Controlling Your Water Temperature

An inexpensive valve and 20 minutes of labor can prevent scalding. Which is worse, scalded skin or Legionnaire’s disease? Until 2006, many homeowners had to ask themselves that question. It…

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“And is the sewer line okay?”

If the house that you are buying is new or old, it is likely that a sewer scan will provide valuable information. I have encountered issues with houses that were…

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Relief valve discharge

"Relief valve discharge." Just try to work that phrase into everyday conversation. It's not easy! As a home inspector in the Stillwater, MN area, I often come across a small…

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Reversed polarity

Why home inspectors check every. single. outlet. At a home inspection in Hastings, I found one outlet that had reversed polarity. It's not unusual to one or two in a…

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Whole house surge protectors to the rescue!

Do you have an old house and a new TV? Consider a simple upgrade to protect expensive electrical components. I was at a home inspection in Red Wing. Many of…

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What is a dirt tee and why should I care?

It is a sediment trap, and actually, you shouldn't. A long time ago, The natural gas that came to the house had a fair amount of sediment and moisture. At…

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How safe is your sump pump basket cover?

A sump pump can keep water in your basement from thousands of dollars in damages. But there are some things to consider. In a perfect world, melting snow and rain…

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Proper landscaping slope

Here is a straightforward way to determining the proper slope for the ground around your house. As a home inspector in the Stillwater, MN area, I know how hard it…

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