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Federal Pacific Stab-Lok Electrical Panels – The Full Story

By |2020-04-27T11:19:42-06:00April 27th, 2020|Back to Basics, Electrical|

Federal Pacific Stab Lok electrical panels have a known history of failure and lawsuits. We are always on the lookout for these panels during our inspections and we recommend a full panel replacement when found.

Why Does My House Need Ventilation? (Home Ventilation Basics)

By |2020-04-01T12:08:41-06:00April 1st, 2020|Back to Basics|

Houses are complex structures with many installed systems working simultaneously to produce a safe and comfortable living space. Proper home ventilation is the key to good indoor air quality. While it may be easy to focus on the things that you see, like natural light through windows and paint colors, the comfort of a house [...]

Ungrounded Outlets and the GFCI Solution

By |2020-03-11T14:56:26-06:00February 10th, 2020|Ask Your Inspector, Back to Basics, Electrical, Pre-Purchase Home Inspections|

Imagine this:  You move into a new home.  You've worked hard all weekend, lugging dressers and couches through narrow doorways and up and down flights of stairs. Your brother-in-law has helped. But let's face it, most of the time he's just been sitting on the ONE couch he helped move in, drinking beer.  Making annoying [...]

Furnace Filter Replacement: Impacts of a Dirty Furnace Filter

By |2020-03-23T12:10:03-06:00November 1st, 2019|Ask Your Inspector, Back to Basics|

One of the most common things we recommend during a home inspection is to "consider furnace filter replacement at this time".  Why is such a simple action so often overlooked? And what impact does having a dirty furnace filter have on the home? Often the simplest things can cause the biggest concerns. In this article, [...]

GFCI Outlets Explained – The Un-Shocking Truth

By |2019-12-10T19:36:46-07:00November 14th, 2017|Ask Your Inspector, Back to Basics, Electrical|

We've all seen those outlets with the little "test" and "reset" buttons on the face of the outlet.  These are called "GFCI" outlets.  The "GFCI" stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter.   But what does that mean? And why are these types of outlets necessary? The Shocking Details Perhaps at some point in your life you [...]