A dirty secret: Side sewers can become a homeowner’s nightmare

Side Sewer Failures

From The Seattle Times Originally published February 27, 2016 at 8:00 am Updated March 1, 2016 at 11:59 am Beneath Seattle’s older houses and apartment buildings, broken side sewers are a festering problem that can cost many thousands of dollars to repair and can complicate or even derail a home sale. By Sanjay Bhatt Seattle Times business reporter … Read more

Bathroom Ventilation Ducts and Fans

Bathroom Exhaust Fan

by Nick Gromicko, CMI® and Kenton Shepard Provided by InterNachi Bathroom ventilation systems are designed to exhaust odors and moist air to the home’s exterior. Typical systems consist of a ceiling fan unit connected to a duct that terminates at the roof. Fan Function   The fan may be controlled in one of several ways: Newer fans may … Read more

Inspecting Aluminum Wiring

by Nick Gromicko, CMI® and Kenton Shepard  History Between approximately 1965 and 1973, single-strand (solid) aluminum wiring was sometimes substituted for copper branch-circuit wiring in residential electrical systems due to the sudden escalating price of copper. After a decade of use by homeowners and electricians, inherent weaknesses were discovered in the metal that lead to its disuse as … Read more

Knob-and-Tube Wiring In Your Home?

Knob-and-Tube Wiring

Knob-and-Tube wiring (K&T) was an early standardized method of electrical wiring in buildings, in common use in North America from about 1880 to the 1940s. The system is considered obsolete and can be a safety hazard, although some of the fear associated with it is undeserved. InterNACHI inspectors should always disclaim knob-and-tube wiring during their … Read more

Asbestos In Your Home: Facts and Tips for Homeowners

Asbestos In Your Home

What Is Asbestos? Asbestos is a mineral fiber that can be positively identified only with a special type of microscope. There are several types of asbestos fibers. In the past, asbestos was added to a variety of products to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance. If your home was built before … Read more

How Agents Can Limit Their Liability with Regard to Home Inspections

by Joe Ferry, Esq., and Nick Gromicko, CMI®, InterNACHI Founder In a world where litigation is the preferred method of resolving even the most minor conflicts, it should come as no surprise to real estate agents that they are increasingly finding themselves named as defendants in lawsuits wherein purchasers of residential real estate are claiming … Read more

What Is Asbestos?

Asbestos Mitigation

What Is Asbestos? Asbestos minerals are made up of fine, durable fibers and are resistant to heat, fire and many chemicals. Asbestos was used in a slew of everyday products, from building materials to fireproof protective gear. It is now widely known that exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma, a fatal cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, as well as other cancers and lung-related illnesses.

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