Frank Muscente

Inspections in Orange County NY

2 Inspections in Orange county tomorrow. I think the market is starting to pick up a bit as we are starting to get busy with inspections. Now is probably a good time to get out there and see some homes in Orange, Westchester, Dutchess, and Rockland counties before the prices start to go up!!

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Snow has arrived in Dutchess County

Finally we have some snow here in Dutchess county! With the freezing temperatures, snow and ice now here care should be taken to be sure fireplaces have been cleaned and inspected, walks and driveways kept clear of ice and snow, and be sure to drain all outside water spigots!! We are preforming infra -red camera scans to help with saving energy due to heat loss, and other weatherproofing tips. Serving all of Dutchess, Westchester, Orange, and Rockland Counties! Call now to set up your energy saving inspection!!!!

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Newburgh NY home inspections

Starting the week in Newburgh NY inspecting an old farm house, then Cold Spring for another one. Soom we’ll be preforming home energy audits and these older farm houses I’m sure will have areas of concern pertaining to heat loss!

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Orange county ny inspection

Cold mornings are now below freezing. Make sure that your outside water spigots are turned off from the inside and keep the spigot open outside.
Also now is a good time to make sure those gutters and downspouts are cleaned. I was inspecting a home in Orange County NY today and there was ice built up inside the clogged gutters. Clean them now before the snow and ice comes!!

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Energy auditing

Soon we will be offering energy auduting in Dutchess, Orange and Westchester NY counties. We will be showing homeowners how to save money on their energy bills and how to make their home more effecient!!!

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Westchester home inspections

We just finished 24 hours of training in upstate NY and learned some really cool stuff. It’s amazing that after 12 years and 5,000 inspections how much things change from year to year. We’ll be in Westchester county doing home inspections next week. I can’t wait to meet our clients and use our new Infra red camera !!

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Insulation

More and more I’m finding insulation on attic rafters. This is causing damage to the sheathing and mold growth under the insulation. Insulation is best installed on the attic floor between the floor joists. If we insulate the rafters on the ceiling then moisture will be trapped between the insulation and sheathing and we all know this causes mold. Also, when insulating the floor in attics keep the insulation away from the soffit vents, at least 1 foot. If we block the soffit vents we restrict air flow causing ice damming!!!

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Storm Damage

If you have storm damage from the recent hurricane you need to get the water out of your house as soon as possible. Mold will start to grow 72 hours after water damage has occured. Dry out all basements, crawlspaces etc…using fans, mops , dehumidifiers etc…. Remove any damaged items such as books, paper goods and anything else that can hold moisture. If you can get everything dry immediately you should be OK. I would recommend consulting with a mold specialist if you have any questions. Good Luck everyone!

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Damp Basements

A wet or damp basement is a problem but there are ways to control the problem. As warm air rises in your home it travels to the upper floors and then to the exterior. This is known as the “stack effect”. Whatever air quality problems exist in the basement will also be found in the upper floors because of the stack effect. Problems such as the distribution of mold spores and other allergens, moisture damaged wood members and flooring, moldy musty odors, condensation issues in the attic space, increased utility bills, and condensation on the interior of the windows in the home are some of the problems that are caused by a wet or damp basement. Make sure to seal any cracks in the basement floor, and walls. Downspouts should be extended away from the foundation. Cold water pipes need to be insulated to prevend condensation and lastly, use a dehumidifier.

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