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Electrical Shock Safety

April showers may bring May flowers, but they also bring wet basements and crawl spaces. When these conditions exist, the risk of electrical shock is high because electrically powered tools such as shop-vacs and portable pumps, are sometimes used to clean up. The combination of electricity and damp surroundings can be fatal if a defect in a tool or its wiring caused electricity to flow into the userís body. 
To protect yourself from possible
electrocution, make sure all power tools are plugged into a working ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). A GFCI is a sensitive switching device that monitors current flowing in an electrical circuit. If the GFCI detects a current leak that could cause a shock, it instantly interrupts or shuts off the electrical current to tools or other devices plugged into it. 
For more information about GFCIs, check with your
local home-improvement center or contact a qualified electrician. 
If youíre having electrical work done, itís in the homeownerís best interest to have
electrical work inspected by an accredited electrician.

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10. Chimney Liner. A chimney without a clay flue tile liner was probably built prior to 1945. 
11. Galvanized Water Supply Pipe.
These pipes were replaced in most locations with copper between 1965 and 1975. 
12. Cast Iron Waste Pipe.
These
pipes were replaced in most locales with ABS between 1970 and 1975. 
13. Garage
Clues.
Look on garage walls for old permit tags, which indicate the date of the original construction or remodeling. Obviously each one of these items must be used with some common sense. For example, if the water heater appears new in an old home you could not use the dates from that item to date the house. Also customary usages of various components began and ended at different times in each  region of the country, so local custom could modify the stated parameters.

 

 


 

Note: This newsletter is for informational purposes only. When getting involved with a project, please work within your ability. If you need help with a contractor or with any other home-related issue, please contact Alban Home Inspection Service with any questions. Thank You.

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