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Blog Disclaimer

Welcome to The Home Pages, an informative source of blog articles written by Top Notch home inspectors! We share our knowledge for homeowners to browse and easily understand some basics around their home. Here are the details you should keep in mind:...
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Outside Freezer Won't Freeze

Fridge/Freezer Outside or in a garage doesn’t work well in winter? If you are like me, you have a fridge/freezer combo in your garage. Garages that are not heated in the winter may lead to a freezer not completely freezing food. This is because...
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Air Admittance Valves

Air Admittance Valves (often shortened to AAV or called Cheater Vents) are compact plumbing components which are designed to allow air into a drain/waste/vent pipe. Your home’s plumbing drainage system requires open airflow to function properly...
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Compressors

Compressors (for HVAC, fridges, etc. – and not the kind for use with pneumatic tools) – are surprisingly simple feats of engineering which make modern life more comfortable. My experience with compressors is limited to observation and sim...
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Gas Shut Off Valve

The main Natural Gas Shut Off Valve is a part of the pipes that bring natural gas into our homes, measure the gas usage, and regulate pressure. Not every home has natural gas, but if yours does – it is important to know how to shut off the gas...
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Window R Values

R Value (windows) – a classic, single pane window offers little barrier to protect from heat transference. While it prevents air movement, glass is not a great insulator and therefore conducts heat from side to side fairly easily. Of course, si...
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Breakers & Fuses

Breakers and Fuses are overcurrent protection devices for electrical circuits in your home, office, or warehouse, even in cars, electronics and more. Breakers tend to be the modern solution to protect buildings and permanent installations of power, w...
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Furnaces

Furnaces – there are so many ways to heat a home, and even within the specific category of gas fired central forced air furnace, there are several types. I won’t be discussing those types here. Instead, I want to convey how simple they ar...
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Code Compliance

Code compliance: This is a great idea to protect your home! Each home is different, and there is no single way that every system or component must be installed. Below will provide a base guideline to plan for code compliance inspections in a 2010 hom...
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Main Water Shut Off

Main Water Shut Off Valve could be just about anywhere in or around your home. It is very important to know how to shut off water in case of a plumbing leak flooding your house. There are typically small valves at every water fixture – sinks, t...
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