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GFCI Outlet Explained

No GFCI Outlet in the Kitchen and/or Bathroom This is a common safety-related item discovered during a home inspection.  Many older homes did not have a GFCI outlet installed in the kitchen, bathroom or garage of the home.  Upgrading the outlets in moisture prone areas to GFCI protected units is a good safety improvement in [...]

By | 2017-11-14T17:10:38+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Ask Your Inspector|0 Comments

How Do Solar Panels Work? (Understanding Photovoltaic Systems)

At Scott Home Inspection, we cover a broad amount of information during a home inspection. This means we can't always go into specific detail about each system a home has installed. In the last few years, we have seen a large increase in the amount of homes that have a Photovolaic (PV) or solar system [...]

By | 2017-11-15T12:25:09+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Ask Your Inspector|0 Comments

Radon Mitigation System Maintenance

A question we often get as home inspectors in Colorado is what items are needed for radon mitigation system maintenance.  In this post we'll cover general visual inspection and maintenance tips you can do as a homeowner to check and maintain your radon system.  Before we get to the maintenance steps, let's first take a [...]

By | 2017-11-01T12:52:18+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Radon Info|0 Comments

The Concerns Of Cellular Core Piping On Exhaust Systems

PVC or ABS plastic piping is often used on high-efficiency heating and water heating systems as vent piping for the exhaust gases, since the exhaust temperatures are relatively low.  This piping is often vented out the side of the home.  There are different types of piping used, and one style commonly used is called [...]

By | 2017-10-25T14:06:43+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Ask Your Inspector|1 Comment

Home Inspection Checklist: What Our Inspectors Look For (Infographic)

The Importance of Having a Home Inspection Checklist Buying a house is a big investment and because of that, we need to make sure we get your home inspection right. But a house has many different facets, so we break down our inspections into an organized home inspection checklist. No matter what type of [...]

By | 2017-09-21T11:16:42+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Ask Your Inspector|1 Comment

How To Pass Your Boulder SmartRegs Inspection

SmartRegs is an energy efficiency program that was implemented by the city of Boulder to take action in reducing the amount of energy and water used in the city's rental housing properties. This was an update to the housing code, requiring all rental units to pass the SmartRegs inspection before December 31st, 2018. SmartRegs supports [...]

By | 2017-09-27T09:50:34+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Ask Your Inspector, Rental License Info|0 Comments

Weyerhaeuser TJI Joist Problems

Concerns have been recently reported in Colorado with new construction homes, where a certain type of floor joist, manufactured by a specific company, are defective.  The reported Weyerhaeuser TJI Joist problems relate to only the Flak Jacket Protection product.  Several builders in the Colorado area have been notified of the concerns, and in some cases, [...]

By | 2017-08-04T17:33:27+00:00 July 27th, 2017|Ask Your Inspector|1 Comment

Mold Air Sample Testing

During a general home inspection of a house, we typically rely on what we can visually see and observe.  And while we can often see signs of moisture damage or mold, we can't know what amount of mold may be present in the air when no visual indication of concerns are present.  Performing mold air [...]

By | 2017-07-21T15:38:29+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Mold Inspection Info|0 Comments

Blower Door Test Common Air Leaks

Understanding where to locate and seal blower door test common air leaks is important to ensure that a new construction home will meet the stringent requirements of the IECC and IRC code for maximum air leakage rates. Scott Home Inspection has performed hundreds of blower door tests on new residential homes, remodel-addition projects, and as [...]

By | 2017-08-15T10:49:24+00:00 July 7th, 2017|Energy Code Info|0 Comments

AC Unit Frozen Coil

AC working overtime... One of the more frequent service calls for HVAC technicians this hot time of year is an AC unit frozen coil above the furnace. Once the coil is frozen, the air flow through the system becomes blocked, and the house will not cool down. The condensate drain system can overflow and leaks [...]

By | 2017-07-15T15:36:31+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Ask Your Inspector|0 Comments