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What is a Dirt Leg?

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.

What is an Air Admittance Valve?

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.

What is a Thermocouple?

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.

What is a Flame Sensor?

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.

Home Inspection FAQ’s

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.

Texas Home Inspector Standards of Practice

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

What is Expansive Soil?

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.

All About S Traps

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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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.

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.

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”.

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.

What is a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)?

A ground fault circuit interrupter, also called a GFCI or GFI, is an electrical device designed to monitor current flow and upon detecting a ground fault (“leaking” current), to instantaneously open the circuit and stop the flow of electrical current.

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