Combustion Air Ducts, Part I: Why Houses Need Them

-  Silly, right?. .  This is essentially just a hole in the side of the building that brings in fresh outdoor air. If you trace this duct down, you’ll find that it connects to an opening at the exterior of the building.  Homeowners, builders, and insulation contractors spend lots of  time trying to seal up every little air leak in to a house, but then the building code requires this big hole that allows cold air to just dump in to the basement ..More

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Ceiling Stains

- . When a home inspector finds a suspicious ceiling stain, they’ll typically use a moisture meter to help determine whether it’s an active leak or not. The most obvious concern with ceiling stains is roof leakage.  The video clip below shows me using the non-invasive feature of a moisture meter to confirm that the ceiling stain shown above was caused by active leaking ..More

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Top 20 Home Inspection Photos from 2013

- .  The rest of these photos are pretty self explanatory. Some of my favorite photos are the ones that need no explanation ..More

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Top 10 Home Inspection Myths

- .  I’ve blogged about most of these, but there are a few topics here that I haven’t blogged about yet. I hear a lot of the same home inspection myths repeated over and over ..More

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Home Inspection Checklist – Exterior

- .  This type of curling almost always happens on the south side first, so pay special attention to that side. Look for any irregularities with the roof: shingles that look curled from the ground indicate an old roof.  The photos below show examples of some particularly nasty roofs ..More

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