Home Inspection COVID-19 Update

Home Inspections COVID-19 Update

Hawley Home Inspections COVID-19
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We are changing our approach to home inspections and COVID-19.  As the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe and in our communities, we are constantly re-evaluating our policies and procedures. We want to keep you up to date on changes in our practices aimed at protecting our clients, employees, realtors, sellers, and others involved in the home inspection process.

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corona virus pandemic

Together, we are facing a truly unprecedented situation. The global corona virus pandemic is affecting all our families, our communities, and our businesses. During this challenging time, I wanted to reach out to you and update you on how we are approaching the situation.

At Hawley Home Inspections, the safety and well-being of our employees, customers, and realtors are always our priority. I wanted to take this opportunity to assure you that Hawley Home Inspections is still here for you. We have put rigorous policies in place to limit exposure and protect the safety and health of our employees and clients, so we can continue to provide the quality services and support you expect. Our inspectors are wearing gloves during all inspections as well as sanitizing all their equipment after each inspection.

In order to protect all parties, we are asking that clients and agents refrain from attending home inspections if they have any cold or flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath), if they have traveled recently, or have been exposed to anyone suspected of having corona virus. We are also asking that buyers not attend inspections in occupied homes in order to protect all parties. Arrangements can be made to share all inspection details with clients and their agents remotely if needed. Likewise, we ask that listing agents inform us if any occupants of a home we are scheduled to inspect have any symptoms of the virus or have been asked to self-isolate or quarantine.

As always, our inspectors are available by phone to answer any questions you may have regarding the home inspection.

I want you to know all of us at Hawley Home Inspections value our relationship with our clients and their agents, and we appreciate your referrals. During these challenging times, please know that you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers. Kindness, patience, and partnership will get us through this, and we are here for you.

For more information here is a link to the Center for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

For more information about us  https://hawleyhomeinspectionsllc.com/about-hawley-home-inspections/

Best wishes,

 

Matthew C. Hawley

General Manager

Hawley Home Inspections LLC

 

Garage Door Maintenance

Garage Door Maintenance

How to maintain your garage door.

To operate properly the garage door must be firmly attached to the garage structure and all panels and moving parts must move freely.  Here is a short video on how to check the operation of your door and operator.

How to test your overhead door

With the door in the closed position.  Pull the emergency release, With the door disconnected from the opener, you should be able to raise it with minimal effort.  Open the door halfway and stop.  The door should stay in this neutral position without going up or down.

If it does not stay up mid-way in the open position, the spring tension may not be properly adjusted.  Adjusting the spring tension is a job for a service technician.  Garage door springs are dangerous and should only be adjusted by trained personnel.

Garage door Maintenance Includes Lubrication

Garage doors and openers need to be lubricated on a regular basis.  There are many lubricants ranging from pastes to sprays that are available.   Go to your local hardware store or lumber yard and ask for assistance if you are not sure which is best for your door and opener.

If you are not a do-it-yourselfer type or just don’t feel comfortable with working on your garage door or opener.  Several commercial services will do it for you.

Here is a link to the Door and Access System Manufacturers Association’s (DASMA) website for generic operating and maintenance information.  If you know the manufacturer of your door and opener it is best to refer to them for guidance.

We do not encourage the resistance method of checking the tension reversing switch.  This involves catching the door at waist level as it closes.   This may cause extensive and expensive damage to the door if it is not properly installed.

Maintenance Guide

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Radon Causes Cancer

Radon Causes Cancer

Are you sure you are a nonsmoker?

Did you know radon causes cancer?  That may seem like a silly question of course you know if you smoke or not, right?

Well before you answer too quickly, did you know about the dangers of long-term exposure to high levels of Radon Gas.  Radon Gas is a tasteless odorless gas that occurs in all parts of the county.  Unfortunately, concentration levels vary for many reasons and maybe high in one area and low just a few blocks away.

Radon causes cancer, exposure to radon of more than 4.O pCi/L is equivalent to smoking 10 cigarettes a day
radon causes cancer  According to the US EPA, a Radon level of 4.0 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) in your home may be equivalent to smoking 10 cigarettes a day.  

Radon Gas is estimated to cause 21,000 deaths per year in the United States.  In contrast that is more than the 17,000 deaths caused by drunk drivers.

 The Center for Disease Control lists exposure to Radon Gas as second only to smoking as a leading cause of Lung Cancer.  Furthermore, both state that smokers are at greater risk of developing lung cancer when a smoker is also exposed to elevated levels of Radon Gas. 

No level of Radon Gas is safe

However, levels of 4.0 pCi/L and above are the cut off level at which mitigation is recommended.  Radon Gas mitigation is relatively inexpensive and non-intrusive for most homes.

In order to assure proper results Radon testing and mitigation should only be performed by licensed or certified Radon technicians.

Consequently, testing is the only way to find out your home’s radon levels.  The US EPA and the US Surgeon General recommend testing all homes for Radon Gas.

If you would like to have your home tested contact Hawley Home Inspections LLC at 618-593-9631 or 314-257-0040 or send us an email at  HawleyHomeInspections@gmail.com.

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check us out at:

the Better Business Bureau                      http://www.bbb.org/stlouis/business-reviews/home-inspection-service/hawley-home-inspections-in-pocahontas-il-310486659

The State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations

https://ilesonline.idfpr.illinois.gov/DFPR/Lookup/LicenseLookup.aspx

InterNACHI

https://www.nachi.org/my/listings

Discounts for Veterans

Discounts for Veterans

Discounts for Veterans and First Responders

We offer discounts for Veterans and First Responders in honor of those who served.  Hawley Home Inspections, LLC will give a discount on our home inspections.  All veterans qualify regardless of length of service.   Active first responders will also receive a discount.

 

This is our way of paying it forward for those who have ran towards trouble as other have ran away.  We come from a family full of veterans and first responders and know the sacrifices you have made.  This is but a small token of our appreciation of those who take the responsibility of serving others.  

We are a veteran owned and family operated Home Inspection company operating in the St Louis and Southern Illinois area.  We have been providing home inspection and ancillary services since 2010. 

In addition to Home Inspections we also have the following services available:

  • Asbestos and Vermiculite Testing
  • Air Quality Testing (for mold and mildew)
  • Gas Leak Testing
  • Log Home Inspections
  • Radon Testing
  • Sewer Camera Scopes
  • Septic Inspections 
  • Termite Inspection (included with Home Inspection)
  • Well Water Testing

Our Inspectors are ASHI and InterNACHI certified and licensed by the State of Illinois.  Each inspector is required to constantly upgrade their education through continuing education courses approved by the State.  Your satisfaction is our reward for a job well done.

Our goal is to be “Your Home Consultant for Life” feel free to continue to contact us after your inspection.  We welcome your questions and only ask that you refer to friends and relatives.

for more information about us visit our website https://www.hawleyhomeinspectionsllc.com

For a copy of our Standards of Practice click the link below

https://www.nachi.org/sop.htm

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The State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations      License #  450.010421

https://ilesonline.idfpr.illinois.gov/DFPR/Lookup/LicenseLookup.aspx

Contact us:

618-593-9631

314-257-0040

hawleyhomeinspections@gmail.com

ten questions to ask your home inspector

Ten Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector

Here are ten questions to ask your home inspector before you make the largest purchase of your life.  Most realtors recommend and many lenders require having a professional home inspection performed.

A home inspection may save you thousands of dollars by revealing structural or safety issues that may not have been obvious. It may give your home a clean bill of health; either way knowing is always better than guessing. Before you choose a home inspector you should ask the following questions: Continue reading “ten questions to ask your home inspector”