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Home Safety and GFCI Protected Outlets

Home Safety and GFCI Protected Outlets

 

As a licensed professional home inspector, I test electrical outlets every day during home inspections. Ground fault circuit interrupters or GFCI is an inexpensive electrical device that can either be installed in your electrical system or built into a power cord.

These devices are used to protect you from severe electrical shocks, burns and injuries by detecting ground faults.

A ground fault is an unintentional electrical path between a power source and a grounded surface.  Ground faults most often occur when equipment is damaged or defective, such that live electrical parts are no longer adequately protected from unintended contact. If your body provides a path to the ground for this current, you could be burned, severely shocked or electrocuted.

Areas that GFCI protection should be in or around all wet areas such as:

Pools, hot tubs, and receptacles that are located:

  • Outdoors
  • Bathrooms
  • Garages
  • Kitchens and island cabinets
  • Wet bars
  • Laundry rooms/utility sinks
  • Crawl spaces/basement
  • Near pools or spas

Consider using a GFCI protected cord if you are using power equipment outdoors.

GFCI’s can be damaged by voltage surges from lightning, utility switching or simply for normal usage and there may be no outward evidence or damage. If they are not working properly, they are not protecting you from shock or electrocution.

GFCI receptacles should be tested once a month it takes no special equipment or devices to test the plugs. To test a GFCI:

  1. Push the RESET button
  2. Plug in a night –light or similar device
  3. The night –light should be ON
  4. Press the TEST button
  5. The night-light should turn OFF
  6. Push the RESET button again
  7. The night- light should turn back ON
  8. If the night-light did not turn off, the GFCI is not working properly.

Malfunctioning GFCI’s do not provide shock protection. I recommend having a licensed electrician check the GFCI and correct the problem if your GFCI is not working.

Many home injuries can be avoided each year by using and testing these devices.

Charles Schiller is a licensed professional home inspector in Texas TREC #2717 For over twenty four years and president of Gateway Inspections Inc.  512-639-9905 email: schillercharles@gmail.com  For additional inspection articles and videos go to: http://www.roundrockhomeinspector.com Follow on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/GatewayInspectionsInc

Summer Time Home Energy Saving Tip

Summer Time Energy Saving Tip

Extremely hot summer months make living conditions uncomfortable and can really warm our houses even with the air conditioners working full time. Adding ceiling fans to your rooms can help your skin feel cooler than the thermostat setting and allow you to raise the thermostat setting perhaps a couple of degrees, saving you energy and money.

Just remember to turn those fans off in unoccupied rooms. Fans cool people not rooms; you are using energy by leaving the fans on if there isn’t anyone in the room.

Keep cool this summer and keep the fans operating.

Charles Schiller is Professional Home Inspector TREC #2717 servicing Texans for over twenty four years. 512-639-9905 for additional inspection articles and videos go to: www.roundrockhomeinspector.com Follow on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/GatewayInspectionsInc

Noisey Garbage Disposal Home Inspection

http://www.RoundRockHomeInspector.com Round Rock Home Inspector inspects garbage disposals as part of the standard home inspection. We look for loud or noisy disposals, rust, leaks and damaged splash guards.

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Gateway Inspections has been protecting home buyers for over 20 years.

Charles Schiller
Professional Inspector TREC #2717
Gateway Inspections Inc

Hail Damage Home Inspection Round Rock Texas

http://www.RoundRockHomeInspector.com One of the areas for concern when you are buying a home, is hail damage on your roof. When you are buying your next home, you need a thorough inspection of all the areas of the house, before you sign those closing papers.
Not only will You receive a thorough inspection, you will receive a comprehensive computer generated report complete with color pictures of the issues we uncover. And by being present at the inspection you will receive helpful in sights on how to maintain and care for your home.

Don’t get stuck with those unexpected post closing expenses. Call today and schedule your home inspection. “We’ve Been Protecting Home Buyers for 20 Years.”

Gateway Inspections Inc
Professional Inspector TREC #2717
512-639-9905
schillercharles@gmail.com

Round Rock Home Inspector Finds A/C Unit Without Filter

Round Rock Home Inspector during a home inspection, finds an a/c unit that is not properly sealed at the unit to the platform and does not have a place to put the return air filter. This allows all the dust and hair to collect on the coil.

