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Every year the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) designates a fire prevention week, and it's right around the corner! The theme this year is Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety, and we are here to sound the alarms to prevent house fires. The Ever-Present Threat of Burning Flames According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fire departments responded to 353,100 home fires w...

Older homes present challenges to home inspectors. Whether or not the home is a designated “landmark,” you must balance your inspection considerations with the time period in which the home was built and contemporary, acceptable building practices. The goal of your inspection is to present the general quality of the home. Plan to spend extra time on a historic home because you may have to investi...

As the winter holidays approach, many decorate their homes to celebrate this time of year. From outside lighting to indoor décor, it's important to make sure your holiday prep doesn't jeopardize home safety! The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (or InterNACHI) is a great resource for everything related to home inspections and safety, and has created the following tips and rec...

Radiant With Joy? We’re talking water. Hot water, specifically hydronic central heating systems, otherwise referred to as radiant heating. Hydro-heat What’s so important about heat and water? Well, other than the ability to produce relaxing bubble baths or saunas on a crisp autumn day, heat and water comprise a fantastic (and essential) combo for hydronic central heating systems. Hydr...

From the Flames Winter is drawing near, and with the cold comes our animal need for heat.  Fire has been used for heating, whether for camp, cave, castle, hut or home. Thankfully, fire has come a long way from the traditional camp fire. When we use the word fire, particularly in the context of home heating, we’re referring to the various methods used to heat the modern home. In this edition,...

Chim chimney, Chim chimney, Chim chim cher-ee You may think that a fire in a fireplace goes up and out, but it often clings to your chimney and builds up residue on the flue - the chimney’s interior shaft designed to vent smoke and fumes to the exterior of the building. Such residue, known as creosote - a thick, oily brown, and flammable tar that coats the flue when the fireplace is used - is res...

Why do you need to remove water from a home? Because your pipes can burst if water freezes in the pipes!  Why exactly?  Well, as water freezes, it expands. And because water supply lines already are pressurized, water that freezes can cause pipes to expand, rupture, and crack. If you expect your property to remain vacant and unsupervised for an extended period of time, you need to winterize you...

Every year the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) designates a fire prevention week, and this week is it! The theme this year is fire safety in the kitchen, and we are here to help spread awareness to prevent house fires. The Ever-Present Threat of Burning Flames According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fire departments responded to 352,000 home fires which caused 1...

The Leading National Home Inspection Company Partners with the Largest Home Inspector Association CHANTILLY, VA. (Sept. 3, 2020) – US Inspect, the leading national home inspection company, and InterNACHI®, the world’s largest association for home inspectors, have announced a strategic partnership. All of US Inspect inspectors join InterNACHI® and benefit from InterNACHI’s superior education an...

As our industry's market leader, we've taken the lead implementing inspection best practices related to COVID-19. We understand the risks of COVID-19 and have implemented best practices to help keep you, your clients, and our inspectors safe. On-site Inspection Personal Protective Equipment Our inspectors are equipped with the highest-quality protective gear – safety masks, disposable gloves, a...