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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.

New article on water stoves

September 15th, 2010

Water stoves are used to heat homes and domestic water, and they’re conveniently located outside of the house. While this frees up room in the house and improves indoor air quality, water stoves are notoriously inefficient and release large amount of smoke into the air. Due to their status as a public health threat, many jurisdictions have outlawed or restricted their use. To find out about installation requirements and more, check out our new article on water stoves.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

How to Make Your Own Liquid Level.

September 14th, 2010

Do you offer new construction inspections?  Read  How to Make Your Own Liquid Level by Nick Gromicko

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New article on galvanic corrosion

September 13th, 2010

Galvanic corrosion is the disintegration of dissimilar metals that come into contact in the presence of an electrolyte. It can easily happen wherever moisture is present in a house, especially in plumbing and water heaters. To find out more, check out our new article on galvanic corrosion.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

New article on electric fence inspection

September 10th, 2010

Electric fences are typically used on residences and farms to keep pets and livestock safe from traffic or the mouths of hungry coyotes. But more can go wrong with these systems than you might expect – dry soil impedes grounding and weakens the fence, an errant spark leaves the fence and starts a fire, or the owner designed it to be far too powerful. Lightning, too, is a major concern with these systems. To find out more about their design and hazards, read our new article on electric fence inspection.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

New article: Installing Attic Insulation

September 10th, 2010

Adding insulation to the home is one of the easiest and important tasks a DIY homeowner can undertake.  It enhances a home’s insulative properties all year ’round.  There are some important steps to take in preparation of the actual installation, however — whether the insulation is blown in or comes in rolls.  Read all about them in Installing Attic Insulation.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New article: Engineered Wood Flooring

September 9th, 2010

Hardwood flooring is attractive and can easily last for decades, but it’s often out of the price range of many homeowners.  Read about the lower-cost alternative found in Engineered Wood Flooring, including its versatility, ease of installation and durability.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

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