Reuben's Home Inspection Blog

Top “Feel-Good” Home Inspection Pics from 2014

We don't find nearly as much good or interesting stuff as we do bad stuff, but we like to share it when we come across it.[...]

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Seek Thermal Infrared Camera: A $199 IR Camera for Androids and iPhones

Seek Thermal has come up with a $199 infrared camera that works with several models of iPhones and Android phones. I tested this camera with my Samsung Galaxy S4.[...]

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Water Heater Backdrafting: What if you can’t reproduce the problem?

"No matter what conditions I produce in the house for fans, vents, open doors, hot water running, furnace on, etc. I can't produce conditions that create a backdraft. Do you have any advice?"[...]

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Q&A: Heat Exchanger Cracks and Carbon Monoxide Myths

Reader: "I personally think that the HVAC businesses have a great scam going by locking-out people's furnaces without any measurable evidence that the CO levels are above normal."[...]

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Window Replacement Part 4: (Vinyl) Lindsay, Alside, Simonton, Soft-Lite

This is a guest blog post by Ryan Carey, of My 3 Quotes. The cost of window replacement can be quite a shock to homeowners. It is a huge business in the Twin Cities with the extreme weather we have,[...]

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Forgot to Winterize Your Outside Faucet(s)? Here’s what to do.

Did you forget to winterize your outside faucets this year?  I did.  It doesn’t matter that I posted a Fall Maintenance Checklist reminding homeowners to shut off water to their outside faucets nearly two months ago… I still forgot. It’s not[...]

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Photos from New Construction Home Inspections, Part IV

New homes should be inspected by private home inspectors. It's been one day short of a year since my last post on new construction home inspections, so it's time for another.[...]

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Q&A – Siding Stains: Why Do Houses Cry?

We get brown water stains on our siding over the winter, but they mostly go away over the summer. Will you perform an inspection for those stains only (not a whole-house inspection)?[...]

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Moisture Testing Homes with Vinyl Siding

Moisture intrusion can happen with any type of siding, and it's always an expensive repair when left unchecked. [...]

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How to Inspect Your Own House, Part 8: The Furnace

To inspect your furnace, start by taking a look at the filter and replace it if it's dirty. [...]

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How To Inspect Your Own House, Part 7: Protect Your Water by Preventing Cross-Connections

A large section of the plumbing code is dedicated to protecting our potable water supply, so it's a good idea to check your own home for some of the most obvious violations and fix them.[...]

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Star Tribune Article from 6/18/2000 featuring Barry Eliason

Barry Eliason, owner of Stucco Pro, a St. Paul company that tests for water problems in stucco houses, said he hasn't seen "a single home that is less than 20 years old that doesn't have a significant area of moisture[...]

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