What is a Macerating Toilet?

macerating toilet                                                                     Macerate: to soften or break into pieces.

 

A macerating toilet, also called an upflush toilet system, creates a fine slurry of waste and paper, sending it directly to the septic               or  sewer system.  The macerating pump is a good choice when traditional plumbing just will not work. For instance, a bathroom           addition  in an  under the stairs closet or on concrete flooring such is found in a basement make it difficult to install traditional        toilets and  require more money and cutting through concrete to install.  Basically, a macerating toilet is a cost effective and more              simple solution  to  your family’s growing bathroom needs!

 

 

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Ensure Santa can Land on your Roof with an Atlanta Home Inspections roof inspection

 

Chances are, if you have been nice all year, Santa will be paying you a visit the night before Christmas. When he arrives in his reindeer-drawn sleigh, will he be able to safely land on your roof or will he crash and burn?

santa on roof

 

To keep Santa and his reindeer injury free you may need to consider having a maintenance roof inspection performed. A roof inspection will cost you, but it is  a lot cheaper than what it will cost you if undetected issues wreak havoc.

Worried about weak spots, broken shingles or leaks? Have the roof inspected by a professional who walks the roof. By walking the roof more details can be found as opposed to viewing the roof from the ground with binoculars.

 

 

One of the weakest points of any portion of a roof is in the seaming.  If the seams are not properly sealed upon installation, then the risks of the roof having an issue increase. Where adhesion methods, such as glue, tape, asphalt, or heat welder, etc. are used, if both faces of the seam aren’t sealed at once, the seam will be defective.  Seam sealing is present in the following methods:

  • Peel & Stick – As simple as it sounds, and then the seams are rolled out with a special roller.
  • Thermoplastic – This seal fuses when hot air melts the section to the next one or to the flashing
  • Asphalt – the hot substance is mopped into place/ it can also be welded. Once the torch heats the asphalt it will melt to the next membrane or flashing.

 

 

Another common area of the roof where issues may be found is around the vent boot.

 

 

 

It is important that the drawband is tightly attached but does not cut into the flashing and that the sealant at the top is installed with no voids or loose sections. The vents are often the first item to deteriorate due to weathering and age. If they are not sealed properly or suffer from the elements, then leaks can occur around them.

 

 

To ensure Santa lands safely on your rooftop, call 404-788-2581 and schedule your roof maintenance inspection with the Atlanta home  inspectorDavid Lelak.

 

 

 

 

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Garbage Disposal Etiquette with the Atlanta Home Inspector

 

Garbage Disposal  Are you using your garbage disposal properly? What foods do you consistently flush down the drain, and which foods do you pitch elsewhere?  The Atlanta home inspection crew has created a list of consumables that need to avoid garbage disposal territory. Make sure that the disposal stays clog-free, and that the trap does not become blocked.  Even though a plumber could help in this situation, why pay for a service call if you can educate your family ahead of time and avoid the situation if possible!

Here’s that short list of food waste that’s better suited for the garbage

  • Rice and pasta : Small particles can never be completely pulverized, and will swell in the presence of water. This can clog pipes and traps.
    • Egg shells : Tiny, granular waste can get “bound” with pipe sludge, creating a thick clog.
    • Coffee grounds : Same as for egg shells. As a clog thickens, it’s harder for water to pass through.
    • Grease : Liquid fats turn to solid when in contact with cold water. Over time, this creates a clog like plaque on an artery.
    • Potato peels : Once ground, peels turn starchy like mashed potatoes. This can clog a drain pipe instantly.

With kitchen garbage disposals, the general rule for flushing food should be “when in doubt, leave it out”. Use your disposal for convenience, not for a trash chute substitute!

On a side note, The Atlanta home inspector takes pictures of every garbage disposal and submits the model and serial numbers to RecallChek to ensure that your disposal has not been recalled for issues. There could be an underlying issue with the disposal if you are experiencing issues, yet using the appliance properly.

Visit our website at http://www.ihihomeinspections.com to book your Atlanta home inspection today!

