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