Here at Green Scene Home Inspections, we LOVE the Fourth of July. The best fireworks safety tip is to leave the fireworks to the professionals, and go to a formal fireworks show on the Fourth. But if you’re like us, you will not pass up the opportunity to blow a few things up. So here are some precautions you can take to make sure you don’t set your home (or yourself) on fire this Fourth of July. 1. Make sure your smoke detectors are functioning properly.
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Dreading that next summer electric bill? Keeping your home cool during the hot Texas summer is an expensive task. There are ways to keep temperatures down without putting all the strain on your AC. Here are some tips from our home energy inspectors that will provide relief from high heat and high bills. 1. Use appliances after dark. Washers, dryers, dishwashers and ovens generate heat and make your AC work harder. Why not do all your cooking on the grill? Keep the heat outsid
Are you taking care of your home seasonally? It’s easy to get behind on all the little tasks around the house that keep your home in shape as the seasons change. In the summer months, here are our recommendations for the most important tasks around your home - and stay cool! THIS MONTH: Add a layer of mulch to keep weeds down and help retain ground moisture. Schedule regular watering around your foundation to prevent erosion and cracking. Check hoses and exterior faucets for
Thermal Imaging can reveal places in the home not visible to the naked eye that are losing energy. Our Inspectors use infrared cameras to provide these images as an additional service to our clients who are concerned about the energy efficiency of the home. In this image, you can clearly see an entire panel of missing insulation in the wall: Find out more about adding Thermal Imaging to your inspection here. #homeinspectiontips
Spring in Texas can mean big rains followed by potentially long, dry summers. Does your yard have proper grading and drainage to protect your home? Here are a few things to know: Grading and drainage refers to the way your lot is engineered to deal with water runoff. If water from rains or your sprinkler system drains toward your home, you could end up with damage to your foundation, rust or corrosion, or flooding in your yard or at entry points like doors, windows, vents, or