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Pesticides by Nick Gromicko and Rob London, and Brian Smith     Pesticides are poisons designed to kill a variety of plants and animals, such as insects (insecticides), weeds (herbicides), and mold or fungus (fungicides). They are each composed of an inert carrier and a pest-specific active ingre...
Protect Your Property From Water Damage Water may be essential to life, but, as a destructive force, water can diminish the value of your home or building. Homes as well as commercial buildings can suffer water damage that results in increased maintenance costs, a decrease in the value of the pro...
15 Tools That Every Homeowner Should Own By Nick Gromicko and Rob London     The following items are essential tools but this list is by no means exhaustive. Feel free to ask an InterNACHI inspector during your next inspection about other tools that you might find useful.   1.  Plunger A clogged ...
Lead Facts Did you know the following facts about lead?   FACT: Lead exposure can harm young children and babies even before they are born. FACT: Even children who seem healthy can have high levels of lead in their bodies. FACT: You can get lead in your body by breathing or swallowing lead dust, ...
Ten Tips to Speed Up Your Home Inspection Sellers can speed their home inspection by following these suggestions. The inspection will go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing. Confirm that water, electric and gas service are on, with gas pilot lights burning. Ensure pets won't hinder the...
Roofing Roofs play a key role in protecting building occupants and interiors from outside weather conditions, primarily moisture. The roof, insulation and ventilation must all work together to keep the building free of moisture. Roofs also provide protection from the sun. In fact, if designed cor...
Asbestos What is Asbestos?   Asbestos is a mineral fiber that can be positively identified only with a special type of microscope. There are several types of asbestos fibers. In the past, asbestos was added to a variety of products to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resist...
Termite Control in the Home Wood-destroying insects and other organisms can cause serious problems in the wooden structural components of a house, and may go undetected for a long period of time.   New Construction   All chemical soil treatments, bait systems, and chemical wood treatment must be ...
Household Hazards This list of terms covers most of the common household dangers likely to be encountered by InterNACHI inspectors.   algae: microorganisms that may grow to colonies in damp environments, including certain rooftops. They can discolor shingles; often described as "fungus." alligato...
Attached Garage Fire Hazards By Nick Gromicko, Rob London, Kenton Shepard, and Brian Smith   The purpose of this article is twofold. First, at InterNACHI, we'd like you to take measures to keep your garage free from fire. Fortunately, there are ways this can be done, some of which are described b...

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