Q&A: should the air exchanger be on or off during a radon test?

- . But I won’t say that. We also take pictures and make recommendations for service when needed, which is most of the time. When my company inspects homes for new homeowners, we explain the importance of the operation and maintenance of air exchangers to our clients. Of course, one might argue that “normal conditions” means the unit is unplugged and forgotten about, and the filters and screens are packed full of cottonwood and bugs ..More

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Reuben’s Recommended Reading

- Here’s my list. Why not? Readers are leaders, learners are earners, books are a uniquely portable magic, and all that jazz. . When I meet with big-time book readers, we end up recommending a bunch of books to each other. Then I decided to share it here as a blog post. I have a hard time remembering all of my favorites, so I put together a list of my most-recommended books. I spend a lot of time listening to audiobooks via Audible, and I find myself recommending books to people almost daily, none of which have anything to do with home inspections ..More

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Home inspection fail files: bathtub flood

- . That’s a lot less work, but I think there’s value in doing this test. I suppose a fourth way would be to just not test the overflow ..More

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Chimney inspections: pass or fail, nothing in-between

- . A level 2 chimney inspection is conducted by running a specialized inspection camera through the interior of the fireplace and chimney to inspect for concealed damage to the flue liner, as well as the inspection of the exterior of the chimney ..More

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What Can Home Inspectors Expect from an Infrared Mobile App?

- . We know what you’re thinking. Smartphone thermography is made possible through a simple add-on that’s compatible with iPhones and Android devices. How can an ordinary smartphone transform into a high-tech thermography device? It’s not a trick, not like the mirror apps that never really worked. The cost of an infrared camera is coming down but there’s another option for home inspectors that’s even more affordable: an infrared mobile app ..More

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