After a storm you should always check your roof for missing shingles,
missing rain caps on furnace and water heater vent stacks, and natural gas appliances that require
vents. You don't necessarily have to climb on your roof to check these out; using binoculars works
just as well and is much safer. Make a habit of looking up at your roof whenever you approach your
house, either from the front or back yards. This way you will notice immediately if something is
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expensive and a missing rain cap on the vent stack can shorten the life of the heat exchanger by
more than half. Note that not all pipes sticking up on your roof need rain caps, some of them are
plumbing vent pipes.
We encourage you to look at your roof as you are driving up to your
house, since you can get a good view of the roof that way.
Gaze into Your Dog's
A new study shows that puppy love is real. When you gaze into
the eyes of your puppy (or dog), you know you are communicating with your pet. Now, a new study
shows that you and your dog are communicating chemically as well.
Japanese studies found that when a dog stares at its human,
levels of a hormone called oxytocin rise.
The oxytocin, know as the "love hormone" for its role in
parent-child bonding, encourages the human to gaze longer, which further increases the oxytocin in
the dog, creating a feedback loop of happiness and connection.
A paper by Miho Nagasawa, a post doctural fellow at Jichi
Medical University, says, "Dogs and humans can communicate very naturally, and they can be friends
in a natural way."
In one study published in Science, when humans and their
dogs were left alone for 30 minutes, dogs who gazed longer had extra oxytocin in their
The same test was tried on wolves and their handlers. For
them there was no gazing and no extra oxytocin.
Inspectors May Find Some Flaws in "Perfect" Home
A home inspection can spare you from surprises after you buy. After crunching the numbers,
searching your favorite neighborhoods, and weighing the pros and cons of each property you've seen, you've chosen a
house that seems like the perfect fit for you. While it may be "perfect" when it comes to location, price, or
features, it's now time for you to find out about the home's imperfections before you hand over your hard-earned
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