Florida Home Inspections
Florida Home Inspector Qualifications
When is a Florida home inspector “appropriately qualified” to render an opinion, make a recommendation, or predict failure of any building component? Unfortunately, most real estate agents and home inspectors alike have no clue even though it is clearly defined by the Florida statute (FAC 61-30).
Radon Testing & Requirements in Florida
Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that emanates from the ground. Elevated levels of radon gas are known to be harmful and is a leading cause of lung cancer in the USA.
The Most Common Mold Scams
The Most Common Mold Scams: HVAC duct replacement Cabinet replacement Drywall removal Replacing insulation Cleaning wood framing in attics Removing tile in showers/tub replacement Crawlspace Encapsulation Air Handler cleaning Installing UV lighting in AC Installing HE filters in AC units Identifying dirt as mold Mildew and staining Replacing flooring Excessive air scrubbing Containment Encapsulation with […]
Consumer’s Guide to Indoor Mold
There are over 5,000,000 species of fungi, however only about two dozen are found indoors. Molds which prefer to be indoors are different than those found outdoors, even within the same species. Mold growth is very predictable. In fact, we do not even need to know if it is present; we simply need to know […]
3 Sampling Methods for Mold Assessment
Sampling Methods There are three primary sampling methods used in mold assessment. Reference Method. This is a simple comparison between indoor and outdoor air concentrations. This constitutes a low level, grab sample. This method is intended to be used on large buildings where multiple samples are needed to help isolate concentrations in order to save […]
Building Inspection Jacksonville
Florida Crawlspace Homes
Few of our Florida homes have basements but a great many have elevated finish floors over what is commonly termed a “crawlspace.” A crawlspace is the open area/gap between the finished floor and the ground. They vary in height and accessibility. Some have as little as a few inches between the floor joists and ground […]
Florida Home Inspections
New Citizens Insurance 4-Point Report Requirements
It’s going to be harder to sell older homes… Effective February 7, 2018, Citizens Property Insurance issued new guidelines for 4-Point inspections on homes over 30 years old. Citizens is the largest carrier serving Florida and, no, simply finding a different carrier may not help. This requirement results in more risk and time to the […]
Do You Know? How Qualified is Your Home Inspector?
The realtor and the home inspector share one common, legal requirement – we have a fiduciary duty to protect the buyer. That common requirement is written into law and as such, we are both legally bound to do what we can to protect the buyer from making a significant mistake in purchasing a home. In […]
A Practical Guide to Indoor Mold and Mold Testing
MOLD is pervasive. It is a fungi found both indoors and outdoors. There are thousands of species of fungi – the good news is you only have a few which are typically related to indoor air quality issues. That is why you need to understand mold testing. I. Mold and Effects on People: What […]
Home Inspectors Jacksonville
12V VS. 120V POOL AND SPA LIGHTING
When it comes to swimming pool, spa, and accent lighting, it’s time for industry professionals to take a fresh look at 12-Volt Lighting Systems. Misconceptions surrounding 12V Lighting run rampant with concerns about brightness level, cost, and installation time. In truth, 12V Lighting can be the brightest, safest, most cost and time-effective option you can […]