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Lessons from Mayfield

Many of us have been following the deadly tornado outbreak across 4 states on December 10-11, 2021, especially the town of Mayfield, KY which was decimated by a preliminary EF-4 rated tornado one mile wide with 190 mph winds. In my storm chasing, part of my role and...

90-Day Warranties – I was wrong…

I was wrong… Chris Stapleton and Craig Wiseman penned the words of this country song. A story about a man whose words cost him a woman he loved and needed so dearly. I can't help but wonder what my words and stubbornness has cost us by refusing to offer this level of...

Generational Wealth Gap

Pro-Tech Inspections is dedicated to promoting diversity and embracing conversations regarding wealth. Many businesses fear having discussions regarding race, inequality, and prejudices based upon race, religion, creed, beliefs, sexual orientation, etc. How are we as...

What is a Sewer Scope and Why do I Need One?

Sewer Video Line Inspections Should I video the sewer line? What will it reveal ? How do they do it ? When to video the sewer line When toilets, sinks and tubs consistently don’t drain or back up. If the seller tells you that they have had to have the sewer line...

We are now a Weather Ready Ambassador!

Most of you are aware that a passion of mine is weather. Annually, for 3-4 weeks I partner with NOAA on storm chasing expeditions in the plains chasing tornadoes. Much of the focus of this trip is not only collecting storm data, but also collecting damage data. This...

Expansion Tanks

Expansion tanks are required when water in a home can’t expand back into the water main. As a general rule of thumb, this was required for gas water heaters in 2015 and electric water heaters in 2018. This might be caused by a check valve, a backflow preventer, or a...

I’m doing my first deal as a Realtor!

No, I’m not getting into real estate, but rather helping my significant other buy a home. The main advantage is to help someone very close to me buy the home, but I am also learning the ropes after having a real estate license for over 5 years. Thus far the process...

How to Determine the Age of Major Appliances/Systems

The ASHI Standard of Practice for Home Inspections requires home inspectors to report on components near the end of their service lives. To figure this out, we need to determine the age of appliances such as water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners, and boilers. Once...

What are reverse polarity outlets?

When we inspect houses where an amateur has been doing electrical work, there’s a good chance we’ll find outlets with reversed polarity. This happens when the hot and neutral wires get flipped around at an outlet, or upstream from an outlet. Reversed polarity creates...

You are too picky…

Recently I received a comment from a real estate agent that I have become all too accustomed to hearing. After teaching a lunch and learn at a real estate office, one of the agents said to me as we were walking out together “That was great information. I heard you’re...

New Construction Nightmares – Changes in Approach

As inventory woes continue, many home buyers are moving towards new construction and our inspection counts in this area are up significantly. As a result – and as you would expect - this brings all of us a different set of challenges than those for existing homes....

Who owns the Inspection Report?

Who owns the Inspection Report? I’d love to have more time to blog, as I think sharing thoughts and ideas promote conversation and change for the better. The market it crazy and we’re all busy, so the time just isn’t there right now. However, there is one thing that...

2021- Let’s Do This!

Been a minute.  Over the holidays I improved our template. Reaching into January, I continued to review templates of other companies around the country using Spectora.  The thing that sets us apart most is our team. However, our reports are also unlike any other. My...

Bootleg Grounds – Is your Inspector checking for them?

Buying a flipped house? Often Home Buyers walk into a flipped home and they are overtaken by the renovations and the visible areas in the home. However, it is the things you do not know that make the flip house one that requires special tools and knowledge to inspect....

90 Day Warranties – The Truth

Many local inspectors have been adopting the trend of offering 90-day warranties. In fact, some new companies are moving in and offering the same. WE WILL NEVER OFFER THESE PRODUCTS! Why? The warranties come at a cost. Generally, $20 per inspection. All inspection...

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