MOLD GROWTH IN SUMMER WEATHER

Wet Weather Can Lead to Mold

 

Montvale NJ Home InspectionWe are into summer storm season, and no matter where in the U.S.A. you live, you will be subject to thunderstorms and possibly tornadoes or hurricanes. These can all cause flooding, which in turn can lead to the development of mold.  Mold growth can cause health problems.  To prevent the possibility of mold growth you should know where the vulnerability for mold exists in your home.  You may already have spores and severe humidity may cause them to multiply.  A certified home inspector will examine your home for the existence of mold or possibly other fungus growth.  They can also reveal areas where you might be subject to the growth of mold after flooding or water damage.  Let Aurora Home Inspections inform you about the possibilities of mold growth in summer weather

 

 

Mold Can Be Invisible

 

Although you can usually detect mold visibly or by smell, some growth is invisible.  It can exist beneath floors, in the walls and even in the air you breath.  Most people won’t be affected by mold, but for some it can cause allergies, lung issues, and it can affect your immune system.  It is for the continued good health of the occupants of a home that a thorough inspection for mold is recommended.  A certified inspector will give your home a thorough examination for mold and mold spores. All samples collected for testing will receive a professional analysis.  Your inspector can then recommend remediation.  

 

Experience Counts When Determining Mold Growth

 

Although home inspectors are usually called for a pre-purchase evaluation of a home, after a flood has inundated your home with water, it is a good time to inspect for mold. Aurora Home Inspections has been a top property inspection service for Bergen County homeowners for many years, and we have the experience and expertise to determine the extent of mold infestation. Our qualifications are substantial and we are professional in assessing the amount of mold or other fungus development. Inspecting for mold is advised for all New Jersey homeowners and we can determine the extent of mold growth in summer weather. If you see or smell mold, or if a storm has left you with extensive moisture in any area of your home, give us a call at (201) 476-9200.  Your good health is a priority for you, and mold or other fungus growth can lead to health problems.  At Aurora, we are also interested in the continued good health of New Jersey and New York homeowners.  

Selecting A Home Inspection Service

Choosing The Right Home Inspector For You

 

Bergen County NJ Home InspectionsMost homeowners will need a home inspector at some time in the future. If you live in Bergen County New Jersey you’ll be aware that there are numerous home inspection firms. This makes it difficult to make the right choice. We’d like to offer a few essential guidelines for choosing the most professional and competent home inspector.  We feel these will help in selecting a home inspection service.

 

Seek Referrals

 

It is prudent to seek recommendations from your trusted friends or co-workers, relatives, or perhaps your realtor if you are in the process of buying or selling a home. If they have had need of a home inspector’s services in the past, they might have some insights to share. Always use good judgement in evaluating anyone’s referral.

 

Look For An Inspector’s Qualifications and Memberships

 

Other ways to judge whether an inspector is the right one for you is to verify their education in the field, and their memberships in inspection industry associations. An inspector usually has to take an exam to join an association, and provide a state license in some cases. Many home inspectors take courses in various forms of inspection and over time become very knowledgeable and up-to-date. Experience and length of time in the business of inspecting homes is also a factor in helping choose a home inspector.

 

Always Do Your Homework And Ask Questions

 

A really good way to judge a home inspector is to ask direct questions. Some states require a license for which the inspector had to qualify. This helps verify that they have the qualifications for the job. Ask about the services offered, and for a checklist that they can go over with you. Inquire about the fee for the inspection service and what is covered by that fee. Some inspectors require additional fees for anything not on that checklist. Don’t let cost be your only guide, but of course you should compare prices. Make certain that you get a copy of the inspection report for your records. Ask if there are any warranties with the inspection report.  All of these suggestions are offered to help you in selecting a home inspection service.

 

Aurora Home Inspections Is A Top Choice

 

Aurora Home Inspections LLC has been providing home inspections for Bergen County NJ and Rockland County/Westchester County/Manhattan NYC NY homeowners for many years.  Our qualifications are top-notch and our knowledge and experience are extraordinary.  We offer complete packages or individual services such as residential inspections, commercial inspections,  pre-listing inspections, mold inspections, termite inspections, radon inspections, indoor air quality inspections, deck inspections, thermal imaging.  If you are in need of a home inspection, give us a call at (201) 476-9200.

