New article for inspectors: Inspecting Sump Pump Covers

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.

New article for inspectors: Inspecting GFCI and AFCI Protection

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.

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.