Good morning. Something a lot of people do not think about, is how we can contaminate our water supply from home. Well, it is possible with what is called cross connection. To put it simple waste water can either be forced into the supply system, or be siphoned into it. Easy fixes that most homeowners or handymen can do is install backflow preventers and vacuum breakers. Please watch this YouTube video to see a little more. And as always, we are here for you. Please call us with any of your inspection needs, or if you just simply have a question about your property.
Good morning, I would like to touch on roof ventilation today. As homeowners or future homeowners, this subject tends to slip our minds. As you will hear in the video from Youtube, ventilation is very necessary to help with moisture from condensation in heat exchange. Warm moist air, like we have in Texas, cools and the water separates and condenses on framing and roofing structures in the attic, crawls spaces, and other areas where you have conditioned space abutting unconditioned space. Long story short, check your ventilation and make sure it is adequate to help avoid costly damage late.
As always, we are here for you.
Please call us with any of your inspection needs, or if you just simply have a question about your property.
Good morning, it has been a few days since I posted. So, let’s jump right in.
I would like to touch the topic of Temperature and pressure relief valves (TPR valve). This valve is a safety valve installed on the upper section of a water heater. This valve protects the home and home owner from overheated and over pressure tank explosions. The pressure setting for the TPR valve is 150 psi, though the tank capacity is around 300 psi. What this means is, with a functioning TPR valve the water heater tank should not reach anywhere near the pressure capacity of a good tank. Keep in mind, tanks age just like we do. As these tanks age, they begin to deteriorate and lose some of the pressure capacity. Look at your tank periodically for dents, ding, rust, or anything else that may affect the integrity of the tank. Now, moving on to temperature. Most of us know that water boils at 212° F. Most TPR valves are set at a temperature of 200° F. This is well below boiling point but well above the scalding temp of around 140° F. So, needless to say that water escaping through a TPR valve will be extremely hot and dangerous. There are requirements for proper plumbing of the TPR valve that I will go into at a later date. As a point of safety, DO NOT test the TPR valve yourself. Contact a qualified plumber or other qualified professional for assistance. I hope this shed a little perspective that a water heater can be a dangerous source of energy in the home.
Check out this video as a demonstration of potential danger. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bU-I2ZiML0 As always, we are here for you. Please call us with any of your inspection needs, or if you just simply have a question about your home.
Good Morning everyone! I Thought I would start off the day with a video from InterNACHI, about what to expect from a home inspection. Please enjoy the video and have a great day, as always we are here for you, feel free to call.