A COMPREHENSIVE HOME INSPECTION CHECKLIST

Things YOU Should Look For in a Home Inspector

 

Comprehensive Home Inspection ChecklistWhether you are selling a home or buying a home, you need to have the home inspected. Your checklist should start with researching industry organizations and trade groups that a good inspector would be a member of. An inspector should be certified and licensed, and have a good background in home inspection education. Aurora Home Inspections’ qualifications page is lengthy and includes everything needed for a comprehensive home inspection checklist.

 

You should also look for a home inspector located near you. A local inspector will be familiar with regulations and standards in equipment and construction for your area. Although cost should never be the only criteria, travel time can add to the expense of the inspection.

 

A buyer may think that a newly built house doesn’t need to be inspected. Just because it is up to code doesn’t mean it shouldn’t have a thorough going over by a qualified inspector.

 

It is essential to be present during an inspection. Written reports are important, but some things need to be seen in order to understand the problem. Whether it is major or minor, your inspector can alert you to a problem right away if you are there.

 

Things That Should be on a Home Inspector’s Checklist

 

Typically, a home inspector’s checklist includes the following:

  • House Construction – Foundation
  • Exterior and Interior
  • Roofing
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Fireplaces
  • Air Quality
  • Appliances

 

Aurora Home Inspections offers Bergen County homeowners more than the typical inspection. We also examine for mold, radon gas, and termite infestations. These are standard items in our inspection report.

 

Highly Qualified Home Inspection is Available

 

 

If you are buying or selling a home you want to know about any possible pitfalls that could jeopardize the transaction. Buyers and sellers alike need an inspection report that covers everything. For the most comprehensive examination of a house in Bergen County, by a fully certified inspector, call Aurora Home Inspections at (201) 476-9200 for an appointment.

Avoiding Indoor Allergens

What Are Indoor Allergens?

 

When discussing allergens you usually think of outdoors. But things that cause allergic reactions also lurk inside. These allergens cause problems and lower the indoor air quality of your home. The most common indoor allergens are dust mites, mold, pollen and smoke.  We offer advice on the important factors of avoiding indoor allergens.

Dust Mites

 

Dust Mites are tiny, microscopic insects that feed on skin flakes and thrive in
warm and humid areas. They are found anywhere in the house, but really like to
live in bedding and furniture upholstery. Changing and cleaning bed linens
regularly, about every 7 to 10 days is a good idea. Allergy-proof covers for
pillows, mattresses and box springs are an effective solution for controlling
dust mites. Be sure to vacuum on a regular basis, and if you are the one that’s
allergic, wear a mask while doing it.

 

Mold

 

Mold grows in any dark and damp location. Although it is common in most homes,
those with dampness and moisture problems are more susceptible to mold issues.
Basements, showers and bathtubs are the places mold like best. Avoiding carpet
in a basement is a way of minimizing mold growth. Also, people with allergies
shouldn’t sleep in the basement. Read about cleaning mold and mildew https://aurorahomeinspections.com/tips-for-cleaning-mold-and-mildew/

Pollen

 

Pollen is most common out of doors, but it does travel inside on your shoes,
on pets, and can blow in through open windows. To avoid exposure to pollen
it is best to keep windows closed and use air conditioning. When coming inside
after being outdoors, take off your shoes and change your clothing. Wipe down
your pets after they have been outdoors too. These are a few ways to keep the
pollen from entering the house with you.

 

Smoke and Cigarettes

 

 

Avoiding the smoke from cigarettes is easy. Don’t smoke! Also don’t let anyone
else smoke in your house. Those with asthma or other severe respiratory conditions
will feel the effect of smoke in a home. Sometimes when cooking, smoke escapes
into the air and causes a real air quality problem. This can be avoided by always
using a fan when cooking. Indoor plants are also good for purifying the air in
your home.

