Cross Connection

by Charles Bellefontaine • April 30, 2019

This photo below shows a plumbing pipe connected to an underground sprinkler system. The pipe is disconnected right now. Once water leaves the supply side it is considered waste water and we have to make absolutely positively sure there is no chance that water can re-enter the supply system. The use of anti-back-flow devices are […]

Jumper Cables Over Water Meters

by Charles Bellefontaine • April 28, 2019

One of the items on our checklist is to make sure the jumper cable over the water meter is present and secured to the water pipes. In this photo you can see the water meter is removed. This is the purpose of this cable. When it comes time for the water to be installed, the […]

Garage Door Safety Items

by Charles Bellefontaine • April 27, 2019

The photo shown here is a garage door opener with the electric eye sensor mounted up on the brackets. I see these little brackets mounted in areas that don’t protect people, animals, and objects in the path of the door closing too many times. The proper location is no higher than six inches from the […]

Wall Units Have Filter Too.

by Charles Bellefontaine • April 26, 2019

Wall heating and cooling units are part of the Illinois (and most other) Standards of Practice. That means that these have to be inspected. Most of these units are fairly easy to inspect. Turn on the heat and see if warm air comes out. Do the same for the cooling (air conditioner). Since air is […]

3 Signs That Your Home’s Foundation is in Trouble

by Charles Bellefontaine • April 25, 2019

Most home maintenance issues that you run into aren’t going to be emergencies, but foundation damage is one problem that you should never ignore. That type of damage can quickly spread to other parts of your home, and a relatively minor fix early on could help you avoid expensive repairs down the road. Here is […]

4 Solutions for Common Household Dangers

by Charles Bellefontaine • April 23, 2019

Whether you recently moved into a new house or you have been living in your home for a while, it’s important to be aware of some of the dangers that can be lurking in plain sight. Even in the best-kept house, there are a number of potential safety hazards that you may encounter. Below we […]

3 Reasons You Should Never Procrastinate a Home Inspection

by Charles Bellefontaine • April 22, 2019

Home inspections can be beneficial for a range of reasons. They can help property owners assess curb appeal and value, first and foremost. They can also help owners determine whether they should take on any renovation or remodeling projects in the near future. If you have any concerns that involve the condition of your home, […]

Chimney Flue Liners

by Charles Bellefontaine • April 21, 2019

Chimneys can be made of brick or wood. The flue keeps the gasses of the furnace, water heater, or fireplace from getting in contact with the chimney. The above video shows that the visible clay tile flue liners are only above the chimney. We do what we can to view inside the flue liner to […]

What Are the Biggest Causes of Damage to a Home’s Exterior?

by Charles Bellefontaine • April 21, 2019

You likely wish to protect the things you love. And you probably like your home a lot. Years may pass without experiencing any weather-related damage to a home. Don’t fall into a lull and assume no natural threats to the property exist. The elements can turn wicked without warning, and you must prepare yourself for […]

Sewer Scopes

by Charles Bellefontaine • April 19, 2019

The sewer lines bring the waste water to the public sewer line or the septic pit. This pipe does belong to the homeowner until it meets with the city sewer system. In this photo we found a problem before we even put our scope into the pipe. If you focus on the middle of the […]