Home Inspection Glossary


the InterNACHI Glossary

Wood Roofing Pros and Cons

We all have different reasons for choosing the material for our roof. It could be that we want the cheapest material available, or the most durable material, and then we let that decide what we use. If you are looking for a material that looks beautiful...

What is the Purpose of a P-Trap?

Do you know what a p-trap is? That is the name for the pipe under your sink that is bent looking like a u. Every plumbing fixture needs to have a p-trap to prevent sewer gasses from leaking into your home. Your toilet has one of these, but it is internal,...

What Causes a Bubbling Toilet?

Something that might strike you as odd is if you go to take a shower and there are bubbles coming up in your toilet. While this might unnerve you, it is due to a quite common problem known as venting. In a plumbing system, there needs to be a vent for air...

Pros and Cons of Asphalt Shingles

One of the cheaper materials that you can put on your roof is asphalt shingles. It is both cheap to buy as well as to install. Asphalt roofing is one of the most common types of materials. When installing new shingles you can put them on top of your...

Keeping Your Children’s Playground Safe

Kids love to play on a playground, and you would like to think that they are safe there, but sadly there are hundreds of thousands of children hurt on playgrounds every year in the US alone. It is especially dangerous if equipment is poorly maintained....

What Is the State of Your Electrical System?

A part of your home that you might not think much about is the wiring inside your walls, but if it is old and in bad shape, it could pose a fire hazard. Sometimes problems with your wiring won’t be detected until you install a new light fixture or replace...

Steel Siding

When you hear “steel siding”, you might not readily think of it as an option for your home, since it is a material you often see in commercial applications. In recent years, however, it has been more commonly used in residential applications as well. Steel...

Is A Small Home Something For You?

Many people today have chosen to move away from large houses, or even mansions, in order to move to a tiny home. A tiny home is usually considered one that is smaller than 1000 sq ft, but sometimes it could be as little as 100 sq ft. They might be seeking...

Why PPE Is Important

When you decide to do a project around your home, you might be using power tools. One very important factor to consider is what type of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is required to do the job safely. PPE serves many diverse purposes. It might be...

Information Every Home Buyer in CA Should Know

Learn critical information from a home inspector's perspective that every home buyer in Califronia should know.

 

Don't buy a home without first getting this critical information - the difference could be years of dealing with a "money pit", or having the home of your dreams.

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