 

Keep Mold and Allergens at Bay

 

 

Aurora Home Inspections, LLC has a team of experts to inspect your home for
mold and other negative indoor air quality issues. We are the most experienced
and knowledgeable inspection team in the Bergen County, NJ area. We offer the
best advice and will recommend ways of avoiding indoor allergens.

Give us a call at (201) 476-9200.

Termite Inspections in New Jersey

Termite Inspections in New Jersey

 

Termite Inspections Are Important!

 

how to spot termites at homeWhen you are thinking about purchasing a home, a termite inspection is
very important. The inspection doesn’t generally cost a lot of money, and
it can save you a lot of money in the end. A house is usually your biggest
investment and it is important to know about potential problems when
buying one. Repairing termite damage can be expensive, so a quick and
inexpensive evaluation by a qualified inspector is worth the cost. Aurora
Home Inspections offers the most professional, knowledgeable and experienced termite and insect inspections by a certified master inspector.

 

Termite Infestation Can Go Unnoticed

 

You may think a termite inspection isn’t worth the time or cost because
you don’t see any evidence of damage on the outside of the house. Termites
eat constantly, and from the inside out, staying out of the light. An
inspection would determine if and where there is an infestation. It would
not only discover a current infestation, but would save you from the cost
of future damage as well. The results of an inspection could help in the
negotiations on the price of a house you want to purchase.

 

A Professional Inspection is Worthwhile

 

 

Aurora Home Inspections LLC staff can determine the level of termite
invasion, whether there is leftover damage, or a current outbreak that
needs to be dealt with, and recommend the appropriate remediation. We are
trained in termite and insect inspections. If you are in the Bergen
County New Jersey area, call us for a termite inspection or any other home
inspection issue you may have. We can be reached at (201) 476-9200.

Mold and Your Health

MOLD AND THE RISKS TO YOUR HEALTH

 

mold inspection bergen county njMost people don’t know when mold is growing in their home. Since mold especially likes dark, moist places to grow it is often out of sight and goes unnoticed. That is until it starts to affect the health of anyone in your house, including your pets. Although homes near bodies of water are more susceptible to mold due to increased moisture, any structure can develop mold growth. You will never be sorry you had an inspection for mold in your home. Aurora Home Inspections, LLC has the experience and expertise to look for mold in all the places where it might be hiding.

How Do We Inspect for Mold?

 

mold inspector bergen county njA thorough mold investigation might include indoor air samples looking for mold spores. We also perform surface, bulk and swab sampling. We measure the temperature and humidity inside your home, and we determine moisture levels present in wood, drywall and concrete.

 

How Does Mold Affect Your Health?

 

You may be sneezing, coughing, have watery eyes. Usually you assume this is due to
allergies or a cold. The cause could be mold. Mold can lead to serious health issues
for children, adults, and even pets. People with compromised immune systems are
especially susceptible. Symptoms of illness caused by mold infestation can include
asthma attacks, itchy and watery eyes, coughing, throat irritation and sinus congestion.
Pets can exhibit symptoms of mold irritation as well. They might have an increase in
scratching, licking, or chewing on their skin.

 

Protect Your Health By Having a Certified Mold Inspection

 

Mold is very often undetectable as it is hiding in dark, moist places. Sometimes you can
smell it, but most of the time you don’t know it is growing in your home. Aurora Home
Inspections, LLC is the most experienced and competent Bergen County NJ mold inspector. Our inspectors know where to look for mold and all its hiding places.

If you suspect mold in your home, give us a call at (201) 476-9200 to schedule an appointment. You’ll
never regret having a mold inspection in your home!

Home Fire Safety Routine

Home Fire Safety Routine – A Priority

 

Tips To Protect Your Home In A FireSmoke Alarms are the number one fire safety installations in your home. They need to be maintained and replaced when the manufacturer instructs. The batteries smoke alarms run on also need to be replaced regularly as directed. Planning an escape route is another priority in fire safety for your family. This escape route should be talked about and rehearsed on a regular basis, especially if there are children or older people living in the home. A Home Fire Safety Routine is a good way to keep everyone alert to the dangers of fire.

