Aluminum Wiring in Older Homes

Does Your House Have Aluminum Wiring

Aluminum wiring was used from 1965 until 1972 in some homes in our area due to a severe shortage of copper.  Originally considered a safe and economical substitute for copper wire, aluminum was used throughout the country.  The aluminum wire used at the time soon developed problems. Its use was discontinued in residential branch wiring for 15 and 20 amp circuits in 1972. Continue reading “Aluminum Wiring in Older Homes”

Double Lugged or Tapped Connections

Double Lugged or Tapped Wires

Double lugged or double tapped breakers are one of the most common electrical defects we find during a standard home inspection.  Double lugging is defined as two or more wires installed in a breaker that is only rated for one wire.  There are two instances where this commonly occurs; 1. On standard 120 or 240 volt breakers and 2. Less often on the main breaker. Continue reading “Double Lugged or Tapped Connections”

Closing on a New Home

 Closing on Your New Home Can be a Headache

Closing can be scary, you made it this far, now what?

Here are 16 things you should and should not do before and after closing.

1. First, you must remember nothing is final until you get the keys at closing.
2. Your agent is here to help you do not hesitate to ask for their advice.
3. Your lender will probably check your credit score again just before closing. Continue reading “Closing on a New Home”

Radon Testing St louis St Charles and Metro East

Why Test for Radon

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer exceeded only by smoking.  Like smoking Radon is a long term threat with variables such as the radon level present and the length of time you were exposed.

According to the United States Environmental Agency 21,000 people die of lung cancer from Radon gas exposure each year.  That number does not include those who go through the pain and suffering of lung cancer and do not die.This is more than die from choking, drowning, firearm homicides, carbon monoxide and second hand smoke combined (20,758). Continue reading “Radon Testing St louis St Charles and Metro East”

Knob and Tube Wiring problems

Knob and tube wiring

If your house was built before 1950 there is a good chance it will contain Knob and Tube  (K&T) wiring.  Knob and tube wiring  was used from the 1880’s until the late 1940’s.  K & T wiring was almost always installed by a professional electrician.

K & T wiring was considered very efficient and safe.  However as electrical demands increased, knob and tube wiring was phased out and replaced with modern products. Continue reading “Knob and Tube Wiring problems”

S-Traps vs P-Traps

S-traps are no longer allowed in new construction

Years ago most plumbing codes banned S-trap configurations in favor of P-trap style fixtures. S-traps are no longer used in modern plumbing because on rare occasions with just the right conditions the water can be sucked out of the trap allowing sewer gas to enter your home.

The risk from sewer gas can be much worse than just that terrible smell. Sewer gases can be poisonous or even explosive and are not to be treated lightly. Continue reading “S-Traps vs P-Traps”

Plumbing problems found at inspections

Plumbing  Problems are Often Easy to Repair

Plumbing repairs called out in a home inspection are usually minor.  However occasionally we find problems that must be repaired.  These are usually do-it-yourself projects gone terribly wrong.

Many plumbing repair problems can easily be addressed by a handy man or a proficient do-it-your-selfer.  Other problems such as a replacing a sewer main should only be addressed by a licensed plumber. Continue reading “Plumbing problems found at inspections”