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We look forward to working with clients and agents during the real estate process. Experience the IHI Difference. 404-788-2581

 

 

 

The question isn’t ,”Do I have radon”, the question is, “is my radon level elevated or not” .

What is radon and why should knowing about it be an important issue? The Atlanta home inspector wants to make sure that clients understand the importance of testing their homes for elevated radon levels.  It is worth the time and cost to your family if elevated levels are detected. Whether you are buying, selling or just need a routine inspection service, consider adding a test to check the levels in your home.

The EPA has set standards to gauge what is considered a threatening level of radon in the home. Radon is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that exists as a by- product of urnanium or thorium.  It occurs naturally and is present everywhere.Measured in picocuries, which is the scientific term meaning a unit of radioactivity broken down to a decay rate of 2.2 disintegrations per minute… or how much radioactivity is emitted. The standard amount EPA has set is 4 pCi per liter.  If your test results are 4 or above, a qualified Radon Mitigator should be contacted to help you lower the levels.

Radon causes cancer. According to the EPA, more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths occur per year due to Radon. As home inspectors in Atlanta, we feel that it is our duty to provide services which will benefit clients to the utmost.  If requested,IHI Home Inspections will set up a monitor in your basement to detect the level of Radon gas in your home. We offer the test as part of our STAR Package deals. However, you can choose just the Radon test as an added service. The test typically lasts 48 hours. At this time, we place signs on entryways to your home, with the reminder to not leave windows or doors open for any extended amount of time. Due to the air flow from outside, the reading on the monitor can be affected.

Whether you are buying, selling or just need a routine inspection service, consider adding a test to check the radon levels in your home.

 

When you find your dream home, make sure that you get a thorough home inspection in Atlanta, GA from the home inspector Atlanta, GA, David Lelak of IHI Home Inspections, they serve Atlanta and all of North Georgia. Call us today at 404-788-2581 for a thorough home inspection in Atlanta. We won’t let you buy the money pit.  You can also schedule your Atlanta home inspection today online.  We create Peace of Mind One Atlanta home inspection at a time.  Be sure to check out all the other reasons other customers chose IHI Home Inspections at our original website. 

 

 

Find What You and Your Family are Looking for In Atlanta, Georgia

  Ohio boasts two of the best cities to raise a family, according to Forbes Magazine. Congratulations to those two cities and other great cities nationwide! However, the Atlanta home Inspection team feels that no matter what city is considered home, the most important thing is finding the city that works for  you and your family.

  Atlanta has many suburbs that contain family friendly activities. There are parks scattered throught metro Atlanta, as well. Whether it is playgrounds, sports, music or hiking/biking trails, you seek, they can be found in and around Atlanta, Georgia. The Atlanta home inspector also likes fun activities such as bowling, fishing, fun restaurants and theaters.  Canton, Woodstock, Marietta and Kennesaw, just to name a few cities, contain these activities and so much more. 

  Imagine being able to go fishing on Lake Allatoona in Cherokee county (where there are award winning schools), and then attend an Opera that very same evening at Reinhardt College in Canton, Georgia! Sometimes, the biggest decision isn’t are we going somewhere… it is where are we going!  In the suburbs of Atlanta there is no shortage of family fun. Miniature Golf courses and ice cream shoppes dot the landscape, as do sports arenas and organic farm grounds.

  If you or your family is seeking to relocate, consider Atlanta, Georgia or any of the surrounding suburbian areas.  Now is a good time to find the place where you belong – historic pricing and lending can help you decide. However, if you need to find an expert on the area, do not hesitate to contact a real estate professional. We know several who can find the perfect fit for you and your family!

Do us a favor if you or someone you know is about to buy that foreclosure home, please recommend us to them, so that they really know what “As-Is” really is. When you find your foreclosure home, make sure that you get a thorough home inspection in Atlanta, GA from the home inspector Atlanta, GA, David Lelak of IHI Home Inspections, they serve Atlanta and all of North Georgia. Call us today at 404-788-2581 for a thorough home inspection in Atlanta. We won’t let you buy the money pit.  You can also schedule your Atlanta home inspection today online.  We create Peace of Mind One Atlanta home inspection at a time.  Be sure to check out all the other reasons other customers chose IHI Home Inspections at our original website. 

