Common Health Issues With Homes

Home is where the heart is — at least, that’s how the saying goes. Although we typically think of our homes as a safe space away from the dangers of the world, sometimes those dangers can make their way into our living area. Whether you’re just settling down in your first home or you’ve been a homeowner for years, there’s never a bad time to start considering the threats that can be present in your home. Keep reading if you’d like to learn about some of the most common issues homeowners have with their investment and how to deal with them.

Faulty Electrical Wiring

67,000 fires, 485 deaths, and $868 million in property losses result each year from home electrical problems according to the U.S. Fire Administration, all numbers that are far too high for the comfort of most homeowners. Although many fires start without there ever being a warning sign or without the homeowner noticing them and taking action, there are some subtle signs that a fire could be impending.

 

  • Flickering or dim lights could be a sign of faulty wiring or overloaded circuits
  • Charred or noisy outlets or switches
  • Your breaker keeps tripping
  • Foul odors like melting plastic or something burning

 

If you notice any of these things happening and you recently had electrical work done on your home, you should turn any lights or appliances off and leave the home immediately. Since the majority of your home’s wiring is behind the walls, it’s unlikely that anything will go wrong. Most electrical wiring issues will result from errors in upgrading an old or outdated electrical system.

Poor Ventilation

Poor ventilation in homes is a much bigger issue than people care to admit. Aside from the damage that poor ventilation can cause to our homes, usually in the form of high humidity, poor ventilation can also be a health hazard for anyone who lives there. Mildew, mold, and mites all result from poor ventilation and can cause serious respiratory problems for people with allergies or asthma. This especially holds true if you’ve recently had flooding in your home. You may think your home is safe once you’ve cleaned up after a flood, but mold or mildew could be hiding behind the walls causing serious damage to your home and polluting your indoor air quality.

 

But mold, mildew, and mites aren’t the only problems brought on by poor ventilation. If you’ve kept up with our blogs in the past couple of months, you’ll also know that poor ventilation can result in ice dams in your attic. Your attic, roof, and the rest of your home all play an important role in preventing this, so check out our blog series on attic ventilation to learn more.

 

Contact Safe Investment Home Inspections

These are just a few of the many issues that can go wrong with your home and result in serious health risks. Read part two of this blog series or contact us today to learn more.

Simple Ways To Reduce Energy Consumption – Part 2

Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Safe Investment Home Inspections. This is part two of our blog series about improving the energy efficiency of your home. Last time, we talked about why energy efficiency is important as while as how you can reduce spending on your heating and cooling, one of the highest costs on your energy bills. Keep reading to learn more.

Install a tankless water heater

The difference between a standard furnace and a tankless water heater is that they only provide hot water as it is needed. And they won’t create standby energy loss that comes with storage water heaters. Tankless water heaters also waste less water and take up less room than on-demand water heaters.

Seal and insulate

Simply sealing and insulating your home will ensure its energy efficiency for years to come. Sure, you can spend all your time and money trying to improve your heating or cooling system, but what good will that do if the energy is being lost due to poor insulation or sealing? Some of the most common places energy is lost include attic hatches, weatherstripping around doors, baseboards, window frams, and switch plates. Air leaks are more likely to occur on the ceiling or in the attic since hot air rises so having your attic inspected is a great way to find potential ways to increase your home’s energy efficiency.

 

Sealing your attic isn’t just important for energy efficiency. In a previous blog, we talked about how sealing your attic will prevent frost from forming in it due to hot air rising and condensing on the ceiling which can lead to even more problems like increased humidity, mold, and damage to your home.

Washing clothes with cold water

A simple yet effective way of saving money on your energy bills. Without having to heat the water each time you put a load of laundry in, you’ll be saving a few extra bucks on each energy bill. This will add up over time and you won’t see any real downside to washing in cold water. Give it a try!

Change the way you cook

Making small adjustments to the way you cook can also have a big impact on your home’s energy efficiency. First of all, conventional ovens are less efficient than convection ovens. They’ll use up to 20 percent less electricity and cook food more evenly at a low temperature. What’s more, a microwave oven will use even less energy at just 20 percent of the energy cost of a convection oven. If you are going to use a conventional oven, however, make sure to move the rack up to the top level and place your food there. This is where it will cook the fastest so make sure to keep an eye on it.

