Child-Proofing Windows and Stairs

Child-Proofing Windows and Stairs by Nick Gromicko   The number one hazard for children is falls, which are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries in the U.S. for this age group.  About 8,000 youngsters wind up in emergency rooms every day for injuries related to...

Carpet Mold: Identification, Prevention and Removal

Carpet Mold: Identification, Prevention and Removal by Nick Gromicko and Ethan Ward The Dangers of Mold Molds produce allergens, which are substances that can cause allergic reactions, as well as irritants and, in some cases, potentially toxic substances known as...

Inspecting Aluminum Wiring

Inspecting Aluminum Wiring by Nick Gromicko and Kenton Shepard Between approximately 1965 and 1973, single-strand aluminum wiring was sometimes substituted for copper branch-circuit wiring in residential electrical systems due to the sudden escalating price of copper....

Fire Extinguisher Maintenance and Inspection

Fire Extinguisher Maintenance and Inspection by Nick Gromicko and Kenton Shepard Fire extinguishers are devices commonly found indoors and are used to douse fire and prevent its spread. They are small metal canisters that contain compressed gas (usually nitrogen)...

Anti-Tip Brackets for Freestanding Ranges

Anti-Tip Brackets for Freestanding Ranges by Nick Gromicko and Kenton Shepard Anti-tip brackets are metal devices designed to prevent freestanding ranges from tipping. They are normally attached to a rear leg of the range or screwed into the wall behind the range, and...

Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs)

  Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) by Nick Gromicko and Kenton Shepard Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) are special types of electrical receptacles or outlets and circuit breakers designed to detect and respond to potentially dangerous electrical arcs in...

Radon Gas

Radon   Checklist for Inspecting Radon Mitigation Systems in Residential Homes Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon  The EPA recommends: If you are buying a home or selling your home, have it tested for radon. For a new home, ask if radon-resistant...

Increasing Home Energy Efficiency

InterNACHI advises that energy-efficient homes require less energy to perform household functions than homes that are less energy-efficient. There are many adjustments that homeowners can make to reduce the amount of energy required by their homes. Interesting facts...