6 Tips for Sump Pump Inspections

- Many homeowners who have basements or crawl spaces that suffer water infiltration opt to install sump pumps. They’re not cheap, but they’re cheaper than the water damage that can result from a flooded basement. ..More

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Confused by the Fuse? Fuse Box 101 for Home Inspectors

- The ASHI Reporter says that overfusing is the most common problem with fuse boxes. To determine if this is an issue in the home you are inspecting, take the panel off the fuse box. Check to see that the wire gauge is sufficient for the fuse being used. . Always remember to follow the ASHI standards of practice for this dangerous step. If it isn’t, the fuse should be replaced ..More

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Safety Hazards and Conducting a Risk-Free Home Electrical Inspection

- If you can’t find it, do not proceed with the inspection of the electrical panel; it isn’t safe. Once you have the cover safely off, make sure you can identify the grounding bracket. ..More

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Inspecting a Home’s Electrical System

- If a hot wire comes loose and touches the box, you could get electrocuted by touching the box, but the grounding bracket prevents this by directing the excess electricity outside where rebar redistributes it in the ground. Check also that the panel itself is grounded with a bracket and grounding screw. ..More

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What Are the Keys to Inspecting a Garage Door?

- The batteries may be dead, or the signal between the remote and the sensor may be blocked by something as simple as dirt. Sometimes the code needs to be reset. There are many reasons a remote starter may not open the garage door. . Whatever the problem, the homeowner should resolve it before transferring the home, even if it means ordering a new remote ..More

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