Ceiling Stains

- . In these cases, it’s a good idea to ask the seller about the history of the staining; specifically, what caused the staining and has the cause of the staining been corrected?. When a stain is dry, it means the cause of the staining has been corrected or the conditions that caused the staining to occur are no longer present. If a stain is wet, most home inspectors will be able to trace down the source of the moisture and recommend a repair ..More

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Beaver Systems

- .  The photos below show a couple of examples. When water leaks into the basement, the dam holds the water right against the perimeter of the basement against the foundation walls, and directs the water to a floor drain or a sump basket. A Beaver system consist of a dam that gets glued to the basement floor ..More

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A Better Tape Measure

- .  If you know of a better tape measure, let me know about it. I wonder what took Stanley so long to come out with one of these?  I’ve been using this same tape measure for about two years with no problems ..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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Photos from New Construction Home Inspections, Part III

-  This no-no zone extends 3′ out from the tub.  Too close.  The chandelier shown below was about 20″ away from the tub, measured horizontally. There aren’t a lot of electrical defects at new construction homes, but they do exist. .  Last year I blogged about how chandeliers above bath tubs are a no-no ..More

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