The Home Pros Radio Show Podcast

Home Pros Media Productions, LLC

Tommy Donovan with RIC Home Inspections and Shane Hipps with Closing Contractor take your home improvement questions, share the latest news in the industry, and introduce you to the professionals that make it all happen.

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Tommy and Shane speak with David Kline with Chim Cheree Chimney Service about common repairs issues you may find in your chimney and the services your chimney sweep can provide in order to fix them. 

Sep 2017

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Tommy and Shane take on the topic of windows.  Should you replace yours or stick with the ones you have?  We'll crunch the numbers to determine if the price is worth the cost.  Also, crawl space vents.  Should you leave them open or closed?  Tommy and Shane share their opinion.  Plus, our Closing Contractor Mystery Sound gets the Home Pros talking about your gas logs.

Sep 2017

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Kenny and Meaghan Sicilian with Scout's Pest Control share interesting information about common household pests with the Home Pros.  We also discuss the CL-100 and the role it plays in the real estate transaction.

Sep 2017

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In this episode Tommy and Shane share some recent calls and help listeners with a tripping GFCI circuit, how to properly repair a loose toilet, and we also discuss mold and mildew on the exterior of our homes.  Where it comes from and what to do about it.

Sep 2017

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Charlotte Groce from Palmetto Outdoor Spaces joins Tommy and Shane to discuss common repair issues that exposure to the sun can cause in our home.  From melted siding, to faded furniture, to blown window seals, Charlotte explains how these things happen and what can be done to prevent them.  

Sep 2017

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Our announcer Darrin Fitzgerald joins Tommy and Shane in the studio to discuss the remodeling process.  Specifically, how to identify a structural wall and the procedures related to altering the structural load on that wall.  We also help a listener address a bat infestation in her attic and help another listener who has run into a snag with his home inspector while purchasing a home.

Sep 2017

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Tommy and Shane welcome Lew Grass with All About Flooring as they discuss the various types of wood flooring that are available to install in your home.   We also talk about common issues related to maintaining and repairing the wood floors in your home.

Sep 2017

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Tommy and Shane discuss an electrical system that regularly mysteriously turns off on a tenant, Scout's Pest Control calls in to help a listener with a flea problem, and then we discuss the importance of proper flashing installation.

Oct 2017

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Tommy and Shane welcome Trey Smedley with Cantey Foundation Services as they discuss common settling issues that can occur in your home and what can be done to fix them.  Additionally, they discuss the types of settling cracks that can develop in your foundation and how to determine when a significant foundation concern may be present.

Oct 2017

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Tommy and Shane review our Home Pros Radio Show Fall Home Maintenance Checklist with our podcast host Sarah Parlier.  These are the home maintenance projects that you can tackle this fall in order to be sure that your home is prepared for the winter months.  Download and print your copy of our checklist along with this podcast.

Oct 2017

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In observance of Halloween, Tommy and Shane invite Adam Burgess and Phillip Caston with Paranormal Investigation Team Greenville into the Home Pros Studio.  In this special extended episode we discuss the scientific methods used to verify the presence of actual ghostly events in our homes.  We also spend time sharing the stories behind our own personal brushes with real paranormal events.  Be sure to download our photo of the "Woman In The Window" which is included in this podcast's show description.

Oct 2017

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In this episode, we review the remaining items from our Home Pros Radio Show Fall Home Maintenance Checklist which covers the projects that you can do to prepare your home for the winter months.  Included are segments of the radio show with special guests Dave Ramsey with LeafGuard of South Carolina and Scott Kelly with Carolina Generators.  Download and print your copy of our checklist along with this podcast.

Nov 2017

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Scott Kelly with Carolina Heating Service and Steve Weitzel with Water Furnace join Tommy and Shane in the studio talk about geothermal heating systems.  Learn about their history, how they operate, and why they are becoming a popular and economical heating and cooling option for our homes. 

Nov 2017

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In our RIC Home Inspections photo from the field, Tommy and Shane share a picture of a laundry room and ask our listeners to identify the two potential hazards that are present in the room.  This assignment spurs further discussion regarding those critical items that home inspectors can help to identify in your home but typically go unnoticed.  Download and view our laundry room photo using the link in our show description. 

Nov 2017

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In this episode, Tommy and Shane veer off topic in observance of Diabetes Awareness Month.  With three children that have been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, Tommy's family is faced with the challenge of managing this disease on a daily basis.  One doctor who is leading the campaign to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes is Pediatric Endocrinologist Dr. Bryce Nelson who has been treating Tommy's children since their first child was diagnosed in 2009.  Join the Home Pros as Dr. Nelson and Tommy's children Ilona, Thomas, and John team up to raise awareness and financial support for the battle against Type 1 Diabetes.  To learn more about how you can help, visit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at www.jdrf.org

Nov 2017

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After identifying a rather comical plumbing supply configuration under a home (see our photo), Tommy and Shane invite Master Plumber Scott Smith with All Clear Plumbing onto the show to discuss their findings and why these conditions should not be a part of your home's plumbing system.  Join us as we review all of the things that every homeowner should know about your plumbing supply system and how it works!

