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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.

  1. Bullet Spray any urine, droppings, and nesting materials with either a bleach and water solution (1 parts bleach to 9 parts water) or a household disinfectant prepared according to the label instructions for dilution and disinfection time. Soak well to inactivate any possible residual virus. Use a paper towel or rag to pick up the materials and dispose of them.

  2. Bullet Any exposed insulation that has become contaminated with urine and droppings should be placed into plastic bags for removal.

  3. Bullet Afterwards, decontaminate gloves with disinfectant or bleach and water solution. Wash hands well with soap and warm water.

    If you see evidence that rodents have also gotten into the heating and air conditioning ducts, the CDC recommends that you do not try to clean it up yourself. Contact a professional rodent exterminator. Companies specializing in duct cleaning are familiar with the problems and risks associated with rodent infestation in a ventilation system.


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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  4. How can I prevent mold in my Florida winter home when I am gone for the summer?

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  11. What causes cracks in a driveway?

  12. When should I replace my smoke alarms?

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  14. Are house numbers required by law in front of a house?

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

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