David Valley's Home Inspection/Infrared Imaging Blog

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Home Inspector - Massachusetts Home Inspections - MA. License#566
Home Maintenance suggestions, infrared (thermal) imaging technology, and lots of home maintenance ideas you can perform yourself at home.
The easiest way to take care of your house is to keep unwanted moisture away from the exterior, particularly the foundation, and out of the interior, particularly the attic, closets, and interior ceilings. This typically means little or no watering next to your foundation. This typically translat...
This picture is a perfect example of the problems that are associated with Aluminum wiring. Note letters A and B (the insulation jackets are melted), which I will explain "Why" in the third paragraph and C (mixing copper wiring with aluminum wiring on the same breaker). Aluminum wiring can not be...
  Your home is one of the single biggest investments you'll ever make, so be sure you that you do all you can to care for it properly. A well-maintained home usually sells more readily and usually brings a higher price. It's also more comfortable and regular care minimizes any unexpected repair w...
There are a lot of homes on the market today that still have ungrounded outlets throughout the house. During my home inspections, I recommend that my clients upgrade some of these outlets, depending upon what they plan on utilizing these ungrounded outlets for.  Not all ungrounded outlets need to...
With as many homes as I've inspected, I'm surprised to see that so many areas are not insulated properly and are not to today's standards. Homeowners need more information in order to bring their home up to par. They can save themselves a lot of money on heating costs and roofing materials and at...
Moving TipsI have compiled a To-Do list that will assist you in moving into or out of your New or existing Home. Simply check these items off as your moving date closes in. 8 WEEKS BEFORE MOVINGFill out an IRS change of address form and see what expenses can be deducted on your next tax return.Bu...
There are many foundations (that I've inspected) that are falling apart and need immediate attention. Many homeowners have no idea where to start or what to look for. So I'm here to teach many of you how to properly maintain your foundation.Your foundation is your home's infrastructure. It suppor...
FPE BREAKERS   ALUMINUM WIRING   KNOB & TUBE WIRING   POTENTIAL ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS Overloaded outlets or outlet multipliers: Too many appliances plugged into a single outlet could indicate your house may not have the required number of outlets. The National Electrical Code requires that outlets ...
These are items that I find on an everyday basis. Some of these defective items are what kills the deal at times. If Sellers can take this list and correct any items that they find to be in disorder, the Sale of their home would be less stressful. Let's get to work.... Whole House is Poorly Maint...
Knob and tube wiring gets its name from the way it's installed. There are ceramic tubes for wires that run through any lumber framing and knobs when the wires run along or next to lumber framing. The two wires (there is no ground wire) are separated about four inches apart, one is the black "hot"...

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Very interesting information for all Massachusetts and New Hampshire Home Buyers and Sellers. I continuously post home Maintenance suggestions and Infrared (Thermal) Imaging technology information. Real Estate Agents can also learn from my periodic postings.