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Underground Oil Tanks in Portland: Hidden Costs

Once a common form of heating in Portland, oil fueled furnaces have become largely replaced by gas and electricity as a primary source of heat. Oil furnaces required large amounts of oil to continue functioning and these tanks were often placed in areas out of the way of everyday activities. This usually meant placing [...]

By |2021-08-27T14:38:25-07:00May 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Temperature Pressure Relief Valve (TPR)

The unassuming valve and discharge pipe on the exterior of water heaters are some very important parts of the home, preventing extremely dangerous situations from arising. The temperature-pressure relief valve (TPR) can be often overlooked, but its presence gives water a place to escape should the pressure become too high. This prevents potential explosions, [...]

By |2021-08-27T14:40:04-07:00May 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Unlined Chimneys: Protecting the Hidden Structure

During the summer, chimneys are often an afterthought that are not given much consideration. Come winter, the warmth and comfort associated with a nice fireplace is something most homeowners look forward to. However, masonry chimneys are an important component in a home that plays an integral role in maintaining a safe living environment. [...]

By |2021-08-27T14:41:56-07:00May 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sediment Traps / Drip Legs

The rarely noticed sediment trap, or drip leg, is an important part of any gas appliance. These small pipes that appear to be extensions of the gas line serve the purpose of collecting sediment, debris, and other impurities that come through the gas line, catching them before they enter the appliance. This keeps the [...]

By |2021-08-27T14:42:50-07:00May 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ungrounded Three Prong Outlets

In many older homes, it is common to find two prong outlets that were standard when the home was built. However, most newer appliances require an outlet that has three prongs for it to be plugged in. This has led many homeowners to incorrectly install a three prong outlet without properly attaching a ground [...]

By |2021-08-27T14:43:58-07:00May 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bathroom and Kitchen Fans: Venting Into the Attic

Moisture in the home can be the source of many problems and addressing this issue is critical in preserving the functionality of a structure. Since bathrooms and kitchens are two of the largest sources of moisture production in the home, it is imperative to properly ventilate these areas. The most common and effective way [...]

By |2021-08-27T14:45:22-07:00May 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Importance of Firewalls: The First Line of Defense

One of the most significant safety features in a home is the firewall, a feature that is rarely understood and easily missed. The functionality of a firewall is critical since even small amounts of damage can greatly reduce its effectiveness. A breach in the firewall above a electrical panel. Firewalls are [...]

By |2021-08-27T14:46:28-07:00May 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters: What Are They and Where Should They Be?

Since their creation by Charles Dalziel in 1961, ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI’s) have become a commonplace item in homes and have saved countless lives from electrocution. But how do these devices work and where should they be installed in order to provide maximum protection? All outside outlets should be GFCI protected. [...]

By |2021-08-27T14:49:01-07:00May 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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