Hazards of Crawlspaces

Crawlspaces are host to a large number of conditions that may harm the house or inspectors. Never enter a crawlspace without proper personal protective equipment. Crawlspaces are notorious for the nasty discoveries made there by inspectors,…

A/C Condensate

A/C Condensate drain lines are normally installed near the outdoor condenser unit and drains condensate water to the exterior of the home. Condensate water is produced when warm air from the blower inside your air handler is passed over cold…

Bathtubs & Showers

Bathtubs Bathtubs are made from many different types of materials, including enameled cast-iron, porcelain-enameled steel, and plastic. Plastic tubs are made from materials including ABS, PVC, fiberglass, fiberglass-reinforced plastic,…

Bathroom Sinks - Lavatories

Lavatories A lavatory is a washbasin or sink located in a bathroom or washroom.  "Lavatory" means washbasin or sink, and is derived from the Latin word lavatorium, which means washing vessel, and the French word laver, meaning "to…

Toilets & Bidets

Toilets & Bidets A water closet in the U.S. is commonly referred to as a toilet.  The term “water closet” originates from the time when plumbing was brought indoors, and defecation took place in a small, closet-size room…

Water Heaters

Water Heaters A water heater is an appliance that heats potable water and supplies heated water to the home’s plumbing distribution system.  Most tanks are insulated steel cylinders with an enamel coating on the inner surface. They are…

Maintenance of Your Roof Covering

Weathering Hail and/or storm damage, referred to as weathering, can easily deteriorate a roof’s finish despite the fact that you haven’t lost any shakes or shingles after having a storm. It is the most prevalent reason for external…
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Residential Smoke Alarms

A residential smoke alarm, also known as a smoke detector, is a device that detects smoke and issues an audible sound and/or a visual signal to alert residents to a potential fire. Facts and Figures   According to the Consumer Product Safety…
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Exterior Vinyl Siding

  Vinyl siding is the form of exterior cladding that home inspectors are likely to encounter most frequently.  Homeowners, remodeling contractors and builders often choose vinyl siding as an alternative to wood and aluminum because…
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Falls from Low Windows

Every year, roughly 2.5 million children are treated in the United States for fall-related injuries. Of these, falls from low windows tend to be the most serious and fatal, especially among male toddlers. Older children are more likely to…