Plumbing Vents Covered with Frost

- As the frost keeps accumulating with very cold temperatures, eventually the vents get completely blocked with frost, which prevents them from ‘venting’.   I’ve included several photos here to show that all types of vents can be subject to frost closure, given the right weather conditions. ..More

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Rubber Washing Machine Hoses

- Burst washing machine hoses have to be one of the most common causes of catastrophic water damage in homes.  When I find rubber hoses used to connect the washing machine, I often mention to my clients that it’s a good idea to replace them. .  It’s downright disturbing how often my client then goes on to share a story with me about how they already had a flooded house or knew someone whose house flooded because of a failed washing machine hose ..More

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Mold in the Attic

- This is certainly not an all-inclusive list of the places to find attic air leaks, but it should be enough to help you understand what an attic bypass is.  This is how air leaks into the attic. .  When all of these air leaks are perfectly sealed and a vapor barrier is properly installed in the attic, the attic interior will stay dry ..More

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Poorly Insulated Eaves at Old Houses

- The best approach in these situations is to use an insulation with a higher R-value per inch – specifically, closed-cell spray foam insulation.  It’s not necessary to have the entire attic lid insulated with spray foam, but having spray-foam insulation installed at the eaves is a great way to help compensate for the lack of space at these locations. .  The illustration below, provided by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources, shows what this method looks like ..More

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Top 20 Home Inspection Photos from 2012

- . Deteriorated Chimney – Flue gases from combustion appliances like furnaces and water heaters are corrosive; that’s why you see a metal liner sticking out of most chimneys in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.  When the appliance vents in to the chimney without a liner, the flue gases often condense near the top and then drip down and destroy the inside of the chimney ..More

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