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Home Inspection Industry Articles

Important information about safety recalls, new products and techniques, and changes in the home inspection industry.

When things go wrong with your home inspection

There will come a time when you discover something wrong with the house, and you may be upset with your home inspection.  There are some things we’d like you to keep in mind. The intent of the inspection is not to find minor problems; it is to find the major,...

Mold

Mold has become a huge issue in the real estate game.  It was around before we were all born and even mentioned in the Holy Bible!  Mold is a loyal subject of the Kingdom Fungi.  But what the heck is it good for?  Well, unlike mosquitoes and fleas, it decays dead...

Washing machine hose failures

In 1989, Steve Vargo was a property manager for several 40 story luxury condominiums.  One average night, an owner on the 34th floor had a washing machine hose burst while they slept.  About 5 hours later, an owner on a floor much lower than Mr. 34th stepped onto wet...

What is an anti-tip bracket?

The allusive, some say useless, never-the-less a necessary part of your complete oven installation…why it’s the ANTI-TIP bracket!  This handy piece of metal prevents your oven from tipping over when a child climbs on the open door or a lot of weight is placed on the...

ABCs of GFCIs

”GFI” is slang for ”GFCI” an acronym for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter.  These are the receptacles with the funny little buttons on the front of them that are pushed to test and reset the device.  They are a safety device to detect a ground fault or an imbalanced...

Improper gas line sediment trap installation

We don't experience a plethora of gas appliance installations in Central Florida. As you may expect, when we do come across gas lines, we sometimes find improper sediment trap installations. And although they may have been present for many years, it doesn't mean it's...

Cast iron piping

Cast iron piping

Cast iron piping Cast iron piping was used up through the 1960’s in our area for waste lines under a house. Metal waste lines that are now 50 or more years old experience interior scaling, occlusion (blockage), root intrusion, cracks and/or debris accumulation which...

ABCs of AFCIs

ABCs of AFCIs

In 1999, the National Electric Code (NEC) required the use of Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) in bedrooms, effective adoption in January 2002. These are most frequently seen as breakers with funny green, blue or yellow buttons on them in your sub panel often...