Add Windows

Adding windows like skylights, light shelves, clerestory windows, or light tubes is a great way to reduce the energy used to maintain your lighting fixtures. You can also replace your lighting with more energy-efficient LED lighting. This lighting will cost you more initially but will save you more in the long run.

Contact Safe Investment Home Inspection

Are you ready to speak with an expert certified home inspector in Denver or the surrounding area? Safe Investment Home Inspection is your first choice for comprehensive home inspections, allowing you to live comfortably knowing the condition of your home. We do everything from thermal imaging to radon measurement and air quality testing so give us a call today if you have any questions or you’re ready to get started.

Simple Ways To Reduce Energy Consumption

If you’re like most people, you probably believe that you’re pretty good at saving energy within your home and that you only use what you need. You turn off lights when you’re not in the room and you try to avoid using your HVAC system as much as possible. But have you really tried everything you can to reduce your energy usage? However, before getting into the details about how to reduce energy consumption, it may be a better idea to start with why saving energy is important. Keep reading to learn more.

Cost Reduction

The first and most obvious reason that you’ll want to conserve energy in your home is because it will cost you less on your monthly energy bills. According to Move.org, the average consumer spends about seven percent of their income on energy bills. Nearly half of this money goes to heating and cooling and the bigger the home, the more this will increase.

Environmental Sustainability

Although electricity is a renewable resource, that doesn’t change the fact that power plants produce waste, and if you can reduce the amount of energy you’re using, you’ll inevitably be reducing waste. Reducing energy expenditure at home can make us a more energy and waste conscious society in general which will also reduce wastefulness in other areas.

Resale Value

There’s no doubt about it — if you’re planning on selling your home, it will be much more appealing to buyers if you’ve taken steps to increase its energy efficiency.

Tax Deductions

You will be able to claim the Residential Energy Efficiency Property Credit for wind, solar, and geothermal appliances in your home according to the U.S. Department of Energy. So, not only are you getting a more energy-efficient appliance, but you’re saving on taxes as well.

 

Now that we’ve established the main reasons for reducing energy consumption in your home, let’s take a look at some of the best ways to accomplish this.

Heating and Cooling

Since heating and cooling is the biggest culprit when it comes to high energy bills, it’s only natural to start here when trying to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Up to half of the energy expenditures in our home are related to heating and cooling and it should be the goal of every homeowner to find ways to reduce this, especially those with large homes.

 

Ceiling fans

Ceiling fans are a great way to reduce energy consumption while reducing the stuffiness that can make hot rooms so unbearable. You can also try opening the windows and let some fresh air in as well. It’s tempting to think that heat is always the cause of a room being “uncomfortable,” however, circulation has a lot to do with it. Opening windows and having a fan on low will get the air moving and you’ll feel a lot more comfortable.

Replace air filters

Often times, one of the biggest culprits of high energy bills is an inefficient heating and cooling system. Your air filters are an important part of this efficiency because the air within your home is constantly being circulated through it. If you’re using an air filter that’s not ideal for your home or that’s too dirty, you will be wasting energy.

Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats are a small investment for the enormous amount of money you’ll save in the long run on heating and cooling bills. Programmable thermostats allow you to set your HVAC system to automatically turn up or down based on whether you’re home or away. This is very useful for people with predictable work hours and can be adjusted easily if your schedule happens to change.

Use your fireplace

Far too many homeowners don’t use their fireplace, however, this is a great way to reduce energy consumption and costs far less than having your furnace running full blast all winter.

Close the curtains

If it’s cold outside, drawing your curtains is a great way to provide a little extra insulation at night especially if you don’t have double pane windows.

Contact Safe Investment Home Inspection

These are just a few of the many ways you can increase energy efficiency in your home. Improving energy efficiency is an important part of being a homeowner because it saves you money and a lot of hassle. However, it’s not the only thing you’ll have to worry about as a homeowner. At Safe Investment Home Inspection, we complete 500 point inspections of your home so that you can see exactly what’s going on in your home and what can be improved. Our master inspectors will provide you with the security and assurance you need to live comfortably in your own home, all while saving you time and money. Contact us today to learn more.

