August 1, 2020

Anti-Tip Brackets for Freestanding Ranges

by Nick Gromicko, CMI® and Kenton Shepard Anti-tip brackets are metal devices designed to prevent freestanding ranges from tipping. They are normally attached to a rear […]
July 17, 2020

Aluminum Siding Inspection

by Nick Gromicko, CMI® Aluminum siding is generally in decline as an exterior cladding material because vinyl siding and other materials have become more popular choices.  However, it […]
June 26, 2020

Deck Receptacles

by Nick Gromicko, CMI® and Kenton Shepard  Are exterior receptacles required at decks?  The 2008 edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) describes two requirements for locations of outdoor […]
May 29, 2020

Crawlspace Hazards and Inspection

by Nick Gromicko, CMI®   Crawlspaces are host to a large number of conditions that may harm the house or inspectors. Never enter a crawlspace without proper […]
April 3, 2020

Condensation in Double-Paned Windows

by Nick Gromicko and Kenton Shepard Condensation is the accumulation of liquid water on relatively cold surfaces. Almost all air contains water vapor, the gas phase […]
March 13, 2020

Concrete for Exterior and Structural Walls

by Nick Gromicko and Barry Fowler According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Portland Cement Association (PCA), concrete homes account for approximately […]
February 14, 2020

Concrete Admixtures

by Nick Gromicko and Ethan Ward Admixtures are ingredients other than water, aggregate and Portland cement that are added to a concrete mixture immediately prior to […]
January 24, 2020

Compost Pile Hazards

by Nick Gromicko Compost is an accumulation of degrading food scraps, plants and other nutrient-rich organic matter. It is an easy and environmentally responsible way to […]
January 3, 2020

Commercial and Home Inspector Safety: Carcinogens on the Job

by Nick Gromicko and Kate Tarasenko Commercial and residential inspectors know that facing potential dangers in the course of their inspections is an inherent risk of […]
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