Electrical Surges in Homes

By Home Standards

by Steve Vacha President Email Steve   It is estimated that a normal house receives up to 4,000 electrical surges every year. Ever wonder why your dishwasher or microwave suddenly stopped working one day? Electrical surges may be the hidden culprit. My new home’s A/C unit had to be replaced three times in the first…

Cast Iron Sewer Lines- Dave Six

By Sue Josoff

While inspecting a 127 yr old commercial building in Missouri Valley I saw some real “artwork”. We still see a lot of cast iron sewer lines, however these had recently been resealed with the traditional lead/oakum seals.  It has become very rare to see this dying art practiced, due to the dangers of working around molten lead.

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.…