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The Home Is A Dangerous Place

April 28th, 2009

Home Inspections and Safety Issues

The Home Can Be A Dangerous Place!

There are many systems and pieces of equipment in a home that can cause injury or even death if not respected and maintained. These items include mechanical appliances such as garage doors, combustible equipment such as gas furnaces and fireplaces, pressurized equipment such as water heaters, electrical equipment, trip and fall hazards such as improper stairways, safety glass, firewalls, and many more.

Some safety items can be very serious. A improperly installed TPR (temperature and pressure relief) valve or TPR drain line on a water heater could result in the water heater exploding. Faulty electrical wiring or electrical grounding could result in electrocution or fire. Others items such as the picket spacing on a railing may be of less concern if the home owner has no children living or visiting the home.

Some safety items may not have been known issues or required by building standards when the home was built. Other items such as asbestos or lead may have been installed without any knowledge of the safety issues. Improvements in home construction, upgrades in building standards, innovative new equipment and just plain experience in the housing construction has resulted in home safety constantly changing and improving.

Your home inspection may reference some of these safety items and make recommendations for maintenance, further evaluation, repair or upgrades. Many of these recommendations are just that, recommendations. Older homes are not required to upgrade to newer building standards. It is a home owner’s decision on whether to upgrade and what safety upgrades they choose to implement. Keep in mind that safety items are concerns. There is a risk involved in not implementing repairs or upgrades. No home can be 100% safe but, ultimately, each individual must determine the amount of risk they are willing to assume for themselves and their family.

J. Christopher Weise
Atlanta Home Inspector

This blog entry was posted by J. Christopher Weise.

J. Christopher is an InterNACHI member with 25+ Years Designing and Building Residential and Light Commercial Buildings, and 20+ Years in Property Management and Maintenance. He is also certified by the International Code Council (ICC).

New article on fire extinguisher maintenance and inspection

April 28th, 2009

Hey everyone,

There’s quite a bit more to know about fire extinguishers than most people are aware of. Did you know that some extinguishers can actually make a fire worse? Take a look at our new article on fire extinguisher maintenance and inspection to find out important information about how fire extinguishers work, how they differ from one another, how to know if they are expired, and more.

- Rob

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

How to Become a Home Inspector

April 28th, 2009

I just wanted to let everyone know that InterNACHI has now become the inspection industry’s largest provider of state-approved and accredited inspector education.  I’m really pleased with the variety of educational resources InterNACHI has developed.  They range from basic overviews to advanced video training.  Thinking about becoming a home inspector?  Preparing for a home inspection exam?  Click on this link: How to become a home inspector. Most are free.  Many are open to non-members.  Enjoy!

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New article about septic systems for inspectors

April 21st, 2009

Hi all,

If you would like to know more about septic system maintenance and inspection, feel free to take a look at our new article called Inspecting Septic Systems. There, you will find out how a septic tank can be located, maintenance tips, safety precautions, and links to other informational resources.

I hope you find this helpful,

Rob

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters

April 14th, 2009

If you have any interest in arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) please take a look at my new article.  In it you will find information about what AFCIs do, what they look like, how they compare with ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), and other useful information.

Thank you

Rob

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

Bathroom fans and vents

April 6th, 2009

Hi everyone,

If you want to know more about bathroom fans and how their ducts should be properly installed, please visit our new article on bathroom ventilation systems. There, you will find information on ways to avoid mold growth, duct materials, and more.

I hope you find this information useful

Rob

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

Dryer Vent Safety

April 6th, 2009

Hey everyone,

Check out my latest article on dryer vent safety.  In it you will find information about appropriate vent materials, warning signs, relevant IRC code, and dryer fire frequency statistics.

I hope this is useful to you!

Rob

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

Potable Water Expansion Tanks

April 3rd, 2009

Hey everyone,

Check out my new article on expansion tanks. It describes the function of expansion tanks and what they look like, as well as potential hazards that can result from a faulty TPR valve.

I hope this is helpful,

Rob

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

Fiberglass Insulation

April 3rd, 2009

Hey all

I just finished an article on fiberglass insulation. In it you can learn about the history of fiberglass, how it is made, its strengths and weaknesses as an insulator, associated hazards, and the insulation alternative cellulose.

I hope this is useful!

Rob

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

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