Every week I will give you guys a home maintenance tip that you can do to keep your home well maintained throughout the year saving yourselves some money along the way.
These tips are through the the eyes of a licensed home inspector, and they are some of the things that typically “pop up” in a home inspection.
Today’s tip will be focused on closet lighting.
I SEE THIS ALL THE TIME!!!!
Exposed incandescent bulbs in a closet is a no-no! These bulbs generate heat that could ignite storage boxes or clothes creating a major fire hazard.
I see this all the time in older homes and I always recommend installing a "globe" which completely covers the bulb. This can be done very inexpensively. Even with the bulb fully covered, the fixture still needs to be at least 12 inches away from the nearest point of a storage space.
Also, metal pull chains may be dangerous; if the lighting base cracks, the chain can become electrified.
The best set up is a fully enclosed LED light mounted on the wall above the closet door with a pull string or operated by a wall switch.
Check your closet lighting and cover all bare bulbs, and look for potential safety fire hazards too. This is an easy DIY, cheap issue to take care of.
My name is Chris Dallaglio and I'm the owner of Total Eclipse Inspections LLC. I'm a licensed Home Inspector, Radon Measurement Professional, U.S. Dept of Energy Home Energy Score Assessor, part-time blogger.