Constructing Buildings to Block Sound

In Raleigh, Durham, Greensboro, Charlotte, and various other cities in the area, noise control between buildings can be a noticeable issue. Here is InterNACHI’s overview guide to controlling building noise.

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Holiday Grill Safety

Here in Raleigh, the weather is often mild for the holidays, and we see lots of backyard grilling action year-round. Here’s an easy guide for barbecuing during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and beyond.

Clean Thy Gutters

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Basement Bedroom Egress

Here’s a little post we did about basement bedrooms:

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.

Mold in Your Home?

Often clients are bewildered by the presence of mold. “How could this happen?!?” But truly, when we understand how mold grows, it actually happens very easily.

Mold in Bathroom

Our partner organization, InterNACHI, has a helpful paper on indoor mold. They explain:

It is impossible to get rid of all mold and mold spores indoors. Some mold spores will be found floating through the air and in house dust. Mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present.

InterNACHI – Mold Moisture and Your Home.

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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Asbestos Abatement Guide

The Mesothelioma Center recently sent us Your Guide to Hiring an Asbestos Abatement Company, and we wanted Asbestos Abatement Guide as a free resource. Enjoy!

Asbestos.com also has more information and resources for those dealing with the harmful, home-hidden substance.

AFCI Requirements

The newest Code-Check requires AFCI-protected electrical circuits in basically every interior room but the bathrooms. Yes, that includes kitchens. The goal is to protect the home for deadly arc-fault situations.

We have updated our reports to reflect this change, and more information is available at InterNACHI’s article on Arc-Fault Circuit Interruptors. .

Master Instructor in NC

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In association with InterNACHI and the North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board, Britt recently became an approved continuing education and prelicensure instructor.

If you are an inspector in need of training or a future inspector in need of licensure, contact us for details.