Inspectors who’ve been in the business for a while can probably know what kinds of problems they’ll run into based on the age of the house alone. We’ve assembled a handful of the most common defects found in old homes so you waste less time recognizing them. Take a look at our new article on inspecting for defects in older buildings.
Ungrounded electrical receptacles can be unsafe, especially if they’re used to power large appliances that are designed to be grounded. Homeowners have a number of options if they’d like to modernize their ungrounded electrical systems, but they should avoid common quick fixes that may make the situation more dangerous. Read about the subject in our new article on ungrounded electrical receptacles.
Photovoltaic arrays are an exciting new possibility when considering saving money on energy. But they can potentially be hazardous to firefighting operations if the proper guidelines are not followed. Learn how to make sure that solar panel systems remain a safe and effective tool for harvesting solar energy in our new article on solar panel fires and electrical hazards.
Polyurethane foam insulation can be sprayed into locations in either closed cell or open cell form. Closed cell has a higher R-value but it’s more expensive, while open cell is a better sound barrier. Find out more about where these insulation types are appropriate and where they’re a bad idea in our new article on polyurethane spray foam insulation.
Salvaging building materials can be an exciting and thrifty way for homeowners to save money, but extreme caution should be taken with certain items. Find out how to protect homeowners from the potential hazards of their newly found treasures in our new article on salvaged building material inspection.
Type B and Type L vents are commonly found in houses, and they both have their own requirements. Inspectors can be on the lookout for improper vent type, clearance, and plenty more, all of which is explained in our new article on type B and type L vent inspection.
Rats and mice are not uncommon to homes, but their presence can be potentially deadly. Find out more about how to prevent and handle infestations so that you can protect homeowners from these unwelcome visitors in our new article on rodent inspection.
Roofs are typically vented, but unvented roof assembles are becoming more common as proponents argue they can actually be more energy efficient and comfortable for occupants. That is, if they’re constructed right. Find out about their alleged benefits and what critics have to say about them in our new article on unvented roof assemblies.
Daylight Saving Time (DST) is about to end, meaning we’ll have an extra hour to sleep in on Sunday. It also means that, according to proponents of DST, homes and businesses have saved energy over the past six months, primarily through reduced time using electric lights. But many experts now believe that DST does not promote energy efficiency and that it might in fact cause homeowners to use more electricity. Find out about the history and controversy surrounding DST in our new article on daylight saving time.
Did you know that cockroaches could survive underwater for a half hour or they can subsist on the glue on the back of postage stamps? They’re incredibly hardy insects but infestations can be prevented or eliminated through adequate precautions. Find out much more in our new article on cockroach inspection.