Observe and Report? That’s for Mall Cops, not Home Inspectors

- . The bottom line is that before you hire a home inspector, take a look at his or her sample inspection report to make sure you’re hiring the right person for the job.  Reading sample home inspection reports is one of the best ways to compare home inspectors ..More

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Hot Water Faster

-  The Minnesota State Plumbing Code requires a minimum of 1/2″ pipe to the kitchen sink.  When it comes time for me to sell my house, I’ll probably just re-connect the old 1/2″ water line to the faucet. . You might think that this reduction in size would equate to lower water flow at the kitchen faucet, but it actually made no noticeable difference.  The hot and cold water flow both seem to be identical.  Because of this, I left the old 1/2″ water line in place.   So what’s the downside to this, and why don’t more plumbers do this?  It’s a code violation.  It should take about 30 seconds ..More

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Stucco Homes

- . After over a decade of invasive testing and having tested thousands of homes, none of the companies that perform exterior testing have had a single reported problem with this testing method ..More

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A Primer on “S” Traps

- The purpose of a trap is to prevent sewer gases, and possibly vermin, from coming in to the home.   As a longer-term solution, you could also pour RV antifreeze in to the drains; that stuff won’t evaporate.  I’ve actually found this condition on a number of larger occupied houses.  The easiest fix for this is to periodically run a little water in the plumbing fixtures.  When water sits in the trap, sewer gases stay out. .  Have you ever noticed some nasty odors in a bathroom that you never use?  It’s probably because the water in the trap has completely evaporated, allowing sewer gases to come in to the home ..More

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Floodsafe® Washing Machine Connectors

- Another problem with these connectors is that the fast-acting solenoid valves in a washing machine can create such a sudden increase in water flow that the safety valve treats this as a leak, and shuts off the water.  I’ve heard that one way to get around this is to throttle the valve half closed, but now you’re talking about some ridiculously low water flow. ..More

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