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Allergic in Winter?

It's winter time and not a plant in your area can be found poofing pollen particles into the air. So why are you still sniffling and sneezing? It could be your heating furnace ducts.

Take a look at the inside of your heating and cooling ducts, like the certified home inspectors at Final Look Inspection Services routinely do during their inspections, by lifting up one or more floor register grates (vents) where the air comes into a room. Do you see, what we see? … coins, paper clips, pet hair, dust, dirt, gum, pencils, pens, beads, paper, combs, dried food, crumbs, rings, rodent droppings, insulation, bio-growths, etc… you get the idea. Periodically grab a shop vacuum and clean out these unwanted items to help ease your symptoms. To help prevent future dust contamination of the ducts:

  • Change air filters regularly.
  • Periodically have a service technician clean cooling coils and drain pans.

Moisture should not be present in your air ducts. Controlling moisture is the most effective way to prevent biological growth in air ducts. To help prevent ducts from becoming wet:

  • Make sure heating/cooling ducts are properly sealed and insulated.
  • Ensure all crawlspace ducts are supported up off of the ground.
  • Pay particular attention to air conditioning cooling coils, which are designed to remove water from the air and can be a major source of moisture contamination of the system that can lead to bio-growth inside ducts.

Final Look Inspection Services LLC Owner Re-elected WAHI Fox Valley Chapter Vice-President

Final Look Inspection Services LLC Owner, Doug Hoerth, has been re-elected by his peers as the Vice-President of the Fox Valley Chapter of the Wisconsin Association of Home Inspectors (WAHI). In his role as Vice-President, Doug organizes meetings and training sessions for local home inspectors and mentors those just beginning their career in this field. His term will now last two additional years through 2013.

WI Homes Now Required to Have Both Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms

As of Feb 1, 2011, the State of Wisconsin requires both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in almost all one- and two-family dwellings, regardless of the building’s age. The new carbon monoxide safety net is for dwellings with fuel burning appliances, fireplaces or attached garages. Owners are responsible for alarm installations and occupants have responsibility to maintain the alarms.  Click here for more information on the new requirements and installation information.

Get Ready for Your Home Inspection

We are frequently asked what can a home owner do in advance to ready their home for an inspection and to help ease the home inspection process.  Here are some of our recommendations:

  • Clean your house before the inspection... this goes along way to helping us do our job.
  • Clear out dirty gutters or debris from the roof.
  • Install a new furnace filter. It will be looked at during the inspection and be considered as part of the overall condition of the furnace or the heat pump.
  • Leave the utilities connected. We need to turn on and off appliances and check receptacles.
  • Clear three feet of space around the furnace and water heater so we can maneuver.
  • Clear a path to attics and garages.  Move boxes away from the walls and vacuum spider webs.
  • Unlock or open outbuildings, sheds, and electrical boxes.
  • Clear away brush and snow from the exterior around the foundation. This is especially important in the winter when snow starts to pile up.
  • Ensure all windows operate smoothly. If some are stuck or painted shut, the impression will be that the window does not open.
  • Be sure that there is a minimum of one smoke detector per floor and that it is in proper working condition.
  • Make sure all plumbing fixtures are in proper working order with no leaks.

January is National Radon Action Month

You can’t see, smell, or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home.  Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 20,000 Americans each year.  In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools, and other buildings for radon. Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk, and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure.  If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family.  Testing is easy and inexpensive.  Contact Final Look Inspection Services to schedule your radon test.