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Grounding and Bonding: What Home Inspectors Need to Know

By |2020-11-02T20:06:46+00:00November 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

  Probably the most confusing part of an electrical system for home inspectors to grasp is the proper implementation of grounding and bonding requirements. Numerous magazine articles, group chat forums and social media discussions have all made attempts to explain the “what, why, where and how” of grounding and bonding. In this article, I will

Your Pre-Inspection Agreement: Inspection Scope

By |2020-08-12T18:47:59+00:00August 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Merriam-Webster defines the term scope as an “intention” or “object,” meaning “the goal or end of an effort or activity.” One objective of your pre-inspection agreement is to characterize the scope, or purpose, of your inspection. According to Matthew Steger of WIN Home Inspection ( in Pennsylvania, including the scope in your pre-inspection agreement can help

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)

By |2020-08-07T21:06:41+00:00August 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are receptacles (outlets) or circuit breakers installed to provide ground fault protection for all or part of an electrical circuit. The primary purpose of GFCIs is to reduce the potential risk of electrical shock and electrocution. Photos 1 and 2 are familiar examples of GFCIs. Photo 1 Ground wires The

Check That Roof Shingle Stagger

By |2020-08-07T20:56:29+00:00August 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Shingle stagger…edge-to-edge spacing… single spacing…shingle offset…  Call it whatever you want, you should be looking at roof shingle stagger. Stagger is important because, if the spacing is less than 4 inches, water can travel from joint to joint under the shingles and create a leak in the roof. Typical three-tab shingles of years past Take

Trends in Indoor Air Quality and the Need for Environmental Testing

By |2020-08-07T19:30:06+00:00August 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air, even in the largest and most industrialized cities.1 A definition of indoor air quality: "Indoor air quality

The top 10 things home inspectors find wrong when doing inspections

By |2020-07-08T19:45:21+00:00July 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|

The top 10 things home inspectors find wrong when doing inspections Originally published at 95.5 WSB by Dave Baker Need some help updating your home but don't know where to start? I spoke with some leading home inspectors and here are the top 10 things they say they find wrong when doing inspections… You are

4 ways to avoid buying a ‘dream home’ that’s actually a financial nightmare

By |2020-07-08T19:43:52+00:00July 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|

4 ways to avoid buying a 'dream home' that's actually a financial nightmare Originally published at USA Today by Adam Shell When shopping for a home, doing some detective work can help ensure your investment is a good one. Emotions play a big role in real estate decisions, and it’s easy to fall in love with

Why water heaters should be raised in some situations

By |2020-07-08T19:41:22+00:00July 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Why water heaters should be raised in some situations Originally published in The Daily Herald by Barry Stone Q: We are now buying our first home and are having a dispute between two inspectors. Our home inspector says the water heater is not properly installed because it sits on the floor of a laundry room