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The truth about ice dams and icicles.

During my career as a certified home inspector on Long Island I often get questioned on ice dams so I will try to explain them as best as I can. While clogged gutters definitely don't help they usually are not the main cause of ice dams. Ice dams form when the upper...

Garage Door Dangers

Garage doors can be extremely dangerous, especially in older homes. Older wood overhead garage doors are extremely heavy and require large springs to assist with lifting them. These springs can break when expanded and cause serious damage and or injury. To prevent...

Electrical Hazards in Attics

  I often find exposed wiring in attics while doing home inspections on Long Island. The above picture was taken during a recent home inspection. While the homeowner was smart enough to put wire nuts on the ends of the "live wires" he failed to properly terminate...

Shock Hazard

While performing a home inspection on Long Island recently I found openings in both the main service panel above and the sub-panel shown below. If you look carefully at the above picture you can see the shiny silver metal. If someone were to reach in and touch this...

Underground Oil Tank

  I found this buried oil tank vent during a recent home inspection in Smithtown. In this case there was no oil tank fill which can be an indication that the tank was abandoned. When buying a new home always ask the sellers if there are any buried tanks on the...

Laundry Room Defects

Laundry Room Defects One area of the home that gets neglected when it come to normal maintenance is the laundry room. In this article I will go over some of the most popular laundry room defects. Most people don't realize the dangers that lurk in your laundry room....

Pressure Relief Valves

Improperly terminated Pressure relief valves can lead to serious injuries if left uncorrected. Look at the pressure relief valve in the above picture, notice that while there is a discharge pipe it is only a few inches long. All discharge pipes should extend to about...

Chimney Maintenance

Take a look at the cracked mortar I found during a recent Long Island Home Inspection. This mortar at the top is usually called the cap and it is the first line of defense when it comes to maintaining the integrity of the chimney. When these cracks in the cap go...

Improperly configured drain

    I came across this drain under a bathroom sink during a recent home inspection. The first problem I see is the lack of a proper drain trap like the one in the second picture. The primary use of a trap is to prevent the escape of dangerous sewer gases....