Can you afford inexpensive clothes washer hoses?

By Joe Lundequam / May 11, 2017 / General / No Comments

Nope. Inexpensive hoses cost way too much. As a home inspector in the Stillwater area, I always look for rubber supply hoses for the clothes washer. When I see them, I always recommend having them replaced. Why? Rubber hoses swell with age under the constant water pressure. After about 5 years, t...

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Be careful with yard drains

By Joe Lundequam / May 7, 2017 / General / No Comments

Getting rain water away from the house is a good thing Long downspout extensions that carry rain water from the house is a good way to keep it away from your foundation. Some people aren’t happy with the looks.  If the extension crosses over a sidewalk, it becomes a trip hazard. Hard drains...

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I can leave the hose attached, right? Nope.

By Joe Lundequam / May 6, 2017 / General / No Comments

Winter and summer, you should disconnect the hose when your not using it So It’s pretty easy to understand why the hose should be disconnected during the winter. The water freezes and ruins the pipes. If not the pipes, for sure the hose. But the summer time too? How come? Because scale buil...

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The case of the foggy fireplace glass

By Joe Lundequam / May 1, 2017 / General / No Comments

What causes the glass on my gas fireplace to get foggy? If you are looking for a gas fireplace, you have some choices.  If you have a wood burning fireplace, you can install a gas insert. Regular gas fireplaces are what you’d find in new construction. There are gas also gas logs, but they h...

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Gas log fireplaces can be costly

By Joe Lundequam / May 1, 2017 / General / No Comments

What’s a gas log fireplace? Most wood burning fireplaces are pretty simple. You have a firebox, damper and a chimney to direct the smoke the fire makes up and out of the house. If starting a wood fire is something you like to do, you’re in good shape. But what if the hassle of burning...

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How often should I have my furnace tuned up?

By Joe Lundequam / April 25, 2017 / General / No Comments

Normal home maintenance is a little like regular car maintenance and health check-ups. The benefits outweigh the cost and hassle, nearly every time. You wouldn’t drive a car 100,000 miles without an oil change. An off-hours service call can be pricey, and can be avoided by a regular checkup...

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How does a water softener work?

By Joe Lundequam / April 20, 2017 / General / No Comments

And what the heck is “zeolite”? As a Stillwater home inspector, I explain to the home buyer how the components of a house work together. I point out where shut off valves are, and regular maintenance tips, such as how and when to change filters. And I get a lot of questions about wate...

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Pressure tank problems

By Joe Lundequam / April 18, 2017 / General / No Comments

Does your water flow rise and fall while you take a shower? As a home inspector in the Stillwater area, I inspect a lot of homes that are not connected to a city water supply. Each home has it’s own well. They usually last a very long time, and require little maintenance, other than changin...

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Stacked Stone Foundations

By Joe Lundequam / April 10, 2017 / General / No Comments

Many homes built in the 1800’s have stacked stone foundations that have not moved, or not moved very much, but who’s to say how much longer it will last? More importantly, what problems might arise, and what will those problems look like? A close look at the walls will let you know if...

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Were my shingles properly nailed?

By Joe Lundequam / March 18, 2017 / General / No Comments

Probably. Most roofers do a very good job of installing shingles, and they stay on the roof for a very long time. If the shingles are not properly nailed, however, there can be problems several years down the line. Maybe the house has been sold, or the roofer for whatever reason can’t be re...

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