Why New Homeowners Should Contact A Home Inspector

You’ve done it, you just purchased your first home! As you’re settling in, it’s important to start planning out your new life and all the responsibilities you will be taking up throughout the coming years. Being a homeowner isn’t as simple as making monthly mortgage payments and keeping up with your neighbors (although those can certainly be difficult at times). Owning a home also means that you’re responsible for maintaining the safety and functionality of your home. Gone are the days of contacting your landlord whenever you need something; you’re going to have to find qualified experts to service your home or find a way to do it yourself. However, before you get to the point where you even need repairs on your home, you should first call a certified home inspector. Keep reading to learn more about why you should hire a home inspector if you’re a new homeowner.

Alleviate Risk

Chances are, the purchase you’ve just made is one of the most costly purchases you’ll make in your life. This isn’t meant to scare you, it’s actually cause for celebration! It’s inevitable that major purchases also come with a risk: maybe the home doesn’t live up to your expectations or it has a huge fault that reduces its value significantly. These are fears that many homeowners may have, but how can you eliminate this worry and start enjoying your new home? Calling a home inspector is a great start. A certified home inspector can get in fast and present you with any potential risks of living in the home. Maybe the air quality could use some work. Or maybe radon levels are high. Home inspectors can help you sort this out and settle the issue before it becomes costly.

Early start

Who doesn’t like to get an early start on things? It feels great, especially when it involves your home and your future. If you contact a home inspector now, you’ll have a jumpstart on taking care of your home and making it a comfortable place for you and your family to be for years to come. It’s also a good idea to start learning about reputable home inspection companies in your area sooner rather than later.

Estimate future expenses

There’s no better way to create a projection of your home’s repair costs than to hire an experienced home inspector. By knowing what could be improved in your home and how much it will cost, you’ll be able to plan out what needs to get done now and what you can hold off until a later date. High radon levels, for example, can lead to lung cancer, so it’s imperative that you deal with it immediately. Typically, your home will need to be closed for 12 hours for this process, so you’ll need to plan accordingly. For other issues like poor indoor air quality, you can start planning out costs to hire an HVAC specialist to come and check your furnace or air conditioner for potential issues.  

Safety

The most important reason to call a home inspector after you’ve just moved into a new home is the safety of you and your family. Although we tend to think of our home’s as safe and free of harm (which they are for the most part), there are still issues that can come up if the home hasn’t been maintained properly. For example, if there was a flood in the home a year ago, chances are, you wouldn’t know it. The home could appear perfectly safe on the outside, but there could be black mold growing in the walls. Mold can do serious damage to your home’s foundation and lead to poor air quality that everyone in your home will breathe in. You could spend hundreds calling different HVAC companies trying to get the issue fixed, but it will never improve unless you know the source of the problem. With a comprehensive home inspection, you’ll never have to worry about that. You’ll be able to get straight to the issue, saving you time and money.

Contact Safe Investment Home Inspection

Safe Investment Home Inspection is your Top Rated Local® Home Inspection Company in Denver and the surrounding area. If you have any questions about our services, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

The Most Common Causes Of House Fires – Part 2

Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Safe Investment Home Inspection. This is part two of our blog series about common causes of house fires. This time, we’re going to talk about the classification of each type of fire, as well as the most common causes of each type and how to prevent them. Keep reading to learn more.

Classes of fire

In order to prevent or fight a fire, it’s important to note that there isn’t just one class of fire. Depending on what class of fire you’re dealing with, it could be treated in a different way. However, the ultimate way to fight fires is to prevent them in the first place! Keep reading to learn more about fire classification.

Class A Fires

A class A fire is one that is caused by combustibles like wood, paper, trash, and anything else that will leave ash. Some of the most common causes of these fires include candles, cigarettes, or matches. Monoammonium phosphate is the most common chemical used to fight these fires because of its ability to smother a fire.

Class B Fires

Class B fires are caused by chemicals such as cooking liquids, gasoline, or paint. Monoammonium phosphate will help smother the fire and sodium bicarbonate contains chemicals that will also help extinguish the fire.

Class C Fires

A class C fire is one that’s caused by a short circuit, power cord damage, overloaded outlets, or faulty wiring. Essentially, any place where an electrical wire or another component like an outlet is present, there is potential for a class C fire. These can often be mistaken for cooking-related fires because they can occur in the electrical components of cooking equipment, however, cooking-related fires refer mainly to human error, misuse of cooking equipment, or something is faulty with the cooking equipment itself.

