Flat Roof Drainage

Posted on July 26th, 2017

Roofs should not be dead flat. They should slope to the perimeter or interior drainage. Any roof that still has water on it 48 hours after a rain is defined

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Combustion Air for Furnaces

Posted on July 25th, 2017

Combustion air is necessary for burning fuel such as gas, oil and wood. For a furnace to work properly, it must have an adequate supply of combustion air. The fire

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Architectural Styles of Chimneys and Dormers

Posted on July 24th, 2017

  Chimneys Chimneys and dormers can form architectural focal points of a home as well. They may be located around the perimeter of the building or on the interior. Chimneys

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What is Window Glazing?

Posted on July 16th, 2017

Function of Windows Windows allow light and ventilation into the home, and can provide emergency exits (means of egress). Although we are not required to perform code inspections, research into

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The Importance of Service Drops

Posted on July 15th, 2017

Function The purpose of the service drop and the service entrance is to get electricity safely from the utility into the house. Overhead wires to house The service drop is

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All About Floor Systems

Posted on July 14th, 2017

Most suspended floors are wooden and most floors resting on the earth are concrete slabs. While there are other systems, we’ll restrict our discussion to these. Photo ® istockphoto.com Function

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Flat Roof Systems – What Makes them Different?

Posted on July 13th, 2017

  Flat roofing is an entirely different strategy from steep roofing. While steep roofing is a shedding system, flat roofing is a watertight skin or membrane that is formed over

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The Inspector’s Guide to Insulation Materials

Posted on July 12th, 2017

Function The purpose of insulation is to slow the rate of heat transfer. This is true in both hot and cold climates. In cold climates, it is intended to stop

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Everything You Need to Know about Gas Piping

Posted on July 11th, 2017

The beginning of October means many homeowners living in the northern part of the country will have to start firing up their heating systems. Natural gas is among the least

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Chimney Flashings

Posted on July 10th, 2017

  Typically, chimney flashings are more complex than other types of roof flashings and are a common source of roof leaks. As a rule, chimneys are either masonry or metal.

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FVIR (Flammable Vapor Ignition-Resistant) Water Heaters

Posted on July 6th, 2017

Natural gas and propane (LP) fired water heaters have caused fires in some homes where flammable liquids such as gasoline have been poorly handled near the water heater. Gas spills

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The Future of Home Inspection Education: Virtual Apprenticeship

Posted on January 24th, 2017

Everyone agrees apprenticeship is important. It adds real world experience to ‘book learning’ to complete the education process. It is required by over 150 trades (including plumbers and electricians) and

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