Unintended Consequences of Adding Insulation

- We have to pay close attention to this as we go into a house to perform air sealing measures or add insulation. This is why most 100-year-old homes don’t have mold or moisture problems. You gotta let them breathe.  When houses are made tighter, they need to breathe through an intentional hole at a controlled rate. These changes in ventilation rates can have undesirable consequences such as elevated moisture levels in the house, condensation on windows, or mold growth. ”  A leaky house may be uncomfortable and may have high utility bills, but is always well ventilated. They “breathe”. These changes can tighten the house, effectively eliminating a source of ventilation. I often hear people say “…they build houses too tight. ..More

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Photos from New Construction Home Inspections, Part II

- Auto-reverse sensors on garage door openers need to be installed within 6″ of the floor to help reduce the risk of injuries. ..More

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Who Inspected Your Attic?

- Most home home [sic] inspectors understand this is how it works with new construction. . The City of Plymouth has done an Insulation Inspection and have signed off on it. “I just spoke with your home inspector – I let him know he cannot cut the access open to the attic. This is standard protocol for us, we never allow the attic seal to be broken while we own the home. ”. (The Certificate is likely hanging on your garage wall) ..More

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Stucco Homes

- . Oh, and of course, you’ll need to get special permission from the seller to do this.  Drilling holes in walls is invasive; home inspections aren’t ..More

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Burning Dryer Transition Ducts

- . Foil dryer transition ducts are typically UL Listed, and they’re readily available at any home improvement store.  While these products are allowed by code, I’ve heard that many municipal inspectors won’t allow them, and most manufacturers of clothes dryers don’t recommend them either ..More

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