Is my chimney earthquake proof?

Earthquakes arrive without notice and bring with them a lot of destruction.  Here in California, we are no strangers to the threat of an earthquake, so how can you make sure your chimney would be safe in an earthquake? Did you know?  Your chimney doesn’t just...

Should I install Anti-Scald Valves?

We have all experienced that annoying burst of hot or cold water in the shower when someone else in the house turns on a faucet or flushes a toilet. While for many of us, it simply requires a quick maneuver out of the way of the flowing water, for others, such as the...

Are carpet beetles bugging you?

Do you ever notice damage to your clothing or other pieces of fabric in your home? It is possible you may have a household pest called the carpet beetle. While adult carpet beetles are easier to spot and actually do not cause any damage to your household items,...

Why should my home be tested for Radon?

When buying a home, it is important to make sure that a radon test has been performed. A certified home inspector usually does this as part of the seller’s home inspection. You might ask yourself, though, what exactly is Radon? How dangerous is it? How common is...

Stay Grounded

I did a home inspection on a wonderful old house in Los Gatos the other day. It had been in the family for many years, being built back when that area was mostly orchards (available to purchase for $500 an acre!) This home had an older ungrounded electrical system....

Simple ways to use less energy in the home

A lot of people don’t realize how easy it can be to use less energy in the home. With just a few simple adjustments you can save a lot of money. Here are a few simple ways this can be done: Instead of using an air conditioner, which uses a lot of energy, try...

Low Cost Alternatives to Remodeling

Thinking of remodeling your home? Many people love the idea…. but the reality can be quite different. Instead of going head in on a project, consider doing some low-cost alternatives. Below are just a few examples of some low-cost alternatives to consider....

USING YOUR COMMON SENSE(S) when buying a home

Happy (rainy) New Year! It sure has been a welcome relief to see plenty of the wet stuff falling this winter. Last weekend I was doing a home inspection in Willow Glen and as soon as I entered the house I was immediately greeted with the smell of mildew. It was a...

Your Well Water and Pollutants

The water we drink has a direct impact on our health. Throughout this blog, we will discuss how water can become contaminated. Once you learn what can pollute your drinking water, you will know what to do as well as what not to do. When mining or constructing nearby,...