Each year, according to estimates by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), nearly 1 million people over age 65 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with the products they live with and use everyday. The death rate […]

Home Safety for the Your Parents OR an Elderly Loved One


Cockroaches are one of the most commonly encountered household pests. Homeowners and inspectors can learn about ways to eliminate these insects and the conditions that encourage their infestation. Cockroaches have a broad, flattened body and a relatively small head that covers […]

Cockroach Inspection – Facts and Figures


Building orientation is the practice of facing a building so as to maximize certain aspects of its surroundings, such as street appeal, to capture a scenic view, for drainage considerations, etc. With rising energy costs, it’s becoming increasingly important for […]

Building Orientation for Optimum Energy Island Style



Between approximately 1965 and 1973, single-strand aluminum wiring was sometimes substituted for copper branch-circuit wiring in residential electrical systems due to the sudden escalating price of copper. After a decade of use by homeowners and electricians, inherent weaknesses were discovered […]

Inspecting Your Potential Properties Aluminum Wiring



Mold in the Home Health concerns related to the growth of mold in the home have been featured heavily in the news.  Problems ranging from itchy eyes, coughing and sneezing to serious allergic reactions, asthma attacks, and even the possibility […]

Mold Remediation via Abrasive Blasting



What are AFCIs?   Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) are special types of electrical receptacles (or outlets) and circuit breakers designed to detect and respond to potentially dangerous electrical arcs in home branch wiring. What are AFCI testers or indicators?   AFCI […]

What’s a AFCI Testers? Should I own one as a Homeowner?


A foreclosure is a process by which a homeowner loses their property, usually to a lender or local government, for failure to pay agreed-upon taxes, payments or fees. Common reasons for foreclosures include: default on loan repayment. The most common way that residences […]

A Foreclosures Introduction


Each year, according to estimates by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), nearly 1 million people over age 65 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with the products they live with and use everyday. The death rate […]

Home Safety for the Your Parents OR an Elderly Loved One



Ghosting, Holidays, and Shadows are terms that refers to discoloration that appears on surfaces in a home. The source of this discoloration can be a mystery to anyone not familiar with the phenomenon. Ghosting is the result of particulates attaching themselves […]

Terminology, Ghosting, Holidays, Shadows, etc… = Discoloration


The following items are essential tools, but this list is by no means exhaustive. Feel free to ask an Signature Home inspector during your next inspection about other tools that you might find useful.   1.  Plunger A clogged sink or toilet […]

Tools Every Homeowner Should Consider Owning


Mold Basics The key to mold control is moisture control. If mold is a problem in your home, you should clean up the mold promptly and fix the water problem. It is important to dry water-damaged areas and items within […]

M & M [ Moisture and Mold ] in Your Home