Mold is a fungus that comes in various colors (black, white, green, or gray) and shapes. While some molds are visible and even odorous, mold can also grow between walls, under floors and ceilings, or in less accessible spots, such as basements and attics. Mold does best in water-soaked materials, but can survive in almost […]
The heating ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are a technical and critical part of any inspection. … It is important to understand and inspect the HVACcomponents as a system. The HVAC components not only supply heating and cooling to the house, but they are also a critical part of the health of the home.
According to InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice, home inspectors are required to inspect the mechanical exhaust system for the clothes dryer. The clothes dryer must vent directly to the outdoors, unless it is a vent-less dryer equipped with a condensate drain. Devices that allow moisture and heat to vent back into the home should not be used. Dryer […]
From Wikipedia “Chinese drywall” refers to an environmental health issue involving defective drywall manufactured in China, imported to the United States and used in residential construction between 2001 and 2009 — affecting “an estimated 100,000 homes in more than 20 states.” In samples of contaminated drywall, laboratory tests will detect off-gassing of volatile chemicals and sulfurous gases — including carbon disulfide, carbonyl sulfide, and hydrogen sulfide. The emissions […]