Ladder safety is essential for home inspectors on the job, and you may be surprised to learn that there’s a safer technique than the one you’re using. Read our new article to find out about it in Inspector Safety: Three-Point Control for Climbing Ladders.
The structural design of foundations for residential structures is a precise science that takes into account soil conditions, local climate, and building materials. Home inspectors can benefit by understanding some of the factors involved in making these calculations, as well as the diverse selection of foundation types, by reading our new article: Structural Design of Foundations for the Home Inspector.
To better understand the considerations for designing homes to withstand various stresses, such as live and dead loads, snow loads, and wind loads (especially in extreme weather conditions), read our new article: Structural Design Loads for the Home Inspector.
Home inspectors who inspect wood-frame construction can familiarize themselves with the design considerations used for creating such homes, especially with regard to live and dead loads, and how this common design handles wind stresses, in our new article: Structural Design Concepts for the Home Inspector.
Although it’s common practice to use various building cavities within a house as supply- and return-air ducts, this can actually cause an HVAC system to work harder because these seemingly convenient locations are notoriously prone to leaks. Learn how this happens and what to advise your clients, especially those building new homes, in our new article: Building Cavities Used as Supply or Return Ducts.
Although inspecting household appliances falls outside InterNACHI’s Residential Standards of Practice, some state SOPs require it, and some InterNACHI members offer appliance inspection as a value-added aspect of their standard home inspections. Read about how a refrigerator operates, its different features, and how to inspect it: How to Inspect the Refrigerator.
InterNACHI and BISCO are pleased to announce that Vanguard Emergency Management has signed a five-year contract with FEMA to train experienced professional inspectors as FEMA Disaster Inspectors and Area Managers. (BISCO is the Vanguard small-business partner responsible for hiring, deploying and managing inspectors.) InterNACHI Founder Nick Gromicko and BISCO CEO Marv Goldstein are asking InterNACHI inspectors to consider this new training and employment opportunity so they can help their fellow citizens in their greatest time of need. Find out more about it and download the Application-Questionnaire by reading FEMA Inspector and Area Manager Training for Disaster Deployment.
According to InterNACHI’s Residential SOP, inspectors are required to inspect the mechanical exhaust of clothes dryers. Homeowners can also benefit from knowing the requirements for a properly installed dryer exhaust, as well the hazards if it’s done wrong. Read our new article titled Inspecting the Dryer Exhaust.
For Canadian and other French-speaking members, post this InterNACHI article on your website, which has been newly translated into French and discusses the most common terms and concepts related to household electricity: Le Langage Électrique.
Although InterNACHI inspectors are not required by its Standards of Practice to measure either a roof’s slope or its pitch, it’s useful to understand the distinctions between the two in order to discuss them intelligently and describe them accurately. Understanding them can also help determine whether a roof has the proper roof-covering materials installed so that the roof sheds water properly. Clear up your own confusion by reading our new article: Measuring Roof Slope and Pitch.
Inspection article newly translated into French: Les Panneaux de Distribution Électrique (Electrical Service Panels)June 25th, 2013
For Canadian and other French-speaking members, post this InterNACHI article on your website, which has been newly translated into French and discusses tips for inspecting electrical service panels at residential properties: Les Panneaux de Distribution Électrique.
Inspection article newly translated into French: L’Inspection des Clôtures Électriques (Electric Fence Inspection)May 14th, 2013
For Canadian and other French-speaking members, post this InterNACHI article on your website, which has been newly translated into French and discusses the dangers of and some pointers for inspecting electric fences at residential properties: L’Inspection des Clôtures Électriques.
Inspection article newly translated into French: L’Efflorescence pour les Inspecteurs (Efflorescence for Inspectors)April 3rd, 2013
For Canadian and other French-speaking members, post this InterNACHI article on your website, which has been newly translated into French and explains the causes and prevention of efflorescence that forms on masonry: L’Efflorescence pour les Inspecteurs.
One of the most dangerous parts of a home inspection is the electrical portion. Electricity can behave in unexpected ways if there is any damage to a component or if other conditions exist that permit a current to jump from its intended path. An arc flash is one of the greatest and most lethal hazards involved in electrical system maintenance and inspection. Home inspectors should know the risks and precautions they should take to avoid this potentially deadly threat by reading our latest article: Home Inspector Safety & the Dangers of Arc Flashes.
Failing to perform simple home maintenance tasks can lead to some serious consequences. One of the easier tasks is changing the furnace or HVAC filter. Homeowners may need to do it every three months, but there are conditions that require it to be done more frequently. Find out what those conditions are and why it’s so important to stay on top of this task in the first place in our latest article: Homeowner Maintenance: Changing the HVAC Filter.