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Deck Receptacles

by Nick Gromicko and Kenton Shepard Original Article Link   Are exterior receptacles required at decks?  The 2008 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) describes two requirements for locations of outdoor receptacles in one- and two-family dwellings. The previous edition (2005) includes only one of these requirements, and inspectors should be aware of this change […]

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Inspecting a Deck, Illustrated

by Nick Gromicko, Founder, International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) Graphics by InterNACHI’s Lisaira Vega Original Article Link   More than 2 million decks are built and replaced each year in North America.  InterNACHI estimates that of the 45 million existing decks, only 40% are completely safe.   Because decks appear to be simple to […]

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Crawlspace Hazards and Inspection

by Nick Gromicko Original Article Link   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, and it isn’t hard to figure out why; for one thing, their […]

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“Cool” Energy-Efficient Roofs

by Nick Gromicko and Kenton Shepard Original Article Link   Cool roofs, also known as reflective roofs, are roof surfaces designed to reflect radiation from the sun, reducing heat transfer into the building.   How do they differ from conventional roofing products? Unlike most North American asphalt roofs, cool roofs are specially engineered to reflect […]

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Condensation Inspection

by Nick Gromicko Original Article Link Condensation, also called sweating, forms on building materials when the temperature drops below the dew point, which is the temperature at which droplets of water vapor are forced so closely together that they coalesce into liquid water.  Because of their characteristic thermal conductivity, components made of metal are usually the first places where condensation will appear in […]

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Concrete for Exterior and Structural Walls

by Nick Gromicko and Barry Fowler Original Article Link   According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Portland Cement Association (PCA), concrete homes account for approximately one-sixth of all new-home construction, and in areas such as Florida and Louisiana, they are particularly favored because of their greater resistance to hurricanes and tornadoes. […]

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Compost Pile Hazards

By Nick Gromicko Original Article Link   Compost is an accumulation of degrading food scraps, plants and other nutrient-rich organic matter.  It is an easy and environmentally responsible way to dispose of biodegradable kitchen waste, which can then be returned to the soil as fertilizer for vegetable and flower gardens. Composting Is Good Composting helps […]

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What the heck is CSST?

Article by Paul Duffau of Safe@Home Inspections I get this question a lot, usually from someone angry that I said their CSST was not bonded properly. Electricians especially get annoyed with me, so let me take a bit of time and explain CSST and why it keeps popping up in (my) inspection reports. Photo courtesy […]

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Collar Ties vs. Rafter Ties

by Nick Gromicko and Ben Gromicko Original Article Link   Collar ties and rafter ties are both horizontal roof-framing members, each with different purposes and requirements. Home inspectors should be familiar with these structural members and the differences between them, as they are not the same.   Please note that, according to the International Standards […]

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Yard Drainage: How to Identify and Solve

Original Article by Redfin Whether it is a miniature mansion or a humble cottage in the woods, your home is probably your biggest investment. Chances are the roof over your head is the biggest single purchase you will ever make, and protecting it is in your best interest. You already know how important it is […]

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