Controlling Indoor Moisture

The problems associated with air that is too dry are very few, especially compared to air that is too moist. There are more than 100,000 kinds of mold in the…

Comments Off on Controlling Indoor Moisture

Should I cover my AC unit?

Nope. Not to say that I haven't. It bothered me to see it covered with snow and ice, with nothing to protect it from the elements. By the way, you…

Comments Off on Should I cover my AC unit?

Exposed Foam Is A Fire Hazard

Foam panels are great at insulating walls, but a half-done job is MUCH worse than one not done at all! Foam insulation on basement walls are flammable. Have any exposed…

Comments Off on Exposed Foam Is A Fire Hazard

Duplex breakers to the rescue?

Nope Here's a scenario; The bathroom floor is cold, and needs remodeling anyway. This would be a perfect time to install a new tile floor with heat cables. The procedure…

Comments Off on Duplex breakers to the rescue?

Anti-tip device

How an inexpensive device and 15 minutes of work can save the Thanksgiving turkey At every home inspection, I check for the presence of an anti-tip device on the kitchen…

Comments Off on Anti-tip device

Finding the right-sized water heater for your bathtub

A simple formula for matching your bathtub needs with your water heater capacity. Don't bother taking a bath after my daughter takes a shower. She starts singing Adele songs and…

Comments Off on Finding the right-sized water heater for your bathtub

Corrugated Drain – an oxymoron?

See how I did that? How could it be called a drain if it doesn't drain? Get it? I'm not sure why home centers and hardware stores are allowed to…

Comments Off on Corrugated Drain – an oxymoron?

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…

2 Comments

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…

Comments Off on Dishwasher High Loop