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Did you know that nearly two in five existing homes suffer from some
type of major and potentially dangerous defect? Though many people to
not realize it, home inspection is a risky industry whose professionals
must be aware of their safety and that of their clients at all times. A
major component to this awareness is having a comprehensive
understanding of your surroundings and any potential defects in the
home, which can be challenging because your “workplace” changes with
every inspection. This course will provide you with in-depth information
on safety precautions for home inspectors through a discussion of
safety clothing and equipment, proper procedure, possible safety
concerns, and the necessary preventative measures to take in your daily operations as a home inspector.
Attic ventilation is an extremely important component of keeping a house
in good condition. Having a properly sized and well balanced attic
ventilation system helps to provide comfort in the home, protects
building materials and structure, and reduces energy consumption. The
problems and damage created by inadequately ventilated attic space can
be significant over time and can require expensive repairs and
replacements. This course will provide you will in-depth information on
the general principles and characteristics of attic ventilation.
A cross-connection is present when there is a possibility that potable
water could mix with non-potable water. Cross connections can easily
happen in any home and can pose potential health dangers to inhabitants.
There are a number of documented cases where cross-connections are said
to have caused people serious illness, injury, and in extreme
cases, death. This course will provide an in-depth look into plumbing
cross connections, plumbing systems, and why cross connections should be
inspected or determined. In addition, this course will review the
processes of inspecting the plumbing piping, sanitary piping, and
vent system, and will offer some facts that pertain to plumbing systems
and cross connections regarding residential construction.
The correct installation and inspection of residential appliances and peripherals
is a standard part of the home inspector’s job. While some of these are a required part of the inspection routine, others are optional, and still others are effective and potentially lucrative add-ons to a typical inspection. This
course is designed to cover material on appliances and peripherals that are often skimmed over in more routine courses. In this course, we will discuss the different rules regarding these specialized systems, as well as installation, operation, and inspection of these appliances and peripherals.
Mold has become a major source of concern related to health in the indoor environment. Over 25 percent of homes in the U.S. are affected by mold infestation. Though most molds are of the non-toxic variety, there are certain types of molds that can present serious health risks. Therefore, as the home inspector, it is of the utmost importance that you are able to correctly identify and remediate mold growth in a home, as it can be a danger for homeowners and their families. This course will cover basic information about mold, as well as many of the mold strains and inspector might expect to find in a residence. In addition, this course will provide you with in-depth information on the various places to search out mold growth and methods of measurement and remediation. This is an overall advanced course for both residential and commercial buildings.
Many people ask: "Why does a newly constructed home need an inspection?"
"Isn't a newly constructed home perfect and safe?" Unfortunately, this
is not always the case. There could be problems with the home that are
not necessarily code violations, yet have serious consequences for the
new homeowner. The last thing any homeowner wants to hear after they
move into a home is that there is a problem that could have been
identified during the construction process. Therefore it is your
responsibility, as the inspector, to be certain that all of the
components of the home, from the building structure to the mechanical
systems, are functioning properly. This course will provide you with
extensive information on residential home inspection and construction
and will cover the entire building process literally fromthe ground
up. The main topics of this course include site preparation, footings
and foundations, framing systems, insulation and ventilation, HVAC, and
mechanical systems. In addition, this course contains a number of
drawings and photographs to illustrate the construction process.
A sound and strong foundation is essential to a home’s structural
integrity and durability. When the foundation of a home is constructed
incorrectly or poorly, the resulting financial loss due to foundation
failure can be enormous. Evidence of foundation failure may scare many
homebuyers away from a sale, or force the seller to accept less than
what the property should be worth. As an inspector, you cannot see
much of the foundation on a completed home. However, understanding
construction techniques are useful for conducting construction phase
inspections. This course will review and reinforce basic foundation
training and knowledge and will provide additional insight that an
inspector will require while investigating site preparation and
construction during Phase Inspections. This course includes material
using the International Code Council's 2012 International Residential
Code for One and Two Family Dwellings (2012 IRC) Chapter 4 and other
selected sections. The overall course level is beginner to intermediate,
and encompasses subjects appropriate for both residential and
commercial home inspectors.
