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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The dryer vent ends on the roof? Really?

By Joe Lundequam / November 28, 2017 / General / No Comments

I understand that space is tight, especially in a townhome. At an inspection, I always get up on the roof. Always. Except for when I can’t. Like when the roof is covered with snow, or in a hard rain, or if the roof covering is slate tile or a product that will break. Then I don’t. At ...

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Stuck vents

By Joe Lundequam / November 28, 2017 / General / No Comments

Why doesn’t my bathroom vent work? Geeze, I don’t know. That’s a little like calling a mechanic and asking “How much will it cost to fix my car?” But I can say for certain what the most common problem is; stuck or blocked vents. Roof vents for bathrooms have doors (c...

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What are those white pipes, and should they have caps?

By Joe Lundequam / November 28, 2017 / General / No Comments

How are you going to work the term “trap suckout” into a discussion? Those pipes that stick straight up from the roof are called plumbing vents. Depending on the age of the house, they are usually either cast iron or white PVC. They don’t have caps, because nothing bad happens i...

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A new attic hatch

By Joe Lundequam / November 27, 2017 / General / No Comments

A solution for a problem you didn’t know you had! As a home inspector in the Stillwater, MN area, I look in attics as part of the inspection. There is almost always something about the attic hatch that I put on the report. The hatch is not insulated, or enough, or the hatch is not […]

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