The Inspector Newsletter
May 2017: Driveways and Sidewalks
Maintenance Matters
Driveway and Sidewalk Resealing

Regular resealing of the surface of a driveway or sidewalk can help prevent moisture from moving under the surface material and causing cracks or heaving. Sealants are available for both concrete and asphalt surfaces.


The important thing to remember about sealing a driveway is the weather forecast. To be effective, the surface must be clean and dry before the sealant is applied and should remain dry long enough to cure completely. Some other tips when it comes to sealing the driveway surface include:

  • Make sure to purchase a product appropriate for the type of surface you have.
  • Water-based sealants will result in a matte finish because they soak into the surface. Oil-based sealants will result in a shiny surface and sit on top of the asphalt or concrete.
  • Fill cracks and make repairs before sealing.
  • Sealant can be messy and difficult to clean up. Be sure not to track it into a building on clothes and shoes.

With driveway repairs it’s important to follow the above suggestions every 2 to 3 years to keep surface conditions in great shape. With proper maintenance, your driveway will be in excellent condition for years to come.

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Controlling Bees and Wasps

Both bees and wasps can be beneficial to the natural environment. Wasps are predators, helping to control other insects. Bees pollinate plants and produce honey and wax. That doesn’t mean they should be invited to share our living spaces.

Paper wasps commonly build paper-like nests under the eaves of homes, businesses or other structures. Bees typically build their colonies once they have found their way inside an open cavity, preferably a hollow tree, but sometimes a wall, attic or unprotected chimney. Preventing bees or wasps from taking up residence means limiting access to nesting sites, food and water supply.

  • Caulk all holes around the exterior of the building. Use screens of less than 1/8 inch opening in weep holes or over soffit vents.
  • Cover outside trash cans tightly.
  • Remove trash frequently.
  • Fill in low spots where water pools after it rains.

If you find evidence that bees or wasps are living on or in your building, the best thing to do is to call a licensed professional. In the case of honey bees, extermination is not the end of the story. The hive must be located, the honeycomb removed and repairs made to seal the area completely or another colony may move in on top of the old one.

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I have a swarm of bees hanging on a tree or bush in my yard. What should I do to protect my family?

  1. Do nothing
  2. Kill them by any means necessary
  3. Try to shoo them away to get them away from your home

Be the first to answer correctly and win a $10 Starbuck’s gift card. Submit your answer to your local NPI inspector to find out if you’ve won.

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