Water Heater Backdrafting, Part 2 of 2: Why It’s Happening and How To Fix It

- A proper cap will help to prevent debris from falling into the vent, keep rain out,  prevent downdrafts caused by strong outdoor winds, and is required by the Minnesota Fuel Gas Code (section 503. . 6. 6) ..More

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Don’t connect downspouts directly to yard drains

- One of the main jobs of gutters is to direct water away from the building, which helps to prevent wet basements and foundation problems. .  When downspouts drain right next to the building, water gets concentrated to one location, which is usually worse than no gutters at all.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: downspout extensions are important ..More

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FAQ: “What’s that thing on the side of the house?”

- You’ll find a phone line going from the water meter to this transmitter at the exterior of the home; this is part of an AMR (Automated Meter Reading) system. .  This is how municipal water departments know how much to bill homeowners for their water usage.  They just aim a wand at this device from the road or yard and get their data ..More

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Sump Pumps shouldn’t discharge into the sanitary sewer

- Discharging a sump pump into the city’s sanitary sewer system is a big ‘no-no’. .  While this might seem like an easier and more attractive option than running a discharge tube from the sump pump to the exterior, it’s illegal in most cities here in Minnesota when the home is connected to the city sewer ..More

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Roof Vents: Problems and Solutions

- .  In the photo below, the vent on the left wasn’t level.  The one thing I’ll mention is that turbine vents need to be installed perfectly level; when they’re not installed level, they don’t turn. I’ve never been a huge fan of turbine vents because I have it in my head that they may end up causing some of the same problems that powered roof vents do, but the fine folks at Complete Building Solutions swear by ’em, and I trust those guys, so I won’t complain about turbine vents.  Do you see anything else that’s wrong in the photo? ..More

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