Indiana Licensure Law & Regulations for Home Inspectors Course

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I climbed up on the roof to inspect the chimney. After close examination, it met all standards. The chimney was three and a half feet tall and did not need to be extended 2 ft because it was not within 10 feet of roof edge.

After inspecting the furnace the filter was extremely dirty. Looking into it further it became clear that due to the filter the condensate drain had become air logged and was leaking from the coil pan into the metal ductwork and caused the trunk line to have rust holes. This issue should be further investigated by a professional to take the next step into correcting this defect.

In this picture you will see a standard air filter in a furnace. It is recommended that a homeowner inspect and or replace an air filter at least once a month to limit the passage of air pollutants in a home.

My essay is on the air filter for a furnace. It is recommended that the air filter for a furnace is inspected and or replaced with a new filter at least once a month to help prevent the spread of pollutants in a home.

In the State of Indiana you shall be 18 and have a High School Equivalent education. You shall also pass a Background check prior to obtaining a license. You must also have proof that you have at minimum $100,000 of insurance behind you.

During the inspection we are required to do a visual inspection. We are not supposed to cause damage but find existing damage. Always think, if I touch it everyday what would happen? Is this touched once a month, then dont mess with it. We do not want to leave a bad taste in the clients mouth at all. That is how we loose future business.

I am inspecting the toilet in this house dwelling, the home only includes one toilet, the flush was operational and worked as it should. The inside flush valve was lightly corroded but was still functional, I would deem this toilet or water closet in good current condition.

I read an article on proper standards of practice. The home inspector shall inspect any system within the house, that should be deemed a functional piece of equipment such as a furnace, unless that furnace is in accessible or shut down, the inspector is not required to operate and system that is shut down.

One of the most devastating forces of nature to a homeowner is water. We go to great lengths to make sure water stays where it is supposed to in, out, on and around the home. Why, then, are so many leaky roofs commonplace? One reasons is improperly installed roof components such as a plumbing boot.The plumbing boot allows for sewer gas vent pipes to exit the home and penetrate the roof surface. Improper installation leads to costly water damage. In the attached picture, you can see multiple installation concerns. First, the actual protective rubber boot around the pipe is deteriorated and the selected fix was to apply caulk which will eventually dry and crack and allow water penetration into the roof/attic space. Secondly, the flashing portion should be tucked under as many shingles as possible and should only be exposed at the very bottom. There are two more rows of shingles this boot flashing could be installed under. They have applied sealant around the perimeter of the boot flashing which will eventually dry out and crack allowing for water to penetrate the roof and attic space causing water damage.

Kickout diverters are a roofing component that, when installed properly, helps to prevent water penetration at the point where a sloped roof meets a perpendicular wall. When a fascia board or gutter dead ends into another vertical surface, there is a chance that water could migrate down and behind the unprotected intersection. Water needs to be “kicked out” away from the 90 degree intersection and pointed towards the gutter system thus not allowing the water to get in and behind the absorbent roof decking and unpainted sides of the fascia boards causing premature rot and decay. When properly installed, the kick out diverter moves water away from the 90 degree intersection and towards the gutter system.

A home inspector shall write up their findings in a report for their client. This report should be easy for your client to understand and should lay out the findings of the inspection. The report should also indicate areas that were not inspected along with a reason why. Pictures can be quite important to show your findings.

The article I read was about the legalities of a real estate agent signing on behalf of their client. It is best practices to have the actual client sign the paperwork to give the go ahead to preform the inspection. There will be times when the client is not available to do so. When this happens we need to be sure that the real estate agent is authorized to sign the documents. The agents needs to sign the document and add “Authorized Agent” to the end. Documentation should be presented to show this to be the case. Even an email from the actual client can help to cover an inspector. Of

As a best practice, exposed earth (dirt) on the crawlspace floor should always be covered by a vapor retarder. Joints of the vapor retarder should overlap 6 inches and should be sealed or taped. The edges should extend at least 6 inches up the wall and should be secured and sealed to the wall.

There are several advantages to designing crawlspaces as semi-heated zones. Duct and pipe insulation can be reduced, and the foundation is insulated at the crawlspace’s perimeter instead of at its ceiling. This usually requires less insulation, simplifies installation difficulties (in some cases), and can be detailed to minimize condensation hazards.

RAILING SPINDLES: The railings located on the front deck have spindles that were not adequately spaced. This is a safety hazard. IIt is recommended that spindles be installed in a manner that a 4 inch spherical ball cannot pass between the spindles.

Proving Negligence: There are 4 elements that a plaintiff must prove to win a claim in the courts. The four elements are duty, breach, cause and damages. Duty is what is owed to the plantiff. Breach is the negligent act undue to the plantiff. The plantiff then must demonstrate the breach was the cause of claimed damages. Finally, the plantiff must prove the amount of damages. There are two types of damages, direct and consequential.

In this picture you can see that there is a crack right next to the Chimney on the inside of the home. The exterior is brick and you cannot see any damage to the outside wall. Either repairs were made to the outside that were done very well since it cannot be seen or this crack was due to a small shift that did not effect the exterior bricks. It is really unclear but this was noted on the report.

The roof is a very important and holds a high potential of risk. It is wise to take time and thoroughly walk the roof back and forth in a zig-zag pattern to make sure the whole surface is viewed. I believe that you cannot spend to much time reviewing the roof and all its components

Inspection & Writing Assignment:

The Home Inspectors Licensing Board consists of 7 members. 4 home inspectors, 1 home builder, 1 real estate salesperson or broker, and 1 member who represents the public as a consumer but is not associated with the home inspection, home building or real estate business.