Your Rochester Home Inspector Explains ~ Moldy Attic

A bathroom fan is discharging moisture into the attic…and is creating a great environment in which mold can grow!

Recommendation: The bathroom fan needs to be fixed properly so it vents up through the roof, the soffits need to be opened to allow fresh air in and a Mold Expert needs to be brought in to determine what must be done to clean up the mold in the moldy attic!

Moving This Summer? Navigate The Peak Season Like A Pro

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Are you planning a move this summer? Here you can find some information that should make your move just a little easier. From Your Friends at Rochester HomPro Inspections.

Summer is the busiest time of the year for home and business moves. In fact, an estimated 65 percent of the 43 million Americans who are moving this year will do so in the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

What does that mean for those with a move in the immediate future? Considering the fact that moving is ranked just behind death and divorce in terms of life’s most stressful events, a summer move Young Family Having Fun In Parkmight mean stocking up on extra stress balls and taking a few extra deep breaths along the way.

“Whether you are hiring help or doing it yourself, you can expect a fair amount of anxiety,” says Sean E. Burns, a psychologist with Counseling Associates of West Michigan. “It’s helpful to simply recognize that it’s normal that your life is out of order during this period. Once moved, it’s important to resume life’s routines as soon as possible. Don’t worry about getting everything in place right away; put a priority on resuming your workouts and family trips to the park, and the rest will take care of itself over time.”

A summer move also means that you need to plan further in advance and be more flexible with your move dates.

“We moved 1.3 homes or businesses per minute last summer,” says Randy Shacka, president of Two Men And A Truck, the nation’s largest franchised moving company, “In fact, we moved 2,851 homes and businesses in the two days between June 28 and June 29. Based on year-over-year trend analysis of every move within our 260 store system, we believe that same weekend will likely be our busiest again this summer.”

So, beyond avoiding a late June move, how do you begin to navigate the waters of the busiest moving season?

“In a perfect world we’d all plan ahead, but the reality is we’re busy with work and life and next thing you know you have seven days to get moved,” Shacka says. “So while it’s important to be flexible, box things in advance, etc., you might just consider doing a few simple things to make your life a bit easier on move day.”

Shacka suggests the following:

1732656_webKids rule: If hiring a sitter isn’t an option on move day, get the kids involved as “supervisors.” Help them with a simple checklist or turn a box into a “treasure chest” of their own belongings so the move becomes a positive experience for them. For more kid-friendly move-day ideas, visit www.twomenandatruck.com/moving-with-kids.

Free Fido: If watching the kids weren’t enough, try managing the dog as she tries to skirt through every open door. Ask a family friend to watch the animals, or consider boarding them for the day. The money spent is a good investment in reducing your overall stress.

Space it out: Often homeowners will move all their furniture into one room to save time for their movers. This can be a cost savings for boxes, but when it comes to furniture it can slow the move down. A good moving company will use stretch wrap to protect furniture, so when packed tightly together into one room the pieces have to be moved twice to properly prepare for the move. Go ahead and consolidate boxes, but save yourself the hassle and leave furniture where it lives.

Picture this: Photos are often the last thing to be packed because it seems safer to just leave them hanging until they are ready to be moved. In truth, they often delay a move because movers have to remove them to get furniture past. This time ask your movers to provide you with-the appropriate packing materials in advance and pack your photos yourself. It’s often light lifting, and it’s a fun way to relive memories while thinking about life’s next great adventure.

If you or someone you know is looking for a quality Rochester Home Inspection, Rochester HomePro Inspections is here for you. Call Us Today at 585-670-6323 or Schedule Online Now by Clicking Here

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For more moving advice, visit www.twomenandatruck.com.

Our Commercial Inspections

HomePro Inspections provides inspection services to property managers, investors, and owners for commercial properties such as office buildings, apartment buildings, restaurants, retail stores, warehouse buildings, and other light commercial properties. Our engineers are experienced and trained in evaluating all major building components.

Team Approach


George Cline, Chris Sheridan and Rick Papaj

Unlike a typical home inspection where a single inspector visits and inspects the home, during a commercial visit HomePro uses a team of Licensed Professional Engineers to perform the inspections. For larger buildings, it may be necessary to enlist the assistance of reputable contractors for specialty items such as chimneys, elevators, security/alarm systems, and fire extinguishing systems or other specialized systems or components. These specialists would accompany us during the inspection to evaluate their specific specialty.

Great Tip From Your Rochester Home Inspector About Your Clothes Dryer

This dryer vent information was sent to me and I thought I should share since it’s such an easy thing to do but many of us probably have no idea about this.

DryerStory: The heating unit went out on my dryer! When the handyman that fixes things for us around the house came out to fix it, he said he wanted to show us something. He went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load of clothes). He took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material; I’m sure you know what your dryer’s lint filter looks like. Well…the hot water just sat on top of Dryer Vent Link Trapthe mesh! It didn’t drain through at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over the lint filter mesh and that’s what can burn out the heating unit. You can’t SEE the film, but it’s there.

dryer sheetsIt’s what is in dryer sheets that make your clothes soft and static free. That nice fragrance too. You know how the dryer sheet feels waxy when you take them out of the box…well this waxy stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint filter screen. This is also what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (and to help keep your electric bill low) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or some other type brush) at least every six months. This helps make the life of the dryer last a lot longer!Dryer vent lint trap clean

What do you think about that!?! You learn something new every day! I certainly didn’t know dryer sheets could do that, so, I thought I’d share!

Note: I went to my dryer and tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water and a nylon brush and I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it, the water ran right thru the screen! There wasn’t any puddling at all! That handyman knew what he was talking about!

So now you should go and check your lint filter by running water over it to see if the water puddles. If so, just use hot soapy water and a brush to clean it. It works great and you’ll be a lot safer! Be sure to share with your family and friends too!

From your friends at HomePro Inspections!
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Meet Our Team

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NYS Home Inspector License Number 16000032380

Sean Adam is a NYS licensed home inspector and a graduate of the New York State School of Home Inspection and Construction. Sean has over 20 years experience in many facets of residential construction including roofing, siding, windows and doors.

Rick Papaj, P.E.
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Rick Papaj is Vice President of HomePro Inspections. He is a NYS licensed professional engineer and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Buffalo. Rick has over 20 years of engineering experience and has been with HomePro Inspections since 1997. Since that time he has completed over 1000 building inspections including residential and commercial structures. Rick has extensive and varied experience in the Civil Engineering field, managing municipal highway and bridge projects, and in the home construction field, having built his own home. He also participates in the field training process of new home inspectors. In addition to home and commercial property inspections, Rick consults with home and building owners on specific concerns such as new construction.

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NYS Home Inspector License Number 16000013361

Chris Sheridan is a NYS and Pennsylvania licensed professional engineer and received a Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has over 20 years of engineering experience and has been with HomePro Inspections since 1999. Chris has extensive Civil Engineering experience in residential, commercial, highway, utility, and bridge construction. He also participates in the field training process of new home inspectors. In addition to home and commercial property inspections, Chris consults with home and building owners on specific concerns such as drainage issues.

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NYS Home Inspector License Number 16000006848

George Cline is President of HomePro Inspections which he founded in 1991 after attending the Professional Home Inspectors Institute in Falls Church, Virginia. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Buffalo. George is a NYS licensed professional engineer, a NYS Certified Radon Measurement Provider, and a NYS approved Technical Instructor for continuing education. In addition to full home and commercial property inspections, George consults with home and building owners on specific concerns such as wet basements, structural issues, roofing problems, heating and cooling systems, ice damming and attic ventilation problems. He has trained several home inspectors in the field and is a certified member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).

 

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