Professional Home Inspector - August 2017


    PROFESSIONAL HOME INSPECTOR                                        August 2017




                                                                                        David Clark


"Dedicated To Training & Information For The Professional Home Inspector"


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News From the Home Inspector and Housing World

  Niagara Frontier Training Conference



Home Inspector Training On-Line

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This Month's Survey Question:

How Do You Advise Your Clients Regarding Ventless Appliances?






Do You Personally Perform Mold Assessment?

Yes - 43%

No - 57%



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This month's Tech Tip is about Unvented Gas Appliances

We have changed the forum link in the right column to our new website: This site is full of training and installation videos for home inspectors. Check it out!

Check out our survey results from last month, and be sure to take this month's survey! Also  New Products, and News from the Home Inspector World (Left pane)

Registration is now open for the 7th annual 2017 Niagara Frontier Home - There are only 60 spots available! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY

Inspectors Training Conference in beautiful Niagara Falls NY, October 13-14.  12 Hours of NYS, InterNACHI, and ASHI approved continuing education. 2 days of training, breakfast, lunch and a complimentary cocktail network reception following training on Friday all for only $159.00. CLICK HERE to register.

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               This Month's Tech Tip

   Inspecting Unvented Gas Appliances



 Home inspectors see unvented gas appliances used for a supplementary heat source or in a fireplace as ventless logs. There are also many freestanding units. These units do not require ventilation to the outside and are made to not produce large amounts of harmful gasses. Many of these units have oxygen sensors that will shut down the unit if the oxygen is depleted. These units have created much controversy among home inspectors and indoor air quality experts. As houses get “tighter” and air exchanges are much less with new building standards, some experts do not recommend they are used. Unvented appliances also create moisture. There have been some fires associated with these units. They are not supposed to be used as an only or primary heat source. The fuel source could be natural gas or propane. Some units also have a blower. Most units are not recommended for use in bedrooms and bathrooms unless the size of these rooms are adequate based on the manufacture’s recommendation. Home inspectors should never light the pilot. The unit can be started using normal operating controls. The inspector is limited to report if the unit responded at the time of inspection. Many home inspectors have an opinion of unvented gas appliances. Here is what a home inspector should be looking for:

·         Ducts supplying other areas should not be connected to other rooms

·         It is recommended that only one ventless unit is installed in the house

·         They should not be installed in mobile homes, trailers, or recreational vehicles

·         A sediment trap or drip leg should be installed on the gas line

·         A dedicated shut off valve should be installed and in close proximity to the unit

·         If installed in a garage or basement it should be at least 24 inches above the ground

·         Many manufacturers recommend providing additional fresh air or combustion air by opening a window in the room when the appliance is operating

·         A Carbon Monoxide detector should be installed in the room where the appliance is located

·         Clearance to combustibles may vary depending on the manufacture, however 36” is a good rule of thumb for a visual home inspection

·         Black soot noted in or around the unit would indicate the unit is not operating properly

·         The flame on any gas or propane appliance should be blue

·         Any gas odor would be a major defect

The 2017 Niagara Frontier Home Inspectors Training Conference in beautiful Niagara Falls NY.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for our 7th annual conference - We have sold out every year. There are only 60 spaces left - CLICK HERE to register today!

October 13-14 2017

12 hours of approved NYS, InterNACHI, & ASHI continuing education.


Thursday, October 12th

Sewer Scan Training - 5-9pm - Sheraton At The Falls (Non-credit course) - See Details Below

You will receive full access to online training now and will include full live training pre-conference and free admission to the Niagara Training Conference.

Friday, October 13th 2017

7:45am-8:45am – Registration / Breakfast

8:45am – 11:45am –  Ground Source (Geothermal) Heating & Cooling - L2365-03

11:45am – 1:00pm – Lunch Break

1:00pm – 4:00pm – Construction Guidelines & The Home Inspector - L2364-03

4:00pm – 6:00pm – Complementary Cocktail Networking Reception

Saturday, October 14th 2017

7:45am – 8:30am – Registration / Breakfast

8:30am – 11:30am – Indoor Hazards & The Home Inspector - L2366-03

11:30am – 12:30pm – Lunch

12:30pm – 3:30pm –  Proper Draft & Flue Pipe Installation - L2367-03

End of Conference


Peter Hopkins from United Infrared will be offering SewerScan training on Thursday, October 12th, 2017 from 5-9pm at the Sheraton Hotel (adjacent to the Conference Center)

You will receive full access to online training now and will include full live training pre-conference and free admission to the Niagara Training Conference.

  Note: This is a non-credit / non-CE Course

Registration will include FREE access to the Niagara conference, a $159 value

If you have a contracting business, plumbing business or home inspection business, adding SewerScan is an excellent way for you to add new revenues to your business. Our training will be focused on equipment selection, proper set up, how-to survey, sample findings, pitfalls, reporting and marketing a successful business.

SewerScan is an on line training course intended to help contractors compliment and grow their current business with underground piping inspections via a sewer camera.


Here are some pictures from last years Conference....



  • AccuStar Labs
  • Secure24 Promos -ADT 
  • United Infrared
  • Wohler
  • Vanguard Emergency Management
  • Guardian Financial
  • EMSL Analytical
  • Joe Ferry
  • HomeBinder
  • WNY Alliance of Home Inspectors
  • InterNACHI
  • Zonolite Attic Insulation Trust
  • North American Mold Professionals Association (NAMPA)
  • Inspector Pro Insurance
  • Monroe Infrared
  • Rad Elec
  • NY Radon Response
  • Healthy Homes Education & Consulting
  • Inspector Services Group

    2017 Niagara Frontier Home Inspectors Training Conference Trainers

Peter Hopkins

Michael Menz

Andrew Stone

Mel Shaw


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