 

On the Playground With the Atlanta Home Inspector

   The Atlanta Home Inspectors  can see up to 14 houses a week. With such a wide variety of dwellings,   home inspections in Atlanta  can be anywhere from 2 bedroom townhomes to 4 + bedroom family homes. One of the most sought after features in a home is a gourmet kitchen. While this is exciting to the adults of a home, the children are more apt to appreciate a big back yard or well constructed playground equipment.

   How many hours did you or your siblings spend outside during warmer weather? Remember sliding on those scorching metal slides? What about the swings? The chains were not coated in protective covering like today.  The rusty frame? Well that was all part of the charm. Plus, it taught  children how to distinguish hot surfaces, avoid rust in the eyes, and to not get pinched by the swing chains. It wasn’t so awful – really it wasn’t.

Keep in mind that while playgrounds can offer hours of entertainment, they can also lead to injuries. According to the CDC, ” About 75% of nonfatal injuries related to playground equipment occur on public playgrounds.” (Tinsworth 2001).  Schools are in the lead with the most accidents.  It stands to reason that the game of statistics will come into play, (no pun intended).  The more children involved, the higher the likelihood of an accident occurring.

  Homes with swing-set equipment are also a source of injury.  In referring to risk factors, the CDC reports :  swings are responsible for most injuries.  (Tinsworth 2001).

  This is in no way implying that children should stay away from playgrounds or back yard swing-set equipment. In fact, the exercise and imaginary play that is derived from the playground is important for childhood development. Playground behaviour has even been studied by psychologists around the globe. Exploring and experiencing heights is one of the developmental curves for children. Through this, boundaries are learned, psychologist Sanderson has written in one of his studies. 

  The Atlanta home inspectors do not perform a formal assessment of swing-sets or playground equipment. However, they do perform a detailed and thorough examination of your home.

Do us a favor if you or someone you know is about to buy that perfect home, please recommend us to them. When you find your dream home, make sure that you get a thorough home inspection in Atlanta, GA from the home inspector Atlanta, GA, David Lelak of IHI Home Inspections, they serve Atlanta and all of North Georgia. Call us today at 404-788-2581 for a thorough home inspection in Atlanta. We won’t let you buy the money pit.  You can also schedule your Atlanta home inspection today online.  We create Peace of Mind One Atlanta home inspection at a time.  Be sure to check out all the other reasons other customers chose IHI Home Inspections at our original website. 

Atlanta Home Inspectors Stay Busy Due to Affordable Housing Market

Home Opportunity Index (2005-2012)

Even though Atlanta didn’t make the top of  the most affordable homes list, the Atlanta Home Inspector  has been busy. The overall  affordability of homes nationwide was  higher last quarter. The lowest mortgage rates in history, a sustained median income, and slow-to-recover home prices throughout GA and the country, means that the request for Atlanta Home Inspections has increased, due to the abundance of real estate activity in our area!

According to the National Association of Home Builders, the quarterly Home Opportunity Index read 75.9 in 2011′s fourth quarter. More than 3 in 4 homes sold between October-December 2011, in other words, were affordable to households earning the national median income of $64,200.

Never in recorded history have U.S. homes been as affordable on a national level. Even on a regional and local level, affordability soared.

Affordability was highest in the Midwest; 7 of the 10 most affordable markets nationwide were in the nation’s heartland. 

The Top 5 most affordable U.S. cities in Q4 2011 were:

  1. Kokomo, IN (99.2% home affordability)
  2. Fairbanks, AK (97.5% home affordability)
  3. Cumberland, WV (96.9% home affordability)
  4. Lima, OH (96.0% home affordability)
  5. Rockford, IL (95.5% home affordability)

These are each considered “small markets”. The most affordable “major market” was the Youngstown, Ohio area, where 95.1% of homes sold were affordable to households earning the area’s local median income.

