New inspection article: Water Quality Testing for Home Inspectors

Home inspectors can offer water quality testing with inexpensive testing kits and simple training. Alternatively, they can use private or state labs for both kits and analysis. Either method provides useful – and sometimes critical – information for their clients.  Read more in Water Quality Testing for Home Inspectors.

New article for consumers: Wireless vs. Connected Smart Home Tech for Homeowners

Smart home tech offers a dizzying array of options for consumers.  Add to that whether the device or system should be hard-wired into the home’s electrical system and internet, or whether wireless is the way to go, and the choices can be challenging.  Home inspectors can post this article for consumers on their website to help take some of the guesswork out of upgrading:  Wireless vs. Connected Smart Home Tech for Homeowners.

Legal Tip for Home Inspectors: How to Choose the Right Lawyer

One unfortunate truth for home inspectors is that it’s less a matter of whether you’re going to get sued than when.  The time to choose an attorney for your business is before that happens.  And there are other times and reasons you’ll want legal advice.  Read our latest article to help you navigate one of the most important business decisions you’ll ever make:  Legal Tip for Home Inspectors:  How to Choose the Right Lawyer.

Frost Proof Hose Bibs

I live in Colorado Springs and perform Home and Commercial inspections along the Front Range.  In one of my home inspections I walked into a basement bedroom and was struck by a particular odor. It was that musty moldy odor one dreads,  after further investigation I discovered a “frost proof” hose bib located in the ceiling along a back wall had not been so “frost proof”.  In the photo below the split that is visible is due to a failed valve.

Note the length of this valve which is 18” long, the actual shut off is at the back of the valve which leaves 18” of pipe without water in it which is sufficient for winter conditions.  This valve however had failed leaving water in the pipe and subject to freezing.

The owner had to remove the carpet, a section of drywall and insulation, mitigate the mold in the wall cavity and have these items replaced.

The question remains, is your “frost proof” hose bibs operating correctly?
One good check is to operate your hose bib, when shut off a small amount of water should drain out. This would be the water in the 18” of pipe, because remember the valve is in the back of the unit.

Even in the middle of winter we can have 60 degree weather which is a good time to water trees or wash your vehicle, don’t forget to disconnect the hose from your hose bib or you will be inviting disaster.

I hope this helps to prevent a catastrophe around your home or business.

failed frost proof hose bib close up of split from freezing