Potential Problems

Potential Problems

  • 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.

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  • Attached Garage Fire Hazards

    by Nick Gromicko, Rob London and Kenton Shepard

    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 below.

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  • Bed Bugs: Inspecting for the New "House Herpes"

    by Nick Gromicko and Rob London

    bed bugs las vegasBed bugs are small, flightless, rust-colored parasites that feed on the blood of humans and other

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  • Biological Pollutants in the Home

    Outdoor air pollution in cities is a major health problem. Much effort and money continue to be spent cleaning up pollution in the outdoor air. But air pollution can be a problem where you least expect it, in the place you may have thought was safest -- your home.

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  • Biowall Inspection

    Biowalls -- also referred to as living walls, vertical gardens, green facades, and green walls -- are interior or exterior walls that are covered with living vegetation. Biowalls have practical applications for both indoor and outdoor use.

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  • Building a Home

    If you want to build a new home, there are things you need to know before you begin. Learn about construction standards and about buying land, so you know your rights.

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  • Central Air-Conditioning System Inspection

    A building's central air-conditioning system must be periodically inspected and maintained in order to function properly.

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  • Child-Proofing Your Home: 12 Safety Devices to Protect Your Children

    About 2.5 million children are injured or killed by hazards in the home each year. The good news is that many of these incidents can be prevented by using simple child-safety devices on the market today.

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  • Choosing a Manufactured Home

    Manufactured homes no longer have to be the simple, rectangular, boxy trailer homes of the past.

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  • Electrical Safety

    Electricity is an essential part of our lives. However, it has the potential to cause great harm. Electrical systems will function almost indefinitely, if properly installed and not overloaded or physically abused.

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  • 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.
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  • Mold, Moisture and Your Home

    Mold Basics 

    • The key to mold control is
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  • Residential Foundation Insulation

    Homes being constructed today are more energy-efficient than those built even just a few years ago, primarily due to significant improvements in building products and techniques, as well as development of high-performance heating and cooling systems and other appliances.

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  • Safeguard Your Home From Burglars

    Some interesting statistics concerning break-ins in the United States:

    • Theft makes up more than three-quarters of all reported crime.
    • In 2005, law enforcement agencies reported more than 2 million burglary
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  • 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.

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