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.

InterNACHI’s Final Walk-Through Checklist

Use InterNACHI’s Final Walk-Through Checklist for post-inspection follow-up, as a handout for your clients to use themselves, or for Walk-Throughs when you don’t generate a full report but want to provide some notes.  Download the Checklist as a customizable Word.docx version or the handy PDF:  InterNACHI’s Final Walk-Through Checklist.

New business article for inspectors: A RESPA-Compliant Way to Give a Real Estate Agent a Gift Certificate

If you’re not taking advantage of InterNACHI’s free benefit “A Gift from Your Inspector,” you’re missing out on an easy way to cultivate more business with both past clients and future ones, especially those referred by local real estate agents.  And you can use this free gift without fear of violating any codes of ethics. Read our latest article to find out how:  A RESPA-Compliant Way to Give a Real Estate Agent a Gift Certificate.

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

Garage Door Inspections

When inspecting a garage door, I find it important really look at the hardware and shaking it before operating the door opener. I go all the way down the track moving it.  I then move across the door (Making sure the latch is not latched) and on to the other track.  Look for anything that may damage the door when you open it.  Garage doors are very large objects and the last thing we want is for one to be damaged during operation.  So Remember to give them a good shake before you push the button.