Reuben's Home Inspection Blog
Roof water management is HUGE. Experienced home inspectors can drive up to a house and instantly know where there will be water problems, just by paying attention to where water gets directed from the roof when it rains. [...]read more
While a professional home inspector will provide the most thorough and accurate home inspection, there are a number of things that homeowners can look for themselves as part of regular maintenance inspections.[...]read more
Starting in 2010 I began conducting fairly long-term experiment by installing zinc strips on a moss-covered garage roof, and showed before and after photos after the zinc had 16 months to work its magic. Here's a follow-up photo.[...]read more
Siding Replacement Wars: James Hardie vs. LP SmartSide in a Battle for Contractors, Builders, and You
The current battle of paintable composite siding boards has given rise to quite the rivalry between LP SmartSide and James Hardie... the front line of this battle is taking place in the Twin Cities because this is one of[...]read more
Transite asbestos was a common product used to vent gas appliances such as furnaces, boilers, and water heaters in older homes in Minnesota. This material is no longer used because the interior of the vent can deteriorate and flake[...]read more
The sellers of the home questioned the accuracy of my report and hired another company to re-test the house. This other company did their testing from the interior rather than from the exterior as I had done. Their report to[...]read more
"Decks generally fail for one of two reasons. The deck falls off the house, or the guard rails fall off the deck."[...]read more
this particular issue seems to completely befuddle folks... majority of the comments were questions from readers who were trying to troubleshoot their own leaking TPR valves[...]read more
If you're buying an old house, beware of old galvanized steel water pipes. These pipes build up with sediment on the inside, making the inside diameter of the pipe smaller and smaller over time, eventually to the point where[...]read more
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This is a blog about home inspections and home related topics in the Minneapolis / Saint Paul areas. I try to focus on topics and issues, rather than stories and anecdotes... but you'll still find a few of those. To subscribe to this blog, sign up below.
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