Useful Links

These links (bold, blue headings are hot links) have been hand-selected for our clients because they are independent, unbiased and among the most useful and authoritative industry resources available on all topics home-related including:

  • Safety

  • General Advice and Information

  • Product Recalls and Defects

  • Industry References and Information

Chimneys & Fireplaces

Chimney Safety Institute of America - The ultimate source for ALL fire, wood stove, fireplace & chimney info 

Doors & Windows

US Dept of Energy (DoE) - Information about energy efficiency, safety, and money saving tips

Electrical

Mike Holt Forum - A font of wisdom about all things electrical

Aluminum Wiring - two sources detailing the concerns about solid strand aluminum (AL) wiring

Wikipedia

Aluminum Wire Repair

Is My Panel Safe? - A detailed review of the major concerns about Federal Pacific and Zinsco panels

Environmental Issues

Asbestos - Information about asbestos and the mesothelioma it can cause from the Mesothelioma Center

Your Guide to Asbestos Abatement - What to do about asbestos in your home from Asbestos.com

Treat Mesothelioma - An all-in-one resource for mesothelioma patients , families, & friends

Carbon Monoxide - Important information about CO from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) - A comprehensive site about IAQ and related concerns like asthma from DoE

Lead - Everything you need to know about lead exposure and related health risks to you & your family from the EPA 

Mold - The definitive source for information about mold, mildew and moisture in your home from the EPA

Radon - The 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in the US.  Vital info from the EPA

Fire Safety

National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) - Comprehensive site for fire safety and prevention

General Information

This Old House - Articles, advice and videos from the show

Repair Budgeting Tool - The ULTIMATE pricing guide for repairs, renovations and projects from Homewyse.com

(I use this ALL THE TIME!!!)

Houselogic - Excellent tips, ideas, and information for Realtors and homeowners from The Nat'l Assoc of Realtors

DoItYourself - Tips, advice and forums to tackle ANY project on your own

HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning)

Electric Space Heater Safety - Tips from the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI)

Space Heater Information - Insights on all kinds of space heaters from the DoE

Everything You Need To Know About Home Heating - VERY cool infographic from the DoE

Should You Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned? - Excellent information from the EPA

Asbestos Pipe & Duct Insulation - Risks and remediation solutions from Mesothelioma.com

Insulation

Vermiculite - Important info from the EPA.  Looks like kitty litter - causes cancer!

Plumbing

Terry Love Forum - Simply the BEST forum for advice and answers about all things plumbing

Septic Systems - Everything you ever wanted(?) to know about septic - National Environmental Services Center

Lead Pipes - Important safety information about lead pipes from SafePlumbing.org

Lead Pipes - What To Do - Risks, options and programs available from the City of Philadelphia

Pools & Spas

Pool Safety - Things you NEED to know if you have a pool (especially with kids) from SwimmingPool.com

Pool Safety - More important safety information from the Red Cross

Pool Maintenance - Super useful tips from SwimmingPool.com

Product Safety & Recalls

Product Recalls - Recall alerts from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), also a wise Twitter follow

Siding & Stucco

Stucco Cracking - Help for a common problem,  from Bob Vila

Local Stucco Problems - PA Lawsuit vs. David Cutler Group

Synthetic Stucco (EIFS) - Also called "Dryvit," if you have it, this is IMPORTANT info from the Exterior Design Institute

Asbestos Siding - Information and options from asbestos.com

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