The main problem with class C fires is that they can’t be treated with water. Since water conducts electrical currents, using water or a water-based foam to treat these fires would only make them worse. In order to prevent this type of fire, you need to have your electrical components checked regularly by a certified home inspector. A home inspector will ensure that your electrical components are up to code and there’s no potential for a fire to start. Another thing you can do is ensure that you have a class C fire extinguisher on hand. If you’re not sure what type of fire extinguisher you have in your home, make sure you speak with a professional immediately.

Class D Fires

Class D fires are less common combustibles including magnesium, lithium, and titanium. These fires require special dry powder agents found in dry powder fire extinguishers. These smother the fire and eliminate the oxygen within it, in addition to absorbing the heat. This type of fire can be hazardous because most people don’t know how to effectively stop them from spreading.

Class K Fires

Class K fires burn a lot hotter than other fires due to the fact that they’re caused by cooking oils, like vegetable oil, olive oil, butter, lard, or bacon grease. Class K fire extinguishers will turn cooking oil into a non-flammable soap that will also reduce the heat of the oil.

Contact Safe Investment Home Inspections

Ultimately, the best way to fight a fire is to prevent it in the first place. If you’re a new homeowner or you’ve never had a home inspection before, now is the time! We won’t just inspect your home for fire safety, however. We will perform air quality testing, mold inspections, radon measuring, thermal imaging, fire safety inspections and much more. If you’d like to learn more about our home inspections in Denver, contact us today.

The Most Common Causes Of House Fires

As a homeowner, the last thing you want to worry about is your safety. But without taking the necessary safety precautions, your home may be susceptible to safety issues like poor indoor air quality, high radon levels, or house fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were 365,000 home fires in the U.S. in 2015. And that’s not even counting all the fires that occurred in businesses or other buildings around the country. Although the threat of house fires can never be completely eliminated, there are several things that you can do to help reduce the risk of house fires in your home. In this blog, we’ll talk about the different types of fires as well as how you can prevent them. Keep reading to learn more.

Causes

Cooking-related fires

Cooking-related fires are one of the most common causes of house fires in the United States. 170,200 fires from 2011-2015 were caused by cooking equipment according to the NFPA. These are somewhat shocking numbers considering most cooking-related fires can be prevented. One of the best ways to prevent these fires is to simply take more care when cooking. Don’t ever leave something on the stove unattended, and if you’re cooking something in the oven, make sure you’re always close by to check up on it regularly. If you have kids, make sure they understand the importance of this before you allow them to cook on their own.

There are several other causes of cooking-related fires including failure to clean cooking equipment, stoves or ovens being left on, or heat sources being too close to combustibles. Of course, everyone knows to avoid leaving their oven on after they’ve used it or to prevent dropping things on the stove that don’t belong. However, many homeowners don’t realize that having a dirty, disorganized cooking area is also a major cause of house fires. Keep a clean work area, never leave a heating source unattended, and educate your children about the dangers of house fires. These are the most important rules to follow in order to prevent cooking-related fires.

Lighting

On January 19, 2015, a Christmas tree engulfed in flames in a Severna Park, Maryland home. The impending fire killed all six people in the home and sparked a lot of conversations about preventing this type of fire. Naturally, when you bring a flammable object into the home and string it with electrical components, it’s going to be a fire hazard. However, there are several things you should look out for to minimize your risk of lighting-related house fires.

  • Avoid bringing a dry tree into your home. If the tree doesn’t have green needles or they’re constantly falling out, you should remove it from your home and replace it with a fresh one.
  • Make sure the wires on your lights aren’t frayed or worn out. You should replace your lights every couple years.
  • Light bulbs that are used too long can become brittle. Once this happens, the bottle wiring can catch fire and spread throughout your home. Make sure you’re turning lights off when you don’t need them. This will also save you on your energy bills.
  • If a light bulb is enclosed in a lighting fixture, it is more likely to catch fire due to more heat being trapped inside the enclosure.
  • Never leave lights on overnight or when you aren’t home.

