Preventing appliance fires comes down to proper planning and maintenance. This is especially true for the kitchen, which contains many appliances that without proper care could pose a hazard. To limit future problems, there are a few things every homeowner can do: Have an Expert Look at Wiring — Have an electrician or home inspector […]
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About Mark Crowley
Mark has been the Owner and Lead Home Inspector since May 2003. He has completed well over 8,000 Residential and Commercial Inspections. Mark is a licensed Home Inspector in Illinois and certified through International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNachi), a licensed and certified Radon Measurement Specialist and a certified Building Science Thermographer. Mark is a member with Quad City Area Realtors Association, InterNachi, and AARST.
Mark grew up the son of a contractor in Bettendorf, IA. Mark began his working career with McDonalds Corporation as a Supervisor overseeing staff, building maintenance and training for multiple restaurants. Mark worked in construction, doing preservation work for bank owned properties and was accepted in the IBEW Electricians Union. After seeing a need for quality Home Inspectors in the Quad City Area, he decided to use his business, training and contracting skills to open his own Home Inspection business.
Mark is a life long Bettendorf resident with his wife and three children.
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Got a spare hour or so? It’s time to start tossing. Grab a trash bag, a recycling bin and a few donation boxes and get down to business. Working room by room, here are the things you can get rid of right this second. Kitchen 1. Expired food in your fridge and pantry. (Don’t forget […]
This winter, take special note of any icicles hanging from your roof. Small icicles are normal, but large, thick icicles can be dangerous if they fall and usually spell trouble for your home. Fortunately, most problems that cause icicles can be remedied easily. Icicles typically indicate ice damming on your home’s roof, a problem usually […]
Quite simply, reverse polarity means that the wires in an electrical receptacle were installed incorrectly. A receptacle with reverse polarity will have the white (neutral) wire screwed to the hot side (copper screw) and the black (hot) wire screwed to the neutral side (silver screw). The bare or green wire should be connected to the […]
Want to make 2019 the best year yet? It all starts with a happy home. Putting even one or two of these 10 household New Year’s resolutions into practice can help you create a healthy space for making all your dreams realities. 1. Improve your indoor air quality. Make clean air a priority in 2019. […]
John Nelson, NPI Franchise Owner, Manassas, Virginia Sometimes home inspectors do more than inspect homes for home buyers and sellers. Sometimes they are called in as sleuths to solve a home owner’s mystery. This story comes from NPI franchise owner John Nelson in Manassas, Virginia. It’s a good reminder that a home inspection is always […]
Ask The Inspector Should You Be Concerned About Radon? Radon is a radioactive gas that is slowly released during the natural decay of uranium in the earth, and it moves freely through any soil, rock and water. These broken down elements can be inhaled into the lungs, leading to long-term damage. Luckily, it’s easy to […]
An important component of a home inspection that is not always obvious to the home buyer is the grading of the yard. I have seen homes that are meticulously maintained inside but have poor grading, even holes in the yard. Unfortunately, grading is often considered a low priority, but the effects of improper grading can […]
When you’re buying a house, you want to know it’s safe. One of the main safety concerns is a home’s electrical system. Old wiring, improper outlets and an outdated service panel are problems often found in houses. Although older houses are at more risk for these issues, even newer houses can have electrical problems. This […]
Industry standards of practice state that an inspector should open accessible panels to inspect installed heating equipment. The inspector is supposed to describe the energy source used to create the heat, as well as inspect the heating equipment, venting and distribution systems. So, how does the inspector meet these standards when he/she is using visual […]
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