Safety Archives | Lake City Inspections LLC - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho


November 19, 2018
Ice dams can result in thousands of dollars in damage

Ice Dams

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining. As water backs up behind the dam, it can leak through the roof and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas. How do ice dams form? Ice dams are formed by an interaction between snow cover, outside temperatures, and heat loss through […]
July 2, 2018
Anti-scald valves protect individuals from accidental burns while using fixtures such as showers

Anti-Scald Valves

Anti-scald valves, also known as tempering valves and mixing valves, mix cold water in with outgoing hot water so that the hot water that leaves a fixture is not hot enough to scald a person. Facts and Figures Scalds account for 20% of all burns. More than 2,000 American children are scalded each year, mostly in the bathroom and kitchen. Scalding and other types of burns […]
June 25, 2018

Childproofing Windows and Stairs

The number one hazard for children is falls, which are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries in the U.S. for this age group. About 8,000 youngsters wind up in emergency rooms every day for injuries related to falling, adding up to almost 2.8 million per year. With those statistics in mind, it is worth looking at what can be done to prevent such injuries in the […]
June 18, 2018

Attached Garage Fire Hazards

The purpose of this article is twofold. First, at Lake City Inspections, we’d like you to take measures to prevent a fire in your garage. Fortunately, there are ways this can be done, some of which are described below. Secondly, garage fires do happen, and we’d like you to make sure that a fire cannot easily spread to the rest of your house. While you can perform […]
June 11, 2018
Home inspectors may use a smoke pen to detect a backdraft issue


Backdrafting is the reverse flow of gas in the flues of fuel-fired appliances that results in the intrusion of combustion byproducts into the living space. Many fuel-fired water heaters and boilers use household air and lack an induced draft, which makes them especially vulnerable to backdrafting when indoor air pressure becomes unusually low. How does backdrafting happen? Fuel-fired water heaters, boilers, wall heaters, and furnaces are […]
May 28, 2018
Radon is present at elevated levels in many North Idaho homes

Why Idaho Homeowners Should Care About Radon

Radon is an invisible radioactive gas created from natural deposits of uranium and radium in the soil. Uranium breaks down to radium, which in turn decays into radon gas. Radon is an inert gas, which means it does not react or combine with the other elements in the ground. Because of this, radon can move up through the soil into the atmosphere, where radon is easily […]
May 18, 2018
TPR valves are vital safety devices for every water heater

TPR Valves and Discharge Piping

Temperature/pressure-relief or TPR valves are safety devices installed on water heating appliances, such as boilers and domestic water supply heaters. TPRs are designed to automatically release water in the event that pressure or temperature in the water tank exceeds safe levels. If temperature sensors and safety devices such as TPRs malfunction, water in the system may become superheated (exceed the boiling point). Once the tank ruptures […]
May 14, 2018
Carpet is not recommended for bathroom floor covering

Carpeted Bathrooms

Carpeted bathrooms are bathrooms that have carpeted floors instead of traditional floor surfaces, such as tile or vinyl. Despite their tendency to foster mold and bacteria, carpets are sometimes installed in residential bathrooms for aesthetic purposes. Carpets should never be installed in bathrooms in commercial buildings. Advantages of Carpets in Bathrooms They make bathrooms appear more warm and inviting. They are softer than tile and many […]
May 7, 2018

Electricity 101: Understanding the Service Panel

Many homeowners who are unfamiliar with construction and wiring are timid when it comes to electrical work. It makes perfect sense to have a healthy respect for electricity—it can be dangerous if you don’t understand it. To give you confidence and a little knowledge to help you discuss electrical problems with an electrician, let’s explore how the service panel (or panel box) controls your home’s electrical […]
March 29, 2018
Defensible Space - Fire Safety

Defensible Space

Defensible space refers to the area surrounding a building that is mitigated to protect it from wildfires. Along with the quality of a building’s roofing material, adequate defensible space is one of the most important factors in determining a building’s ability to survive a wildfire. Homeowners should be aware of conditions that may compromise the defensible space of their home, especially in fire prone regions such […]
March 15, 2018
Home Smoke Detector

Smoke Detectors, Alarm Systems and Upgrades

While there’s general recognition at state and local levels that mandating smoke alarm upgrades to the current standard—which requires installation by a licensed electrician—would be onerous for owners of older homes and, therefore, unenforceable, many states throughout the U.S. are now trying to drive upgrades through the permitting process for major interior renovations and additions.