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New article on nightlights

October 15th, 2010

Nightlights are commonly used in homes for comfort and safety, especially for children who are afraid of the dark and older adults who might trip and fall. But nightlights are recalled by their manufactures often because they pose fire and electrical hazards. To find out more, check out our new article on nightlights.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

How to Perform Electrical Inspections (Audio CD).

October 15th, 2010

Paul W. Abernathy, Co -Author of the book “How to Perform Electrical Inspections” has just produced an audio cd companion product for the “how to perform electrical inspections” book. This audio cd provides over 13 hours of narrative and additional commentary to this already very popular publication. You will hear Mr. Abernathy explain all the aspects of the book in extra detail while also offering additional wisdom that can only comes from 23+ years in the electrical education industry. Mr. Abernathy has a unique ability to bridge the gap of knowledge between electricians and home inspectors that everyone can understand.

If have not been able to attend one of Mr. Abernathy’s action packed seminars then this is the next best thing

Order the How to Perform Electrical Inspections Audio CD here (pdf).

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New article: ICF Inspection and Termites

October 15th, 2010

Depending on the region, termites can wreak havoc on wooden structural members of homes, causing extensive and expensive damage.  But they can also cause hidden problems by using insulating concrete forms (ICFs) to locate food sources.  Read about how this problem may be lurking in vulnerable foundations in ICF Inspection and Termites.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New article: A Caution on Using XRF Alone for Identification of Problem Drywall

October 15th, 2010

In spite of recommendations by universities and the EPA, problem drywall cannot be adequately addressed using testing protocol that puts the emphasis on certain chemical elements as opposed to others.  Read about some flaws uncovered in data studies for testing toxic and Chinese drywall in A Caution on Using XRF Alone for Identification of Problem Drywall.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New article on gravity furnace inspection

October 13th, 2010

Every one in a while, you might run into a giant furnace with monstrous-looking ducts running in all different directions. These gravity furnaces, also known affectionately as “octopus furnaces”, use the force of convection to push air throughout a building. They lack the blower fan inherent to forced-air furnaces, which means they’re quieter and kick up less dust, but the benefits pretty much stop there. They are notoriously inefficient and most have outlived their life expectancies. To find out inspection tips and more, check out our new article on gravity furnace inspection.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

New article on straw bale house inspection

October 12th, 2010

In the story of the Three Little Pigs, the wolf blows down a house of straw with ease. Modern straw bale houses, by contrast, can withstand high winds a whole lot better. They’re sturdier than most people realize, but they’re also more vulnerable to moisture than conventional homes. To find out more, check out our new article on straw bale house inspection.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

New article on hand-dug well inspection

October 12th, 2010

The oldest wells were dug by hand, and this low-tech approach still survives today. Their construction is labor-intensive, but it requires few specialized tools. Inspection should be focused on features that keep children or animals from falling into the well, as they’re usually quite wide. A simple lid or stone wall usually does the trick. To find out more, check out our new article on hand-dug well inspection.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

New article on anti-scald valves

October 9th, 2010

Anti-scald valves are designed to lessen the water temperature fluctuations in a building, which are an inconvenience and can potentially cause a person to suffer a burn or slip in the shower. They contain a special diaphragm or piston mechanism that  balances the pressure of the hot- and cold-water inputs, limiting one or the other to keep the temperature within a range of several degrees. To find out more about how they work and why they’re needed, check out our new article on anti-scald valves.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

New article: Insulation R-Value

October 8th, 2010

Insulation sold in the U.S. is required to have an R-value assigned to it, but how are these ratings calculated?  Find out how R-values affect the energy efficiency of insulation — as well as why it won’t matter if the insulation is installed correctly but other building components are leaky — in Insulation R-Value.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New article: Low-E Windows

October 8th, 2010

Home inspectors know that a wide variety of windows is manufactured for increasingly specific installations.  Low-E windows are effective for blocking solar heat and the sun’s rays by reflecting them to keep heat in or out of the home or building, depending on the climate and application.  But consumers should be aware of some controversies surrounding these windows precisely because of their high-reflectivity properties that make them so efficient.  Read all about the benefits and potential problems in Low-E Windows.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New article: Solar Heat-Gain Coefficient Ratings for Windows

October 6th, 2010

As consumers search for the biggest bang for their energy-savings buck, windows take on special significance as an installation that must be as energy-efficient as possible.  Inspectors who perform energy audits can educate themselves and their clients on the importance of solar heat-gain coefficient (SHGC) ratings, especially because these ratings affect a window’s efficiency depending on the climate.  Read all about it in Solar Heat-Gain Coefficient Ratings for Windows.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New article on scaffold inspection

October 6th, 2010

InterNACHI has a new article on scaffold inspection, full of all sorts of information that will help construction workers stay safe. Learn about safety components such as fall arrest systems and guardrails, as well as strength and size requirements for scaffolds.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

InterNACHI Founder Nick Gromicko quoted in WebMD article.

October 6th, 2010

The WebMD article deals with home winterization.  Read the entire article here: http://women.webmd.com/home-health-and-safety-9/winterize-your-home-10-tips

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New article on wildfire mitigation strategies and inspection

October 5th, 2010

As the most destructive wildfire in Colorado’s history tore through Boulder County last month, it should become more clear to homeowners, fire crews and inspectors that more emphasis should be placed on wildfire mitigation strategies. You might be surprised at just how many strategies are available, from custom window covers to vents that swell up and close when they’re heated, preventing stray embers from passing through them into the house. Inform yourself, check out our new article on wildfire mitigation strategies and inspection.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

New article: U-Factor Ratings for Windows

October 5th, 2010

Understanding how to make a home more energy-efficient is a big priority for inspectors who perform energy audits, as well as for homeowners wanting to save on heating and cooling costs.  Ratings systems aid in making smart upgrades.  They’re also key in helping homeowners cash in on rebate programs.  Learn what U-factors are and how they are used to rate the energy efficiency of windows in U-Factor Ratings for Windows.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

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