PushMatic GE Sylvania or Zinsco
If you have a PushMatic GE Sylvania or Zinsco or Stab-Lok breaker box we recommend a qualified electrician evaluate it’s condition. Over time fuse panels, circuit breakers, and circuit panels will deteriorate, wear out and become obsolete. We are not aware of any official time span however there are signs to look for. Continue reading PushMatic GE Sylvania or Zinsco
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 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
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
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
How to choose and install a smoke alarm.
A smoke alarm and maybe save your life, Whether you own an older home or a new home I am positive you will enjoy our plain language explanations of many common problems found in the home. Please feel free to comment on this post and offer suggestions for future posts.
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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 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
A $20 Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI – GFI) could save your life, Don’t put it off any longer.
One of the most often listed defects found by home inspectors, building code officers and city occupancy officials is lack of ground fault circuit interrupters or GFCI – GFI outlets and breakers. Continue reading GFCI – GFI ground fault circuit breakers
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