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Water heater efficiency, effectiveness and safety

Water heater efficiency, effectiveness and safety

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Fri, 07/26/2019 - 19:15

AC Hints for Hot Muggy Weather

AC Hints for Hot Muggy Weather
Submitted by SterlingBrown on Mon, 07/08/2019 - 11:54

A Primer on Polybutylene from Mid America Inspection Service

A Primer on Polybutylene

In the very late 1970s, they introduced a new type of pipe for potable water plumbing in homes. Polybutylene was touted as the next great thing and to the early 80s to the mid-90s was installed in literally millions of homes throughout the nation.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Thu, 06/20/2019 - 10:53

First time buyer's Information

First time buyer's Information

You may well be entering into the largest financial transaction of your life. Buying a home is quite often the largest purchase most people ever make. This home buyers guide will provide you with much of the information you need to make some good decisions while pursuing this purchase.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Wed, 06/19/2019 - 20:55

etting Ready for the Home Inspection

Getting ready for home inspection does not have to be a frightening event.

No doubt, you and your Realtor have already discussed making your home appealing to potential buyers.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Tue, 06/18/2019 - 12:48

Fourth of July Fireworks

Fireworks Safety

In just a couple more weeks it'll be the 4 July holiday and in addition to hot dogs and hamburgers there always seems to be fireworks.

In America, fireworks have become an intricate part of the day’s celebration, but not without some real inherent hazards.

Every Fourth of July, there are literally hundreds and hundreds of people injured by both accidents with fireworks and injuries from improper use of fireworks.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Sat, 06/15/2019 - 12:16

Aluminum Wiring

About that Aluminum Wiring…

A little background information on aluminum electrical wiring is important.  Many homes around were wired with aluminum beginning in 1965.  It was later discovered that some aluminum wiring was causing fires and its use on the 15- and 20-amp circuits was discontinued in the mid 1970s.  15- and 20-amp circuits typically serve lighting and receptacles.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Thu, 06/13/2019 - 14:10

Safe Fireplace Use

                                Fireplace Safety
     Wood-burning fireplaces create an ambiance it’s hard to beat with any other heating method. There’s something about sitting in front of a wood-burning fireplace with its colorful display of flame and aroma of burning wood that seems to fulfill a basic human need.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Sun, 06/09/2019 - 12:40

Septic systems

Many of the homes outside of cities and at our many lakes are served by septic systems to handle waste water.

A septic system is simply a device designed to handle the wastewater your home generates when city sewers are not available. A septic system breaks down the impurity in the wastewater and then allows the water to re-enter the ground.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Sat, 06/08/2019 - 12:31


What is Radon and why should you care? Where are you likely to encounter it? How is it tested for and if it's a concern how to mitigate it?
What exactly is radon? Radon is a radioactive gas know to cause cancer. Radon is invisible and has no smell or taste it but it may be a problem in your home. Radon causes several thousand deaths each year that's because when you breathe air containing radon you can get lung cancer. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Fri, 06/07/2019 - 20:43
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