Attic Ventilation by Nick Gromicko and Rob London Perhaps the most misunderstood element of home maintenance is attic ventilation. Most people feel gable vents are adequate. They also believe it’s a good idea to close them off during the winter to save heat. And many home owners believe the soffits should be covered with insulation.
Product Recalls by Nick Gromicko and Rob London Meijer Recalls Touch Point Fan Heaters Due to Fire, Shock Hazards WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
The Making of the Meth Mess by Julie A. Mazzuca, President, Meth Lab Cleanup LLC® Over the past few years, the illegal production of methamphetamine has increased substantially in many regions of the United States. The manufacture of this drug has caused billions of dollars in property damage and, more importantly, has become a health hazard
PREVENTING CHIMNEY FIRES AND CARBON MONOXIDE INTRUSION by Melissa Heeke, Chimney Safety Institute of America, Plainfield, IN Throughout history, fire has been crucial to human existence. Primitive people relied on fire to cook their food, keep them warm and provide light. Although we no longer depend on fire in quite the same way, images of children
Chinese Drywall by Nick Gromicko, Rob London and Kenton Shepard Amidst a wave of Chinese import scares, ranging from toxic toys to tainted pet food, reports of contaminated drywall from that country have been popping up across the American Southeast. Chinese companies use unrefined “fly ash,” a coal residue found in smokestacks in coal-fired
Leak Detection by Nick Gromicko and Rob London Your pool will naturally lose some water to evaporation, some to splash-out and some backwash waste water. You may also gain water from rainfall. A rule of thumb is if you're routinely adding more than two inches of water to your pool per week, you may have a
THE INSPECTOR'S CORNER presented by On The Gulf Home Inspection Services Anti-Tip Brackets for Freestanding Ranges by Nick Gromicko, Rob London 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,
Electrical Safety Electricity is an essential part of our lives. However, it has the potential to cause greatharm. Electrical systems will function almost indefinitely, if properly installed and not overloaded or physically abused. Electrical fires in our homes claim the lives of 485 Americans each year and injure 2,305 more. Some of these fires are