Buried fuel oil tanks

There are still a few oil burning furnaces. Most of the houses I inspect are heated with natural gas. (I'm seeing more and more geothermal heating systems, but those are…

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Dishwasher High Loop

A quick peek under your kitchen sink and a 15-minute fix can help avoid costly repairs. At nearly every inspection, I find a problem relating to the dishwasher installation. Even…

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The toilet paper you use is important

https://www.familyhandyman.com/The folks at Handyman magazine actually spent time analyzing toilet paper to see which brands break down fastest in water. This is important because plugged toilets are important. You do,…

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Simple fixes to try before calling a plumber

Do you have a less than cooperative toilet? Don't call a plumber just yet: there are some simple maintenance tips that might solve the problem. Take a wad of 6…

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Sump pump installation issues

Don't make it harder for your sump pump to do it's job The flexible tube laying on the ground is of particular concern, as it could easily fill with ice.…

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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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