PCH Associates
Peter Hughes

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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

How Shocking is Your House?

Properly installed electrical systems are very safe and efficient. To prevent safety problems, though, you should understand the basics.

outlets near sinks should have a ground fault interrupter 


  1. Buy an outlet tester (three prong) and test your outlets to make sure they are grounded properly. Cost: about $8.
  2. Know where the main electrical disconnect is located and how to use it.
  3. Don't ever open the electrical panel with your right hand.
  4. To prevent shocks, any outlet near water (such as next to a sink), and all exterior outlets should have GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) protection outlets installed.
  5. Avoid using extension cords as permanent wiring.
  6. Never attempt an electrical repair unless you know exactly what you are doing.
  7. Never perform wiring or re-wiring work. Use a professional.
  8. Identify which breakers/fuses control which outlets.
  9. If you replace a fuse, always use the same size - 20 amp for 20 amp, 15 amp for 15 amp. Have a few spare fuses on hand
  10. Know how to reset a breaker. The usual procedure is: turn it off, then on. Some systems use a red indicator or an off indicator to show that a breaker has been tripped.
  11. Never cut or modify electrical plugs or outlets. 

As your home inspector, I utilize a high tech infrared camera to see into the walls so I can see any electrical shorts and / or overloaded outlets to protect the home owner or buyer.

Outlet tester
Outlet tester lights indicate that there is no open neutral, no open ground, no open hot, that the hot and the neutral are not reversed, and that the hot and ground are not reversed.


Peter Hughes


PCH Associates


(518) 577-7707

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. 

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