Germantown MD Home Inspections https://camelothomeinspect.com Home Inspectors in Maryland, Virginia and Washington Sat, 01 Aug 2020 00:39:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 Getting a Break From The Wind https://camelothomeinspect.com/getting-a-break-from-the-wind/ https://camelothomeinspect.com/getting-a-break-from-the-wind/#respond Fri, 31 Jul 2020 22:38:00 +0000 https://camelothomeinspect.com/?p=1112 When you hear the wind howling and your home is shaking in the wind, do you wish that there was something you could do about it? Some homeowners find themselves chased out of their own backyard by heavy winds that make it too uncomfortable to spend time outside. Since you can’t make the wind stop […]

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When you hear the wind howling and your home is shaking in the wind, do you wish that there was something you could do about it? Some homeowners find themselves chased out of their own backyard by heavy winds that make it too uncomfortable to spend time outside. Since you can’t make the wind stop blowing, what are your alternatives?

One is to plant a windbreak. A windbreak is basically a row of trees that are sitting in the path of the wind, forcing the wind up and over your home. For this to be successful, it needs to be tall enough, tight enough, and sit far enough away from your home. Usually, you would want the windbreak to be planted about 4 times the height of your home away.

As for the choice of trees, a common practice is to use two different kinds. One that is faster growing and will offer you a quick fix, but with a shorter life-span, and then a second row that is made from longer-lasting, but slower growing trees.

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Time to Install a New Faucet? https://camelothomeinspect.com/time-to-install-a-new-faucet/ https://camelothomeinspect.com/time-to-install-a-new-faucet/#respond Fri, 24 Jul 2020 11:55:45 +0000 https://camelothomeinspect.com/?p=1109 Have you ever thought about installing a new bathroom faucet? It might seem like a complicated job, but as long as you remember one vital step in the process, it’s fairly hard to mess it up. So what is the vital step? As with any plumbing job, you want to make sure that you turn […]

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Have you ever thought about installing a new bathroom faucet? It might seem like a complicated job, but as long as you remember one vital step in the process, it’s fairly hard to mess it up. So what is the vital step? As with any plumbing job, you want to make sure that you turn off the water supply.

Forgetting about this step has led to many problems for homeowners that found themselves disconnecting something that was holding back the full pressure in their water supply line.

Once the water is shut off there are usually just 4 steps needed for removing your faucet and then the same four steps in reverse for installing the new faucet.

First, you remove the water supply lines from the faucet, then you undo the nuts that connect the faucet to the sink, if necessary you should remove the lift rod from the stopper in the sink. This should be all that is needed for the removal of your old faucet. After you do it all in reverse with the new faucet, you might want to put some silicone around the faucet to make it water-tight.

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What Is Bugging You? https://camelothomeinspect.com/what-is-bugging-you/ Tue, 30 Jun 2020 21:20:26 +0000 https://camelothomeinspect.com/?p=1106 As summer is here, so are the bugs. While we can see how they are necessary for nature, some of them we wish we wouldn’t see so much of. Take wasps for example. They can make it dangerous to be outside of your own home, especially if you have allergies. Wasps are more aggressive than […]

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As summer is here, so are the bugs. While we can see how they are necessary for nature, some of them we wish we wouldn’t see so much of. Take wasps for example. They can make it dangerous to be outside of your own home, especially if you have allergies. Wasps are more aggressive than bees, and they can sting you over and over again, unlike a bee who dies when it stings you.

As with any insects, you need to find their nest to make sure that you get rid of them. Killing individual wasps is not going to solve your problems. It can be dangerous to attempt to remove a nest, especially if you don’t have the correct gear and training, so it might be best to have an exterminator take care of it for you, but if you really want to take care of the issue yourself, you should do so at night, since they are less active.

