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Top 3 Basement Problems Revealed with Thermal Imaging

When it comes to your basement, most homeowners and homebuyers are concerned about moisture, mold and leaks, but that’s not all the issues you’ll find in the typical home basement. Basements are the ideal locations for a number of issues that can affect your home’s condition and value. Over the course of my experience as … Continued

Best Time for an Infrared Home Inspection in the Summer

An infrared camera uses radiographic infrared to detect very small differences in the temperature of surfaces. The images an infrared camera captures are so detailed that you cans see small variations in temperature on the surfaces of walls, floors, ceilings, and more. Those temperature differences indicate hidden characteristics of a home, such as the presence … Continued

Top 5 Home Winterizing Tips

No doubt about it, winter is upon us and the freezing temperatures, frigid wind, ice and snow common to our region make it a challenge to keep warm. Winterizing your home in Elgin, St. Charles, Schaumburg and the Northwest Suburbs isn’t just about staying warm, however. It’s also about ensuring the safety of your home. … Continued

That Row of Icicles Along the Roof Better be Electric

The natural rows of icicles sometimes seen along the eaves of a home are not as lovely as you think. They are an indicator of serious problems within your roof and/or the attic of your home. Those rows of icicles are called ice dams and they form when the melting snow and ice refreezes along … Continued

Heating System Components Wear Out – How Is the Heat in Your Home Working?

Just about any component of a home–older homes especially–can wear out, including the components of your heating system. A typical central heating system is composed of many components: A furnace with burners that deliver and burn fuel Heat exchangers A blower or blowers A flue for exhaust Tubes that transfer the conditioned (heated) air to … Continued

Low-Cost Tips to Improve your Electric Bill Just in Time for Summer!

As the weather warms up and we get our air conditioners in good working order (see 5 Common Air Conditioner Problems for hints), you may be groaning inwardly at the thought of your summertime electric bills. The Edison Electric Institute recommends these tips to reduce your year-round electricity usage: Replace incandescent light bulbs with LEDs … Continued

5 Common Air Conditioner Problems

As the weather warms up and we think about how to get through the hot months of summer, it’s time to step outside and locate our air conditioning units. They have been battered through the winter months and may be covered in sticks, leaves, and other debris left behind from winter storms. Before the summer … Continued

Spring Home Maintenance Tips

At long last, most of the country is looking with relief at warmer weather. Those who have been trapped inside their homes to survive the cold now get to rediscover what it means to be outside again. Spring is also a good time for homeowners to take stock, review the damage the winter season has … Continued

Winter Is the Best Time for Infrared Home Inspections

As the temperatures dip toward the freezing levels – and below for some regions! – we’d like to remind you that winter is the best time for an infrared home inspection. Why? Because infrared works on heat variations, called ‘heat signatures’ and when it’s cold outside, the differences between interior heat signatures and outdoor temps … Continued