Video of asbestos pipe insulation on a hydroponic (water) or steam boiler heating system. Asbestos can be dangerous to your health if fibers are disturbed, often found in buildings buildings from the fifty’s and older on heating and hot water plumbing pipes.
COULD THE ATTIC BE DANGEROUS TO YOUR HEALTH?Dangerous insulation may be hiding above the ceiling of older homes. In newer homes the insulation is usually soft and puffy fiberglass or a cellulose (very finely ground paper). In some older homes a granular product with a silver glint to it may have been used to insulate […]Read More about Granules in Attic, Is it Dangerous Insulation?
Video of garage doors with the old style springs to the side of the tracks. These pose a danger if they fail and snap. A safety wire must be inserted into the center of the spring to hold it in place. These inexpensive safety wires are available at any store that sells overhead doors for […]Read More about Garage Door Spring Safety Wire Required
Don’t eat off of it! This DIY project has all the right look of a farmhouse table. Unfortunately the top is made of treated fence pickets which contain harmful chemicals that you don’t want on your skin, let alone on food and utensils. We see a lot of beautiful furniture and updates that are made […]Read More about Cute Table Right? Pressure Treated is Toxic!
Assuming it’s a small leak, one that’s hard to smell, the first thing to do is turn off the gas to the unit. The requirement is that there must be a shut off valve within six feet of and in the same room as the gas appliance. Turn off the valve (a quarter turn on […]Read More about Where Are the Gas Shut Off Valves Located?
In life I have discovered that it’s a good policy never to assume that something works, that the door is locked, that you have your ticket and passport in your backpack as you head to the airport. Over the last 20 years of inspecting homes, offices, hotels and everything else from Chinese restaurants to schools, […]Read More about Don’t Ever Assume!! (As You Start a Project)
Video: Furnace must have a disconnect switch and not always where you think it might be.
The beautiful big new picture windows installed in this remodeled house “passed” the five point test to determine that they must be made with safety glass. Safety glass is required when window meets all 5 requirements:1) they were less than 18″ from floor2) the top of glass was more than 36″ above floor3) the size […]Read More about “ Windows Require Safety Glass If…….”
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 society 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 […]Read More about Home Safety “Costs Less Than You Think”
On the top or side of every water heater, there is a “TPR” Valve. This abbreviation stands for Temperature & Pressure Relief. It is a simple device that releases water from the tank and plumbing system to prevent the tank from bursting or exploding if the temperature in the water heater reaches or exceeds 200 […]Read More about Water Heater TPR (Pressure) Valve
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 ten thousand 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 […]Read More about Garage Doors Pose a Danger to Children
Is there a hidden or undisclosed problem with hazardous contamination on the property you are buying? If you are buying a property and there is one of these monitoring wells, you may have a serious and invisible problem with the property. They are most often found in commercial properties that have had a business that […]Read More about Contamination Could Cost Millions $$
Inspecting the basement of a vacant house, we came across this container marked poison! First of all its poison, which is dangerous to leave around in any house and especially a house that you are selling.A curious child or a adult wondering what is in the jar could be poisoned, possibly by just touching the […]Read More about Deadly Poison in a Home Basement!