Standards of Practice

ADOPTED 12/12/89 - AMENDED 10/27/92 BY
THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHAPTER AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HOME INSPECTORS

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Section 1...PURPOSE

2...SCOPE

3...DEFINITIONS

ENGINEERING:
Analysis or design work requiring extensive preparation and experience in the use of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and the engineering sciences.
HABITABLE ROOMS:
Spaces in a dwelling for living, sleeping, or eating. Bathrooms, toilet compartments, kitchens, closets, halls, storage, or utility space, and similar areas are not considered habitable rooms.
INSPECT:
The visual examination of a dwelling and the safely and readily accessible specified components documenting the significant deficiencies existing at the time of inspection.
INSTABILITY:
A lack of firmness or steadiness.
INSTALLED SOURCE OF IGNITION:
Any device intended for the ignition of fuel, oil, or gas, or any heating appliance capable of generating a spark, flame, or glow.
NORMAL USER CONTROLS:
Those devices used by a homeowner in the normal use of the equipment.
READILY ACCESSIBLE:
Within the inspectors normal reach and not requiring the removal or relocation of household furniture, personal goods, or building components. Access should not involve the use of tools, the damage of finished surfaces, or the need for the inspector to wear protective clothing.
RECREATIONAL FACILITIES:
Spas, saunas, steam baths, swimming pools, fountains, tennis courts, outdoor barbecues, and other equipment and facilities used for health, recreational, exercise athletic purposes, or outdoor cooking.
SAFETY DEVICES:
Controls designed and installed to protect occupants, systems, and components from excessively high or low pressures and temperatures, loss of water, flooding, loss of ignition, fuel leaks, fire, freezing, or similar conditions.
SIGNIFICANT DEFICIENCY:
An adverse condition which substantially affects the normally intended function or operation of the system or component.
STRAIN:
A change in form or shape of a body or material.
TECHNICALLY EXHAUSTIVE:
The extensive use of measurements, instruments, testing, calculations, and other means to develop scientific or engineering findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
4...GENERAL LIMITATIONS & EXCLUSIONS