Reuben's Home Inspection Blog

How to Inspect Your Own House, Part 2: Exterior Water Management

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. [...]

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How to Inspect Your Own House, Part 1: Roof and Chimney

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.[...]

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Bath Fan Terminal Inspections

While the knee-jerk reaction that most homeowners have is to call a roofer when a stain shows up at the ceiling fan, this type of staining is rarely the result of a roof leak. This is typically the result of[...]

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Zinc Strips on Mossy Roof, Four Years Later

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.[...]

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Don’t Vent Your Clothes Dryer Through the Roof

As soon as I'm in charge, there will be no more venting of clothes dryers through the roof. Clothes dryers should be vented out the side of the house, preferably at ground level, as God intended.[...]

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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[...]

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Transite Asbestos Flues

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[...]

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How Accurate is Exterior Moisture Testing?

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[...]

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The Problem with Attaching a Deck to a Cantilevered Floor

"Decks generally fail for one of two reasons. The deck falls off the house, or the guard rails fall off the deck."[...]

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Troubleshooting a Leaking Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve

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[...]

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Galvanized Steel Water Pipes, Testing Water Flow on Old Houses

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[...]

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