A quick and easy way to save on A/C costs

By Joe Lundequam / June 19, 2017 / General / No Comments

Clean the condenser fins (Okay, not quick OR easy, but not hard, and really important) As a home inspector in the Stillwater area, I see a lot of A/C units that are full of dirt, or dogwood tree stuff (or dryer lint if the clothes dryer is close to the unit. I know, right? Who […]

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Dryer duct safety

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

Lint from clothes dryers can cause a fire According to the fine folks at FEMA, 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them (34 percent)...

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What’s a “missing knockout”?

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

Electrical panels and panel boards are to be fully contained without openings and gaps A knockout in a junction box or circuit panel is a small, round piece of metal that gets, well, knocked out when wiring is installed. Someone wanted a hole on the panel to put wires in and changed their mind. o...

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Attic insulation

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

Why not reduce heating costs with good insulation? Why? because good insulation is expensive and hard to install. There are several choices available to a homeowner regarding attic insulation, but none of them are easy. For example; In terms of quick and easy installation, fiberglass batts are ki...

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A little mouse is no big deal, right?

By Joe Lundequam / June 3, 2017 / General / No Comments

Wrong. Mouse infestation is a VERY big deal As a home inspector in the Stillwater area, I look for evidence of mouse infestation. According to the Standards of Procedure as set by the Association of Home Inspectors (ASHI), I’m not required to report on the presence or absence of rodents. (W...

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Do I have to worry about the ice maker, too?

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

No, not at all. The water line to it? Well, yes, that you DO have to worry about. The poly tubing that comes with the fridge? Throw it out. It’s easy to damage, and gets brittle when old. A better choice would be “anything else”. That includes copper, braided plastic, braided st...

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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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