Wood fireplace: Keeping yours safe

Wood fireplace: Keeping yours safe

http://www.homemedicusa.com/podcasts/FireplaceWood.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSGot a wood fireplace? Wood is awesome because it not only warms you when you’re burning it – it warms you when you’re chopping the stuff as well. But as they say in the info-mercials: “Wait – there’s more”. Burning wood not only warms your bones, but it also warms the critters living in the wood. Set a log on fire and you may just see what has been living in there – unless it has already escaped into your living room. Spiders,  ants, termites – the list of guests brought into your home from wood piles could be endless. Then there are other burning issues. Wood fireplaces – ya gotta love them. Learn how to keep your money in your wallet and your family out of the hospital with this vital podcast episode from the Home...
Electrical plugs: Convenient current or collision course?

Electrical plugs: Convenient current or collision course?

http://www.homemedicusa.com/podcasts/ElectricPlugs.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSElectrical plugs. If you don’t have them, you’re probably living in a cave somewhere in Kazbekistan. You gotta have them, but if they’re not right, your family is at risk. Sometimes home owners make the very mistaken assumption that if it works, it’s safe. That assumption may hold true – at least until some member of your family gets electrocuted. There are any number of ways that the wiring and plugs in our home may be improper and unsafe. Short of hiring an inspector to come look at it, you can learn much by listening to this podcast. Learn what to look for, when to say “uh-oh”, and what to do about it. Keep your money in your wallet and your family out of the hospital with this podcast episode from the Home...
Fireplaces: keeping your gas fireplace safe

Fireplaces: keeping your gas fireplace safe

http://www.homemedicusa.com/podcasts/FireplaceGas.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSGot a gas fireplace? Many of us do. They provide better safety than the old wood burners, more convenience, and you don’t have to chop wood or bring in spiders. But for all their advantages, gas burners can still have their issues. Unprotected or inadequately protected gas fireplaces can be a great start spot for children to burn your home down. And if it’s not that, then flue issues can result in poisoning of the air. Learn how to keep your money in your wallet and your family out of the hospital by taking some very simple steps. These are outlined in this...
Fireplace Flue: Disaster in waiting

Fireplace Flue: Disaster in waiting

http://homemedicusa.com/podcasts/FireplaceFlue.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSAh, the fireplace flue. Does anybody really think to think of them? It seems that people spend more time thinking of flues while watching Mary Poppins than actually thinking about the one in their home. But ignoring your flue can be like leaving the stove on all the time – eventually something bad is going to happen. As a home inspector, I have inspected homes where even the contractor didn’t think of the flue – he just put a fireplace there in the room and didn’t bother with the flue. Such a deadly and unthinking mistake could be fatal – and it’s the same for the home owner. Then there’s the critter issue. The Home Medic explains what issues to be aware of as relates to your fireplace flue. If you really want to keep your money in your wallet and your family out of the hospital, you’ll need to know what’s in this...
Fireplace options – how to avoid burning your home down

Fireplace options – how to avoid burning your home down

http://www.homemedicusa.com/podcasts/FireplaceAlternatives.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSFireplaces and their function have changed. Back in the day, grandma had a pot bellied stove that was the stove and oven. It was also the furnace. And at times it may have been the camp fire. Oh – and it was the heat source for cold bed sheets. Things have changed. In addition to coal and wood you can do pellets, gas, or even electricity as the heat source in your fireplace. Each of these has their strengths – and their potential dangers. If you’re considering a fireplace, this segment will help you learn the strengths and weakness of some of the many choices you have. Like other podcasts done by the Home Medic, this ten minute investment will help you keep your money in your wallet and your family out of the...