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Ask the Expert: What Can a Homeowner Do about a Frozen Water Pipe?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Charles Furlough, vice president of Field Operations with Pillar To Post Home Inspectors.

Q: What can a homeowner do about a frozen water pipe?

A: Water expands when it freezes, causing pipes that freeze to split. Even if a pipe doesn’t split, the ice will block the flow of water, a hallmark of a frozen pipe. Generally, a pipe will freeze only in a small area. If no damage occurs, you can thaw it out without consequence. To thaw a frozen pipe, heed the following imperatives of pipe thawing:

1. First, Do No Harm. If the pipe has split and you thaw it out, you may suddenly have a whole lot of water spraying out. The ice plug may be doing you a favor. If you know where the pipe is frozen, inspect it carefully for splits before you thaw. If it’s split, call a plumber and shut the water to the house off.

2. Have a Backup Plan. Check your main water shut-off valve. Make sure you’ll be able to shut the water off quickly if necessary. Operate the valve to make sure it’s not stuck or damaged... Read More.

Posted on Monday, February 16, 2015

Ask the Expert: Why Should Homeowners Care about Radon Testing?

Today's “Ask the Expert” features Charles Furlough, Vice President of Field Operations for Pillar To Post Home Inspectors.

Q: As we make our way through National Radon Action Month, why is it so important for homeowners to take a proactive approach to radon testing?

A: The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared January National Radon Action Month. Occurring when we’re likely to spend most of our time indoors, January is the perfect time to consider the importance of a proactive approach to radon testing.

Like carbon monoxide, radon is tasteless, odorless, invisible and deadly. The radioactive gas that results from the breakdown of uranium in rock, soil or water, radon can enter the home in countless ways. Flaws in a home’s foundation, floor drains, construction joints and support posts are just a few of the many parts of a home through which radon gas can enter... Read More.

Posted on Sunday, January 25, 2015

National Radon Awareness Month

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – January is radon awareness month, but what exactly is radon and how can we keep ourselves and loved ones safe? Eric Lipkin, Owner of Pillar To Post in Enfield and Longmeadow joined us for ways to keep our homes safe this winter... Read More.

Posted on Monday, January 5, 2015

A Globe-Trotting Veteran Takes on the Home Inspection Business

Vincent Stoakley lived in countries including Japan, South Korea and Afghanistan during his 20 years of service in the U.S. Army. Little did he know at the time, as he traveled around the globe, he was inadvertently gaining the skills necessary to be a home inspector. After leaving the military, Stoakley became a Pillar To Post franchisee. Here's how he has applied his military knowledge in the field of home inspection.

Name: Vincent Stoakley

Franchise owned (location): Pillar To Post Home Inspectors, in Richmond, Texas.

How long have you owned a franchise?

Since March 2013.

Why franchising?

Franchising allowed me to become a business owner without having to focus on inventing a brand. The Pillar To Post brand has proven its success for decades. There are systems in place that assist the franchisee with daily business operations and marketing. It is comforting knowing that you have a network and structure in place that will work with you every step of the way towards success... Read More.

Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2014

22-year-old takes over home inspection franchise

ERMA – Gabi Whalen took over the Erma franchise of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors in November.

The 22-year-old once hoped to design skyscrapers, but now she is using her knowledge of architecture on residential buildings.

Whalen attended the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture and Design. She recently took over the Pillar To Post Home Inspectors of Erma previously owned by Bob Galster, who has served the Cape May County area for 17 years... Read More.

Posted on Saturday, December 6, 2014

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