ashi certified home inspectors: Don't Choke the A/C - 04/29/08 10:43 AM
The outdoor compressor for central air conditioning is the heart of the system. It re-cools the hot refrigerant from the indoor coil located in the systems air handler. The efficiency of the system is greatly dependant on how well the compressor is able to perform this function. It is important therefore to be certain the compressor is able to breathe freely in order to dissipate the heat from the indoor coil. Unfortunately due to homeowner neglect and or poor initial installation this is too often not the case.
The first two photos are quite a common occurrence. Mulch packed up and … (5 comments)

ashi certified home inspectors: Don’t Choke the A/C - 04/29/08 03:25 AM
The outdoor compressor for central air conditioning is the heart of the system. It re-cools the hot refrigerant from the indoor coil located in the systems air handler. The efficiency of the system is greatly dependant on how well the compressor is able to perform this function. It is important therefore to be certain the compressor is able to breathe freely in order to dissipate the heat from the indoor coil. Unfortunately do to homeowner neglect and or poor initial installation this is too often not the case. The first two photos are quite a common occurrence. Mulch packed up and … (0 comments)

ashi certified home inspectors: Don't Lock Me In - 04/25/08 05:56 AM
Door locks are something no one really thinks about when leaving their house. Lock it and leave. They are there to protect our home from unwanted visitors. But a lock can trap you in your home as well.
The door lock at the right is on the inside of the home. At first you may not notice anything unusual. The problem is the lock is keyed from the inside. This is a double keyed lock some times referred to as a jail house lock. You must use a key to get out as well as get in.
The problem, as you … (4 comments)

ashi certified home inspectors: Don't Lock Me In - 04/25/08 05:54 AM
Door locks are something no one really thinks about when leaving their house. Lock it and leave. They are there to protect our home from unwanted visitors. But a lock can trap you in your home as well.
The door lock at the right is on the inside of the home. At first you may not notice anything unusual. The problem is the lock is keyed from the inside. This is a double keyed lock some times referred to as a jail house lock. You must use a key to get out as well as get in.
The problem, as you … (5 comments)

ashi certified home inspectors: Where There's Soot, There's Danger - 04/15/08 08:39 AM
I was out conducting an energy audit the other day and came across this serious, potentially life threatening hazard.
I knocked on the door and the owner greeted me and let me in the home. I went to put my tools down on a table near the front entry and immediately noticed the heating register on the opposite wall. There was a black smoky stain around the perimeter of the register. Seeing a stain like this raises a big red flag.
I have often seen these stains during home inspections and mostly they have been due to dirty ductwork. The furnace will have … (4 comments)

ashi certified home inspectors: What's the Surprise Inside? - 01/30/08 08:33 AM

It never ceases to amaze me what people will use to substitute for the correct component. I found this Cracker Jack lunch box used for a chimney cleanout door. Pretty inventive, fits right in the opening. Kind of lends a little retro look to the chimney, don't cha think?
I have very fond memories of Cracker Jacks. It was one of my favorite treats. I could always count on getting a box from my grandmother every time we visited her. But as any aficionado of Cracker Jacks knows, the best part is the prize inside!
This "box" of Cracker Jacks … (12 comments)

ashi certified home inspectors: Bad Well Caps Can Cause Contamination - 11/27/07 08:31 AM
Many homes across the country rely on private wells as their water source for drinking, cooking, and bathing. Most home owners who have wells never think to routinely check their system or water quality until a problem arises. Contamination of the water, frequently from bacteria, is common but preventable.
Pictured are some possible sources for bacterial contamination. The first is a well cap that has been deliberately hidden by shrubs. Homeowners find many clever ways to hide the "ugly" well pipe in their yard not realizing they could be causing harm to their well water.
The shrub has grown around and … (5 comments)

ashi certified home inspectors: Bad Well Caps Can Cause Contamination - 11/27/07 08:26 AM
Many homes across the country rely on private wells as their water source for drinking, cooking, and bathing. Most home owners who have wells never think to routinely check their system or water quality until a problem arises. Contamination of the water, frequently from bacteria, is common but preventable.
Pictured are some possible sources for bacterial contamination. The first is a well cap that has been deliberately hidden by shrubs. Homeowners find many clever ways to hide the "ugly" well pipe in their yard not realizing they could be causing harm to their well water.
The shrub has grown around and … (6 comments)

ashi certified home inspectors: Why Hiring a Professional is so Important - 11/13/07 01:26 AM
Many homeowners today believe lead is no longer a concern. But recently the lead found in children's toys has rekindled awareness of this all too common toxin. Lead paint is estimated to be found in three quarters of the housing stock in the United States. Families wanting to protect their children and themselves have been buying and using home lead test kits. The problem is these kits are extremely unreliable. The best and most reliable method to test for lead is hiring a professional service outfitted with the proper testing equipment.
Below is the news release from the U.S. Consumer Product … (4 comments)

ashi certified home inspectors: My Experience from the ASHI Leadership Training Conference Chicago, October 18-20, 2007 - 10/25/07 04:27 AM
By James Quarello SNEC-ASHI Education Committee Chairman
The American Society of Home Inspectors Leadership Training Conference is put on yearly by ASHI to help facilitate building strong, competent and vibrant chapter leadership. ASHI recognizes that the face of the organization is through the local chapters. As such building strong local chapters is imperative to the continued effective life of the organization.
I was honored with the request by our chapter leaders to attend this year's conference in Chicago. I had never been to LTC before and was not quite sure what to expect. I was assured it would be great and … (0 comments)