Did you know that the average typewritten home inspection report is well
over 5,000 words? The average newspaper reporter is responsible for
only 800 to 2,000 words per day! The success or failure of a home
inspection report can often hinge on a single word, therefore your
primary objective, regardless if you use a hand-written checklist, or
computer-generated reporting system, is to clearly and concisely explain
things to your client. This course will cover numerous aspects of
practical reporting techniques as well as problems that many inspectors
will face during the reporting process. In addition, the student will
also learn about professionalism within the home inspector field.
You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it still may be a problem in
your home. Radon is a carcinogenic gas that is hazardous to inhale,
therefore build-up of radon in homes is a detrimental health concern.
When you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting
lung cancer. Each year, about 12% of lung cancer cases and more than
20,000 Americans die of radon-related lung causes. Therefore, as a home
inspector, it is integral that you are knowledgeable about the
identification and remediation of radon gas in the home. This course
will provide some basic information on radon for residential properties,
including the definition of radon, an explanation of where it comes
from, and a discussion of how it relates to the general home inspector.
This course will also review how radon enters a structure and common
mitigation methods. The overall course level is intermediate.
The roof is a home’s primary line of defense from the natural elements
such as wind, rain, hail, ice, snow, and heat. However, every day your
roof is exposed to weather and other hazards may contribute to its decay
and deterioration, which increases the risk of damage to the roof and
the contents below it. This makes the roof perhaps the most vulnerable
part of a building. As an inspector, it is integral that you understand
the key information pertaining to the background of a roof inspection.
Through this course, you will gain familiarity with roof inspection
terminology and equipment and will learn how to successfully complete a
roof inspection in a variety of weather-related elements and on a
variety of roofs. In addition, this course will also provide you with
information on specific roofing materials, how those materials respond
to different weather elements, and how to safely inspect different roof
types while not damaging the roof or injuring yourself during the
Electricity has become an integral part of the
functioning of the Western world and is a component of our daily lives
which we often take for granted. We depend on it for lighting, heating
and air conditioning, and other various systems and appliances such as
cellphones and laptops. However, according to the National Fire
Protection Association (NFPA), electrical problems are one of the
largest causes of property damage in home structure fires across the
U.S. For this reason it is necessary that you, as the inspector, possess
a thorough understanding of the correct installation and inspection
processes of electrical systems which are integral to a safe, secure,
and functional home. The author will provide you with extensive
information on accepted construction practices and required safety
features of electrical work so that you may gain a deeper understanding
of the codes most pertinent to any given dwelling. This course is
designed to fulfill three hours of home inspection continuing education
Did you know that energy efficient construction is saving the United States government, citizens, and businesses
more than $500 million per year in avoided energy costs? Though there
are a number of financial benefits to owning an energy efficient home,
one of the primary advantages is the home’s reduced impact on the
environment. Though home inspections are not intended to be an energy
audit, understanding energy efficiency and energy efficient construction
are important for home inspectors. This course will provide an in-depth
look into energy usage, design, and building for residential
structures, will explore the multiple components of residential
construction, and will discuss ways to make homes more energy efficient.
Sewage contains millions of bacteria in each cubic centimeter, making it
incredibly dangerous for the health of the homeowner and their family.
Therefore, it is integral that a home inspector understand the specific
requirements of sewage disposal systems, for incorrect installation,
maintenance, or decommissioning may cause dramatic health and safety
issues. This course will provide the professional inspector with a
comprehensive understanding of private residential sewage and septic
waste disposal, including the codes most pertinent to any given
dwelling. In addition, this course will familiarize the inspector with
accepted construction practices and required health and safety features
for residential sewage disposal systems. This course fulfills four hours of home-inspection continuing education credits.