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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Perma-Boots

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

If only all of my problems were this easy to solve! As a home inspector in the Stillwater, MN area, I get on the roof. Always. (Okay, sometimes I can’t, like on a clay tile roof, or in the snow, but you take my point.) Even if for the rare occasion that the roof is […]

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Kickout Flashing

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

More than you’d ever want to know about kickout flashing Would you like to learn about something interesting? Me too. But today’s blog is about kickout flashing. Maybe another day. Kickout flashing, AKA diverter flashing, is a special type of flashing that diverts rainwater away from ...

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Heat Recovery Ventilation

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

What do I need to know about HRV’s? Not much. Clean the screens on the outside of the building, and clean the filters inside the ventilator. Keep it plugged in. Okay, that’s what you NEED to know. The following is stuff you might want to know, such as how they work and such. Is the [&...

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Winterize outside faucets

By Joe Lundequam / November 5, 2017 / General / No Comments

How do I winterize my outside faucet? As a home inspector in the Stillwater, MN area, I see a lot of “differed maintenance”, which is a polite way of saying neglect. I don’t judge; a lot of my recommendations fall along the lines of “do as I say, not as I do”.  But f...

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Clean your combustion air vent

By Joe Lundequam / October 30, 2017 / General / No Comments

What is a combustion air vent, and why should I care? If your house has a big, insulated tube that drops from the ceiling to close to the floor (or bends up at the floor), you have a combustion air vent. The name kind of says what it is. Pretty short blog today. More? Okay. […]

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IR Cameras: A ghost’s worst enemy

By Joe Lundequam / October 24, 2017 / General / No Comments

Can you really see ghosts with an IR camera? Not really. IR cameras don’t see ghosts So what do they see? Plenty! First, how does an IR camera work; You know how visible cameras work, right? Visible light comes into the camera through the lens and hits little cells in the back. Film cameras...

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