Professional Home Inspector - May 2017


    PROFESSIONAL HOME INSPECTOR                                        May 2017




                                                                                        David Clark


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Do you feel that most agents involved in a real estate transaction: assist, obstruct, or have no effect on the home inspection process?




Have you used a drone for a roof inspection?

YES - 14%

NO - 86%


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This month's Tech Tip is about: Smoke & Heat Detector Placement. There always seems to be confusion over what type and what the actual requirements are. Many home inspectors are giving their clients the wrong advice. Be sure to check out our "New Products" link at the left for more info on smoke detectors. 

Registration is now open for the 7th annual 2017 Niagara Frontier Home 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

   Smoke & Heat Detectors; What Are The Actual Requirements?


Smoke & Heat Detector Installation; How to Properly Advise Your Clients


A home inspector is not only looking for defects and educating their clients, they are looking for safety items. Probably the most important safety items are smoke / heat detectors. It is amazing to me how many homes do not have them installed, or installed improperly. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) outlines recommendations for smoke / heat detector placement. However, some municipalities require other standards. Should they be located in the garage, kitchen, utility room, and should they be interconnected?  We know that the two most common alarms are Ionization and Photoelectric. Ionization detectors will sense a hot fire, not a smoky one. Photoelectric will sense a fire that emits smoke, but not necessarily a very hot fire with little smoke.  Because of this, home inspectors should recommend their clients have a combination smoke detector. Look for the letter “P” and the radioactive symbol.  To see a great video outlining the difference between the two CLICK HERE. So how should you advise your clients on where to install and what type of detectors to use?


·         Smoke detectors should be located on the ceiling not less than 4 inches from the side walls or on the sidewalls between 4 and 12 inches from the ceiling

·         For peaked or sloped ceilings; smoke detectors should not be placed within the first 4 inches of the peak and no more than 3 feet down from it, measured horizontally (see graphic)

·         For most applications detectors should be interconnected (wired or wireless). However, they are not recommended in some commercial applications because locating the fire may be hindered unless there is a control station

·         Detectors that are hardwired should be on a primary lighting circuit. They can no longer be on a dedicated circuit

·         For solid joist construction (like many basements) the detectors shall be mounted on the bottom of the joist (not the side or on the subfloor) (A ceiling shall be treated as a smooth ceiling if the beams project no more that 4 inches below the ceiling

·         In bedrooms or sleeping areas, detectors should be located on the ceiling near the door

·         All hallways, and near bedrooms

·         In or near living rooms, family rooms, and dens

·         All common areas, hallways, and stairways

·         In basements; on the ceiling at the bottom of the staircase

·         Smoke detectors should not be located in the kitchen, bathrooms, garages, or unheated spaces where humidity and temperature changes might affect a detectors operation

·         Heat detectors can be installed at least 10 feet away from cooking areas and in garages

·         All detectors should have battery backup

·         ADA detectors use strobe lights and vibration equipment


Remember. Many municipalities may have different requirements than outlined here.

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 - 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

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)   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
  • InspectorLab
  • Inspector Services Group (ISG)
  • Guardian Financial
  • EMSL Analytical
  • Joe Ferry
  • HomeBinder
  • InterNACHI
  • Zonolite Attic Insulation Trust

    2017 Niagara Frontier Home Inspectors Training Conference Trainers

Peter Hopkins

Michael Menz

Andrew Stone

Mel Shaw


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