5 Plumbing Do It Yourself (diy) Tips to Keep You Safe

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When selling your existing home, you probably thought about the plumbing at least a little: was it sturdy enough to pass home inspections for the new buyers? You might even have been asked to fix something minor that you can do yourself.

If you are doing it yourself, remember that risks can sneak up on you, even when you are just repairing a clogged drain. Professional and amateur plumbers alike have to think about safety on the job.

The following do it yourself (diy) tips will keep things safer for you as you work, but they are just an overview. If you do a lot of plumbing work, make sure you keep informed about current requirements by checking with your local planning department.

Stay informed

Be aware of the codes in the area where you are working, and always read the instructions for all the tools, parts, and chemicals you use. Be sure you are prepared for the procedures required in an emergency.

Wear eye and hand protection.

Gloves may be something obvious, but hazards to the eyes are something people rarely think about when considering plumbing. Any number of small things can fly into your eyes when snaking a drain, sawing, hammering, or even just looking up under a sink.

Take Care with Electricity

Turn off the water and be doubly cautious when using power tools. Use power tools that are rated for use in wet areas, or work away from the plumbing to do your cutting and drilling. If you are working on metal pipes, call a professional if you feel any tingling when you touch the pipe as this can be a sign of electricity in places it shouldn’t be.

Stay Alert in Confined Spaces

Confined spaces make dangerous areas. Follow proper procedures for confined spaces, and avoid areas that are deficient in oxygen: byproducts of sewage as it decomposes, in particular hydrogen sulfide, can grow and become suffocating. Use air monitors to remain in the safe zone.

Work with Help

Make sure you have a helper or runner who can get things for you, give you an extra hand when needed to brace a pipe, and who can call for emergency services if something goes wrong.

These tips are a good start, especially for the amateur who just needs to fix a clog at his work site. But be aware that plumbing is licensed for a reason: many safety codes exist to keep both the plumber and his customer safe. Keep your own limitations in mind, and don’t be afraid to call a professional if a job seems just a little big, or gets out of hand.

Why Should I Upgade My Electrical Service Before I Sell My Home?

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 Should I Upgrade My Electrical Service Before I Sell?

This is a question homeowners ask frequently. There are three reasons why a homeowner might want to upgrade their service. The first is basic safety, Secondly is to increase the electrical systems capacity, and thirdly and most important is to help sell your home faster. An upgrade of an electrical service typically involves an older residence with service size of 100 amps or less and the homeowner is deciding whether to increase the amperage. Another reason would be you might be stuck in the 60’s and still have fuzes, which is a fire hazard and in most states not insurable if the potential buyer is putting a mortgage on your home. If you are adding new appliance, such as air conditioning or a hot tub, an increase in service size may be required as well.

Benefits of an Electrical Service Upgrade.

  • Besides the increase in available amperage, a modern state-of-the-art electrical service will provide peace of mind knowing you and your family are protected 24/7.
  • Staying up to code with your town requirements
  • A new electrical service may also increase the value of your home and will most certainly be a selling point. In fact, many older electrical services will not pass inspection and will need to be replaced as a condition of the sale.

So why wait. Get it done and enjoy the peace of mind? If your local to Connecticut Call Ridgeline Electric for a free estimate today.


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The Trouble With Mold

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The last thing anyone wants to hear when they buy a house is that there’s a mold problem, but these sneaky little spores aren’t always easy to detect.

Mold is a fungus and although some molds are visible and even odorous, mold can also grow between walls, under floors and ceilings, or in less accessible spots, such as basements and attics. Mold flourishes in water-soaked materials (paneling, wallboard, carpet, paint and ceiling tiles), and can survive in almost any damp location.

There have been thousands of disputes over mold between sellers and buyers through the years, so both parties should protect themselves up-front. A wise seller should put a specific mold disclaimer into the real estate sales contract and encourage in the sales contract that the buyer hire and rely upon the buyer’s own independent mold inspection and testing of the home by a certified mold inspector. Conversely, a buyer should ask the seller about mold and hire an inspector who can seek it out.

