New article for inspectors: Inspecting Whole-House Dehumidification Systems

Cooling is essential for homes in regions that experience hot weather.  And it’s vital to get the right installation and balance for homes in climates that are particularly humid.  Find out more by reading Inspecting Whole-House Dehumidification Systems.

New article for inspectors: Inspecting Compression Cooling Systems

New homes are being built to be more airtight and energy-efficient. That’s why it’s more important than ever to make sure that their cooling systems are properly sized and installed.  Whether your clients are in the process of building their home, or you’re inspecting their existing home, don’t let them waste money or energy.  Read up on some helpful tips in Inspecting Compression Cooling Systems.

New article for inspectors: Inspecting Insulation of Existing Crawlspace Floors

Insulation can help regulate temperature, ventilation and moisture control in crawlspaces.  Read about some important installation guidelines and inspection tips in Inspecting Insulation of Existing Crawlspace Floors.

New article for home inspectors: Inspecting Step and Kick-Out Flashing at Roof-Wall Intersections

Moisture intrusion is one of the most serious problems a home can experience.  It can lead to rapid deterioration of many structural components.  Home inspectors can familiarize themselves with the best practices for installing some basic roof components that will help prevent water damage by reading Inspecting Step and Kick-Out Flashing at Roof-Wall Intersections.

New consumer article from The Home Depot: How to Re-Grout Ceramic Tile

In partnership with The Home Depot, InterNACHI is pleased to present an article for DIY-ers who need some pointers on replacing the grout on their tile walls and floors to keep them water-resistant and looking new.  Home inspectors can post this new article on their website:  How to Re-Grout Ceramic Tile.

New article for home inspectors: Inspecting Added Blown Insulation in an Existing Vented Attic

Energy efficiency is a top priority for homeowners.  Advising clients on how to lower their heating and cooling costs while maintaining comfort is important for home inspectors.  When homeowners have taken steps to make improvements, there are special inspection considerations.  Read some useful tips in our latest article:  Inspecting Added Blown Insulation in an Existing Vented Attic.

New article from The Home Depot: A Guide to Engineered Wood Sheathing for Inspectors and DIY-ers

In partnership with The Home Depot, InterNACHI is pleased to present an article on engineered wood sheathing.  Like OSB, it’s a sturdy and lightweight alternative to hardwood and has many applications.  Read more about it in A Guide to Engineered Wood Sheathing for Inspectors and DIY-ers.

New inspection article: Inspecting the HVAC System for Duct Leaks and Energy Loss

Home inspectors can help ensure that their clients’ HVAC systems are running optimally by checking the system’s duct seams.  There are key points where air leakage is common, as well as specific types of materials that should be sued to remedy any energy loss.  Read more:  Inspecting the HVAC System for Duct Leaks and Energy Loss.

New inspection article: Inspecting Spray-Foam Insulation Applied Under Plywood and OSB Roof Sheathing

Installing insulation at the roof is an important step for protecting the home from moisture intrusion and energy loss. Read about how to inspect homes that use high-efficiency spray foam in Inspecting Spray-Foam Insulation Applied Under Plywood and OSB Roof Sheathing.

New article for inspectors and consumers: Inspecting Pipes in Exterior Walls and Pipe Insulation

It’s best not to locate plumbing pipes in exterior walls, but there are a number of easy and affordable ways that homeowners can insulate all plumbing pipes to avoid freezing problems, as well as decrease their energy bills in general.  Home inspectors should also know these tips in order to assist their clients.  Read about them in Ben Gromicko’s latest article:  Inspecting Pipes in Exterior Walls and Pipe Insulation.