TN Home Inspector shares Gutter Maintenance

Posted on: August 4, 2016 by in Common House Problems
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Gutter Maintenance For Your Home: As a TN home inspector , I like to share different home maintenance issues the I run across during my TN Home inspections.  Here is one that is found often. Debris has built up in the gutter systems and by keeping your gutters clean will extend the life of the gutters and prevent costly repairs from water damage.  Leaking seams are common problems with gutters that if not repaired will cause damage to the facia and soffit boards. Get inspected Continue Reading ...

Prevent Further Damage Now!

Posted on: August 4, 2016 by in Common House Problems
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Prevent Further Damage Now In Your Home Before It's Too Late: As a Tennessee home inspector I find this situation more often than you can believe.   Letting the family dog have full range of the back yard and marking his area can lead to problems, especially when one of his target areas is the air conditioning unit. This habit will corrode and deteriorate the cooling fins making the unit less efficient. Install a wire fence to keep Fido away from the unit and use a garden hose with low Continue Reading ...

Memphis Area Christmas Parades

Posted on: August 4, 2016 by in Local Attractions & Events
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Memphis Area Christmas Parades: If you want to attend a Christmas parade, the Mid-South has plenty to choose from. In fact, since many of them take place on staggered dates, you could actually attend several. If you know of a parade that I’ve missed, please send me an email at memphis.guide@about.com. Arlington: December 5, 2009 (rain date is 12/6/09) 4:30 p.m. The Arlington Christmas parade will begin at Chester Street and Hayes Road. It will then proceed north on Chester, concluding Continue Reading ...

The Best Late-Night Grub on Beale and Beyond

Posted on: August 4, 2016 by in Local Attractions & Events
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The Best Late-Night Grub on Beale and Beyond: Memphis is a late-night city. It wouldn’t make sense, after all, for the birthplace of rock-n-roll to roll the streets up early. Beale Street, in particular, and certain bars in the surrounding downtown area keep serving way into the wee hours. In order to keep dancing in the home of the blues, night owls have to refuel on a good, greasy, down-home fourth, or sometimes fifth, meal. Below is a list and description of each of my picks for the top Continue Reading ...

Holiday Safety Tips

Posted on: August 4, 2016 by in Local Attractions & Events
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Learn These Holiday Safety Tips When You Leave Home: The holidays are a time when thieves and con artists are frequently on the prowl. Here are some tips from the Memphis Police Department to help keep your home, your car, your possessions, and your family safe. Keeping Your Home Safe We all want our homes to reflect the joy of the season, but avoid displaying gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway. Arrange to have packages delivered to a neighbor if you’re not Continue Reading ...

Winter Home Maintenance Tips

Posted on: August 4, 2016 by in Home Safety & Maintenance Tips
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Learn These Winter Home Maintenance Tips From Professionals: As days grow shorter and temperatures fall, it’s time once again to prepare your home for the long winter months ahead. Taking a few minutes now to walk around your home—visually inspecting important systems from a safety perspective and making note of routine maintenance chores that need attention—is a great way to get started, and a good winter maintenance checklist can help. Here are some tips to help get you Continue Reading ...

Home & Work Fireplace Safety – In House Inspections

Posted on: August 4, 2016 by in Home Safety & Maintenance Tips
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Home and Work Fireplace Safety: Most homes look and feel cozier when they have a fireplace, especially a workable one that the owners use on occasion. But even an attractive fixture of this type can be dangerous if it is not managed correctly or safely. If you have recently purchased a home that has a fireplace, find and read maintenance guidelines to make sure your fireplace continues to be a source of pleasure rather than pain. When taking possession of your home, ask the previous Continue Reading ...

Water Heater Maintenance Tips

Posted on: August 4, 2016 by in Home Safety & Maintenance Tips
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Maintenance Tip #1 Preparing the water heater Water Heater Maintenance: Turn off the power if its an electric water heater. Turn off the water to the water heater by closing the valve on the cold water line. Its located on top of the water heater. The cold line is always to the right. Open a hot water tap inside the house. Air pressure will come out of the tap. Open the drain valve located at the bottom of the water heater. It looks like a hose bibb. Let a gallon or more out of the Continue Reading ...

7 Simple Steps For Summer Lawn Prep

Posted on: July 22, 2016 by in Blog
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If you're a part of the nearly 90 percent of Americans who believe it's important to have a well-maintained yard, you and your backyard will appreciate these seven simple steps for tending to your natural turf lawn with minimal effort. According to Grass Seed USA, a coalition of American grass seed farmers and academics, investing a little repair time in early spring and a small amount of maintenance time in summer will pay off with a lush lawn ready for all your summer activities. 1. Test Continue Reading ...

Is Your High-Efficiency Water Heater Going To Lead To Heartache Later On?

Posted on: July 15, 2016 by in Blog
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It's time to replace your old, energy-guzzling water heater, boiler, dehumidifier or furnace and you've done your homework. You're going to save energy and money in the long run by switching to a high-efficiency condensing heater or boiler. It's important to know the nuances of proper installation - even if you're relying on a professional to do the job. A growing number of homeowners are turning to boilers, HVAC systems and water heaters that rely on condensing to maximize the unit's Continue Reading ...