Electrical System Voltage Overview

Home Inspectors in the State of Washington are required to follow the Standards of Practice as described in the applicable Washington Administrative Code – Chapter 308-408C.  Electrical system inspection is described in section 110… but it poses a conundrum.  Inspectors are required to describe the system voltage, yet we are not required to insert any… Read More

Gotta’ Love Hot Water

Just about everyone loves standing in the shower, basking in the warmth of hot water. Whether you spend your time daydreaming or methodically planning your day, a shower is a few minutes of calmness in what can otherwise be a modern hectic life. We take that time for granted, but that has not always been… Read More

How To Pick The Right Home Inspector

Buying a home is a big deal, and most people are pretty clear about the need to have it inspected. Many issues can lurk in the dark corners, and unless the home buyer is also a contractor with a well-developed list of sub-contractors, paying a trained professional to take an unbiased and dispassionate look at… Read More

Faulty Thinking

Anyone who thinks that something is unlikely to happen because it has not yet happened is engaging in  ‘faulty thinking’.  Anyone thinking “I won’t get run over by a car while crossing this intersection on foot because I’ve crossed this intersection at least 500 times and have never been run over” had better carefully look… Read More

Watching Snow Melt

I told my wife last night that I really enjoyed watching snow melt. As she picked herself up off of the floor and stopped laughing, knowing that I wasn’t as boring as that comment might suggest, she acknowledged that I probably meant something more than the literal translation of the words that came out of… Read More

(with technical assistance from our partners at Prism Analytical Technologies) Winter is a time when we all close our doors and windows, crank up the furnace and gather our family around the fireplace. Unfortunately, winter is also a time for drastic reductions in indoor air quality. No one wants to think about the air in… Read More

Deck Inspection Certification

Deck Railing Post-to-Deck Framing Connections The North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) recently launched an effort to certify home inspectors in the inspection and evaluation of decks, and last month I became the third inspector in Washington State to achieve that certification. I applaud NADRA’s efforts as decks and railings are often homeowner-built, rarely… Read More

Many of you are aware that Watermeade Valley Home Inspection works with Prism Analytical Technologies to conduct two different indoor air quality tests – one to test for and measure both volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) and mold VOC’s, and another to test and measure for formaldehyde. The formaldehyde option is a direct result of the… Read More

Last week I spent 34 hours over a five-day timeframe learning about infrared thermography, or the ability to see and measure the radiation we all know as heat, and as a result I am now a Certified Level One Thermographer. So what does this mean? It may be easiest to compare thermography to the taking… Read More

Follow The Clues

Home Inspectors are, by their nature, curious. We take in incomplete bits of information and work to put them together in a way that makes sense and hopefully provides real concrete information to our clients. Sometimes the clues are obvious… a deteriorated cabinet bottom under a sink pretty clearly suggests a past or present water… Read More