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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.

New article on PVC health hazards

October 5th, 2010

PVC is used everywhere in and around buildings, from sewage pipes and siding to shower curtains and junction boxes. It’s had a long and complicated history, but in recent years there’s been growing suspicion that PVC can vent toxic chemicals into indoor air and water. To find out more about PVC uses and its potential dangers, check out our new article on PVC health hazards.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

New article on UFFI insulation inspection

October 1st, 2010

UFFI foam insulation was used extensively in North American homes during the 1970’s until it was banned due to fears over offgassing of formaldehyde. Those fears were largely unfounded and the ban was overturned in the U.S., although it still remains in effect in Canada. Learn the history of this insulation, why and where it was banned, and how to inspect for it in the home in our new article on UFFI insulation inspection.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

New article: IR Cameras: An Overview for Inspectors

September 30th, 2010

The inspection industry has many tricks of the trade, but perhaps none is as technologically cutting-edge and versatile as the infrared (IR) camera.  Learn about its history and its many on-the-job applications, even beyond energy audits, in IR Cameras:  An Overview for Inspectors.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New article on chimney collapse inspection

September 30th, 2010

Chimneys made from bricks or stone may look sturdy but few building components can crush a building so suddenly and without warning. Especially in seismically active regions, chimney inspection should be performed routinely to check for separation from the building, loose mortar, mechanical damage and undersized footings. To read more, check out our new article,  Chimney Inspection: Preventing Collapse

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

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: IR Cameras and Electrical Inspections

September 29th, 2010

Infrared cameras are not just for energy audits.  They can also be used for standard commercial and home inspections.  Because thermal imaging captures temperature differences and displays them on a gradient color scale – with hot spots shown as bright colors, and cool and wet spots shown as dark colors – using an IR camera for electrical inspections is useful for detecting and locating potentially hazardous conditions before they result in a failure or a dangerous electrical fire.  Read about this application in IR Cameras:  Electrical Inspections.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

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.

One million readers find InterNACHI in magazine.

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.

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