PCH Associates
Peter Hughes

"I speak house."
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Infrared Camera Scans
I use a high tech infrared camera as part of the Home Structural Inspection. Infrared scanning allows me to see into the walls, ceilings and floors to find:
  • Roof leaks
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Electrical shorts, and 
  • Value the insulated quality of the home.
The investment on my part for the camera was $30,000, to bring this high level of protection for my clients. 

I also issue a typewritten Structural Home Inspection Report on site at the time of the inspection.
The Home Inspection Newsletter

It is good to be back talking to you about what we do in our home inspections, and sharing some practical advice every week or so.

If there is anything you would like to hear about, please shoot me an email or post a comment on our Facebook page.

Electrical Shock: How Shocking is Your Home Electric?


We can't live without electrical service to our homes. Just ask anyone who has lost their electricity in a storm or whatever. 


Listed below are a few helpful hints to keep your family safe from some issues that can happen with your electrical service.


  1. When checking your Electrical Service Panel the first thing to do run the back of your right hand across the face of the panel without touching the panel.  If you feel any sensation on your hand, DO NOT TOUCH THE PANEL. This is an indication there is a short in the panel. Call an electrician.
  2. Do not grab or touch the panel with your left hand, as this is a shorter distance to your heart and could cause a HEART ATTACK.
  3. If you have a short in the Electrical Service Panel and you grab the panel with your left hand, and at the same time grab the panel with your right hand. You have now completed the circuit, and you have become the ground, and have about 3-MINUTES before all your internal organs are liquefied and you are very dead.
  4. Invest in a electrical outlet tester (under $10.00) and check all your outlets to make sure the outlets are grounded properly.
  5. Upgrade all the outlets in the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, garage, and exterior outlets with (GFCI) ground fault circuit interrupters.
  6. If you have Electrical Service coming into the house thru an overhead service cable, go outside and look at the mast on the house, and the conditions of the service cable. If you see any signs of deterioration, call an electrician.


We recommend that you go through this checklist annually.


Call me at (518) 577-7707 or send me an email  if you have any questions, and for electrician recommendations. 


Know Someone Buying or Selling?
Inspecting insullation is an important part of every home inspection.

Help them safeguard their biggest investment. 

I would appreciate your referral to clients, friends, and business associates for home structural inspections.

Peter Hughes
PCH Associates

P.S. Let me know if you would like me to give a seminar in your office. I would enjoy seeing you and sharing some advice. 
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Our high tech infrared camera enables us to see into walls to determine if there are issues not visible to the naked eye.