Archive for the Safety Alerts Category

Faulty Smoke Detectors

In a fire, the issue is time. Minutes and many times seconds will make the difference between life and death. The combustible materials in our homes

Radon Testing Protocols

Does your radon tester follow the EPA guidelines? In a real estate transaction most radon tests are performed by the home inspector. There is nothing

Controlling Radon Gas

In Existing Homes: After testing for radon and if the level exceeds 4.0 picocuries, the next step is to begin mitigation. You should look for a ‘ce

No More Debate…Radon Kills

Radon mitigation is part of the MN State Building Code.  What does it mean when the MN State Building Code is modified to include radon mitigation m

Radon Gas is a Proven Danger

January is National Radon Awareness Month. Radon gas and real estate don’t mix well. The more energy efficient we make our houses the greater the r

3 Fire Proof Bypasses

Fire barriers are often compromised and the homeowner never knows it. Home fire barriers have been a part of the building code since about 1960.  Ho

Aluminum Wiring = Trouble

Because of the high cost of copper, electricians began using aluminum wiring between 1968 and 1974. Determining that a house is wired with aluminum i

Let’s Look Closer At Deck Failure!

There are just two basic reasons for decks failing. The first is overloading and the second is improper construction. Overloading: deck failure usu

Wood Deck Failures

What happened to pressure treated deck lumber? Pressure treatment is a process that forces chemical preservatives into the wood. The wood is placed

Decks Can Be Dangerous

Deck failures are becoming more common. Why do decks fail? The most common reasons are: Old age Poor design Improper materials Overloadin

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