Home inspectors are required by InterNACHI’s Home Inspection Standards of Practice to inspect sump pumps and pits. Their lids or covers have special requirements, too, in order to ensure the unit’s proper operation. Read more about them in Inspecting Sump Pump Covers.
Although home inspectors are considered generalists and are discouraged from quoting code in their inspection reports, it’s always a good idea to be familiar with the latest requirements, especially regarding residential electrical systems. Read this primer for some updates in the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC): Inspecting GFCI and AFCI Protection.
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.
Inspectors who wish to inspect fireplaces should know how large the hearth and hearth extensions need to be. Feel free to read our new article on hearths and hearth extensions to find some specifics about inspecting these fireplace components. Important IRC code can be found there too.
Check out my latest article on dryer vent safety. In it you will find information about appropriate vent materials, warning signs, relevant IRC code, and dryer fire frequency statistics.
I hope this is useful to you!