Author Archive

15
Aug

Why I Love My Job

I have worked with Home Standards Inspection Services as the inspection coordinator for 6 months now. At first, I didn’t know quite what to expect.  I came from a large, bustling corporate environment which I thrived in due to my competitive nature and attention to customer service. I liked the idea of working from home, but was worried about how quiet it might be. Then, as weather started warming up, the phones began to ring, and ring, and ring. The hours ...

20
Jul

Stair and Window Safety

Any of us who have fallen down a flight of stairs understand how exciting it can be. Most of us have not experienced falling down a flight of stairs which is amazing considering how many steps a person braves during a lifetime. The reason for this, is there are building codes and safety regulations and friendly home inspectors about. Maybe you have come close when you stumbled or tripped but have ...

23
Jun

Air Conditioners and Cool Smart

  It’s that time of year again, summer is here and along with it comes the heat!!  As the days grow longer and hotter, air conditioners run longer and use more power. This additional usage puts a strain on our electrical power grid throughout the city.  Air conditioners/heat pumps use a tremendous amount of electricity, and if they are running continuously all day long, this can put our public power system at risk of temporary failure. 

20
Mar

The ASHI Experience

Only an ASHI inspector can provide your customers with a professional, personalized inspection that combines more than 30 years of the highest technical standards, adherence to a strict code of ethics and the very best in customer service and education. We call this “The ASHI Experience”.   When you choose ASHI, you’ll be working with professional home inspectors who have passed the most rigorous technical examinations in effect today, including inspectors who are required ...

08
Mar

Ducts in a row

In the photo there are two vent openings on the living room floor. One is a supply vent and one is a return vent. When vents like this are so close together they aren't very efficient because they just cycle the air from one vent to another and not through the living space of the house. The air from the HVAC system is meant to condition the air ...

29
Nov

Fireplace Fun and Function

Fireplace Fun and Function By Jon Vacha   As the weather turns cold and families gather in living rooms, people start to turn on their fireplaces. Or they say- “We’ve never used that thing, I don’t even know if it works”. During a home inspection walk through we make sure that the buyer is going to know how to operate their fireplace. If a house was built after 1995 or so it probably has a direct vent fireplace. This type of fireplace has a ...

10
Mar

Garage Safety

Garage Safety By Jon Vacha With the rise of “never stop improving” and “more saving, more doing” more and more home owners are becoming do-it-your-selfers. Every now and then we will run into the handy work of someone who didn’t go about things in the best possible way. Garages are one area that can ‘improved’ more or have ‘more doing’ then the home inspector may appreciate. There are three common things we find ...

10
Nov

Keeping Heads Out of Gutters

Keeping Heads out of Gutters By Jon Vacha Most gutters are designed to perfectly fit those gutter clips that Christmas lights hang on to. Gutters are also good for grabbing on to if you slip on a roof during an inspecting and start to slide off. When it rains they also work well for moving the water that falls on the roof away from a house’s foundation. Usually it is a good idea to have ...

17
Jun

Inspecting Houses is a Gas

Inspecting Houses is a Gas By Jon Vacha “CSST gas pipe needs grounding.” Have you ever heard that from a home inspector? Chances are you have, it’s a common home inspection topic. Any house built before 2009 that has CSST (corrugated stainless steel tubing) gas pipe usually has this recommendation on its home inspection report. U.S. model building codes started requiring direct bonding of CSST in 2009. Once the gas system is grounded ...

20
Jan

Not So Classic Attic Status

  Not So Classic Attic Status By Jon Vacha Recently, while outside walking around a house that I was inspecting a neighbor yelled over the fence, “have you seen the raccoon yet”? Apparently, there was a hole in the soffit near the roof in this house and the neighbor had been watching raccoon come in and out of the attic space. When I got into the attic I was cautious while moving around the ...