Certified Renovator Inspector Online Video Course


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Hi this is David Harris home inspections we are looking forward to learning from the Certified Renovator Inspector Course

Just finished the course. Good information.

Great course. Simple to follow instructions and easy to understand all the procedures.

video was informative.

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just starting this optional course.should be a good one!

I took a photo of a window sill that appears to be lead free. I’d be interested to learn if lead paint produces visible brush strokes or if, like certain enamel paints the strokes mostly even out for a smoother finish. Nowadays people use crackle paints, I wonder how many people confuse those finishes with lead in older homes.

I read the articles: “Lead Facts for Inspectors” and “Nightlights”. I learned that, unlike many heavy metals such as gold, lead has no acceptable ingestible threshold. Running water before consumption in a house that may have lead pipes or solder joints can help reduce lead ingestion and only consuming cold water. I thought Nightlights would be a fun read, especially since I have children, but apparently these convenient devices can be dangerous and should be carefully handled and placed which is good to know.

Am about to begin what looks like a great course.

From the Library:

Lead is a poisonous metal that was once commonly used in the manufacture of paint, gasoline, and plumbing. While U.S. law has banned the use of lead in new construction, existing lead-based paint and plumbing in homes may present a significant health hazard, especially for children. Inspectors who are not trained in lead detection should not perform lead inspections. They can, however, learn the basic facts about lead so they can answer questions from concerned clients.

From Articles:

Lead paint hazards are created when lead-based paint peels, flakes, chips, chalks, or creates dust. Locations that are especially vulnerable to this sort of damage are places where painted surfaces, such as windows and doors, rub against each other. The following are also true about lead-based paint:

•Lead paint that is in good condition is generally not considered a safety hazard. Still, small children should not be permitted to suck on or bite any surfaces that are suspected to contain lead-based paint.

•In houses that have lead-based paint, housekeeping should be performed often to clean surfaces that may have become contaminated by lead-laden dust.

•Sweeping and vacuuming in rooms with lead dust will make the condition worse by stirring up lead into the air. Surfaces should be cleaned with wet towels, soap and water.

•Lead paint can be painted over but this is only a short-term solution. The hidden layer of lead paint may continue to crack and create dust. This dust can mix with and contaminate the new layer of paint.


Attached is a photo of an exterior window taken during a home inspection. The interior and exterior windows of the home both tested positive for lead paint. The contractor hired to renovate followed EPA guidelines for lead paint remediation and completed the work in a professional and compliant manor.

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This 110 year old house had a basement stairway that had not been painted for several decades. The buyer was reminded of the potential dangers of lead paint. Appropriate precautions as outlined in the course must be taken before any renovation is to be done.

Two helpful articles from the InterNACHI library related to this course are Lead Facts (for consumers) and Lead Facts for Inspectors. The first article give the client an appropriate amount of sober-minded information without overwhelming or frightening them. The second reminds inspectors that paint is not the only potential source of lead in a house. Soil, dust, paint, and water lines are all possible sources.

The windows in this 122 year old home have been upgraded to double hung, vinyl windows. It appears that the renovation contractor followed all required EPA guidelines required for the remediation of lead based paints. There was no evidence of dust or debris within the renovated area (internal and external). The client was informed of the possible hazards of lead based paints and that specific procedures must be followed in order to remediate properly for any future renovations.

Library Articles:
Lead Facts (Consumer related) would make for a great handout to clients that may be moving into homes that may have lead contaminants such as paint. It provides the reader with helpful tips on what to do if they suspect they have lead based paints, how to check and the steps to take to help protect their family.
Lead Fact (for Inspectors) is more in-depth and offers insights in where lead may be found, such as paint, soil, dust and water pipes. This article offers suggestions on what advice to give clients concerning lead pipes and paint.
Both articles, combined with the Certified Renovation Course have provided greater knowledge when inspecting homes with lead based paint or homes with lead based paints that have been renovated.


The two articles I read from the library for this course were the abrasive blasting for mold removal and the carbon dioxide detector article.
It is important for an inspector to identify any hazards that may expose a resident to any type of agent that may harm their health. Carbon dioxide detection equipment should be used at an inspection. A mold inspection should be recommended.



These are two pictures from a renovation job in a house that was built in the early 80s. The first picture shows new drywall installed above old drywall and paint. It is recommended that the paint be tested for lead as it is an older house and may cause problems if not addressed early.
The second picture is of the floor underneath the removed hardwood. As you can tell there are signs of moisture or mold growth along the boards. This was causeed by improper installation of the previous floor. It is recommended that this home be inspected for mold growth before installation of the new floor.


Inspection item:

Sprinkler System

Sprinkler system was not tested at time of inspection but for customer reference the sprinkler timer is located near the electrical service panel at the west side (front left while facing the home) of the home. Recommend having sprinklers tested by a irrigation specialist to verify condition.