Chicago New Condo Electrical Requirements | Condo Inspection

This section of my Chicago Condo Inspection Manual will help you to ensure that your property developer / electrical contractor followed local electrical code requirements while wiring your brand new condo or a gut-rehabbed property. You’ll find here general Chicago new condo electrical requirements and more details concerning your kitchen, bathroom and the laundry area … Read more

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements | Chicago Condo

Requirements for the smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors / alarms installation in the city of Chicago are slightly different than those from NEC (National Electrical Code). So if you’re moving from the Chicago suburbs or other states into the Windy City you’re actually going to need LESS smoke, fire and Carbon Monoxide protection.

So let’s continue your Chicago condo inspection and check for smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors.

Pushing test button on smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors may only confirm that unit is mechanically functional and it has power. This test does not guarantee proper response to smoke, flame and / or CO presence.

Crawlspace Mold, Ventilation and Insulation

Let’s wrap it up; Crawlspace Mold, Ventilation and Insulation is the last of my Crawlspace Inspection posts and I’ll take care of the items 9 & 10 from my Top 10 list. They are somewhat correlated, at least partially. Top TEN Crawlspace Problems:
1. Cracked foundation / possible structural problems
2. Leaking foundation
3. Drainage problems / flooding crawlspace
4. Plumbing components issues – leaking water supply lines, drain pipes, crawlspace water heater installation problems
5. Heating system issues
6. Electrical components issues
7. Floor framing and structure support issues
8. Structural pest infestation – those are […]

Termites and Other Crawlspace Bugs

Early detection of a structural pest infestation in our crawlspace may have a huge impact on the structure of our property and in our wallet. And most importantly – we are only a couple clicks away from seeing the daylight … 1. Cracked foundation / possible structural problems 2. Leaking foundation 3. Drainage problems / … Read more

House Floor Framing and Structure Support

We are getting closer to the end of crawling through the Crawlspace Inspection. In Part Six, we’ll take a closer look at the floor framing and floor structure support … 1. Cracked foundation / possible structural problems 2. Leaking foundation 3. Drainage problems / flooding crawlspace 4. Plumbing components issues – leaking water supply lines, … Read more

Electrical Problems in a Crawlspace

The crawlspace inspection continues (Part Five) as we take a quick look at the electrical components down below. 1. Cracked foundation / possible structural problems 2. Leaking foundation 3. Drainage problems / flooding crawlspace 4. Plumbing components issues – leaking water supply lines, drain pipes, crawlspace water heater installation problems 5. Heating system issues 6. … Read more