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Dirt Leg
HVAC

What is a Dirt Leg?

The purpose of a dirt leg is to prevent debris from reaching and collecting in the sensitive parts of the gas control valve where they can prevent the valve from operating properly.

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air admittance valve
Plumbing

What is an Air Admittance Valve?

An Air Admittance Valve is a one-way vent that is normally closed but opens to allow air to be drawn in when there is a negative pressure (a suction or vacuum) in the drain line.

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new thermocouple
Electrical

What is a Thermocouple?

A thermocouple is a device that measures temperature by generating a small voltage that is proportional to the temperature of the substance or object being measured. The device is made by joining two different metals together at one end.

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flame sensor
Home Safety

What is a Flame Sensor?

A flame sensor is a simple but important part of a gas furnace. It is a safety device designed to prevent gas from flowing to a furnace if there is no flame.

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how long do smoke detectors last
Home Safety

Protecting Your Family and Home from Fires and Carbon Monoxide

As the home-heating season arrives in Texas, I want to share some home safety tips that can help to keep your family safe from the dangers of fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

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home inspection FAQ's
Home Inspections

Home Inspection FAQ’s

If you’re not sure what to expect during a home inspection, you are not alone. But don’t be afraid to ask questions. While you read these home inspection FAQ’s, keep in mind they may vary a little based on your location and the inspector you ultimately choose.

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Resources for Home Inspectors

Texas Home Inspector Standards of Practice

Here is an easy to read version of the Standards of Practice for home inspectors in Texas. These Standards of Practice were adopted by the Texas Real Estate Commission and were effective as of September 7, 2016

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Electrical

How to Fix an Outlet with Reversed Polarity

It’s fairly simple to fix an outlet with reversed polarity. Reversed polarity is when the connections at a receptacle are wired “backwards”.

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Foundation

What is Expansive Soil?

Expansive soils are soils that contain minerals such as certain types of clay that are able to absorb water. When the clay absorbs water, it will expand. The more water they absorb, the more they expand. Soils containing as little as 5% clay can exhibit expansive characteristics.

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Plumbing

All About S Traps

An S trap is a drain trap that looks like a letter “S” sitting on its side. The plumbing systems in most older homes used S traps on the drain lines under sinks, but S traps are now prohibited by code throughout the country because they are not vented.

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Dirt Leg
HVAC

What is a Dirt Leg?

The purpose of a dirt leg is to prevent debris from reaching and collecting in the sensitive parts of the gas control valve where they can prevent the valve from operating properly.

Read More →
air admittance valve
Plumbing

What is an Air Admittance Valve?

An Air Admittance Valve is a one-way vent that is normally closed but opens to allow air to be drawn in when there is a negative pressure (a suction or vacuum) in the drain line.

Read More →
new thermocouple
Electrical

What is a Thermocouple?

A thermocouple is a device that measures temperature by generating a small voltage that is proportional to the temperature of the substance or object being measured. The device is made by joining two different metals together at one end.

Read More →
flame sensor
Home Safety

What is a Flame Sensor?

A flame sensor is a simple but important part of a gas furnace. It is a safety device designed to prevent gas from flowing to a furnace if there is no flame.

Read More →
how long do smoke detectors last
Home Safety

Protecting Your Family and Home from Fires and Carbon Monoxide

As the home-heating season arrives in Texas, I want to share some home safety tips that can help to keep your family safe from the dangers of fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Read More →
home inspection FAQ's
Home Inspections

Home Inspection FAQ’s

If you’re not sure what to expect during a home inspection, you are not alone. But don’t be afraid to ask questions. While you read these home inspection FAQ’s, keep in mind they may vary a little based on your location and the inspector you ultimately choose.

Read More →
home inspection scaled 1
Resources for Home Inspectors

Texas Home Inspector Standards of Practice

Here is an easy to read version of the Standards of Practice for home inspectors in Texas. These Standards of Practice were adopted by the Texas Real Estate Commission and were effective as of September 7, 2016

Read More →
hn2 1
Electrical

How to Fix an Outlet with Reversed Polarity

It’s fairly simple to fix an outlet with reversed polarity. Reversed polarity is when the connections at a receptacle are wired “backwards”.

Read More →
131 photo expansive clay soil usda 1
Foundation

What is Expansive Soil?

Expansive soils are soils that contain minerals such as certain types of clay that are able to absorb water. When the clay absorbs water, it will expand. The more water they absorb, the more they expand. Soils containing as little as 5% clay can exhibit expansive characteristics.

Read More →
new trap2 1
Plumbing

All About S Traps

An S trap is a drain trap that looks like a letter “S” sitting on its side. The plumbing systems in most older homes used S traps on the drain lines under sinks, but S traps are now prohibited by code throughout the country because they are not vented.

Read More →