Gas pipe in your home

In Home maintenance tips, safety by Mark Goodman

What you should know about the gas pipe in your home. When inspecting homes we see different types of gas lines used in the interior of the home which include black iron, galvanized steel, brass (containing not more than seventy-five (75) percent copper), copper and CSST (flexible piping). All of these gas pipe types were acceptable at some point in time. However, standards change and now galvanized pipe is not recommended for use as gas pipe due to the possibility of …

Fireplace Maintenance and Safety

In Home maintenance tips, safety by Mark Goodman

It’s that time of year, so before you light your first fire of the season have your fireplaces inspected. Fireplace maintenance: It’s important to check your fireplaces out to make sure they ready and safe to use. The best thing you can to is to hire a professional chimney sweep to check your fireplaces out. Fireplace maintenance and chimney maintenance is crucial to prevent chimney fires and save lives. Clean chimneys typically don’t catch fire!

Clothes dryer vent maintenance saves lives!

In Home maintenance tips, safety by Mark Goodman

It is estimated that annually over 15,000 house fires are attributed to clothes dryer fires with 51 deaths, 380 injuries and 236 million dollars in direct property damage with a rise in these types of fires during the fall and winter months. What caused the majority of the fires? Lint and the type of dryer vent piping used; impairing the ability to expel the lint that the dryer lint screen doesn’t catch. It doesn’t help …

Smoke alarms save lives

In Home maintenance tips, safety by Mark Goodman

Today I’d like to talk about the smoke alarm.  I don’t want to tell you how many times we inspect homes and see missing alarms or ones that have been taken down and never replaced because they were chirping. Everyone knows smoke alarms save lives! So why do three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms? “Smoke spreads fast and you need …

Garage door opener safety checklist

In Home maintenance tips, safety by Mark Goodman

The large majority of home owners with attached garages use the garage at the main point to enter and exit the home. Garages are typically where today’s family keeps all of their sporting goods and outdoor activity supplies. Therefore, it’s important we talk about garage safety. Garage doors manufactured prior to 1993 may not be equipped with some safety devices and “one in 15 garage doors lack the latest safety features” says Todd Wilkinson, Field …

What is the purpose of a thermal expansion tank

In Home maintenance tips, safety by Mark Goodman

When inspecting homes people often ask what’s that little tank above the water heater. Answer: A Thermal Expansion Tank Thermal expansion tanks have been required in most areas for the last 10 years or so when installing a new water heater. This code was adopted because of the advent of backflow preventers, water meter check valves and pressure reducing valves without a bypass being installed. When water is heated in the water heater it expands, …

Basic Ladder Safety Tips

In Home maintenance tips, safety by Mark Goodman

Accidents in and around the home happen all the time, which is why today we are talking about ladder safety. Among those injuries, Slips and Falls are the most frequent cause of injuries in the home. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year more than 10 million people suffer injuries on residential properties serious enough to require visits to the emergency room. Residential injuries account for more than 6 million homeowner claims …