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Safety

Rock-Solid Stability: Why Your Deck Needs Knee Bracing

Imagine enjoying a summer barbecue on your deck, only to feel it swaying uncomfortably with every step. Yikes! Thankfully, strong knee braces can prevent this nightmare scenario and keep your deck safe and stable for years to come. [ --- ]

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Beyond the Basic Home Inspection: Uncovering Hidden Issues with Additional Specialized Inspections

Buying a home is a significant investment, and a home inspection provides invaluable insight into the property's overall condition. But what about those invisible threats which may be lurking in areas not covered by a stand alone home inspection, hidden issues that could spell trouble down the road [ --- ]

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What is a plumbing S-Trap and why are they dangerous?

A common plumbing defect often found under sinks, in older and remolded homes, is the presence of S-traps. These plumbing traps are shaped like an “S” laying on its side. [ --- ]

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Is it safe to replace two-prong outlets with 3-prong outlets?

The simple answer to this question is no!   As home inspectors, we often run into older homes where the occupants have gotten fed up with having to find that little adapter so they can plug their appliance cord into a two-prong outlet. Sound fa [ --- ]

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What are GFCI outlets and why are they important?

The term “GFCI” stands for ground fault interrupter circuit. A GFCI outlet is an electrical outlet that looks a little different than most outlets in the home. I’m sure you’ve seen them before. They are those outlets that have little “test” and “reset” buttons in th [ --- ]

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What is a Range Anti-Tip Device and Why is it so Important?

Also called a range safety clip, these devices secure fee-standing ranges to the floor or back wall, preventing them from tipping when the oven door is open and/or an oven rack with weight on it is pulled out. Think of these situations: You're in [ --- ]

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