 

Smoke Alarms and Other Alerts

 

Most people assume that if they have a smoke alarm in their house, they are protected. Smoke alarms are great and have alerted many families to a fire in their home. These devices need to be maintained, tested and replaced on a regular basis. You should know when you last replaced the batteries too. While sensing technology in smoke alarms is always improving, most smoke alarms expire after 10 years. This is usually stated in the instructions that come with the device. The National Fire Protection Association says that “three out of five home fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms or from missing or dead batteries”.  A Carbon Monoxide alarm is also an important device for ensuring the safety of your home. First Alert, makers of home safety products, offers some sound advice for ensuring your family’s protection from fire.

 

How Many and Where?

 

Usually, one smoke alarm isn’t enough. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends a smoke alarm be installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of a home, including the basement. They also recommend one carbon monoxide alarm on each level and in each sleeping area.

These alarms should be installed properly. To prevent false alarms of your smoke detector take the time to read manufacturer guidelines on where to install them. For example, they shouldn’t be installed too close to ovens, windows, doors or ducts. Smoke alarms should ideally be placed high on walls or on the ceiling as smoke rises and placing the alarm high makes detection easier. The NFPA advises you to install dual-sensor alarms because they offer the best early detection of all types of common household fires.

 

Don’t Forget That Escape Plan

 

Installing and maintaining  Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors is essential to the safety of your home. But in the event of a fire or any other emergency you still need an escape plan. Walk through your house and look for all possible exits. You should try to have two ways out of each room. Ideally these escapes should be practiced twice yearly. Of course, the best defense is a good offense – learn the basics of house fire prevention.

 

Home Inspection is a Good Place to Start Fire Prevention

 

Aurora Home Inspections has been offering 5 Star Home Inspections, Buyers Inspection, Certified Move in Ready, Warranty Inspection, Vacation Inspection, Maintenance Inspection and Radon Testing to home buyers and home sellers in Bergen County NJ, Rockland County NY and environs. Home Inspection can help prevent things like home fires by making you aware of potential hazards in a house. Call us today at (201) 654-6505.

BEING PREPARED FOR WINTER STORM POWER OUTAGES

Being Prepared for Winter Storm Power Outages

 

certified home inspections njThanks to global warming, severe storms are becoming more frequent, and power outages are on the rise. When a harsh storm hits in winter, power outages really wreak havoc. Usually caused by trees falling on power lines, these outages can mean hours or days without electricity.  It can also leave you without heat.  In a worst-case scenario, the lack of heat can in turn cause broken water pipes and flooding. Affecting thousands of households, these power outages are all too common in winter. We can’t prevent storms, but since we get plenty of warning beforehand, we can prepare for them.  Aurora Home Inspections offers some advice for power outage preparedness.

 

STOCK THE PANTRY BEFORE THE STORM!

We have all gone to the grocery at the last minute before a storm and found the shelves nearly empty. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on the weather and prepare accordingly. Non-perishable foods for your whole family for a week is a good gauge. Try to keep these items aside and don’t use them until they are needed. Canned foods, dry cereal, nuts, healthy snack items and bottled water are a good start. Don’t forget about food and medications for pets! Remember to refill your prescription medicines if they are getting low. Pain killers and cold remedies are also good to have on hand. As a non-food reminder, remember to have plenty of batteries for flashlights when the lights go out. If you lose your heating source, a supply of blankets is essential. A good pile of wood for the fireplace is another way to keep warm.

 

GENERATORS ARE A GOOD INVESTMENT FOR EMERGENCY POWER

If you can afford it, an automatic standby generator is a sound investment. These are installed outside the house in a unit similar to an air conditioner. An automatic generator can power the whole house and you don’t have to be at home for it to be activated. For a less expensive option, there are portable generators which are manually operated and usually only power a few key items in the house. These are generally gasoline-fueled and have to be operated outside the home. For the safety and comfort of your family, Aurora Home Inspections recommends the use of generators when possible.

 

POST-STORM CAUTION

We’re all relieved when the storm is over. Don’t let that make you incautious. Get weather and traffic reports before leaving the house and getting into your car. There could be downed power lines or trees so have that flashlight ready! Try to check on neighbors, especially if they are elderly or disabled.

