Professional Home Inspector - September 2017


    PROFESSIONAL HOME INSPECTOR                                        September 2017



                                                                                        David Clark


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

CLICK HERE to view this message on line


Also in this issue....

(click on links below for more info)


How Do You Advise Your Clients Regarding Ventless Appliances?

Follow Manufactures Instruction - 68.75%

Ensure a window is open in the room - 31.25%

Remove and install a vented unit- 31%

I do not inspect unvented units - 0%


      Affiliates has partnered with affiliates to help improve your home inspection business.

Please visit our affiliates by CLICKING HERE and see how they can help your clients and your business!

  • HomeBinder - Bring your business & marketing to the next level. FREE HomeBinder accounts for new inspectcheck subscriptions
  • CONTRACTOR CONNECTION - Quality professionals you can trust        
  • Joe Ferry Esq. - The Home Inspector Lawyer
  • Guardian Financial Credit Card Processing and much more. Lowest rates and best service exclusively for home inspectors
  • One Source Solutions - Connecting all of your clients utilities with one call
  • SEARS Parts Direct Over 7 million discounted parts for your clients home




Our Information


3014 Delaware Ave.


Kenmore NY 14217

Follow Us






This month's Tech Tip is about Oil Tanks

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 19 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.

LESS THAN A 5 MINUTE ROOF INSPECTION? - Click Play to Find out how.........


               This Month's Tech Tip

   Inspecting Oil Tanks


Many homes use fuel oil for furnaces and hot water tanks. We see oil tanks in the basement, utility room, or outside. Most home inspectors, including myself examine these tanks for condition but warn our clients that leaks may be present in other areas, especially the fuel line from the tank to the appliance. Underground tanks obviously cannot be evaluated and purchasers should proceed with extreme caution. Per the EPA, the average cleanup is $130,000. There have been 535,320 confirmed releases. 513,481 cleanups have been initiated. Some home inspectors advised their clients, if possible, to remove oil tanks, evaluate the area around the tank, including the supply line and use either natural gas, propane, or electric. The picture above shows oil mixed with water coming up from the basement floor. This house had an oil tank that was removed. The newer furnace with integrated air conditioning had a condensate discharge pipe that was draining under the floor. The condensate was mixing with the oil under the floor as you can see in the photo. Of course, there is no way to determine how much oil was under the floor. Every inspector has their own feelings on residential oil tanks; however here are some things that will help you in the field:

  • Oil supply pipe supplying the unit should be at least 3/8” in diameter
  • If copper is used it should be Type K or L
  • The tank should be at least 5 feet from the appliance
  • The tank should have a fuel gauge
  • The pipe should be protected from damage
  • Supports should be less than 6 feet apart
  • A shut-off valve should be installed between the tank and the appliance
  • An oil filter should be installed
  • Maximum tank size should be 660 gallons
  • The tank should be supported with non-combustible legs on a concrete pad
  • Underground tanks are not recommended, however they should be 1’ away from the house and covered with 1’ of soil
  • Outdoor above ground tanks should be at least 5’ from the house
  • Indoor tanks have a serviceable life of about 30 years, outdoor tanks about 20 years

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 19 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

Copyright © 2019