at the kitchen sink and analyze it. Water samples must either be refrigerated or delivered to the lab within four hours. Results take 4-5 business days.

Once the results come in, we process them into an easy-to-read, straightforward format to help our clients know and take those next steps with their well water.

Thumbtack’s “Top Pro” Honors for 2017


We were recently honored as a Top Pro on Thumbtack for Cary, NC, for the year July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017.  We recommend their site for connecting directly with service providers.

Thanks, Thumbtack!

Deck Hazards

Here are a few hazards we found on the exterior of a recent home:

What Type of Home Inspection Do I Need?

Guest post by Alexander Hassoulas, from Ammons Pittman Realtors, Raleigh, NC. Find out more from Alexander and the Ammons Pittman team at Additional information and editing by Britt Treece.

Before you finally seal the deal, a home inspection is crucial because it serves as a visual evaluation of the home you’re going to purchase. For that purpose, home inspectors provide a wide range of home inspection services that could help the owner determine if the home is really worth its value or not. Likewise, through a home inspection, you can also identify if there are any problems within the house that you wouldn’t easily notice without professional help.

Here are some of the most useful types of home inspection that you should consider if you’re a homeowner:

4 Home Inspections and Why You Might Need Them

1. General Home Inspection

This is the most common and essential type of home inspection you need as a future property owner. These inspections allow you to get a general idea of the property’s health; they also reveal if the property owner conducted routine maintenance. The inspectors who are allowed to conduct general home inspections are usually members of a nationally recognized organization or certified by state run agencies. A thorough general home inspection would cover a wide range of inspections such as plumbing, electrical wiring, insulation, roofing, and the structural features of the home. Likewise, the inspector would come up with a report discussing home improvements that can be done to meet current standards in the real estate market.

2. Septic Systems and Tanks Inspection

If the house you’re going to purchase has a septic tank, then it’s necessary to have it tested as well. Septic systems are made up of tanks, and this is where the solids settle. Usually, an inspector would perform a dye test to determine if the leach field has issues.

As a buyer, it’s important for you to ensure that the entire septic system is in good condition. Thus, the tank should be pumped out and visually inspected by a professional.

3. Termite / WDIR / WDO Inspection

This can be done by a general home inspector, and usually costs around $75-150. The inspector would check if there are any signs of structural damage brought on by insect infestation, and what should be done to prevent the problem from getting worse.

In North Carolina this is often known as a WDIR, Wood-Destroying Insect Report, and it is heavily regulated. During a WDIR inspection, the inspector would check the attic and other parts of the house where termite and other wood-destroying insect infestations usually take place.

4. Warranty Inspection

On homes that are newly constructed, the builder usually offers a warranty. Wherein, prior to the warranty period ending, scheduling a home inspection would definitely save you from a lot of trouble and it’s also a great cost-savings investment. Basically, a thorough inspection of your home, as well as the systems within could provide you with a list of items that you should ask the builder to repair and/or replace.

Final Words

It’s very important that you get a home inspection prior to closing on a home. When it comes to these things a professional home inspection should be your priority. Likewise, after signing a contract, make sure that you schedule a home inspection right a way to know if there are any problems with the property that you purchased and be able to perform the necessary fixes to prevent the issue from getting worse.