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When The Bed Bugs Do Bite https://camelothomeinspect.com/when-the-bed-bugs-do-bite/ Mon, 22 Jun 2020 21:23:32 +0000 https://camelothomeinspect.com/?p=1103 Have you ever heard of bed bugs? Most likely you have since they have been the fear of homeowners for many years. Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of, especially since the only pesticide that was truly effective in fighting them turned out to have serious health side-effects. Staying in a hotel is […]

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Have you ever heard of bed bugs? Most likely you have since they have been the fear of homeowners for many years. Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of, especially since the only pesticide that was truly effective in fighting them turned out to have serious health side-effects.

Staying in a hotel is one of the most common ways in which homeowners get problems with bed bugs in the first place. With travel being so common, bed bugs can quickly travel from one place to another infesting even relatively nice hotels. Whenever you stay in a hotel room, you should make sure that there are no bed bugs before you even set down your bags on the couch. By pulling at the seams of mattresses and couch pillows, you should quickly be able to ascertain whether there are bed bugs there or not. They tend to cluster in areas that give them good hiding places.

If you find any traces, do not be afraid to speak up and request a new room. Just be careful, since bed bugs spread very easily, it is possible that several rooms are infested.

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What Grows Below The Surface https://camelothomeinspect.com/what-grows-below-the-surface/ Sat, 30 May 2020 17:56:08 +0000 https://camelothomeinspect.com/?p=1098 When you spill a liquid on your carpeted floor, do you immediately clean it up? Some might not worry too much about it if it is water, while others don’t even worry when it is soda or something like that, but in reality, anything that you spill on the carpet should be cleaned immediately. This […]

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When you spill a liquid on your carpeted floor, do you immediately clean it up? Some might not worry too much about it if it is water, while others don’t even worry when it is soda or something like that, but in reality, anything that you spill on the carpet should be cleaned immediately. This is because of the risk of mold growth. Mold can be very harmful to your health, and it can start growing if it finds a dark moist spot in your carpet that is ideal for it to live in. In some carpets, it might be very difficult to spot the mold until it has spread quite a bit, and it’s even more difficult when the mold is growing underneath the carpet.

A good indicator for mold is your nose since it can pick up the musty smell of mold. If you do suspect there is mold growth in your carpet, you shouldn’t waste any time, since it can spread so quickly.

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A Method For Protecting Your Home From Danger https://camelothomeinspect.com/a-method-for-protecting-your-home-from-danger/ Mon, 25 May 2020 14:52:22 +0000 https://camelothomeinspect.com/?p=1095 There are many different disasters that can damage your home. Some of them you might not have any control over, such as wildfires, heavy winds, and other problems. You can however do your best to minimize the risk of damage to your home when one of these events occurs. This is accomplished by creating what […]

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There are many different disasters that can damage your home. Some of them you might not have any control over, such as wildfires, heavy winds, and other problems. You can however do your best to minimize the risk of damage to your home when one of these events occurs. This is accomplished by creating what is called defensible space.

The idea behind defensible space is to limit the vegetation and other stuff around your home that could become a projectile during heavy winds or fuel during a wildfire.

Usually, a homeowner will divide the space around their home in 3 zones. In the first zone that goes out about 15 feet from the walls of your home, you should have everything cleared out, cutting down bushes and trees. In the second zone, which stretches about 100 feet from your home, you can have some trees and bushes spread out, but it should be kept fairly clear. In the third zone, you can let things grow fairly freely, but you should still not let it grow out of control.

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Cover Your Face! https://camelothomeinspect.com/cover-your-face/ Thu, 30 Apr 2020 19:06:08 +0000 https://camelothomeinspect.com/?p=1091 Do you know how to sew? A large part of the population doesn’t, and that makes it difficult for us to make our own face masks to use in public, but fortunately, the CDC realizes that not all of us are seamstresses. On their website they provide instructions both how to sew a facemask if […]

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Do you know how to sew? A large part of the population doesn’t, and that makes it difficult for us to make our own face masks to use in public, but fortunately, the CDC realizes that not all of us are seamstresses. On their website they provide instructions both how to sew a facemask if you can do so, and how to cut one out of an old t-shirt, using nothing but a pair of scissors. So why would you need to make your own mask? Well, the CDC recommends that we should be wearing a mask in public to prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading. These homemade masks can stop particles from escaping from our mouths and nose, and they can prevent some from coming in, so if everyone wears a mask, it is going to be a good prevention technique in unison with other methods, such as social distancing. It is important to avoid touching the mask when wearing it since that could transfer contaminants.

