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Barbecue Fun Can Turn Deadly … Use these tips to stay safe!

Family Eating TogetherWe all love the fun and community of a backyard barbecue. Yet, anytime you use fire, there is always a danger to the people and property surrounding it. I want to help all of our friends to stay safe this summer; thus, I have put together some tips to keep you and your families safe during this barbecue season. Continue Reading →

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Got a Fireplace in Your Home? Use It Safely!

A home fireplace can be soothing, give warmth, be romantic or just relaxing. If your fireplace is electric or gas, you don’t have as much safety concerns as there are for wood-burning or solid fuel fireplaces. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, “heating fires account for 36 percent of residential fires in rural areas each year”, with many due to creosote buildup in chimneys (the photo below right, borrowed from homeownernut.com, shows a buildup of creosote, which can then catch fire from an errant fireplace spark exiting the chimney). The National Fire Protection Association estimates that “14,000 home fires this year” began in a fireplace. Continue Reading →

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Garage Door Safety

032012-1I have covered many areas within your home over recent years, where safety steps need to be used; however, I realized I hadn’t given you one of the most hazardous home locations of all – your garage. This area has two separate areas of concern – the garage door and the garage area, itself. This month, I’ll discuss safety concerns with garage doors; and next month, I’ll cover the garage area. So, look for Part 2 next month. Continue Reading →

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Safety Concerns in Your Garage

Most of us think of garage safety as keeping things away from the car and to put stored items enough out of the way as not to trip or have to climb over them. Unfortunately, there are many dangerous situations in a home garage – whether it’s attached or standalone.
In last month’s newsletter, I pointed out many of the dangers in dealing with garage doors. This month, I cover dangers in the garage area, itself. Continue Reading →

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Polybutylene Piping – Realtors Beware!

coupleWhen selling a home, the owner wants to get top dollar and sell it as quickly as possible. When buying a home, the prospective homeowner wants to get their money’s worth from the property with as little renovation as possible. Unfortunately, the presence of polybutylene piping can impede the goals of both buyer and seller. Continue Reading →

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Roof Maintenance … Do You Know What To Do?

Roof1Many of us are a bit remiss when it comes to roof maintenance. We give it our attention when we notice a water leak inside the home or perhaps we see a shingle or tile missing while working in the yard. In truth, it’s just as important to do regular roof maintenance as it is to maintain your major appliances. Why? Because with a roof, anything that begins very small can expand to something very large … and expensive to repair. So, it’s best to catch problems while they still are very small. Additionally, regular maintenance will extend the life of your home’s roof. Continue Reading →

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10 Easy Ways to Save Energy in Your Home

Most people don’t know how easy it is to make their homes run on less energy, and here at S Florida Home Inspection, we want to change that. Drastic reductions in heating, cooling and electricity costs can be accomplished through very simple changes, most of which homeowners can do themselves. Of course, for homeowners who want their homes to take advantage of the most up-to-date knowledge and systems in home energy-efficiency. Continue Reading →

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Home Accidents Cause Injuries & Even Deaths … Beware

Every year, there are many injuries and deaths due to home accidents. It’s bad enough when it involves a family member; however, it also can be financially devastating when non-family are involved. For family members, you are looking at medical and emergency room costs, possible rehabilitation costs, and long-term grief if the accident results in a death. For non-family, you may be looking at a lawsuit! Continue Reading →

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    P.O. Box 32592, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33420
    Phone: 561-818-5593 Fax: (772) 325-0204 E-mail: sfloridahome@gmail.com