For the protection of yourself and your family, being prepared is always a good way to weather a storm. Aurora Home Inspections wants you to be safe, and ready for the worst!

Aurora Home Inspections are Bergen County’s most qualified and experienced home inspection firm.  If you need an inspection in a hurry after storm damage, or if you are buying or selling a home and need a professional inspection, call Aurora Home Inspection, LLC at (201)476-9200.

Tips to Spot Termites and Prevent Infestation

termite inspection bergen county njTermites: The Silent Destroyers

Termites are insects that feed on wood and are closely related to cockroaches in taxonomic rank. They are one of the most successful groups of insects on earth, with some “queens” living up to 30 to 50 years. 

There are many reasons that termites have gained the nickname “silent destroyers.”

In fact, you can say there are five billion reasons.

Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage in the U.S. each year. If left unchecked, they can silently chew through the structural stability of a home, eating away at wood, flooring, and even wallpaper. To make matters worse, the damage they leave behind is not typically covered by most homeowners’ insurance policies.

This is why reaching out for a local termite inspection at the first suspected sign is crucial in keeping damages to a minimum. 

termite inspection bergen county njHow to Spot Termites

Spring is the prime-time for termite populations as they emerge in search of new structures to invade. Termite explorers, referred to as swarmers, will look for hospitable homes, and are particularly attracted to structures that may have sustained damage from severe winter weather or have dead or decaying wood on the property. Once these swarmers have determined a home to be a good fit, it’s likely that they will settle in and begin a new colony, growing into a full-blown termite infestation over time.

The following are some signs of infestation to help you spot termites in your home.

Mud tubes – Subterranean termites, the most destructive termite species, build mud tubes to provide moisture while they travel between their colony and food source. Mud tubes are most often found near the home’s foundation.

Wood damage – Termites tend to eat wood from the inside out, so wood that sounds hollow when tapped often signifies a termite infestation. Homeowners should also look for blistering pieces of wood.

Frass – Dry wood termites produce wood-colored droppings as they eat through infested wood. If a homeowner finds a small pile of what looks like pellets inside or outside the home, it could be a sign of a dry-wood termite infestation.

It’s a good rule of thumb to have your home inspected for termites once every two to three years, and every year if you live in the south or in warmer climates. If termites are suspected, a pest control professional will be needed to eliminate the problem. At Aurora Home Inspections, we offer termite inspections to all of Bergen County NJ and the surrounding area. 

Termite or flying ant?

Many people will see termite swarmers in homes during the spring and mistake them for flying ants; this can end up being a costly mistake. Winged termites have a straight waist, straight antennae and their wings are equal in size. Flying ants, on the other hand, have waists that are pinched in the middle, bent antennae and two sets of wings, with the top set being larger than the lower.

Termites are also most likely to swarm in the spring, while flying ants may swarm at various times of the year.

Our Top 10 Termite Prevention Tips

The good news is that there are plenty of ways homeowners can help protect against termites, while in turn, protecting their greatest investment — their home. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) offers this termite advice:

  • Eliminate or reduce moisture in and around the home, which termites need in order to thrive.
  • Repair leaking faucets, water pipes and exterior AC units.
  • Repair fascia, soffits and rotted roof shingles.
  • Replace weather stripping and loose mortar around basement foundation and windows.
  • Divert water away from the house through properly functioning downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
  • Routinely inspect the foundation of a home for signs of mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source), and wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Monitor all exterior areas of wood, including windows, door frames and skirting boards for any noticeable changes. Remove dead trees and replace rotting wood.
  • Maintain an 18-inch gap between soil or mulch and any wood portions of your home.
  • Consider scheduling a professional inspection annually. Wood-boring insect damage is not covered by homeowners’ insurance policies.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.

Termites cannot be controlled with do-it-yourself measures. If you spot termites or suspect an infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest control professional immediately to determine the extent of the problem and receive a recommendation of an appropriate course of treatment.

If you’re in the Bergen County NJ or surrounding area, Aurora Home Inspections can assist with all your termite inspection needs.

 

How to Spot Termites in Your Home


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