Leaking bathtub overflow tube

By Joe Lundequam / February 22, 2018 / General / No Comments

An easy fix that doesn’t involve tearing out the ceiling in the room below the bathtub As a home inspector in the Stillwater area, I make it a point to check the overflow tube for leaks. It used to involve filling the tub all the way to the rim, and checking for leaks behind the […]

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A new way to heat water

By Joe Lundequam / February 18, 2018 / General / No Comments

Do you remember heating up water on the stove to take a bath? Me neither. But that’s how my mom took a bath when she was a little girl in a farm near Hastings. Of course, that was a million years ago. Still, the technology hasn’t changed much; Start a fire (or plug in an […]

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Attic bypass – a term you’re going to hear more often

By Joe Lundequam / February 7, 2018 / General / 1 Comment

Illustration credit: GreenBuildingAdvisor Chances are, you have the equivalent of a 2 – foot hole in your ceiling, letting heat out of the house. It doesn’t look like a 2 – foot hole, but it’s the equivalent of one, because there are a lot of small spaces around plumbing s...

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Rim joist insulation

By Joe Lundequam / January 17, 2018 / General / No Comments

Did you ever forget to winterize you hose bibbs and NOT have a split water pipe due to freezing? I bet I know why. You either have a newer house, which has frost-free faucets, or your rim joists are poorly insulated. Frost free hose bibbs  are pretty easy to understand. The valve itself is not [&...

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Tankless water heater maintenance

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

Insert bad pun about tankless jobs My job as a home inspector is not at all what the realtor does. The real estate agent is a lot like a matchmaker; I’m more of a marriage counselor. I tell the buyer that neglect of the home is like neglect of a pet or partner; It can […]

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Invasive moisture testing stucco homes

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

Your home inspection is non-invasive I don’t think a lot of sellers would be happy if a prospective home buyer (or his/her home inspector), cut holes in the walls or broke up concrete in the basement to see if there were any problems. The home inspection is considered “non-invasive...

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Frost in attics and why you should care

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

And what does “Attic Bypass” mean? As a home inspector in the Stillwater, MN area, I consider the attic to be a major source of information about the house. I look for levels of insulation and ventilation, of course. It’s easy to understand that insulation is like a blanket that...

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A case for backup sump pumps

By Joe Lundequam / December 4, 2017 / General / No Comments

Here’s a list of everything we absolutely know about sump pumps; No pump lasts forever. That’s it. We can probably guess that when (not if) a sump pump fails, there will be no warning. In other words, you could have several inches of water in your basement before you realize that the ...

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Transite vents in older homes

By Joe Lundequam / November 29, 2017 / General / No Comments

Concrete/asbestos mixture was used for furnaces and chimneys Asbestos was seen as an affordable and strong building material that was phased out around 1980. The resistance to heat transference, strength and  low cost made it a popular building material. The term transite was originally a brand n...

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Chimney vent caps and other exciting stuff

By Joe Lundequam / November 29, 2017 / General / No Comments

Okay, vent caps are not exciting. But chimney fires are. As a home inspector, I feel like the line between telling the customer that something is important and scaring them is a fine one. It’s not a fine line at all. There’s no reason to be afraid during the inspection. Some issues co...

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