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Q: Can I replace my two prong outlets with updated ones?

A: Grounded type (three prong) outlets may not be substituted for ungrounded (two prong) outlets unless a ground wire is connected. An exception to this rule is allowed when the outlet is protected by a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).

Q:What is a Wind Mitigation Inspection?
A: A Wind Mitigation Inspection is a state certified inspection that was developed by the Office of Insurance Regulation to allow home owners to get discounts on the windstorm section of their policy as it applies to their particular house.  The sections of the report Include: Roof age, Roof Geometry, Roof deck attachment, Truss to wall attachment, Secondary Water Resistance Barrier (SWR), Type of construction (wood vs. block), Hurricane protection etc... 

Q: What is Chinese Drywall and how do I know if I have it?
A: Too long of an answer to deal with here, let's just say I inspect for it and if you suspect that you do or might have it, give me a call and we can set up an appointment.  If you want to inspect you own home for it, it's not that hard, just Google "chinese drywall" and you'll have more than ample reading on the subject.  If you are still unsure, give me a call.
Below is a picture of the back of a board of "Chinese Drywall".  It's stamped with the words "KNAUF-TIAN".  


Q: How much does an inspection cost?
A: It varies on the home, most homes can be inspected for $200 and up (full home inspection) depending on the size and what type of home.  If you just want a wind mitigation inspection they are $75-$100.  Just a 4 point inspection will run you about $100-$125

Below is a picture of a very frightening scenario.  I've seen this several times in the last few months.  Someone went into the attic and cut out all the wiring they could get to.  A very expensive problem for sure, but when things like this have been done, what else did they do that you can't see?