What this blog is about?
What this blog is about?
Per the U.S. Census Bureau, there were approximately 125,820,000 households in the United States during the 2016 calendar year. To be honest that feels a bit low to me. It is the part of the American Dream to be able to buy your dream home that you will grow old in with your spouse and family. But what happens when you buy that dream home and move in. There is a lot more to being a homeowner than having the finances to purchase a home. A house is a complicated machine made of many different types of systems.
From plumbing to electrical, structural to safety devices the house can be a complicated beast. I personally didn’t know what an AFCI breaker was until I had an inspection of my first home. Within the 1st two weeks of moving into my home the water pump for my radiator heating system broke and I had to learn to fix it all by myself while we used electric heaters to not freeze in the mean time. Even if you have extra money to spend on hiring a professional to fix things for you, every homeowner needs to have some basic knowledge of how their home operates. Why is this you ask? A professional will not be living with you 24/7 (unless your spouse is a professional). What do you do when a breaker switches to off and you don’t know where the panel is located? What do you do when the sump pump isn’t working and your basement is flooding?
Over your life time, there will be something that happens within your home that will either be very expensive to clean up after or could be fatal for one of your family members if you are not armed with basic knowledge of how different components in your house operate and what you can do to make them properly work. Additionally, if you ever plan on hiring a contractor to do work for you (replace your roof, update your kitchen, install a new HVAC unit), you will want to be equipped with enough knowledge to understand when someone is doing a good job and when someone might be ripping you off. The purpose of this blog is to deconstruct different components and systems that are found in most houses and to explain them in away that any novice can walk away with a better understanding. You do not need to know about everything in your house, but having a very basic understanding of how things function will make you a strong homeowner and will save you money in the long run as well as could possibly safe your or someone you love’s life.
Before I get started, let me introduce myself. My name is Tim Wojnar and I am a bit of a Home Geek. I say that because I am the owner and Lead Inspector for Home Inspection Geeks Inc.