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Gary Smith - Ridgeland MS Home Inspector

How to Maintain Your Tankless Water Heater – Annual Descale Flush

Nothing beats a nice clean cool drink of water. However, if you own a tankless water heater, you’ll want to keep the heat exchanger free of lime and scale. You should flush it annually. Here are some basic steps. The pump and hoses will cost less than $100.

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Gary Smith - 203(k) Trainer - Coach - Bathroom Remodel

Easy to Use Bathroom Remodeling Form

HOUZZ SLIDE SHOW :: Bathrooms by the Numbers If you’re considering upgrading your home’s bathroom one of the first questions to ask yourself is does this make a smart investment. Other than the kitchen, the bathroom is the most renovated room in the home. In terms of value you’ll recoup, on average, about $6.50 of […]

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Gary Smith - Home Inspection Safety

Is Your Fireplace Mantel Safe?

Over the years I’ve built hundreds of fireplace mantels. I’m often asked: What is the typical and safest distance between the mantle piece and fireplace? RULE OF THUMB (considering the mantel is wooden) The most common measurement is to place it 12″ above the top of the fireplace system, and for every additional inch that the […]

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Gary Smith - Home Inspector - Brandon, MS

What is That White Powdery Stuff on My Brick Wall?

We know that efflorescence is a fine, white, powdery deposit (see photo at right) of water-soluble salts left on the surface of masonry as the water evaporates. These efflorescent salt deposits tend to appear at the worst times, usually about a month after the building is constructed, and sometimes as long as a year after […]

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3 DIY Repairs Homeowners Should Leave to the Pros

Do-it-yourself repairs are certainly not new. Home and garden shows and networks (HGTV) have glamorized being handy.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing, however, in effort to save money, the DYI option could backfire.

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