BASIC AUTUMN HOME MAINTENANCE

Home Maintenance for Autumn in New Jersey

 

Bergen County NJ Home InspectionsWith the changes in temperature and weather, maintenance of your home is different in each season. Taking the time to ready your home for colder weather makes good sense. Some basic autumn home maintenance can be accomplished now while the weather is still relatively mild.

Checking the Roof/Gutters/Downspouts

 

Don’t forget about your roof. If ignored, roof repairs can become a very costly expenditure. Roof issues can also result in insurance costs rising. Clear debris from the roof, gutters and downspouts. Check shingles or whatever material your roof is made of to be sure it is in good shape. Also check the flashing around a chimney and any openings for leaks.

 

Filters need replacement

 

If you have air conditioning change the air filters. Wall units should be covered with waterproof material. Filters in stove vents and clothes dryers should also be checked and probably replaced. Since you will be spending your time indoors now, making these changes can help with allergies too! A certified home inspector can assess the indoor air quality of your home if you suffer from allergies.

 

Fireplaces and Chimneys Need Cleaning

 

Before you consider having fires in your fireplace it should be cleared of old ashes. The chimney should be freed of creosote buildup, and the flu cleaned. These jobs are best done by a professional chimney sweep. Have them check for chimney cracks and leaks too.

 

A Good Time to Drain the Water Heater

 

Hard water can cause sediment to build in your water tank. Now, before it gets cold is a good time to drain the tank and check for debris. If your tank is old or rusty it should probably be replaced. A rusty old tank is not energy efficient.

 

Turn Off Outside Water Taps

 

All outdoor water spigots should be drained and turned off before the cold sets in. Check hoses that might need replacing before next spring. It is also a good idea to think about insulating any water pipes that may have exposure to extreme cold, such as those near exterior walls.

 

Lawn Care Now

 

It can be helpful to fertilize your lawn now to try to prevent damage from the cold weather. This way the lawn has a healthier start in the Spring.

 

Home Inspection is Always in Season

 

It is also a good idea to have a professional home inspection before winter sets in. An experienced home inspector can inform you of any prospective problems that might arise in the colder weather. Aurora Home Inspections LLC is highly qualified and educated in the field and offers a comprehensive evaluation of the condition of your home. Our inspection reports come replete with photographs and a full roster of benefits that are included with every inspection. Call us today for a home inspection consultation! We can be reached at (201) 476-9200.

THE IMPORTANCE OF KNOWING ABOUT RADON

What is Radon?

 

Montvale NJ Radon Inspection
Radon is a gas that occurs naturally in the environment. It is highly toxic and is undetectable by the layman, so it requires testing by a professional. You cannot see, smell or taste Radon. Aurora Home Inspections LLC is a highly qualified and professional Radon testing service that can inspect for Radon and inform you of the need for remediation.  The importance of knowing about Radon cannot be overemphasized.

 

How Does Radon Enter Your Home?

 

Radon can enter your home through the ground, ground water and building material. Holes or cracks in your house’s foundation can be an entry point for Radon. This is why it is imperative to test for Radon when your home is inspected. When purchasing a home a full inspection is required, but Radon testing should become a periodic checkup while you live in a house.

 

Why Is Radon So Dangerous?

 

Radon is a leading cause of lung cancer. Exposure to Radon can cause other health problems as well. Most people don’t think about their exposure to Radon, but it should be taken very seriously. Testing for Radon is one element of insuring good indoor air quality for the health of your family.

 

Getting Rid of Radon

 

Once Radon has been detected within a home, it can be remediated. Aurora Home Inspections tests for Radon as well as various other toxins. We do not remediate, but we do recommend action when needed. For comprehensive evaluation of the weaknesses within a house, call Aurora Home Inspections. We are the most highly qualified, experienced and professional home inspection service in Bergen County NJ and the surrounding area. If you need a home inspection, or specifically a Radon inspection, give us a call at (201) 476-9200 for an appointment.

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.