A clogged coil will not allow for proper air flow and cooling and can freeze up and totally block the air flow. This will greatly increase the energy use with less cooling in you home. A licensed HVAC technician should be called into evaluate the system a make all repairs.

When you are buying a home you need a home inspector that is so through you will not get stuck with those unexpected post closing expenses! So don’t delay, schedule your home inspection today and get the peace of mind you deserved when buying your next home!

You will receive a computer generated report complete with color pictures of the issues we uncover, so call 512-639-9905 and schedule your home inspection.

Gateway Inspections Inc
Charles Schiller
Professional Inspector TREC #2717
512-639-9905
Email: schillercharles@gmail.com

Clogged coil

Dust and hair clogged coil

Round Rock Home Inspector Receives Gold Star Recommendation

Todd Frank has endorsed your work as Professional Real Estate Inspector at Gateway Inspections Inc.

Dear Charles,

Details of the Recommendation: “Charles has assisted my family with buying multiple homes in central texas. Issues that only an expericenced inspector could find have allowed the purchase prices to be sucessfully mitigated by many thousands of dollars. Charles is worth his weight is GOLD…”

Schedule your home inspection today and get the Peace of Mind you deserve when buying your home!

 

 

 

Round Rock Home Inspector Adds Zillow Badge

Charles Schiller on Zillow

Click this link to check out this Zillow profile. Search for homes to buy on Zillow and find all your home buying and home inspection needs.

With your home inspection you will receive a computer generated report complete with color pictures of the issues we uncover. So don’t delay schedule your home inspection today.

Gateway Inspections Inc
Professional Inspector TREC #2717
Email: schillercharles@gmail.com
512-639-9905

Round Rock Home Inspector Discovers Large Wasp Nest In Attic

Large wasp nest

Wasp nest in the attic

Round Rock Home Inspector discovers this large dinner plate sized wasp nest in the attic during a recent home inspection.

If would like a home inspector that is so through so you won’t get stuck with those unexpected post closing expenses, then you need Gateway Inspections working for you.

You will receive a comprehensive computer generated report complete with color pictures of the issues we uncover. So don’t delay, schedule you home inspection today and get the Peace of Mind you deserve while buying your next home!

Gateway Inspections Inc
Charles Schiller
Professional Inspector TREC #2717
512-639-9905
Email: schillercharles@gmail.com

Round Rock Home Inspector Radio Interview

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Listen to this fun and exciting radio interview with Charles Schiller President of Gateway Inspections Inc by Hurdie Burk Internet Radio Program located in Round Rock Texas. Hurdie always keeps his shows interesting and fast moving.

Get the all the interesting information about home inspections, why a buyer should have a home inspection and general information about Charles Schiller and Gateway Inspections Inc.

After your home inspection, you will receive a computer generated report complete with color pictures of the issues we uncover. So don’t delay schedule your home inspection today and get the Peace Of Mind you deserve when buying your next home.

Gateway Inspections Inc

Charles Schiller Professional Inspector #2717

Email: schillercharles@gmail.com

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/GatewayInspectionsInc

 

 

Round Rock Home Inspector Finds Rodents In The Attic

http://www.roundrockhomeinspector.com Round Rock Home Inspector finds evidence of ants and larger animals living in an attic as well as water damage to the roof decking, during a recent home inspection. These types of issues should be reported on a home inspection report to inform the home buyer of the problems found in the attic.

If you want a home inspector that is so thorough you won’t get stuck buying a “Money Pit” then you need Gateway Inspections working for you. We have been Protecting Home Buyers for Over Twenty Years, just like you, from getting stuck with unexpected post closing expenses!

Don’t delay, schedule your home inspection today at 512-639-9905 or email schillercharles@gmail.com and get the Peace of Mind you deserve when buying your next home!

You will receive a comprehensive computer generated report complete with color photos of the issues we uncover.

Licensed in the Great State Of Texas Professional Inspector TREC #2717.

Gateway Inspections Inc
512-639-9905
Email: schillercharles@gmail.com
http://www.roundrockhomeinspector.com