Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ask any SitePro Inspector

What do you look for when inspecting a kitchen?

A SitePro inspector will examine the electrical, plumbing and built-in appliances to make sure they are in good working condition and are safe to operate.

In older homes, countertop electrical outlets may be few and far between. A SitePro inspector may recommend that you consider installing additional outlets to bring your kitchen up to date to handle today’s array of small household appliances.

The condition of doors, windows, cabinets, countertops and flooring is checked for any defects.  The SitePro inspector will look carefully for plumbing leaks.  Slow leaks under sinks, dishwashers and refrigerators can damage cabinets and flooring over time.

The ventilation system in the kitchen is also checked.  Your SitePro inspector will make sure there is a working exhaust vent over the range to capture or remove smoke and moisture from cooking.  Inadequate exhaust venting can lead to moisture damage.

A careful inspection of your kitchen can identify areas in need of repair or improvements you might consider making.

Be Advised

The kitchen is not only where meals are prepared, but it can be a gathering place for the family. It can also be the place of many accidents and is the number one area where home fires start. To keep yourself and your family safe, here are a few tips:

Keep An Eye On Cooking – Unmonitored cooking is the number one cause of fires in the United States. Always have someone look over the range.

Limit Chance of Fires – When cooking it is always best to roll your sleeves up and keep loose fitting clothes tucked in. If clothing gets too close to an open flame, it can easily catch fire.

Keep Counters Tidy – Keep anything that can catch fire, such as plastic bags, towels, etc… away from the range top.

Electrical Outlets – If you don’t have Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets in the kitchen, you should have them installed. These outlets can prevent a serious shock or electrocution.

Adjust Water Heater – Keep your water heater set at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Thousands of scalding incidents happen each year in the kitchen from tap water.

Just a little awareness in the kitchen can limit the chance of fires or other accidents from occurring. Small, easy safety measures can be the difference between a hazard and a well functioning kitchen.

A Snapshot from the Field

Can you guess what is wrong in this photo?
A.) PVC should not be used in this application
B.) “S” traps are not acceptable for under sink applications
C.) “C” traps are not acceptable  for under sink applications
D.)  Window cleaner can corrode PVC

The correct answer is  B.) “S” traps are not acceptable for under sink applications

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