ashi certified home inspectors: Customer Service, What Did You Do, The Rest of the Story. - 09/28/07 11:52 PM
I had asked AR members to comment on how they would have helped a young woman, a past customer, who called with a mold concern. In the first part, Customer Service, What would you do? Part One. the details were given of the woman's situation.
I wasn't looking for a "right answer", but how you would respond as a business and a person to a client's problem. Customer service is not just about the time you spend with the client during the home inspection. It is also what you do after the job is complete that is truly telling of your … (3 comments)

ashi certified home inspectors: Customer Service, What Did You Do, The Rest of the Story. - 09/28/07 11:49 PM
I had asked AR members to comment on how they would have helped a young woman, a past customer, who called with a mold concern. In the first part, Customer Service, What would you do? Part One. the details were given of the woman's situation.
I wasn't looking for a "right answer", but how you would respond as a business and a person to a client's problem. Customer service is not just about the time you spend with the client during the home inspection. It is also what you do after the job is complete that is truly telling of your … (7 comments)

ashi certified home inspectors: Customer Service, What would you do? Part One. - 09/27/07 07:40 AM
I got a call the other day from a past client in Middlefield, CT who had found some mold in her home. I had inspected the house for her just over a year ago. She was very nervous, as I could hear in her voice, about the mold she had found.
I asked where she had found the mold.
She said on the wall of a few lower kitchen cabinets, in her bedroom closet on some of her shoes, (that really bothered her) and in a broom closet on the wall.
I asked her how much mold she found.
She said not much really. … (4 comments)

ashi certified home inspectors: Customer Service, What would you do? Part One. - 09/27/07 07:37 AM
I got a call the other day from a past client in Middlefield, CT who had found some mold in her home. I had inspected the house for her just over a year ago. She was very nervous, as I could hear in her voice, about the mold she had found.
I asked where she had found the mold.
She said on the wall of a few lower kitchen cabinets, in her bedroom closet on some of her shoes, (that really bothered her) and in a broom closet on the wall.
I asked her how much mold she found.
She said not much really. … (5 comments)

ashi certified home inspectors: Something Stinks in New Haven, CT - 09/15/07 12:27 AM
Sump pumps are a common piece of water control equipment found in many homes. They are meant to remove water from under the foundation floor before it enters the home and discharge the water far away from the house.
What is also commonly seen with sump pumps is them discharging into the homes waste piping and ultimately the city sewage system. This is not acceptable and most, if not all municipalities do not allow this practice.
The first picture is of a nice enclosed sump pump installed by a well known large local basement water control company. I have seen many … (4 comments)

ashi certified home inspectors: Something Stinks in New Haven, CT - 09/15/07 12:22 AM
Sump pumps are a common piece of water control equipment found in many homes. They are meant to remove water from under the foundation floor before it enters the home and discharge the water far away from the house.
What is also commonly seen with sump pumps is them discharging into the homes waste piping and ultimately the city sewage system. This is not acceptable and most, if not all municipalities do not allow this practice.
The first picture is of a nice enclosed sump pump installed by a well known large local basement water control company. I have seen many … (4 comments)

ashi certified home inspectors: What's in a Price? - 09/12/07 04:38 AM
One aspect that all business people deal with on a daily basis is potential customers asking the one question that's been on their mind even before they picked up the phone, "how much does it cost?" Unfortunately a great deal of the customers' decision relies almost entirely on the price given for the services they require. But what does a price really tell anyone about the business or the person who will be conducting the service? Not much really, but what most consumers do not understand is that business have operating expenses and they must make a profit.
Businesses exist to … (2 comments)

ashi certified home inspectors: What's in a Price? - 09/12/07 04:32 AM
One aspect that all business people deal with on a daily basis is potential customers asking the one question that's been on their mind even before they picked up the phone, "how much does it cost?" Unfortunately a great deal of the customers' decision relies almost entirely on the price given for the services they require. But what does a price really tell anyone about the business or the person who will be conducting the service? Not much really, but what most consumers do not understand is that business have operating expenses and they must make a profit.
Businesses exist to … (0 comments)

ashi certified home inspectors: That's Not Rain Drops Falling Down Your Chimney, Meriden, CT - 09/07/07 07:32 AM
A common problem with oil fired heating appliances, especially newer more efficient models, is condensation of combustion gases inside the chimney flue. This appears on the unit and flue pipes as a rust like substance running through the flue joints. This problem is very often misdiagnosed as rain water flowing down the flue. The solution is usually to put a cap on the chimney flue to "stop the rain". This fix worsens the problem.
What is in fact occurring is the combustion gases are cooling to quickly inside the flue and condensing. Oil is about 15 percent water and when burned the … (8 comments)

ashi certified home inspectors: That’s Not Rain Drops Falling Down Your Chimney, Meriden, CT - 09/05/07 02:10 AM
A common problem with oil fired heating appliances, especially newer more efficient models, is condensation of combustion gases inside the chimney flue. This appears on the unit and flue pipes as a rust like substance running through the flue joints. This problem is very often misdiagnosed as rain water flowing down the flue. The solution is usually to put a cap on the chimney flue to "stop the rain". This fix worsens the problem.
What is in fact occurring is the combustion gases are cooling to quickly inside the flue and condensing. Oil is about 15 percent water and when burned the … (1 comments)

 
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