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Fire Safety Checklist for Your Home

Handling an emergency situation quickly and correctly requires some practice before hand. When a fire starts in your home, it can rapidly grow into a very dangerous situation, so knowing what to do is critical. Of course the best option is to take step

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Useful Tips To Ensure A Storm Safe Home

With the arrival of spring comes the threat of storms. Storm safety and maintenance measures need to be taken before you head into the seasons where they are more likely. There are certain safety measures, which should be taken by you for your as well

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Fire Separation Doors from the House to the Garage

I'd like everyone to take a minute to think about two potentially very dangerous situations.  Both of them have to do with your garage.  If your garage is attached to your house, you should have a door between them.  The door needs to be able to wit

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Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs)

We frequently get asked what the difference is between AFCI and GFCI protection is.  Here is a short post about AFCIs, describing their function, as well as their importance. Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) are special types of e

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Garage Doors

Garage doors are large, spring-supported doors. Garage door openers control the opening and closing of garage doors, either through a wall-mounted switch or a radio transmitter. Due to the strain that garage door components and openers regularly endure

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Dryer Vent Safety

One of the most common issues we note during home inspections is with dryer ducts.  For what appears to be a simple system, there are some very important intricacies that have to be followed to make sure they are safe. Clothes dryers evaporate the

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Defensible Space to Protect Against Wildfires

Defensible space refers to the area surrounding a building that is mitigated to protect it from wildfires. Along with the quality of a building’s roofing material, adequate defensible space is one of the most important factors in determining a buil

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Carbon Monoxide

With the cold weather hitting South Texas and the Hill Country, I figured it was a good time to provide a little information about Carbon Monoxide and how to protect your family from its deadly effects. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, p

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Ungrounded Electrical Receptacles

Grounding of electrical receptacles (which some laypeople refer to as outlets) is an important safety feature that has been required in new construction since 1962, as it minimizes the risk of electric shock and protects electrical equipment from damag

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House Numbers

Introduction and back-story: The other day, while I was looking for the house I was set to inspect, I came across an issue that could make a critical difference in an emergency.  The house did not have an address displayed.  Now normally it's pret

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