Foreclosures are bad for everyone, from the lender to the borrower, the real estate market and the entire economy, which is why short sales are becoming increasingly common. A home short sales when the lender permits the borrower to sell their home for less than the lender is owed, thereby accepting a moderate loss. The issue is complex, however, as the borrower might still be held responsible for the remainder of the loan and there are tax consequences as well. Read our new article on short sales to find out more about this interesting way to avoid foreclosure.
Trying to control environmental noises can be a frustrating experience for homeowners. But by understanding what classifications of noises there are and how they travel, homeowners can mitigate both the noise they hear and the noise they generate with some simple yet effective materials and practices. Read about it in Construction Methods and Materials for Noise Control.
Why on earth would you erect a bat house on your property? Bats are helpful mammals, as they eat huge numbers of insects that would otherwise be a nuisance, yet their search for safe roosting grounds is threatened by the clearing of forests for development and lumber. Bat houses can also be used to draw bats away from the attic, where they have been known to take residence and cause problems for building occupants. To find out more about proper placement and construction of bat houses, check out our new article on bat house inspection.
Greywater is wastewater collected from household showers, sinks, tubs and washing machines that would otherwise be sent into the sewage system. It’s a great way to save water, especially during times of drought, but improper handling could impose serious health hazards. To find out more about greywater advantages, risks and inspection be sure to read our new article on greywater inspection.
Many homeowners are starting to harvest their rainwater in response to increasing scarcity of water and other advantages afforded by rainwater catchment systems. They pose unique hazards, however, of which homeowners should be aware. To find out more, check out our new article on rainwater catchment systems.
Even though you can’t see it in a finished building, rebar is an essential component of much modern construction. It can pose serious safety hazards, however, and workers should be trained to avoid these dangers. Rebar is also used as grounding electrodes. To find out more about the uses and dangers of this product, check out our new article on rebar.
Tyvek® is a brand of synthetic, high-density polyethylene fiber used in a variety of applications, such as clothing and wristbands. Inspectors are probably familiar with Tyvek® coveralls and housewrap, which are are lightweight, chemical-resistant and somewhat fire-resistant. While the material is non-toxic and generally harmless, it can build a static charge while being handled, which can be dangerous in flammable environments. To find out more about this remarkable product, check out our new article on Tyvek®.
Standpipes are simple, inexpensive devices used to mitigate or prevent flooding in basements. Broken seals and lack of watertightness are common defects, and some sources state that standpipes can cause serious structural damage in certain situations. To find out more, check out our new article on standpipes.
Mold remediators are adapting high-strength, industrial cleaning methods to use in homes. InterNACHI inspectors who offer mold inspections can read all about Abrasive Blasting for Mold Remediation, and how this technique can benefit their clients whose homes are contaminated with mold.
How is this new, innovative drywall different from traditional drywall? Read about the pros and cons, as well as installation challenges, in our new article on Paperless Drywall.