Common Problems With Chimneys

We always inspect chimneys closely.  Be sure to always have your wood burning chimneys swept and inspected regularly.  Creosote build-up is  one of the leading causes of chimney fires. Always burn seasoned dry wood and avoid smoldering fires to reduce the problem with creosote.   Flashing problems  A brick chimney should have Read more…

Mentors

SOPHI Recommended Fieldwork Professionals  During Active Fieldwork: Always dress in a professional, safe, and functional manner from head to toe. Arrive on time, prepared with necessary tools and attire.Check with your mentor(s) prior to inspections regarding special instructions as they may vary between mentors. Please wait patiently in your vehicle Read more…

Exploding Toilets?

The pressure-assisted toilets made by the Sloan valve company sold under the name flushmate have had recalls. (501-b and 503) http://schoolofprofessionalhomeinspection.com/lib/vid/Exploding%20Sloan%20Toilet%20Tanks.mp4 These pressurized toilets are known to fail and cause explosions. Significant property damage and some injuries have occurred due to these failures. There are two different flushmate models that Read more…

When Electrons Go Bad

Holy smokes that’s one burnt up meter. Gives you great respect for the power of electricity. There was a failure at the transformer that transformed the house. ” The transformer at the pole blew out that powered the home. My electrician friends, what could cause this? Fried the service feeder Read more…