Dec 2017

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Tommy and Shane discuss some of the conditions in your home that may be unnecessarily increasing your cost of living.  Learn how to troubleshoot the cause of an unusually high utility bill while also gaining some insight on simple tasks that you can do now to save energy and money.

Dec 2017

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Lieutenant Will Broscious with the Greenville City Fire Department joins Tommy and Shane in the studio to discuss some important fire safety concerns that every homeowner should keep top of mind during the winter months.  Plus, we cover some general fire safety guidelines for your home in our Home Pros Trivia Challenge.

Dec 2017

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Tommy and Shane continue their discussion about your home's water supply system with Scott Smith from All Clear Plumbing.  In this episode we discuss pressure regulators, water hammer arresters, and expansion tanks which we use to keep your plumbing supply system healthy.

Dec 2017

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Tommy and Shane share their list of Christmas Gift ideas for the contractor or the DIY fan on your Christmas list.  From popular and traditional ideas to new gadgets on the market, we're likely to have a suggestion that will please!

Dec 2017

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In this episode, your hosts Tommy Donovan with RIC Home Inspections and Shane Hipps with Closing Contractor re-visit some of the most memorable news stories we covered in 2017.  Take note of what NOT to do as we learn from the mis-adventures of our fellow homeowners!

Dec 2017

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Tommy and Shane review some of the more memorable Home Pros Radio Show trivia challenges and entertaining phone calls from this past year.  Listen in to see if your favorite moments made our list!  

Dec 2017

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A homeowner with a wood stove that has not been burning effectively calls in for Tommy and Shane's perspective.  We talk dryer vent maintenance and safety with Matthew Burrow from Dryer Vent Wizard of the Upstate.  Plus, discover the "buzz" behind one of our latest Closing Contractor Mystery Sounds.  

Jan 2018

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Tommy and Shane share some recent home inspection photos to help illustrate the type of work that some contractors are getting away with.  This sparks a review of the things that every homeowner can do to insure they are hiring the right contractor for the job.  Go to www.homeprosradio.com and visit our "Shows" page if our Photos from the Field are not in your show description.

Jan 2018

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Gas fireplace logs are the topic in this episode as Glenco Fireplaces joins Tommy and Shane in the studio to discuss some of the maintenance and safety issues that homeowners commonly miss.  

Jan 2018

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Tommy and Shane discuss the home design trends that you are likely to see more of in 2018.  Find out what's hot...and what's not in the new year before swinging your first hammer on your latest building or remodeling project.

Jan 2018

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Tommy and Shane discuss resolutions that every homeowner should consider in the new year, we explore the source of a frosty condition in one homeowner's attic, and our listeners call in to solve our Closing Contractor Mystery Sound.

Jan 2018

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Master Plumber Scott Smith with All Clear Plumbing joins Tommy and Shane on the phone to discuss what happens when plumbing lines freeze and provides tips on how to react properly if this happens in your home.  We also take a quick look at freezing water on the outside of your home in our RIC Home Inspections Photo From the Field. 

Jan 2018

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Get acquainted with the Home Pros Radio Show and learn about our mission from our hosts Tommy Donovan with RIC Home Inspections and Shane Hipps with Closing Contractor.  As you will learn, we offer a fresh perspective on home improvement and thanks to a couple of special call-in guests we hope to share with you how home improvement can be informative and entertaining!

Feb 2018

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Tommy and Shane welcome in the experts at Freedom Roofing to help explain the fundamentals of your home's roofing system.  Learn about the functional components of your roof as well as common repair issues related to the maintenance of your roof.

Feb 2018

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Tommy and Shane explain the difference between certified and licensed home inspectors.  Also, Scout's Pest Control joins us to share some interesting remedies for keeping pests out of your home.  Plus, we cover recent news regarding the "Tide Pod Challenge" and recognize the end of the football season with our Home Pros Radio Show Trivia Challenge.

Feb 2018

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Take advantage of some helpful advice on how to de-clutter your home with the assistance of 1-800-GOT-JUNK.  Learn what to do with some of those items that have been collecting dust in your garage, attic, or basement.

Feb 2018

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Tommy and Shane tackle the recurring topic of aluminum wiring in homes.  Also, a recent conversation regarding your home's water pressure reminds us of the importance of properly diagnosing repair concerns in your home.  Plus, we share the story of a donkey who literally "drops in" on some unsuspecting homeowners. 

Feb 2018

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Tommy and Shane track down the source of a roof leak for a listener who has been keeping a close eye on his aging roof.  Plus, we introduce you to Home Binder which is an app that makes it easy to stay on top of your home's maintenance and repair needs.

Mar 2018

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In this episode, we introduce you to some of the vendors we met during our visit to the Southern Home & Garden Show brought to you by the Homebuilders Association of Greenville.  Learn the value of hiring a landscape architect or a custom home builder.  We also discover the latest innovations in central vacuum systems and learn about do-it-yourself smart home design.

