Archive for October, 2007

I hear this question frequently now. What I’m finding is that the home still ages even though it’s vacant. Mold also becomes an issue here in the south if the utilities have been off, even for a short time. It’s not uncommon during a home inspection to find more plumbing leaks, mold, faulty GFCI’s and wood rot. I recently had the importunity to inspect a 17 year old home that had never been lived in. What a mess! While at the inspection, there were 17 years worth of problems to jump out at me, door gaskets dried up, freezer / water lines leaking, jet tub motor seized, roof leaks and the list goes on for hours and hours.

So, make sure you get a home inspection, new, used or a combination of both.


Some clothes dryer vents need to be cleaned out. When the vent line gets clogged up with lint it takes a lot longer for your clothes to get dry. As a matter of fact, if the dryer vent line is clogged up you could actually have a fire. The Consumer Products Safety Commission states “The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that in 1998, clothes dryers were associated with 15,600 fires, which resulted in 20 deaths and 370 injuries” and estimates that there are approximately 15,000 clothes dryer fires each year with $97 million worth of damage caused by these fires.

Please, clean out your clothes dryer vent line at least Annually! More if you are a larger family and do more laundry than I do.

I saw what looks like a good product on the internet the other day for cleaning your clothes dryer vent line. It’s called the “Lint Eater” and their web site is The unit was priced under $55.00.

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