Smoking

Smoking is a very common cause of house fires. A cigarette that is not put out properly can easily lead to a house fire if it is knocked off onto the carpet or anything else flammable. These fires are typically started in bedrooms because many people will smoke while lying in bed and there are more flammable materials like bed sheets that can ignite quickly. If you have to smoke at all, do it outside away from anything flammable.

Dryers

Many homeowners don’t realize that dryers are a huge fire hazard. However, according to the US Fire Administration, 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year. This is primarily caused by lint and dust buildup which can become clogged and highly flammable once temperatures reach a certain point. Lint traps should be cleaned regularly.

These are just a few of the most common causes of house fires. If you’d like to learn more about fire safety, keep reading to learn about fire classification or visit the National Fire Protection Association for more statistics.  

Contact Safe Investment Home Inspections

Safe Investment Home Inspections is your home inspection specialist in Denver and the surrounding area. We will inspect your home for any safety hazards including house fires, radon levels, air quality, and much more. If you have any questions or you’re ready to get started, contact us today.

This is part one of our blog series about common causes of house fires, read part two to learn more about the classification of fires.

Why Is There Frost In My Attic? – Part 3

Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Safe Investment Home Inspections. This is part three of our series about attic frost, so if you haven’t already, you can read part one here. Believe it or not, attic frost is a relatively common issue, and although there are many people who think that it can be prevented with more insulation, there are actually several major factors that can cause or make the issue worse. Attic frost will eventually melt, leading to structural damage and mold formation that could be a health hazard for you and your family. Keep reading to learn more about this issue and contact Safe Investment Home Inspections today for a full-home inspection in Denver.

Lowering humidity

Another way to prevent frost in the attic is to reduce humidity in your home. Typically, homes that have issues with a lot of frost in the attic are caused by humidifiers running 24/7. If you need a specific area of your home to be humidified, use a desktop humidifier that won’t have an enormous impact on your home. Large whole-home humidifiers can damage your home and lead to costly repairs.

You can also reduce your humidity by ensuring that you leave exhaust fans on in your bathroom for at least an hour after showering and while cooking in your kitchen. You can also install heat recovery ventilation (HRV) which will replace humid indoor air with dry outdoor air without removing too much heat.

Maintaining air pressure

Not only does humidity increase your chances of accumulating frost in the attic, but if the air pressure in your home is off, it may also increase the likelihood that this will happen. Because warm air rises, homes are designed so that air enters the towards the bottom of the home and exits at the top. If your home has a combustion air duct attached to the return plenum, it will pressurize when the furnace is running. As a result, the effect of an attic air leak will be increased, bringing more hot and humid air into your attic. Instead of being connected back to return plenums, your combustion air ducts should be dropped down into the room.

Poor HVAC ductwork will also cause pressure issues, thus resulting in more humidity in your attic. You should be sure to seal up any holes or gaps in your furnace ductwork. Too many return openings in the basement ductwork will result in unbalanced pressure between the basement and the rest of your home. Test this by opening your basement door slightly and turning on your furnace. If the door closes, the ductwork isn’t balanced and you may be contributing to the issues caused by air leaks in your attic.

Many people think that maintaining their home’s energy efficiency and preventing humidity and frost in the attic comes down to how much insulation is installed. Although having insulation installed is an important part of the process, it certainly isn’t the only. And if you already have a frost problem, adding insulation will actually make the issue worse. Not to mention, the humidity will ruin what insulation you do have installed.

Contact Safe Investment Home Inspections  

Are you worried that attic frost may have caused permanent damage to your home and led to the growth of harmful molds? Although there are several steps you can take to remedy this issue on your own, your first step should be to call a certified home inspector at Safe Investment Home Inspections. We will examine the issue and direct to a specialist that will be able to reverse the damage done to your home and make it a safe place for you to live again. Contact us today.

Why Is There Frost In My Attic? – Part 2

Hello, and welcome to part two of our blog series about attic frost. In part one, we talked about what causes attic frost and what effects it can have on your home. In part two, we’re going to talk a little bit more about the air leak inspection process for your attic. Since attic frost is caused by warm humid air that rises into your attic during cold days, it’s crucial that even the smallest holes or cracks are patched. If you suspect that attic frost has caused water damage in your home or has resulted in mold growth, contact a home inspection expert at Safe Invest Home Inspections immediately.

