Danger in the Steps: Why Old Staircases Can Be Risky

Old staircases can be dangerous for a number of reasons. They may be in poor condition, with loose or broken steps, uneven risers, or missing handrails and guardrails. They may also be poorly lit, making it difficult to see where you are going. In addition, old staircases may be narrower and steeper than modern staircases, […]

The benefits of converting a ventilated crawlspace to an encapsulated conditioned crawlspace

If you have a ventilated crawlspace, you may be considering converting it to an encapsulated conditioned crawlspace. This can be a great way to improve the energy efficiency, comfort, and health of your home. What is an encapsulated conditioned crawlspace? An encapsulated conditioned crawlspace is a crawlspace that has been sealed off from the outside […]

Why as a home inspector we call out aluminum wiring in older homes

Home inspectors are required to call out aluminum wiring in older homes because it is a potential fire hazard. Aluminum wiring is more likely to overheat and arc than copper wiring, which can lead to fires. The risk of fire is even higher in homes with aluminum wiring that has been damaged or poorly installed. […]