New article on chimney collapse inspection

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

New article: IR Cameras and Electrical Inspections

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.

New article on eminent domain

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.

New article on sewer gases in the home

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.