Shocking Facts About Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI)

A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is an electrical device that is designed to prevent injury or death from electrical shock by detecting low level ground faults.  A ground fault occurs when the current is leaking somewhere.  If the current supplied is greater than the current returned for a given circuit the current is going somewhere other than where it should.  Continue reading “Shocking Facts About Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI)”

Separating Facts from Fiction about Aluminum Wiring

Many homeowners and home buyers tend to overreact when I tell them I found aluminum branch wiring in their home during the home inspection.  They have this preconceived notion that the electrical system is not safe and the home is therefore dangerous.  So I thought I would spend some time to discuss the history, issues, and solutions with respect to aluminum branch wiring. Continue reading “Separating Facts from Fiction about Aluminum Wiring”

5 Essential Spring Home Maintenance Tasks

Spring is finally here and if you’re like me you’re starting to think about preparing the yard and servicing lawn care equipment.  Perhaps you’re boxing up winter clothes and getting out spring and summer attire, or cleaning out the garage preparing for a yard sale.  These are all normal seasonal activities, but don’t forget about your largest investment; your home. Continue reading “5 Essential Spring Home Maintenance Tasks”

Common Plumbing Material Defects – A Historical Perspective

Plumbing materials have changed through the years for the better becoming safer, cheaper, stronger, lighter and easier to install.  All of which adds up to make your home a better place to live. I thought I would devote a little time to discuss common plumbing defects associated with the material used relative to the time period it was installed.  Continue reading “Common Plumbing Material Defects – A Historical Perspective”

5 Things Every Homeowner Should Know About Their Home

Your home is a fairly complicated structure that contains many different systems and components. In order to protect your largest investment, it’s imperative that you know as much as possible about your home.  So in this post I’m going to discuss 5 things I believe every homeowner should know about their home, but probably don’t. Continue reading “5 Things Every Homeowner Should Know About Their Home”

Seller’s Inspection

In today’s competitive housing market, it’s more important than ever to market your property and make it stand out to drive potential buyers your way.  Consider having a pre-listing/seller’s inspection.  For a fraction of a mortgage payment, it can be a great marketing tool that you and your realtor can use to eliminate the natural fears of the buyer, letting them know the home is in good shape. Continue reading “Seller’s Inspection”

Life Expectancy of Common Household Components

I’m always a little surprised by someone’s reaction when I tell them that some of the major components of the home may be near the end of their useful service life, particularly when the house is nearly 15 years old.  I understand that the average person doesn’t sit around and converse about the life expectancy of their water heater, roof, and HVAC.  So, I thought I would discuss the average life expectancy of some common household components.  It’s important to keep in mind the following are just industry averages. Some components may fall short of their expected life span and others will far exceed it. Continue reading “Life Expectancy of Common Household Components”

How to prevent your exterior faucet from freezing

The recent winter weather has reminded me about the many things that can happen to your home if you’re not prepared to deal with the consequences of sustained temperatures below freezing.  Specifically, I would like to discuss exterior faucets.  Unfortunately, I’m quite familiar with this problem, as I recently discovered that one of mine fell victim to the harshness of winter.  Continue reading “How to prevent your exterior faucet from freezing”