Not all fire hazards are as obvious or predictable. Some of these lesser known hazards are just as concerning because we don't see them coming until it's too late. Below is a list of the top ten unexpected fire hazards that may be in your home.
This video is showing mold growth and staining in a split level basement ledge of the exterior wall. The basement was finished off about a year ago, with the mold and staining starting within the last two months. The owner pointed out this problem during the home inspection and asked me if I could help to figure out the cause. This wall was the only one in the basement that had this problem. All other areas were dry at the time of the home inspection.
Electrical safety is important in a home, especially if you have small children. On a recent home inspection on an older foreclosure, I came across several baseboard duplex outlets looking like the one above.
In this HomePro home inspector video you will see an example of mold in a basement of a relatively new home. The mold and high moisture was confined to the surface of the front wall of the basement.
When it gets cold outside we usually grab a blanket to help stay warm. Wrap your home in a blanket by adding insulation to areas like the attic, basement walls, and crawlspaces. Additional insulation can help to reduce your yearly energy costs and make your home more comfortable.
Your dryer should be vented through the proper materials to prevent fires. Appliance manufacturers recommend solid metal smooth bore dryer venting. Take some time at least once a year to make sure that the venting is unobstructed and free of built up lint.
Occasionally plumbing fixtures are not secured properly behind shower enclosures. This results in the potential for leaks due to cracked joints and/or water seeping between the fixture and enclosure.
It's hard to believe, but a family of four can generate up to 18 gallons of water in the form of humidity inside a home in a week? Cooking, showering, washing and drying clothes, and even breathing, creates a lot of water and it has to go somewhere.
Floor squeaks are caused by loose floorboards and framing members that move and rub against each other as you walk across the floor. The noise comes from wood rubbing on wood or wood rubbing on nails.