While it’s not the inspector’s job to look for mold, most home inspectors will mention obvious signs of water damage and the possible presence of mold. And, because the inspector will poke around in spaces you might not, he or she may see things you wouldn’t. Don’t be shy to ask whether the inspector saw signs of mold or potential mold dangers.

In some states, real estate agents or brokers have a duty to disclose problems they know exist. Appraisers should also notify you of any obvious sign of a mold problem if the value of the property can be affected.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals, including hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash.

Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people.

Mold spores are very easily aerosolized and once they are disturbed, hundreds of thousands of spores can fill the air within a short period of time. Because of this, containment procedures are necessary to prevent contaminating the entire house or building.

Preventing water damage is one of the keys to stopping mold. Many indoor mold problems begin with an aging, weathered, leaky roof that may allow water to enter the home.

If you know your home or property has a water, mold, or other environmental problem, or if you have a reasonable suspicion that there may exist such a problem, you would be wise to remedy the water problem, mold infestation, or environmental threat prior to even offering the property for sale and prior to even listing the property for sale with a REALTOR®.

Remember, if you are house hunting, you should learn how to detect mold in homes, get the seller to disclose mold issues, and negotiate around any mold problems that come to light in the course of the sale.

Michelle Manter can be reached at 860-716-2227. Prudential Connecticut Realty is an independently owned and operated broker member of BRER Affiliates, Inc. Prudential, the Prudential logo and the Rock symbol are registered service marks of Prudential Financial, Inc. and its related entities, registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. Used under license with no other affiliation with Prudential. Equal Housing Opportunity.

Inspect for Code Violations Before you Sell

Inspect for Code Violations Before you Sell

Code violations can extend the home-selling process or halt it altogether. Therefore, it’s good business to hire a home inspector before placing your home on the market.

A quality home inspector is well-versed in all local codes dealing with electrical, plumbing, building/structural and more, and can help sellers understand any code violations and the steps and costs necessary to meet codes.
Code violations have a way of popping up in paperwork. When the city records a code violation, a fee is assigned to the property, but because the violations don’t appear as a lien on a title search, it can be difficult to ascertain whether a sanction has been assessed that will delay closing.
According to Code Violation Services Inc., Windsor, Colo., violations can include the presence of garbage in a yard, maintenance issues, overgrown lawns, non-sanctioned improvements, safety issues or other dangerous items needing repair in a property.

Here are some of the most common inspection problems:

Bedrooms — All rooms listed as bedrooms must have an operating window with 30 square inches of clearance for fire escape. Bedrooms also must have heat. If a home is listed with three bedrooms, and one does not meet both these requirements, it cannot be legally called a bedroom.
Furnaces and Compressors — Rust in the heat exchange is a common problem that shows up on inspections. So is missing insulation where required by code at the time the house was built or improvement or replacement was installed.
Electrical — Common electrical code violations include junctions not enclosed in a junction box, a lack of GFCI outlets in bathrooms and kitchens or reverse-polarity on outlets. These are inexpensive fixes that can hold up a sale.
Life-saving Equipment — Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are required by law in most states, and by not having them—or having the proper kind—it will be considered a code violation.
Plumbing — Violations can include everything from dripping faucets to loose toilets to improper drainage.
Structural — While these can be more expensive to fix, if they aren’t taken care of properly, they can prolong or even cancel a sale. Common code violations include rotting wood trim around windows and doors, rotten or delaminating siding and missing flashing on roofs or above windows and doors.
Extra Rooms — Many who renovate basements or add sunrooms do so without permits. For the safety of everyone involved, be sure your improvements and additions are backed by the proper permits and resulting inspections.
Don’t hurt your sale because of code violations that can be easily fixed. Get an inspector, make the changes and enjoy the comfort your efforts bring when the closing comes to fruition.


Michelle Manter can be reached at 860-716-2227. Prudential Connecticut Realty is an independently owned and operated broker member of BRER Affiliates, Inc. Prudential, the Prudential logo and the Rock symbol are registered service marks of Prudential Financial, Inc. and its related entities, registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. Used under license with no other affiliation with Prudential. Equal Housing Opportunity.

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