Do decks last for the life of the home?

No! Decks are designed to be an extension of the home and to be enjoyed and used as social gathering areas. Decks do not last for the full life of the home because wooden materials deteriorate and fasteners fail. Decks should be inspected by qualified, licensed inspectors who know what they're looking for. Homeowners should also be keeping a constant eye out for rot and loose nails.

Do I need to clean my dryer exhaust piping?

Cleaning your dryer tray is not enough! The more a dryer is used, the more lent sticks to the wall of dryer exhaust piping and begins to clog like an unhealthy artery. This causes dryers to perform more worse and homeowners run them longer to dry their clothes. This leads dryers to become hotter and creates a fire risk. If you have questions about the health of your dryer, please reach out to a licensed dryer duct cleaner.

How often do I need to get my roof inspected?

It depends on the roof type. A shingle roof should be looked at every 3 or 4 years, unless specific deterioration is noticed. Sealant on nail heads and penetrations expand and contract. As they dry they shrink, causing the seal to crack or chip, leaving nail heads exposed and vent pipe seals cracked. All exposed nail heads and cracked vent pipe seals on roofs are possible water penetrations areas that should always be sealed. These areas are out of site and out of mind. From the front yard, you will not be able to see whether your roof needs professional attention. These are simple fixes for the roof of a home. Areas that experience hail should also be extra cautious with their roof. When shingles lose their integrity, it jeopardizes the underlayment beneath.

Concrete tile roofs should also be inspected from time to time because roof tiles can crack. Mud packs on tile roofs dry and shrink and therefore crack over time and often need to be replaced or resealed. Although a home inspector could inspect your roof, the best resource for getting clear understandable knowledge about your roof is to have your roof inspected by a licensed roofing contractor.

What is a septic grinder and what is its use?

These are common in Arizona and if you are new to the area, you may not be aware of them. Household plumbing systems rely on gravity to circulate water throughout the home, as well as to flush waste from the home. In some instances, there is no available gravity where the plumbing is required, like when the home is below street level, so the plumbing fixtures are beneath the nearest available sewer line. In this situation, waste must be lifted to leave the main drainage line. This is where a septic grinder or ejector pump is in use. These are installed in basements crawl spaces or in the exterior of the home and these systems are set up to be automatic and fitted with alarms in case the system has an issue needing attention. Waste from the home is collected in these systems and the system works automatically to take the waste and transfer it up to the city system.