Video: Furnace must have a disconnect switch and not always where you think it might be.
The lovely big new windows installed in this remodeled house “passed” the five point test to determine if they must be made with safety glass. Safety glass required when window meets all 5 requirements: 1) is less than 18″ from floor2) top of glass is more than 36″ above floor3) sash glass exceeds 9 sq […]
Video of: Remodeling around the furnace or water heater can cause all sorts of problems for someone who is not familiar with the instillation and operation of the equipment in their home.
Why do we as a whole ignore the most basic safety issues until its too late. Manufacturers of everything from kitchen stoves and garage door openers to smoke alarms package their equipment with owners manuals that address how it should be installed and what maintenance will be needed. These manuals are rarely read and their […]
On the top or side of every water heater, there is a pressure safety valve called the TPR valve. It is a simple device that releases pressure (very hot water) to prevent the tank from bursting or exploding if the temperature in the water heater reaches or exceeds 180 degrees. “TPR” stands for Temperature & […]
Garage doors are considered by most home owners as a necessary part of the home and they are given no further thought. Yet every year 10,000 Americans are injured by garage doors mishaps. Most doors are installed correctly and the openers operate according to specification, but as time goes by there is wear and a […]
Problem? If you are buying a property and there is one of these test well monitoring stations, you would want to check out what the issue is. These are monitoring wells to determine if chemicals are leeching into or out of your property. They are most often found in commercial properties that have had an […]
Inspecting the basement in a vacant house we came across this container marked poison! First of all its poison, which is dangerous to leave around in a house that you are selling. A curious child or a adult wondering what is in the jar could be poisoned. Then written on the side of the jar […]
If they can be nailed wrong, they will be. It seems that more than half of the decks we inspect have a problem with the joist hangers. For some reason (and its probably price) people want to buy a smaller joist hanger than necessary saving a few dollars and putting the deck in jeopardy. Joist […]
As inspectors we get to see some of the worst looking and some of the best looking homes in Dayton. This home had been completely remodeled and most likely all without permits. The giveaway, the railing would not pass code. The spacing would allow a child to climb through.If you are getting work done you […]
The question after this inspection was finished would have to be, “are roof inspections getting too dangerous”? When inspecting roofs it can be dangerous, we all know that,. There is always the risk of slipping and falling off the roof. This was a risk we never thought about as we looked at a bullet lodged […]
What do all these pipes have in common? They come from water softeners that are incorrectly and dangerously installed. They could contaminate the drinking water in the home they are in and possibly the whole subdivision. Water softeners have a pipe coming out of the control unit at the top of the softener (there is […]
Unsafe Garage Door Openers? Do you have one? Is yours safe for children or pets?With Christmas and cold weather coming children may be playing in your garage. Your garage door opener should have a photoelectric safety beam mounted to the bottom of the door track and located between 4 to 6 inches from the floor. […]
BEFORE YOU GO CLEANING GUTTERS and carrying ladders around you should perform a safety check. Look to see where your electrical service comes in. If it is to a roof mast or attached to the side of your home, take a look at the electrical connection between the power company wire and the wire from […]