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   A pet door cut into the bottom of the one these fire-resistant doors puts a hole in the door that voids the fire protection and vapor seal. We never see it in a brand new home because the building department inspector would fail it, but a pet door to the garage is a common addition by well-meaning pet lovers shortly after they move in.


While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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More Blog Posts on Home Safety:

  1. What do you check when you inspect an electric garage door?

  2. What is the difference between a carport and a garage?

  3. Should a front door open in or out?

  4. What are the warning signs of a dangerous deck?

  5. What causes cracks in a driveway?

  6. When should I replace my smoke alarms?

  7. Why are window security bars dangerous?

  8. Are house numbers required by law in front of a house?

  9. How can a tree damage my house?

  10. What can I do right now to prepare my house for a hurricane?

  11. How do you inspect a dryer vent?

  12. What is radon? Should I be concerned about it in Gainesville?

  13. What is a “cross connection” in a home’s plumbing system?

  14. Is a bare bulb light in a closet alright?

  15. What safety checks will limit my tenant liability in a rental house?

  16. Are carbon monoxide alarms required to be installed in Florida?

  17. What are the requirements for a room to classified as a bedroom?

  18. How can I know how much damage there is inside a wall if the inspector found termites in the baseboard?

  19. How can formaldehyde gas in the house be a problem?

  20. How can I check my garage door to make sure it is safe?

  21. What can I do to avoid kitchen accidents and injuries?

  22. When is a railing required for the edge of a deck or porch?

  23. Why does my concrete floor slab sweat and get slippery?

  24. Why is a double cylinder deadbolt lock on an exterior door a safety hazard?

  25. Why is vermiculite attic insulation a problem for both buyers and sellers of a home?

  26. What are the common causes of ceiling stains in a house?

  27. Does pushing the test button on a smoke alarm test the smoke sensor inside?