Check your attic

The first step is to enter your attic and check for any air leaks. There are two ways that you can test for these leaks: blower doors or fog machines. If you’re having trouble locating a leak, you may want to try using a fog machine, however, a blower door will usually do the trick. Not only will this device help you locate leaks in your attic, but it will tell you the general airtightness of your home which is useful information for saving money on energy bills and controlling humidity. If you’d like more information on how to use both blower doors or fog machines to locate leaks, we’ll talk more about them in our next blog. If you have neither of these devices, you’ll need to locate the leaks just by looking. Although this is by no means the most effective way, you should be able to find the majority of the leaks this way.

Once you’re in the attic, it shouldn’t be too difficult to locate problematic areas. If your floor has fiberglass batt insulation, look for any stains or dirt accumulation. Typically when batts get dirty, it’s due to an air leak like a crack or hole. When air rushes over the batts, it acts like an air filter collecting dirt and dust. A sunken batt could be a sign that there is a dropped ceiling under your insulation and the lack of an air barrier. Check around exhaust fans, ducts, or plumbing vent pipes. These can also be common leak areas, especially if they’re old and worn out. Once you’ve located a leak, it’s time to patch them.

Patching a hole

Holes that form above utility chases, dropped ceilings, and soffits can all be patched with gypsum drywall, oriented strand board (OSB), or plywood. However, a much easier way to patch these holes is with foil-faced polyisocyanurate which is easier to cut and place. Whichever material you decide to use, cut it to the appropriate size for the hole and secure it in place with nails or screws. After that, you can use a canned spray foam, acoustical sealant, or caulk to seal the area around it.  

If you’re dealing with a gap around a brick chimney, you’ll need to use a different material than for holes about soffits because they can get hot. You should be sure to cover these with sheet metal and sealed with high-temperature silicone caulk.

For a metal chimney, you’ll want to overlap two pieces of sheet metal. However, be aware that most building codes require 2-inches of space between framing lumber and the metal chimney, so you shouldn’t fill this area with insulation.  

Smaller cracks and holes

Other potential leak areas you should look for in your attic include cracks near recessed can lights; around ceiling-mounted duct boots, plumbing vent pipes, ceiling electrical boxes, between partition drywall, and more. You should also check kneewalls, ventilation baffles, insulation dams, and duct leaks. Once this is all said and done, you can seal up your attic access hatch. The problem with these is that they usually aren’t properly insulated and don’t usually have weatherstripping on them.

Depending on whether you have an attic hatch or pull-down stairs will change how you insulated it. You should glue rigid foam on the hatch, then install weatherstripping where the hatch rests. You should ensure that once the hatch is closed, it is pulled tightly against the weatherstripping.

If you have pull-down stairs, however, the process may be slightly more difficult. There are several products out there for sealing pull-down stairs including Battic Door attic stair covers, Attic Tent, Draft Cap, or Energy Guardian. Which one you use will depend on your home and what your needs are for energy efficiency.

Contact Safe investment Home Inspections

Are you concerned that attic frost has done irreversible damage to your home in Denver or the surrounding area? Melted frost can lead to your roof sheathing deteriorating, mold, ruined insulation, water stains, and warped wood that ruins the structural integrity of your home. Contact Safe Investment Home Inspections today to learn more about our home inspection process.

Why Is There Frost In My Attic?

Have you ever walked into your attic only to see a layer of frost covering the ceiling? The purpose of an attic is to separate your indoor air from the air from your roof and to provide your home with ventilation. So, why does frost form in your attic? The most probable cause of this is that humid, warm air from throughout your home has leaked into the attic. On a cold day, water will begin to condense on the ceiling and turn into frost. Although the frost itself won’t do much damage, the issue comes when the weather outside warms up and the frost begins to melt. This can lead to your roof sheathing deteriorating, mold, ruined insulation, water stains, and warped wood. Keep reading to learn more about frost in your attic and how to prevent it.

Where does it come from?

Frost starts to form in your attic due to air leaks and attic bypasses. If you go into your attic one day to find that it smells musty and mold is forming, this probably started with frost formation on a cold day. Just like the rest of your home, your attic needs to be well ventilated. You need to make sure that there are enough exhaust fans going directly out of the attic and not just directed at a roof vent. This won’t do enough to keep warm, moist air out of your attic.

