Arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) protection is new enough that most brand new homes don’t have it in ALL the right places. So, why are Texas Inspectors being required to report them as a “Deficiency” in older homes? Because they are the newest form of home safety equipment. Actually, this question gets to the bottom … Continue reading Part IV, Arc Fault Absent? So What?
When the Standards of Practice changed for Texas Home Inspectors on February 1, 2009, a new inspection procedure was added as a requirement. Inspectors must now put in the Report the location of the water meter, the location of the main house shut off valve (when there is one provided), and record the water pressure … Continue reading Part III, Testing Water Pressure
New categories of reporting in the new Property Inspection Report.
Part One: Some changes in inspection Standards are minor.
I’m sure most of us have reached up and pushed the “Test” button on the smoke detectors in our homes. Whether we did it as a routine to check it for operation, or to check the battery, or curiosity, the shrill noise that the appliance emits was enough to wake the dead, right? What you … Continue reading Are You Re-aa-lly “Testing” the Smoke Detector?
The key to survival from any type of fires is a safe escape. Whereas commercial buildings have official fire exits and regular fire drills, most ordinary residences do not. Thus, during home fires many victims suffer from death or physical injuries because there is no specific fire exit and, usually, no formal training on what … Continue reading Home Fire Safety: A Good Escape Plan