One of the ways we check for gas leaks is to apply a little soapy water to the pipes. If bubbles form, then you've got a problem!
With the possibility of severe weather, we thought now would be a great time to share some info about supplies and prepping your shelter (and family) for storm safety. Enjoy!
Here is Gabe checking out an electric panel. It's one of his favorite tasks on an inspection, and if he could go back in time he would have gotten an electrician certification straight out of high school.
Not only does he check out all the panels in a home, he also does a thermal scan to make sure nothing is running hotter than it should be. Since it's the center of the electric system, a lot of problems can be present in a panel, and he wants to make sure his clients are well-informed.
You'll be "shocked" at how thorough our inspections are!
We run across water heaters with insulation blankets on a regular basis, but they are generally not needed. In fact, newer tanks (like 10 years old or newer) have more insulation in the tank and don't need the extra outside wrap. Plus, most of the manufacturers state that it voids the warranty if the tank is wrapped.
Why do people use them? Typically they are trying to save money. The thought is that the tank loses heat, the blanket prevents some of that heat loss, and the home owner then pays a little less in heating costs. Good in theory, if you have an older tank.
So, why do we not like the blankets? They can hide signs of problems, like leaks and corrosion. This is especially important to monitor if the tank is near the end of it's use and could experience tank failure. Plus, if the tank is old it is probably full of sediment, which is a bigger concern than potential heat loss.
Bottom line, if the tank is old enough to consider an insulation blanket, you could actually save more money in the long run by replacing it instead.
Similar to Facebook, only useful
This is a great place to find interesting pictures, quick little notes, and funny memes. Just like posts you would expect to find on social media. Only these posts are searchable by categories, making this page significantly more useful for reference during a project. Or, just if you don't want to get sucked into the never-ending time-sucking vacuum of the Book of Face. Whichever.
Of course, you can get updates by following us on Facebook too. If you are "in" to that sort of thing.