Hearth Protectors- Jon Vacha

By Sue Josoff

These rubber or foam protective things are great. I definitely see their value having a baby who’s try to pull herself up on stuff and tend to fall a bit

GFCI Outlets: The (Un)Shocking Story

By Home Standards

  By Jon Vacha Vice President, Home Standards Inspection Services EMAIL JON   A GFCI outlet is an outlet with the little push button that you often find in bathrooms and kitchens. But why is there a push button and what the heck does “GFCI” mean? During inspection walkthroughs GFCI outlets are almost always discussed.…

The Truth About Mold

By Home Standards

  By Jon Vacha Vice President, Home Standards Inspection Services     Mold plays an important part in our ecosystem by breaking down and recycling material in nature. Unfortunately, mold can become troublesome when it is allowed to grow inside our homes. It is important to know where to look for mold so a problem…

The Use of Tempered Glass

By Sue Josoff

Windows at bottom of stairs ,within 18″ of floor and next to entry doors needs to be tempered glass  when installed or replaced.   This new construction was not tempered glass.

Seller’s Block

By Home Standards

By Steve Vacha President, Home Standards Inspection Company   Many of us grow to be very emotionally connected to our homes. They are where we find comfort and rest. Even the inadequacies or deferred repairs often become normal to us, (especially to some of us males). When it comes time to sell however, prospective buyers…

How Radon Mitigation Works

By Home Standards

By Steve Vacha President, Home Standards Inspection Company Radon is a gas that is released from uranium that is found in shale rock deep in our soil. Radon gas has a radioactive charge to it. In the early days of recording levels of radon gas, one method was to direct air to a thin plastic…