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AFCI Outlets and Breakers Explained

By |2024-04-17T09:40:16-06:00April 17th, 2024|Back to Basics, Electrical|

Electricity is one of the most important components in our homes. However, it can also be one of the most dangerous. A flawed electrical system can be the source of power outages, property damage, bodily injury, and even house fires. Thankfully, through modern technology, we are able to implement safeguards into our electrical systems [...]

What’s the Problem with Zurn PEX Fittings?

By |2024-04-02T11:33:18-06:00April 2nd, 2024|Back to Basics, Plumbing|

When we inspect homes, plumbing is one of the major systems we observe. And having conducted thousands of inspections over 18 years, it follows that we have seen a lot of different plumbing configurations. Some plumbing materials and components have stood the test of time and proven to be reliable. However, there are quite a [...]

Polybutylene Piping: What You Should Know

By |2024-03-18T15:50:50-06:00March 18th, 2024|Back to Basics, Plumbing|

When it comes to residential construction, we are always trying to push forward as a society. We are searching for the most cost effective, efficient, and long-lasting building techniques. This has certainly yielded many successful methods and materials throughout history...but not always. In this blog, we will discuss a particular plumbing pipe that caused [...]

Kitec Plumbing: Why Is It Problematic?

By |2024-03-14T10:52:57-06:00March 14th, 2024|Back to Basics, Plumbing, Uncategorized|

Plumbing material is one of the most important components of a residence. Even though most of it is hidden underneath floors, and behind walls and ceilings, it is constantly "working" hard for us, supplying fresh water, draining waste water, and contributing to the functionality of our heating systems. It follows then that having good [...]

The Importance of Attic Ventilation

By |2024-02-28T13:31:20-07:00February 28th, 2024|Attic, Back to Basics|

In this day and age, it's all about building energy efficient homes. We put a lot of emphasis on insulation, especially in attics. Sufficient attic insulation is a key aspect of maintaining a comfortable and energy efficient home. But believe it or not, it is just as important to allow for a certain degree [...]

Why Can’t I Turn Off My Bathroom Exhaust Fan?

By |2024-01-15T09:54:21-07:00January 15th, 2024|Back to Basics, HVAC|

So you just moved into your brand new beautiful house. The home inspection is complete and everything is looking great! But after a few days you start to notice something strange - even when you try to switch it off, the bathroom exhaust fan keeps running continuously by itself. What's up with that? As [...]

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2023 Inspection Fails and Highlights

By |2023-12-07T10:25:17-07:00December 7th, 2023|Back to Basics|

As 2023 comes to a close, we thought it'd be fun to take a look back at some of the fails, highlights and all-around anomalies we have seen this year. Our company handles a large number of home inspections and rental inspections across the CO Front Range. So naturally, our inspectors are going to [...]

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Sump Pumps and Perimeter Drains: The Ultimate Guide

By |2023-10-05T12:32:28-06:00October 5th, 2023|Back to Basics, Drainage|

Water and moisture are one of the biggest threats to the exterior of a house. So it is crucial to have a solid exterior defense system to protect your home. Of course, you need a suitable roof, a good foundation and siding, and sufficient grading. But even if a home is well equipped with [...]

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Do I Need An Exhaust Fan In My Kitchen?

By |2023-06-02T13:59:15-06:00June 5th, 2023|Back to Basics, HVAC|

Having good indoor air quality in the residential setting is essential to healthy and safe living. The kitchen is one of those rooms that can heavily influence the content of your indoor air - think steam, smoke, grease, fumes etc. It's no wonder then that so many kitchens are equipped with exhaust fans. As [...]

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Spring HVAC Maintenance Tips

By |2023-05-23T15:01:24-06:00April 28th, 2023|Back to Basics, HVAC|

Each year when spring comes around, it's a time to shake off all that winter dust and spruce up your property. It's spring cleaning time! Winters can be rough (especially in Colorado), so by the time spring rolls around, many components of the home will be ready for a much needed cleaning and/or maintenance. [...]

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