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Other blog posts about home safety:

  1. How can I prevent mold in my Florida winter home when I’m gone for the summer?

  2. What causes sinkholes?

  3. Is there an adapter that can be placed on a two-slot receptacle to make it safe?

  4. How do I remove cigarette odor in a house?

  5. Why are window security bars dangerous?

  6. What is the right electric wire size for a home?

  7. How do you inspect a dryer vent?

  8. Is it common for an insurance company to require an inspection?

  9. Is a home inspection required?

  10. Why is creosote buildup in a chimney dangerous?

  11. What are the most common homeowner wiring mistakes?

  12. What if mold is found during the inspection?

  13. What can I do right now to prepare my house for a hurricane?

  14. What is radon? Should I be concerned about it in Gainesville?

  15. Is a bare bulb light in a closet alright?

  16. What do you inspect in the crawl space under a house?

  17. What are the warning signs of a dangerous attic pull-down ladder?

  18. How can I know how much damage there is inside a wall if the inspector found termites in the baseboard?

  19. Does wood rot spread? Is it contagious?

  20. How can formaldehyde gas in the house be a problem?

  21. When is a railing required for the edge of a deck or porch?

  22. What is the lighting requirement for stairs?

  23. Will the electric company remove branches rubbing against the overhead service lines to my home?

  24. What are the warning signs of a dangerous deck?

  25. What is the average lifespan of plywood siding?

  26. What is the steepest residential stair allowed?

  27. How can I tell if a window or glass door is safety glass?

  28. What are the green plastic discs in the ground around the house?

  29. What are the warning signs of a sinkhole?

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We want you to be an informed homebuyer, and each blog post is a question that we have answered for our friends and customers over the years. Hope they help you make a good choice for your next home.

    A tree growing just a few feet from the wall of a house, like the one in the photo at the top of the page, should be removed because of the potential for the trunk and branches to damage the fascia and roof. But, if you are concerned about possible foundation problems from roots that appear to be growing under the house from a tree further away, we suggest consulting a Certified Arborist. The arborist will know how aggressive the roots of the particular species of tree are, and can recommend a strategy for dealing with it. While large roots of some species can cause uplift, it is more common that the leeching of water from under the structure by a maze of thirsty roots will cause settlement over time.

    To learn more about the ways that a poorly located tree can be an ongoing headache for a homeowner, and how to find a tree surgeon that is a Certified Master Arborist by the International Association of Arboriculture (ISA), see our blog post “How can trees damage a house?”

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While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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