Millions of decks have been built in the US over the last 50 years or so. Many of the early decks were built with redwood or cedar lumber which have a natural resistance to rot and decay. Unfortunately redwood and cedar decks were very pricey and had an average life span of only 15 to 20 years. Depending on where you live and the care and maintenance of the deck some would last longer some less.
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”
Bonding of metal piping
Bonding of metallic water lines and gas lines is required by all major codes. Being bonded is not the same as being grounded Bonding refers to the process of connecting different systems together so they have the same electrical potential as the electrical service. This is done to reduce the chance of arcing caused by a sudden surge of electricity from a nearby lightning strike or other unexpected cause. Continue reading “Bonding is required for water, gas & CSST”
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 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”
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”
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.
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”