Flood-Damaged Buildings

Inspectors should be prepared to protect themselves and their clients from the unique challenges posed by flood-damaged buildings. Hazards in and around flood-damaged buildings include the risks of: Good boots can protect against sharp debris in flood-damaged buildings growth of large mold colonies; septic system collapse; trip-and-fall injuries; structural collapse; fire and explosions; toxic sludge […]

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Adjustable Steel Columns

Adjustable steel columns, also known as screw jacks and beam jacks, are hollow steel posts designed to provide structural support. An attached Adjustable steel column threaded adjustment mechanism is used to adjust the height of the post. A few facts about adjustable steel columns: They are usually found in basements. In some parts of North […]

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Ceiling Fan Inspection

A fan attached to a room’s ceiling is known as a ceiling fan. Like other fans, it is used to provide comfort for building occupants by circulating air within a room. Fun Facts About Ceiling Fans Most household ceiling fans have four or five blades. An adult human cannot be decapitated by a ceiling fan, […]

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and Detectors

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that forms from incomplete combustion of fuels, such as natural or liquefied petroleum gas, oil, wood or coal. Facts and Figures 480 U.S. residents died between 2001 and 2003 from non-fire-related carbon-monoxide poisoning. Many experts believe that CO poisoning statistics understate the problem. Because the symptoms […]

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Bat Infestation

Bats are nocturnal mammals found in most inhabited places throughout the world. Bat infestation in homes, especially in attics, can be a health hazard, as well as a nuisance, for homeowners. Interesting Facts Due to its high levels of phosphorous and nitrogen, guano (bat feces) is an effective fertilizer and gunpowder ingredient. Guano has been […]

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Eminent Domain

Eminent Domain Eminent domain, also known as compulsory purchase, expropriation and compulsory acquisition, is the right of a government to seize a citizen’s property without their consent but with due monetary compensation. The property is taken either for government use or by commission to third parties for public use, or, in controversial cases, for economic […]

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Credit Reports

If you apply for a loan to buy a house, the lender is going to decide whether you are a good or poor credit risk based on your credit report. If the report says that you have a lot of debt, or you don’t pay your bills on time, the lender may adjust your interest […]

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Electrical Safety

Electricity is an essential part of our lives. However, it has the potential to cause great harm. Electrical systems will function almost indefinitely, if properly installed and not overloaded or physically abused. Electrical fires in our homes claim the lives of 485 Americans each year and injure 2,305 more. Some of these fires are caused […]

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Electrical Service Panels

Electrical panels are boxes that house circuit breakers, which are are safety devices that stop the electrical current if it exceeds the safe level for some portion of the home electrical system. Safety Many people, even experienced electricians, have been killed or seriously injured while opening electrical panels. In 1991, an Atlanta electrician was killed […]

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Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time (DST), also known as British Summer Time (BST) in the U.K., is the practice of adjusting clocks an hour ahead of Standard Time so that afternoon Daylight Saving Time was controversial when it was first enacted by Congress have more daylight and mornings have less. It is designed to reduce energy consumption […]

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