Not surprisingly, America’s “least affordable cities” were regionally-concentrated, too, with 7 of the 10 least affordable markets located in either California or Texas.

San Francisco (#3), Santa Ana (#4), and Los Angeles (#5) led for the Golden State but, for the 15th consecutive quarter, the New York metropolitan area took “Least Affordable Market” honors.

Just 29 percent of homes in and around New York City were affordable to households earning the area’s median income last quarter. It’s a large jump from the quarter prior during which 23 percent of homes were affordable.

The rankings for all 225 metro areas are available for download on the NAHB website.

If you plan to buy an Atlanta foreclosed home,  have a real estate professional on your side. The internet can teach you much about how the GA housing market works, but when it comes to writing contracts, you’ll want an experienced agent on your side.

Do us a favor if you or someone you know is about to buy that foreclosure home, please recommend us to them, so that they  know what “As-Is” really means. When you find your foreclosure home, make sure that you get a thorough home inspection in Atlanta, GA from the home inspector Atlanta, GA, David Lelak of IHI Home Inspections,  serving Atlanta and all of North Georgia. Call us today at 404-788-2581 for a thorough home inspection in Atlanta. We won’t let you buy the money pit.  You can also schedule your Atlanta home inspection today online.  We create Peace of Mind One Atlanta home inspection at a time.  Be sure to check out all the other reasons other customers chose IHI Home Inspections at our original website. 

High Demand on Existing Homes Provides Positive Outlook

Existing home supply

An “existing home” is one that’s been previously occupied and cannot be categorized as new construction. As Atlanta home inspection  providers we see several of both types of homes. Due to the populated areas where we provide home inspections in Atlanta, Ga there is a continuous flow of buyers in “existing home” transactions. Could this be an indicator that a housing recovery is beginning nationwide?

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, the January 2012 Existing Home Sales showed  a 4 percent increase as compared to December’s revised figures. There was also a 20-month high in home resales during this January’s reports.

The good news is that demand is high in Canton, Woodstock, Roswell, Kennesaw and other surrounding cities not only for home sales, but for the services needed to complete real estate transactions. This would indicate that Marietta home inspections are on the rise, as well.  There is still a positive outlook for those who wish to sell their  homes.  Since housing stock is at a 5 year low, the demand is higher than the supply, which makes for a higher price on the homes. Higher price on the homes, means more money in the seller’s pockets.

Interestingly enough,  at the current pace of sales, today’s complete home inventory would “sell out” in 6.1 months.

Analysts say that a 6-month supply is a market in balance. Anything less is Bull Market territory.

As contract failures subside, Existing Home Sales are expected to rise even faster. Many buyers have tried to buy but could not for reasons such as: appraisals coming in lower than contract pricing, home inspection issues that could not be negotiated, and mortgage denials.

First-time buyers continue to power the home resale market. In January, 33% of all sales were made to first-time buyers, up four points from last year. This statistic suggests that renters are moving into homeownership, an important component in a sustained housing market recovery.

Given high demand and shrinking supply, we should expect for Bradshaw Farms, Bridgemill, and Harmony on the Lakes  home prices to rise in the coming months, if they haven’t already. Thankfully, mortgage rates remain near all-time lows.

Do us a favor if you or someone you know is about to buy that perfect home, please recommend us to them. When you find your dream home, make sure that you get a thorough home inspection in Atlanta, GA from the home inspector Atlanta, GA, David Lelak of IHI Home Inspections, they serve Atlanta and all of North Georgia. Call us today at 404-788-2581 for a thorough home inspection in Atlanta. We won’t let you buy the money pit.  You can also schedule your Atlanta home inspection today online.  We create Peace of Mind One Atlanta home inspection at a time.  Be sure to check out all the other reasons other customers chose IHI Home Inspections at our original website. 

 

The Atlanta Home Inspector Missed The Today Show~ Here is What He Missed!