Another thing you need to worry about is air leaks in your attic floor. Although small crevices and leaks may seem like they’re not a problem, on cold days, a lot of moisture will make it up into your attic, especially if you have your heater on. When you go about sealing these leaks, make sure you don’t just get the big ones. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Attic air sealing

Even if you aren’t experiencing frost forming in your attic, it’s a good idea to seal your attic. When you do so, less air is escaping from your home, meaning you’ll be saving money on your energy bills by containing your heating and cooling within the part of your home that you actually inhabit. Think of it like replacing or repairing old windows. You wouldn’t live with leaky or cracked windows in your home, so why would you tolerate air leaks in your attic? Attic air sealing can be broken down into four steps:

  • Checking your attic to locate any leaks
  • Patching holes
  • Sealing small cracks or holes  
  • Putting weather stripping on the access door

For more details on the attic air sealing process, read part two of this blog series.

Contact Safe Investment Home Inspections

Attic frost poses not only a huge issue for your home itself but for your safety. Water damage can lead to dangerous mold growth and ruin the structural integrity of your home. If you’re concerned about water damage in your home, contact Safe Investment Home Inspections for a full-home inspection.

What Can A Home Inspector Do For You? – Part 2

Home inspections are an important part of being a homeowner. Although we tend to think of our homes as a safe space, there are things that can go wrong that will make it unsafe to live in. Some of these issues may be obvious, but others require testing from an experienced and certified home inspector in order to diagnose. Safe Investment Home Inspections will not only perform a thorough and affordable inspection of your home or office, but we’ll provide you with expert knowledge on how you should deal with potential threats to your health and safety. Keep reading to learn more about what a home inspector can do for you and read part one of this blog series if you missed it.

Air quality

Air quality testing goes beyond your HVAC system. Although your air filter plays a major role in removing allergens, dust, and dirt from the air, ensuring that you’re promoting healthy air quality in the first place is equally important. The difficult part about tracking indoor air quality is that poor air quality can be the result of a number of different things. And many homeowners don’t realize they have poor air quality until someone starts having side effects like coughing, a runny nose, or trouble breathing. For people with asthma, these issues will only be made worse and could lead to serious health conditions if left unchecked.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, your health is at a much higher risk due to indoor air quality than outdoor air quality. This is mainly due to the fact that your home is a contained environment. When an allergen enters your home, it is usually recirculated by your HVAC system and can end up covering your walls and furniture in addition to your floors. An inspector at Safe Investment Home Inspections will perform a thorough and comprehensive air quality test that will reveal the source of this issue, so you know exactly what steps to take in order to eliminate it.

Mold is another significant contributor to poor indoor air quality. Although some mold won’t pose a huge health risk to your Denver home, mold spreads, and certain mold like Stachybotrys Chartarum or “black mold” are especially hazardous for your health. If your home is especially humid, musty smelling, or you’ve just experienced any type of water damage like your basement flooding, you should call a home inspector immediately.

Radon testing

Radon is a gas that can’t be detected by humans without the use of special instruments. Radon usually results from the decay of uranium which is found in a home’s foundations. Radon is one of the most common causes of lung cancer, so it’s important to have your home inspected regularly in order to ensure that radon is not present and that you and your family are safe.

Safe Investment Home Inspections will use Sun nuclear testing equipment and your home or office will need to be closed for 12 hours for testing. Once the test is completed we will determine if the radon levels are too high. If they are, we will recommend steps you can take to lower your home’s radon levels and make your home safe for living again.

Electrical inspections

If you’re buying or selling a home, electrical inspections are a must. However, if you want to ensure that your home is as safe as possible for you and your family, routine electrical inspections are recommended. Having your electrical system inspected will help you prevent electrical fires before they happen. If you run a business, your office may have a very complex electrical system. You’ll want to hire an expert inspector for this situation in order to make sure the inspection process is done thoroughly and for an affordable price.

Contact Safe Investment Home Inspections

Safe Investment Home Inspections is your Top Rated Local® Home Inspection Company in the Denver and Lakewood area. Our highest priority is to provide you with a thorough inspection that will leave you feeling safe in your own home. If there is any issue with your home’s condition, we will let you know and present you with a solution to the issue. Contact us today to learn more.