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Fireplace Safety

by Charles Bellefontaine • January 23, 2019

During my tenure in the fireman business (1980 to 2018) I have been on multiple house fires caused by fireplaces that were not in safe condition. Two of those fires burned enough to make the houses inhabitable for almost a year before the houses were able to be repaired


Water Spigots

by Charles Bellefontaine • January 22, 2019

In the last few days, the inspections that we have been doing we found frozen spigots.


Head Flashing Over Doors and Windows

by Charles Bellefontaine • January 21, 2019

Head flashing is sometimes referred to as Z flashing.  The purpose of this type of flashing is to direct water away from the house.  When windows are installed, part of the window protrudes from the siding. When water flows down the wall, it hits this protrusion and flashing is needed to keep water from flowing into the house


Broken Garage Door Spring

Garage Door Springs

by Charles Bellefontaine • January 20, 2019

There are two types of garage door springs.  Expansion (extension) and torsion. All springs are under tremendous pressure and are considered dangerous.  Only professionals should work on these springs. Torsion Springs  First I will talk about the torsion springs and how we inspect them.  Torsion springs come in many different sizes.  They twist to help support […]


Chicago Deck Inspections

by Charles Bellefontaine • January 19, 2019

We do many home inspections in Chicago. There are many times we run into poor installations. Heck, never have we found something perfect. Sometimes we find things that are appalling. This porch was built in such a way that is just out-right dangerous. I included a few photos of the porch and put some comments […]