How to Prevent Basement Water Intrusion

-  The most common question we get when it comes to wet basements is “how can I fix it?”. . After all of the rain we’ve had this weekend and with more rain coming today and tomorrow, there are going to be a lot of houses throughout the Twin Cities with wet basements ..More

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Zinc Strips on Mossy Roof, Four Years Later

-  The first photo, showing the untouched roof from July of 2010, showed a lot of moss growth. . The results were much better than I had expected ..More

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Maintenance Inspections for Homeowners

- At most single item inspections, I end up walking past a number of other major concerns that jump out at me… does the owner know their downspouts drain right against the house?  does the owner know they’re missing kickout flashing and water is probably pouring into the wall behind the siding every time it rains?  does the owner know their dryer vent is clogged and creating a fire hazard? …  but I usually try to keep my mouth shut unless it’s a safety issue, and even then, it needs to be brought up tactfully.  A homeowner’s home is not their castle; it’s their baby. ..More

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Why Home Inspectors Should Know Building Codes

-  The upcoming seminar will cover the most important parts of these changes. In last week’s blog post I mentioned that there is an upcoming seminar for Minnesota home inspectors, being taught by building code guru Douglas Hansen of Code Check.  Minnesota currently uses the 2006 International Building Code (IRC), but we’ll soon be adopting the 2012 IRC, and with that will come a lot of changes. ..More

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A Home Inspector’s Review of the Flir One Infrared Camera for the iPhone

-  I’m sure the Flir One wouldn’t tolerate any kind of abuse like that. Even if I drop my E6 camera, it won’t break.  Before buying this camera, one of the Flir reps tossed the camera up into the air and let it fall onto the concrete floor, just to show how durable and rugged they are. ..More

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