We have all heard the commercials about having bad credit or no credit, and what the company paying for the advertisement will do for someone with said credit woes. What the advertisements fail to mention are that these acts of “kindness” will be at a very high interest rate. The Atlanta Home Inspector is not a mortgage expert, so the complete structure and ins an outs of rates will be left to those who work with the numbers everyday, but the Atlanta Home Inspections team would like to share this information for anyone curious about rebuilding their credit.

Mortgage rates are at an all-time low in Atlanta, GA. However, the low rates you see advertised on TV and online are only available to the home buyers and would-be refinancers whose credit scores are pristine. Having a high credit score is often the difference between getting “the best rates” from your lender, and getting something worse.

The first part of improving your credit score is understanding how it works. In this 5-minute piece from NBC’s The Today Show, (which the Atlanta Home Inspector rarely gets a chance to view anymore, since there are so many home inspections in atlanta and surrounding cities) ,you’ll learn the basics :

  • Why you shouldn’t close a credit card after you pay off a large debt
  • What is the maximize balance to leave on your credit cards, relative to your credit limit
  • What types of credit checks harm your credit scores, and which ones don’t

You’ll also learn how to shop for a mortgage with multiple lenders without having your credit score “dinged”, as well as several proven methods to raise your credit score quickly.

In the end, good credit scores are the result of paying bills on time and staying with your means. Those with the best scores, get the best rates.

Credit scores play a huge role in today’s mortgage market — larger than at any time in recent history. Blame it on the high default rates of the last half-decade. Lenders are reserving their lowest rates for the customers most likely to make on-time repayments.

To Escrow or Not To Escrow – That is the Question

Escrow taxes and insuranceFailure to insure your home is a breach of your mortgage contract loan terms. Failure to pay real estate taxes can result in foreclosure. After working so hard to find your Cherokee County home, don’t neglect your fiscal responsiblities as a homeowner. Make your mortgage payments. Pay your home’s real estate taxes as they come due, as well as your homeowners insurance policy premiums. One way to ensure that taxes and insurance are always paid, is to escrow your mortgage.

However, there are two methods by which you can pay your real estate tax and homeowners insurance bills. You can pay your taxes and insurance as the bills come due, usually semi-annually. Depending on your home’s tax bill size and the cost to insure your home, these payments can feel quite large — especially if you’ve failed to budget for them properly.

The second method of paying your taxes and insurance is to give your lender the right to pay them on your behalf, a process known as “escrowing for taxes and insurance”.

When you escrow your real estate taxes and homeowners insurance, you pay a portion of your annual obligation to your lender each month, which your lender then holds in a special account for you, and disperses to your taxing entities and insurance company as needed. Lenders prefer that homeowners escrow taxes and insurance because, in doing so, the lender is assured that tax bills remain current and that homes stay insured.

Want a discount on your next mortgage rate? Tell your lender that you’re willing to escrow.

To help calculate your monthly escrow payment to your lender, do the following :

  1. Find your home’s annual real estate tax bill
  2. Find your home’s annual homeowners insurance premium
  3. Add the two figures and divide by 12 months in a year

The quotient is your monthly “escrow”; the extra payment you’ll make to your lender each month along with your regularly scheduled principal + interest payment. Then, when your tax bills and insurance premiums come due, your lender will make sure the payments are made on your behalf.

If you’re unsure whether escrowing is right for you, talk to your loan officer and/or financial planner. There are valid reasons to choose either path.

Do us a favor if you or someone you know is about to buy that perfect home, please recommend us to them. When you find your dream home, make sure that you get a thorough home inspection in Atlanta, GA from the home inspector Atlanta, GA, David & Bonnie Lelak of IHI Home Inspections, they serve Atlanta and all of North Georgia. Call us today at 404-788-2581 for a thorough home inspection in Atlanta. We won’t let you buy the money pit.  You can also schedule your Atlanta home inspection today online.  We create Peace of Mind One Atlanta home inspection at a time.  Be sure to check out all the other reasons other customers chose IHI Home Inspections at our original website.