New article on inspecting central air conditioning systems

Central air conditioning systems should be inspected by a professional before the cooling season begins, but homeowners can do some of the work themselves. The condensate drain line should be unobstructed, the exterior unit covered up and the air filter cleaned. For more information on how to inspect these systems, check out our new article on inspecting central air conditioning systems.

New article on lightning damage to wind turbines

Take sensitive electronics and hoist them up higher than the tallest tree, and permanently install it in a field, and then act surprised when lightning destroys your wind farm. Modern engineers have largely mitigated the problem, but still, the bulk of insurance claims for wind turbine damage are caused by lightning strikes. To find out what components of wind turbines are most sensitive, whether lightning rods are a good idea, and more, check out our new article on wind turbines and lightning.

New article on Treehouse Inspections

Treehouses are constructed by homeowners rather than professional builders, they are elevated in trees, and contain unsupervised kids. With such a recipe for injury, it’s best the treehouses are built with high railings, sturdy ladders, and far from power lines. To find out more about safe construction and location, take a look at our new article on treehouse inspection.

New article on homeowner associations and foreclosures

Homeowner associations (HOAs) have their perks – depending on where you live, you probably won’t need to mow the lawn or paint the house. That sounds great, but don’t underestimate the power that HOAs wield, for better or for worse. Essential governments unto themselves, HOAs have the authority to restrict your freedoms in surprisingly petty ways, and when you don’t comply, you get more than a slap on the wrist. Small fees for something as mundane as walking your dog without a leash, if left unpaid, can balloon into obscene sums that can get you evicted. That’s right, HOAs in many states have the power to foreclose on your house, out of court, and you don’t even have the right to confront the board. The message to take from this is that HOAs are surprisingly unregulated and controlled by a few elected officials who can do almost anything they want with your most valuable asset – your home. To find out more, check out our new article on The Dark Side of Homeowner Associations.

New article on inspecting crawlspaces

Crawlspaces are commonly host to a number of conditions that can be harmful to the house as well as the inspector. Hantavirus, snakes, wood decay and electrical hazards are just a few of the things encountered in crawlspaces and inspectors should be ready for them. To find out more, check out our new article on crawl space hazards and inspection.