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New inspection article: Earthquake Inspection

November 26th, 2010

Earthquakes are a potential hazard in every part of the United States — not just in California.  Find out how to identify weaknesses in homes so that homeowners might correct them and potentially save their properties, and their lives, by reading Earthquake Preparedness Inspection.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New inspection article: Concrete Admixtures

November 24th, 2010

Admixtures manipulate the properties of concrete to make it more workable, to make it set faster or slower, and to change its color and texture.  Inspectors who know more about admixtures can add to their arsenal of knowledge to use during the inspection of concrete components at a home or commercial property.  Read about the different types and their functions in Concrete Admixtures.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New inspection article: Inspecting Visible Masonry

November 24th, 2010

Inspectors conducting an inspection of a home whose exterior is composed of masonry, brick  or stucco may encounter some typical defects that may be caused by environmental factors or structural issues, so it’s helpful for them to know what these defects are, whether the defect is urgent, and their common causes.  Read Inspecting Visible Masonry to find out more.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New inspection article: Generator Hazards and Inspection

November 15th, 2010

Generators are convenient in supplying power to homes in the event of a power outage. But they also can also cause deadly ‘back feeding’ and other hazards if not used correctly. Find out how to protect homeowners from the dangers associated with generators in our new article on generator hazards and inspection.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

InterNACHI’s $10,000 Honor Guarantee for inspectors.

November 10th, 2010

InterNACHI now vouches for the honor of its members with its $10,000 Honor Guarantee.  Looking for an honorable inspector?  Look no further.  InterNACHI inspectors in the U.S. and Canada are backed by InterNACHI’s Honor Guarantee.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

Structural Inspection of a House training video released.

November 10th, 2010

NACHI.TV has just released a new, online training episode titled: Structural Inspection of a House. It is an excellent 18-minute video produced especially for home inspectors.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New inspection article: Inspecting for Defects in Older Buildings

November 9th, 2010

Inspectors who’ve been in the business for a while can probably know what kinds of problems they’ll run into based on the age of the house alone. We’ve assembled a handful of the most common defects found in old homes so you waste less time recognizing them. Take a look at our new article on inspecting for defects in older buildings.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

New inspection article: Ungrounded Electrical Receptacles

November 9th, 2010

Ungrounded electrical receptacles can be unsafe, especially if they’re used to power large appliances that are designed to be grounded. Homeowners have a number of options if they’d like to modernize their ungrounded electrical systems, but they should avoid common quick fixes that may make the situation more dangerous. Read about the subject in our new article on ungrounded electrical receptacles.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

New inspection article: Solar Panel Fires and Electrical Hazards

November 9th, 2010

Photovoltaic arrays are an exciting new possibility when considering saving money on energy. But they can potentially be hazardous to firefighting operations if the proper guidelines are not followed. Learn how to make sure that solar panel systems remain a safe and effective tool for harvesting solar energy in our new article on solar panel fires and electrical hazards.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

New inspection article: Polyurethane Spray Foam Insulation

November 9th, 2010

Polyurethane foam insulation can be sprayed into locations in either closed cell or open cell form. Closed cell has a higher R-value but it’s more expensive, while open cell is a better sound barrier. Find out more about where these insulation types are appropriate and where they’re a bad idea in our new article on polyurethane spray foam insulation.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

New inspection article: Wood Siding Inspection

November 5th, 2010

Wood siding is attractive, desirable and expensive.  It also requires a lot of upkeep in order to maintain its performance, as well as its appearance.  Read about some common maintenance issues and potential problems with this exterior cladding in Wood Siding Inspection.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

NACHI.TV releases all new, online video course: How to Perform Deck Inspections.

November 3rd, 2010
The How to Perform Deck Inspections online video course includes:
  • 42-minute online video;
  • 80 photos, diagrams and custom graphics;
  • 5 quizzes;
  • a 25-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool);
  • instant grading;
  • a downloadable, printable Certificate of Completion; and
  • accreditations and state approvals.

The course covers the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Decks and Similar Structures
  • Decks Defined
  • Porches
  • Verandahs
  • Balconies
  • Patios
  • From the Ground Up
  • Deck Load
  • Footings and Posts
  • Wood Decay
  • Moisture and Wood Decay
  • The Pick Test
  • Support and Connections
  • Girders and Beams
  • Ledger Connections
  • Overhangs
  • Framing Around
  • Cantilevered Decks
  • Bracing
  • Connections and Fasteners
  • Posts and Rails
  • Guardrails and Supports
  • Decking
  • Board placement and Support
  • Stairs
  • Stringers, Risers and Treads
  • Lighting
  • Handrails
  • Electrical Receptacles
  • Receptacle Requirements
  • Weatherproof Receptacles
  • Other Considerations
  • Location and Egress

Take the online video course, How to Perform Deck Inspections now.

(NACHI.TV subscribers only)

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New inspection article: Asbestos Cement Siding Inspection

November 3rd, 2010

Although its manufacture was banned in the U.S. by the EPA in 1973, asbestos cement siding is still around, and inspectors are likely to encounter it on their inspections of exterior cladding.  While its hazards are limited if this material is undamaged, proper maintenance is key for avoiding structural issues related to water intrusion, as well as the health risks associated with damage to this type of building product.  Read all about it in Asbestos Cement Siding Inspection.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New inspection article: Salvaged Building Materials Inspection

November 2nd, 2010

Salvaging building materials can be an exciting and thrifty way for homeowners to save money, but extreme caution should be taken with certain items. Find out how to protect homeowners from the potential hazards of their newly found treasures in our new article on salvaged building material inspection.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

New inspection article: Tape Sampling for Mold Inspections

November 1st, 2010

Tape sampling is a useful tool that can help a testing laboratory determine the species of mold that’s apparent during a mold inspection.  This information can be helpful when attacking the problem through mitigation.  Read about how to perform this easiest of tests, including when and where to sample, as  well as when not to sample, in Tape Sampling for Mold Inspections.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

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