Using Thermography During a Home Inspection

Thermography, or Thermal Imaging, has been around for many years. The first time I remember seeing thermal imaging was in the movie “The Predator” back in the late 1980’s, where the predator creature chased Arnold using thermal imaging to find its prey. It was a super...

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Home Inspection Checklist

Due to the unregulated nature of the industry, the scope, level of detail and the type of report that you get from a home inspection can vary dramatically from inspector to inspector. If you are wondering whether your home inspector has checked the essentials, this...

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Wet Basements

Have you ever walked down the basement stairs of a house and gotten transported back in time to your parents dark, shag carpeted, wood paneled damp, musty teenage hangout? As a home inspector, this is a common occurrence. That damp funky smell, you know the one, is...

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Window Sill Mortar Cracks Repair How-to

It is a common building practice to install window sills which are comprised of multiple sections of stone or pre-cast concrete. The joint between these sections are jointed using brick mortar. This is fine when the building is new but as the building ages and settles...

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How exhausting!

Houses need to have an indoor/outdoor exchange of air to replenish oxygen used by the occupants and to remove moisture and pollutants generated by: breathing, heating, cooking, and emissions from building materials and furnishings. The homes of bygone years were...

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Oil Heating

The oil furnace has been, and continues to be, a common heating solution in areas which are not served by a natural gas service. To run an oil furnace requires an oil tank in which to store the oil and these tanks can be located inside or outside of the home, above...

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Vermiculite Insulation

Vermicu-what? Vermiculite is a naturally occurring mineral which is mined and has been used in  household insulation and a variety of other consumer products because of its fire resistance and thermal insulation properties.  Sounds great, right?  Sort of.  The...

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