A Primer on “S” Traps

-  Listen to the gurgling noise at the very end of the water draining – this gurgling sound is a dead giveaway that a plumbing fixture isn’t properly vented. . To see how this happens, here’s a quick video I took during a home inspection ..More

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Unintended Consequences of Adding Insulation

- It is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer and is responsible for an estimated 21,000 deaths per year.  Radon is literally drawn up into the house by a form of depressurization called stack effect. . Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is present in soil ..More

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Wood Chimneys Deserve A Closer Look

- .  There are a disproportionate number of wood chimneys with rotted siding and wall sheathing, when compared to other types of siding and other locations. If your home has a wood chimney chase with wood lap siding, you need to pay special attention to it.  I regularly inspect houses with wood chimney chases that have major water damage inside the walls, but in most cases there is little, if any, visible evidence of the damage ..More

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Buried Fuel Oil Tanks

- .  Here’s some SOP language from different home inspection organizations:. Home Inspection Standards of Practice specifically state that buried fuel oil tanks are not something that home inspectors are required to inspect ..More

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Keeping your clothes dryer safe

- . I’ve heard concerns about pests getting in to the clothes dryer duct if a screen isn’t installed, but if the backdraft damper at the exterior is kept clean, this shouldn’t be an issue ..More

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