The federal government’s ENERGY STAR Program, created years ago to help consumers by identifying energy-efficient household appliances, was recently exposed by the New York Timesfor their apparently lax quality-control standards. A study conducted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded […]

ENERGY STAR Program Criticized


Engineered wood flooring is an alternative to solid hardwood flooring made entirely out of real wood.  It’s currently the most popular type of flooring in the world.  North America is the only area left where traditional, solid wood floors still […]

About Engineered Wood Flooring


While the typical water heater has a lifespan of about 10 years, careful consideration of the factors that pertain to its lifespan can provide the InterNACHI home inspector and the homeowner with information about the potential costs that would be incurred by […]

Estimations of a Water Heater Lifespan



Evaluating structural framing can be difficult for several reasons: the quality of work varies widely; building standards and practices have changed over the years; and different methods have been used and considered acceptable in different parts of North America. The […]

Structural Framing Evaluations


Exercise equipment is inherently dangerous.  Various types of home gym devices are typically large and have moving parts. Accidents, whether to adults who misuse the equipment or to children who gain unsupervised access, can be avoided through preventative measures. Gym equipment is also a […]

Dangers of Household Exercise Equipment


Decks, porches, balconies, verandas and patios are outdoor architectural elements that are often confused with one another. An explanation of their intended use, history and design allow for useful distinctions, although a certain degree of exception and overlap is unavoidable. […]

The 411 On Exterior Design Features



When deciding how to go about the process of selling their homes, homeowners should carefully consider the pros and cons of hiring a real estate agent. While most sellers opt to hire an agent to assist them with the sale, […]

For Sale By Owner vs Professional Realtor


So, you want to buy a house cheap, and you look to the foreclosure market. Considering the over-abundance of these properties and just how little many of them are going for, it’s tempting to jump on the bandwagon and buy […]

“TRUST YOUR GUT” – Foreclosure Inspections


A French drain is a common means of diverting water from one location on a property to another in order to divert excess rainwater or to dry up soil that is excessively waterlogged,such as land that is located near wetlands. […]

Inspecting a French Drain



“A TV can be a child’s best friend, but it also can be a parent’s worst enemy,” says the mother of a 3-year-old who was crushed by a television, according to a 2009 Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) study. The […]

Parents BEWARE of Furniture and TV Tip-Over Hazards


Galvanic corrosion (also known as bimetallic corrosion or dissimilar-metal corrosion) is an electrochemical disintegration that occurs when dissimilar metals come in contact with each other while immersed in an electrolyte. Galvanic corrosion is of major concern anywhere moisture can reach […]

Galvanic Corrosion


Admixtures are ingredients other than water, aggregate and Portland cement that are added to a concrete mixture immediately prior to or during mixing.  These ingredients can be used to modify the properties of concrete by affecting its workability and set […]

101 Concrete Admixtures