Category: Technical

Insulation Materials

The Inspector’s Guide to Insulation Materials

Function The purpose of insulation is to slow the rate of heat transfer. This is true in both hot and…

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Everything You Need to Know about Gas Piping

The beginning of October means many homeowners living in the northern part of the country will have to start firing…

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Chimney flashings

Chimney Flashings

Typically, chimney flashings are more complex than other types of roof flashings and are a common source of roof leaks….

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FVIR (Flammable Vapor Ignition-Resistant) Water Heaters

FVIR (Flammable Vapor Ignition-Resistant) Water Heaters

Natural gas and propane (LP) fired water heaters have caused fires in some homes where flammable liquids such as gasoline…

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Insight Reference Tool

The Future of Home Inspection Education: Virtual Apprenticeship

Everyone agrees apprenticeship is important. It adds real world experience to ‘book learning’ to complete the education process. It is…

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CSA A770 Home Inspection Standards

Why the CSA A770 Home Inspection Standard is Good for Home Inspectors

We believe that home inspectors should recognize the CSA Standard as a major step forward. It provides a defendable Standard…

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ground wire in grass

The Function and Importance of Earth Grounding Systems – Part One

Electricity is confusing enough when we deal with wires that are supposed to carry the current. It’s even more confusing…

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No ground

The Function and Importance of Earth Grounding Systems – Part Two

In part one, we took a look at what earth grounding systems are and why they are so vitally important….

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Aluminum wiring example

The True Story Behind Aluminum Wiring – Part One

Aluminum wiring in homes has an interesting and controversial history. We’ve had lots of clients ask, “Is it safe? Should…

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Aluminum wiring example

The True Story Behind Aluminum Wiring – Part Two

In Part One, we took a look at the difference between copper and aluminum wiring, the initial issues with aluminum…

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