Air Quality Dangers Most Landlords Don’t Know

August 18, 2022 | Environmental Services

Keeping your rental property in good condition is one of the most important tasks of being a landlord. For most property owners, this task might mean staying on top of electrical and plumbing repairs or scheduling inspections for their appliances. However, a crucial component most landlords overlook is the air their tenants breathe. Poor air can be detrimental to our health. Several studies link it to the development of allergies and other respiratory complications like asthma. Thus, every property owner that prioritizes their tenants’ health and well-being needs to pay attention to their surroundings. Do you wonder what the potential pollutants are? Or what impact bad air has? This article delves into air quality dangers most landlords don’t know. Sources of Dangerous Air Quality 1. Dust Dust is one of the most common air pollutants in any home. Sometimes they also include tiny microscopic pests, which we call dust mites. They’re common in places … Continued

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Two Ways To Fix 2-Prong Outlets

April 13, 2020 | Electric Inspections

Homes built through the 1950s had ungrounded (2-prong) receptacles. That was the norm then but is an inconvenience today. Chester County Home Inspections often find outlets with Open Ground faults or other anomalies in these old homes. That’s because homeowners often simply install 3-prong outlets in the place of the 2-pronged ones, which leaves the grounding conductor open. Here our electric tester shows open ground in a house that does not have ground wiring but has grounded outlets.  Can you address the ungrounded receptacles issue without having to re-wire the house? Yes. You can use GFCI receptacles, as the National Electrical Code (NEC) says in section 406.3(D) paragraph (3) Non-Grounding-Type Receptacles. Here is that section of the code with excess text removed for simplicity:Non-grounded receptacles shall be permitted to be replaced with:(a) a non-grounded receptacle;(b) a GFCI type of receptacle. These receptacles shall be marked “No Equipment Ground”; or(c) grounding-type receptacle where … Continued

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Environmental Services to Ensure the Safety of Your New Home

June 4, 2019 | Buyer Inspections

If you’re in the market to purchase a home, you know you’ll need a professional home inspection before the deal is done. However, sometimes a basic inspection isn’t enough. It’s a good idea to check into the extra inspections available to you. Many future homeowners don’t realize how many environmental dangers are lurking in homes and could pose a serious health risk. Fortunately, our team at Chester County Home Inspections offers a variety of environmental services so you can have peace of mind in your new Chester Springs, PA, home.

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Protect Your Home with an EIFS or Stucco Inspection

April 17, 2019 | Buyer Inspections

For most, building a home is part of the American Dream. What could be better than choosing a layout, color scheme, and add-on features to suit your specific needs? But for many Pennsylvania homeowners, building their dream house did not turn out the way they had planned. According to an article in The Inquirer published in November, Pennsylvania is in the middle of a water damage epidemic that is affecting suburban homes, starter homes, and even luxury homes. Our team at Chester County Home Inspections is here to help. We’ve put together a few reasons why you should consider getting your home inspected so you are able to protect your investment down the road.

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