Simple home maintenance tip: Bathroom exhaust

By Joe Lundequam / August 9, 2018 / General / No Comments

Take a minute to check your fan Are you sure your bathroom fan is doing it’s job? Here’s a simple way to check; Take a short length of toilet paper and hold it up to the grille on the bathroom fan while it’s running. Does it stay there? Done. Well, almost. Now you know if it [&h...

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The ideal crawlspace

By Joe Lundequam / July 19, 2018 / General / No Comments

The ideal crawlspace DOES exist! AT a home inspection in Minneapolis, I came across a perfect example of should NOT be in a crawlspace, and it occurred to me that I have seen more basements with problems than without, especially on homes that were more than 50 years old. This house had stacked st...

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You get to clean gutters! How cool is THAT?

By Joe Lundequam / July 12, 2018 / General / No Comments

The joys of home ownership! As a home inspector in the Stillwater MN area, I always make a point of looking into the gutters on a house. The gutters perform an important roll in water management, but only if they function properly.  Clearly, the only way for gutters to do their important job is t...

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Aluminum wiring

By Joe Lundequam / June 5, 2018 / General / No Comments

Aluminum branch wiring; the house hasn’t burned down yet, so we’re good, right?  Um, I think the operative word there is “yet“. There are a bunch of reasons why aluminum branch wiring is a concern to home inspectors. But first, a bit of history; In 1960, the price of coppe...

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The bad news about lead contamination

By Joe Lundequam / May 31, 2018 / General / No Comments

Actually, all the news is bad Lead has been around for a long time. The word plumbing comes from the Latin word for lead, plumbum. Lead was used as an inexpensive and reliable material for the vast network of plumbing that supplied Rome and its provincial cities with water. Even the Romans, howev...

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What’s a sump pump check valve?

By Joe Lundequam / May 15, 2018 / General / No Comments

Why is a sump pump check valve important? A check valve is the same diameter as the discharge pipe into which it fits and is usually a different color. A check valve should be installed in order to prevent pumped water in the discharge line from re-entering the sump pit when the device is turned ...

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Sump pump information

By Joe Lundequam / May 15, 2018 / General / No Comments

A lot more than you’d EVER wand to know about sumps First, what IS a sump pump? Sump pumps are self-activating electrical pumps that protect homes from moisture intrusion. They are usually installed below basement or crawlspace floors to remove rising groundwater and surface runoff before i...

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DYI roof vent repair

By Joe Lundequam / May 9, 2018 / General / No Comments

You can repair your leaky roof vent boot yourself. It’s easy!  As a home inspector in the Stillwater, MN area, one of the reasons that I make a point of getting up on a roof is because it’s important to look for leaks and potential leaks, and some problems are hard to see unless you [...

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More about ungrounded 3-prong outlets

By Joe Lundequam / March 30, 2018 / General / No Comments

In 1962, house builders started installing outlets with ground wires attached. Grounded 120-volt receptacles in the United States have a small, round ground slot centered below two vertical hot and neutral slots, and it provides an alternate path for electricity that may stray from an appliance. ...

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Wood Burning Fireplaces

By Joe Lundequam / March 5, 2018 / General / 2 Comments

Why don’t chimney sweeps wear top hats anymore? They keep falling off. Boring but true. Nothing about a chimney sweeps’s job can be described in breathless narrative. Well, until there’s a house fire. When that happens, folks want to know all about who  did what, when, why and h...

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