Mar 2018

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The Home Pros spend time with more vendors from the Southern Home & Garden Show presented by the Homebuilders Association of Greenville.  Learn about options available for swimming pool installation, a solution for planting full grown mature trees on your property, and meet a business owner who turned her passion into a business opportunity.  Also, we ask our listeners questions to see how much they know about their home.

Mar 2018

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A local news story prompts Tommy and Shane to share a discussion about common misconceptions that homeowners have about radon gas.  This episode is a must for those who want to make sure that their home is safe.  For more helpful information, download your copy of A Citizen's Guide to Radon which is a free publication provided by the Environmental Protection agency.

Mar 2018

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Solar power is becoming a popular alternative energy solution for many homeowners across the country.  In this episode, Tommy and Shane speak with Chad Chiles with LGCY Power and Sunrun to discuss the design, installation, and benefits of adding a solar panel system to your home.  To see a time lapse video of what a solar panel installation looks like, click on the following link: Sunrun Solar Power System Installation

Mar 2018

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The Home Pros tackle a question from a listener about managing a pay schedule when hiring a contractor.  We also explain the meaning behind the "Master" contractor designation.  Tommy and Shane also share the story behind a snake that was found inside an electrical panel.  Plus, we discuss how you can avoid common pitfalls house hunters experience when purchasing their next home.

Apr 2018

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In this episode Tommy and Shane cover a number of items on the Home Pros Radio Show Spring Maintenance Checklist.  Danny Baker with Quality Performance Pressure Washing also joins us in the studio to discuss the services he provides and how they are integral with keeping the exterior of your home in ideal shape.

Apr 2018

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Tommy and Shane continue their review of the Home Pros Radio Show Spring Maintenance checklist.  As we conclude our discussion, Carolina Heating Service joins us to explain the steps you need to take in order to insure your cooling system is ready for the summer.    

Apr 2018

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Energy efficiency and clean air quality is the focus of this episode of our podcast.  Brett Hovis with A-1 Insulation joins the Home Pros to discuss the different types of insulation we have in our homes and it's important role in working with other aspects of your home's thermal envelope to keep your utility bills low and your air quality high. 

Apr 2018

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The Home Pros welcome in the experts at Carolina Heating Service to discuss your home's air conditioning system and how it works.  Plus, we learn about the origins of central air in our Home Pros Radio Show Trivia Challenge.

May 2018

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Listen and learn as the Home Pros share stories and advice from some of their recent adventures on the job.  An unfortunate squirrel helps us understand the importance of properly secured electrical splices, Shane explains the proper way to repair damaged wood on the exterior of our home, and Tommy shares an encounter with a surprise squatter during a home inspection.

May 2018

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In this episode, we speak with Jake Allen from Blossman Gas who helps us learn about the benefits of propane gas and how it can improve our home through the use of appliances like tankless water heaters and gas grills in your outdoor living space. Gas is also the topic of this edition of our Home Pros Radio Show Trivia Challenge.

May 2018

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The Home Pros discuss the building process and identify the critical moments when a certified home inspector can be hired to help make sure things are progressing as planned.  Learn about the specific components that are checked, some of the common issues that are found, and why catching them at the right moment can save you money and help you avoid bigger problems down the road.

May 2018

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The Home Pros review your home insurance options with Tim Briles, President of the Briles Company Insurance.  Discover the best way to respond the next time your home is hit with storm damage and learn how you can avoid contractors who might be seeking to take advantage of homeowners in distress.   Get the most out of owning your home with HomeBinder. Listen for your promo code to take advantage of the special HomeBinder membership offer extended to all Home Pros Radio Show listeners. 

Jun 2018

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A dangerous discovery during a home inspection prompts the Home Pros to bring in Jake Allen with Blossman Gas to discuss how to properly maintain the gas system in your home.  We also take this opportunity ask Jake for some tips on what we need to look for when purchasing a gas grill.   Get the most out of owning your home with HomeBinder Listen for your promo code to take advantage of the special HomeBinder membership offer extended to all Home Pros Radio Show listeners.

Jun 2018

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The Home Pros offer advice for a homeowner who wants to place a pool table in a Family Room over a Garage.  Tommy and Shane discuss the importance of proper kickout flashing installation and we talk with Meaghan Sicilian from Scout's Pest Control about treating termites and mosquitoes around your home. Get the most out of owning your home with HomeBinder Listen for your promo code to take advantage of the special HomeBinder membership offer extended to all Home Pros Radio Show listeners

Jun 2018

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Check out our RIC Home Inspections Photo From the Field as The Home Pros discuss a laundry room situation that could be a house fire waiting to happen.  Also, Tommy and Shane help a listener with maintaining her dishwasher drain and they answer questions about lead-based paint and radon testing.  Plus, our audience takes stabs at a rather unique Closing Contractor Mystery Sound. Get the most out of owning your home with HomeBinder Listen for your promo code to take advantage of the special offer extended to all Home Pros Radio Show listeners.

Jul 2018

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