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New article on pilot lights

September 29th, 2010

Pilot lights are responsible for a large amount of unnecessary fuel consumption and they can cause fires, too. Did you know that they can even cause insecticide “bug bombs” to detonate and demolish a building? To find out how they work, their dangers and alternatives, check out our new article on pilot lights.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

New article on smoke alarm inspection

September 28th, 2010

Do you know that there are two kinds of smoke alarms and they differ in their performance based on the type of fire they’re exposed to? Do you know the most common reasons why smoke alarms fail, or where they should be located in the home? If you don’t, be sure to read our new article on smoke alarm inspection.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

New article on eminent domain

September 28th, 2010

The government has the right to seize real estate from private owners and use the land for public use through the law of eminent domain. Homeowners are often powerless in these situations, but they can prevent their homes from being declared “blighted”, so that they’re harder to seize. Blighted properties lack adequate ventilation, sanitation, electricity and utilities, pose a fire hazard or are otherwise unsafe. To find out more about the law of eminent domain, how it affects homeowners and what they can do about it, check out our new article on eminent domain.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

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September 28th, 2010

Bottom Line Personal Magazine references InterNACHI exclusively in home hazards article.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New article: IR Cameras and Inspecting Roofs

September 28th, 2010

Thermal imaging has many applications in commercial and home inspections.  In addition to documenting air leaks and moisture problems in the interior, an IR camera can be used to find hidden moisture problems at the roof’s exterior.  Read about how they work and optimal inspection conditions in IR Cameras:  Inspecting Roofs.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New article on sewer gases in the home

September 24th, 2010

Gases from the sewer are extremely toxic, foul and even explosive. One of its constituent gases is so dangerous that it’s actually used as a chemical weapon while another is so heavy that it will quickly displace oxygen and suffocate anyone nearby. In most cases, these gases remain in the sewer, but they can enter the living space through dried out plumbing fixtures, plumbing cracks and other sources. To find out more about the danger, how it arises and what to do about it, please read out new article on sewer gases in the home.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

New article: IR Cameras and Inspecting for Moisture Intrusion

September 23rd, 2010

Thermal imaging has many applications in home inspections and energy audits.  For inspecting for moisture intrusion, an IR camera, coupled with a moisture meter, can help the inspector find even the not-so-obvious problem areas before they can create significant damage to the home.  Read all about it in IR Cameras:  Inspecting for Moisture Intrusion.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New article: IR Cameras and Inspecting for Air Leaks

September 22nd, 2010

Thermal or infrared (IR) imaging is cutting-edge technology that allows home inspectors to perform state-of-the-art energy audits.  An IR camera provides the home inspector with an invaluable tool for pinpointing areas in the home that leak air or may have inadequate insulation.  Learn about how IR cameras work and their various applications in IR Cameras:  Inspecting for Air Leaks.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New article on eyebrow dormers

September 22nd, 2010

Eyebrow dormers are as pleasing to the eye as they are functional, at least when they’re constructed right. On the other hand, they’re very expensive and they more prone to defects than the rest of the roof. To find out more, check out our new article on eyebrow dormers.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

New article on ceiling fan inspection

September 21st, 2010

Did you know that UL lists some ceiling fans for use in wet environments and others for damp, humid environments? Or that fans shouldn’t be less than seven feet from the floor? There’s more to these appliances than you might have thought, and you can find out more in our new article on ceiling fan inspection.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

New article on kerosene heater inspection

September 21st, 2010

Kerosene is a cheap fuel and it burns efficiently, which is why kerosene heaters are popular as space heaters in the US and even a source of primary home heat in Japan. But they smell bad and they pose serious fire hazards if they aren’t constructed, maintained or operated properly. They should have a low center of gravity, for instance, so they are unlikely to top over. To find out more, read our new article on kerosene heater inspection.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

New article on ventless fireplace inspection

September 21st, 2010

Ventless fireplaces are enjoyed for their energy efficiency and ease of installation, but they’re thought by many to be a horrifically dumb idea; they vent their products of combustion, including toxic carbon monoxide, directly into the living space. Some of the critics of this fireplace design are entire countries and states that have banned them, not to mention the CDC, the EPA and various other watchdog groups that strongly oppose their use. There are ways you can prevent deadly carbon monoxide leaks, and you can find out about them and more in our new article on ventless fireplace inspection.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

New article: Blower Door Testing

September 17th, 2010

Energy audits are becoming increasingly popular ancillary inspections requested by homeowners, and blower doors are essential tools for home inspectors to conduct them properly.  Read about why they can give your clients crucial information for ensuring an energy-efficient home in Blower Door Testing.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New article on condensation inspection

September 16th, 2010

Cold surfaces cool their surrounding air, forcing water vapor closer together until it condenses. It’s common on water pipes because metal – especially copper – has high thermal conductivity, which means it’s likely to cool quickly in response to a brief exposure to cold water or air. There are ways to prevent condensation in homes, which can cause mold growth and a variety of other building ailments. To find out more, read our new article on condensation inspection.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

New article on saunas

September 15th, 2010

Saunas are a great place to relax, but they’re also breeding grounds for mold and even antibiotic-resistant bacteria. To combat these and other risks, certain precautions and design features should be followed. To find out more, check out our new article on sauna inspection.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

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