Sewer scans and chimney scans: both valuable inspection services

- Unlike sewer inspections, a fair number of chimney inspections end up revealing potentially costly defects. . This type of inspection is recommended by NFPA 211 any time there is a sale or transfer of a property. A Level 2 chimney inspection is basically the same thing as a sewer scan, but for the chimney ..More

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Asbestos in homes

- We get a lot of questions from home buyers about asbestos. During one of our recent monthly home inspector meetings for the ASHI Heartland chapter we had an industrial hygienist from Legend Technical Services, my go-to company for asbestos testing, come out to teach a class on asbestos and asbestos testing. At the end of the class, our teacher concluded with something that I’m going to share right at the beginning of this blog post: If a material is not made from wood or metal, it might contain asbestos. Will we identify the presence of asbestos? Can we test for asbestos? Does this or that material contain asbestos? And so on. ..More

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Buying a home that has had work performed without a permit?

- Not only do most people not know what work does and does not require a permit, but the question that is asked on the seller’s property disclosure statement isn’t a great question. It doesn’t ask about whether the work was inspected or approved. Obtaining a permit is simply the first step, and should not be considered critical information. It simply asks if the owner was given permission to do work. ..More

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Video post: a comparison of three gas sniffers

- I’ve done a video comparison of three different gas sniffers. For this video post, I compared a TIF 8800x, a TIF8900, and a RIDGID CD-100. Just watch the video, and I think you’ll understand why I prefer the TIF 8900. My favorite gas sniffer, aka “combustible gas detector”, is currently the TIF 8900. ..More

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Top 20 Home Inspection Photos from 2015

- Someone didn’t know how to connect the corrugated duct for a bathroom exhaust fan to the roof cap, so they used a piece of flashing for a plumbing vent. ..More

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