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What Do You Use To Clean Your Hands? https://camelothomeinspect.com/what-do-you-use-to-clean-your-hands/ Thu, 23 Apr 2020 16:41:29 +0000 https://camelothomeinspect.com/?p=1088 Hand sanitizer has become a lot more popular than it ever was. Stores sold out of hand sanitizer as well as many other cleaning items early on in the epidemic. People are using it throughout the day hoping to keep themselves healthy. Some even have gone to the lengths of trying to make their own […]

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Hand sanitizer has become a lot more popular than it ever was. Stores sold out of hand sanitizer as well as many other cleaning items early on in the epidemic. People are using it throughout the day hoping to keep themselves healthy. Some even have gone to the lengths of trying to make their own hand sanitizer but in reality, unless you have over 60% alcohol content, your homemade hand sanitizer is not going to be effective in killing the virus. It is also important to remember that while hand sanitizer is fairly effective at killing the virus it is not 100% effective. This is why the recommendation is to wash your hands whenever possible instead of just using hand sanitizer for cleaning needs. While hand sanitizer can be useful to have when you have no other options you should always choose a sink over the pump bottle whenever you can.

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A Little Bit Of Extra Cleaning https://camelothomeinspect.com/a-little-bit-of-extra-cleaning/ Tue, 31 Mar 2020 19:42:55 +0000 https://camelothomeinspect.com/?p=1085 There are some things that we might not think of when cleaning our home that now should give more attention. The COVID-19 virus spreads mainly by touch, so cleaning off surfaces that you commonly touch is very important. What do these include? In your home, you use your light switches, faucet handles, door handles and […]

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There are some things that we might not think of when cleaning our home that now should give more attention. The COVID-19 virus spreads mainly by touch, so cleaning off surfaces that you commonly touch is very important. What do these include? In your home, you use your light switches, faucet handles, door handles and stove knobs often. If you ever touch these after coming home from a trip to the store, you could have contamination on your hands that you then spread to those surfaces. In your vehicle, the handles, steering wheel, seat-belt, and shift-stick could be contaminated as well. Using a disinfectant to clean those off before and after you have gone anywhere will lower your risk of getting infected.

While it might seem a little paranoid to go through all this, if you are older or have underlying health issues, it could save your life. The same goes for any person that you get in contact with that has those problems.

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Venting Your Exhaust The Right Way https://camelothomeinspect.com/venting-your-exhaust-the-right-way/ Mon, 09 Mar 2020 19:01:53 +0000 https://camelothomeinspect.com/?p=1082 When your dryer is running in the basement, does it turn the whole room into a sauna? If you are not careful, an improper dryer exhaust can cause this to happen. There is about a gallon of water in your average load of laundry, and if this is released as steam into your home, it […]

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When your dryer is running in the basement, does it turn the whole room into a sauna? If you are not careful, an improper dryer exhaust can cause this to happen. There is about a gallon of water in your average load of laundry, and if this is released as steam into your home, it can lead to moisture in your home and water-related damage.

So how do you prevent this from happening? It is important that you have proper ventilation from your dryer.

Some have installed filters that allow them to vent the dryer air inside, but these will not prevent the moisture from escaping. There is no good alternative to a dryer that vents to the outside.

You should also do your best to have the exhaust duct go as straight as possible to the outside. Avoid pinching the vent by pushing back the dryer too far, since this can lead to lint buildup inside the vent, and even possibly a fire.

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