AFCI Protection and Alterations to Your Residential Electric System
I have heard it said that the development of our modern electrical system is the single greatest engineering achievement of mankind. While that is a bold statement, I find it difficult to conceive of technology that has more drastically changed our lives; stop for a minute…
Length Does Not Matter
Quality Matters Discussions among home inspectors frequently circle back to the “correct” length of a home inspection report. Obviously, there is no right or wrong answer here and the sheer number of observations in a report is likely to reflect the size, age, and condition of…
I’ve got moisture ants in my house?
What are moisture ants? Moisture ants are a wood-destroying organism that indicates there is wet wood in or around a house. Moisture ants are not a primary wood-destroying organism meaning they do not infest dry wood. Because wet wood is a prerequisite, moisture ants could be…
I’ve Got Mold In My Attic!
Frequently asked questions about a common problem in some climate zones Mold is a 4-letter word in real estate and mold remediation is a multi-billion-dollar industry that thrives on the fear created by the lack of metrics available to quantify the risk of mold exposure…
Understanding Open Grounds and Options for Repair
What is the equipment ground? The equipment ground in residential wiring is often thought of as the “third prong” in an electrical receptacle and the third, bare conductor in an electrical circuit. Residential wiring systems will function properly without an equipment ground but these conductors…
Electrical Reset and Refresh for Home Inspection
Presents: Electrical Reset and Refresh for Home Inspection With Charles Buell May 18th at the Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Association This class is an excellent opportunity to refresh your electrical knowledge and learn new…
Is it Time to Service Your High Efficiency Water Heater?
As of April 16th, 2015, the manufacturers of water heaters must comply with a new energy efficiency standard set by the Department of Energy called the NAECA National Appliance Energy Conservation Act. The good news for consumers is that these new standards will save energy….
Fiber Cement Siding: Common Installation Defects Found
Click here for a free download of Hardie diagrams that can be used in home inspection reports In the Pacific Northwest, fiber cement siding has been an excellent replacement and upgrade over many of the 1990’s era siding products which proved to be little more…
What is Fire Seperation Versus a Fire Wall?
Understanding Fire Resistant Sheetrock Sheetrock is the building material used to make walls and ceilings in almost all new construction; it is the material that replaced the old lath and plaster technique which lost favor due to the relative cost savings of sheetrock. Sheetrock is…
- Anobiid Beetles
- Brick siding has great advantages
- Carpenter Ants
- Deck construction
- Exterior door leaks
- Firewall safety
- House Inspection
- House Inspections
- Infrared camera in Home Inspection
- Installation errors in fiber cement siding
- Limited pre-inspections
- Moisture ants
- Moisture problems in a home
- Open loop water systems
- ScribeWare system for great home inspection reports
- Tankless Water Heaters
- Testing safety devices
- Water Pressure
- Wood Destroying Organisms