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Carbon Monoxide: The Invisible Killer

by Steven Burnett / It was in the news recently that two different families lost their lives because of carbon monoxide gas. I felt it was important to bring back this article on this gas. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a bi-product of combustion. You can’t see it or smell it. It is a heavy gas…

Where’s that beeping coming from?

by Steven Burnett / One of my tasks as a home inspector is to make sure that the home has smoke detectors, and that they work. You would be surprised at how many of these things are just being used as ceiling decorations. Now, if you live in a home that was built after about…

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Can’t Wait

By Steven Burnett / On June 1st, our last daughter graduated from high school. The following weekend, all of her older sisters were home for the graduation party. Because it is rare to have them all together at once, we try to get some pictures of the sisters together. As I watched this activity unfold,…

Let It Snow!

By Steven Burnett / Here I am stuck at home again because of the ice, snow, and cold.  For the natives of Lenawee County, this last month must seem like a never-ending blizzard.  Sorry folks, but it really isn’t that bad. In the late 1980’s, my wife and I and our five daughters moved to…

Water Wells

By Steven Burnett / Because we live in a rural area, many of the homes I inspect have well systems for the water supply. Four different kinds of wells can be found in Lenawee County. A dug well, which is basically a big hole in the ground that is usually brick lined. A point well…

Signs of a Meth Lab

One question I get from home buyers is “How do I know if a meth lab was in this home?”   This is generally for bank-owned homes, and particularly for those located in rural, out-of-the-way places.  In Lenawee County, this is not as much an issues as in places like Detroit, Monroe, Lansing, etc., but it…

Insects and Homes

Steven Burnett of Journey Property Inspections give some great information on insects. With summer in full swing, we are once again noticing insects of all kinds in and around our homes.  Most of the insects around your home are nuances that do us no harm. But let’s just review a few. Mosquitoes and spiders are…

Lush Lawns

It is spring time and everyone is outside getting their yards and landscaping in tip top shape.  As our girls were growing up we had more weeds than grass.  My favorite line was “if it’s green and grows, I’m happy.”  Then, when we were in Norwalk, Ohio, we moved into a really nice neighborhood where…

Kids’ Swing Sets

As spring rolls around, the kids are anxious to get outside and play.  Two of their favorite attractions are swing sets and sand boxes.  As our girls grew up, we had a variety of store-bought metal swing sets and Dad’s special homemade wood sets.  The latter was so heavy duty that it was almost a…

Little Hands and Stoves

A common question I get when there is no stove in a kitchen is “what do you recommend—gas or electric?”  You should see the look on their faces when I say “wood.”  Now, the old wood stoves were efficient because they not only cooked your food, but also heated the kitchen and part of the…