Depreciation of an Investment Property

InterNACHI gives an easy overview of the tax and inspection implications of your investment property. Know how to use and manage these larger assets.

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Central Humidifiers

Some homes and climates require additional humidification (you read that right, not “de-humidification). But humidifiers have a host of dangers they introduce. To know whether humidification is best for you and your family, read here.

This Land Used to Be a What?

Brownfields are land sites that once held certain industrial and commercial contaminants. Though the name is distasteful, these lands can be cleaned and reused under certain conditions.

Here is a quick overview in case you are working or living near one.

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To Those Who Look…

We find things:

Airborne Mold Sampling

Often we get questions about airborne testing results. Here’s a sample:

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Here we see that the exterior sample (#3) serves as the “control” value for the home, while the laundry room (#1) and the master bathroom (#2) are the “experimental” values.

With this understood, interpreting the tables becomes easier. The outdoor air has considerably more total spores (420 to 110 and 44), but the master bathroom air has the “water indicator” sporeĀ chaetomium, which indicates a more serious moisture issue in the walls, floor, and/or ceiling.

Moisture Makers in the Home

Controlling moisture is the only way to control indoor mold growth, and controlling it also helps with pests and other issues.

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You may not know that the following activities and appliances add moisture to indoor air:

  • Running dishwasher
  • Drying firewood indoors
  • Standing water in the foundation/crawlspace area
  • Showering and running the tub
  • Humidifier use
  • Venting clothes dryer indoors

By watching your in-home use of these items, you can better monitor your indoor moisture.

Kickout Flashing

Though we don’t see much stucco in this area, here is a helpful diagram of the proper step and kickout flashings for a roof intersecting a side wall:

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