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…

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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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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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