Why Home Inspectors Should Know Building Codes

-  At that point, a home inspector who is familiar with building codes would be happy to give their client the above code reference, backing up their recommendation. .  That’s a good thing, and it doesn’t mean the home inspector is doing a code compliance inspection. If the home buyer addresses this issue with the builder and asks them to correct this, the builder might say it already passed inspection and meets code ..More

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Bath Fan Terminal Inspections

-  The longer the bath fan duct, the greater the potential for condensation inside the duct. .  These ducts will sometimes run from one side of the attic to the other to create a more aesthetically appealing roof line, but this increases the potential for condensation and reduces the performance of the fan. Use the shortest run possible ..More

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Top “Feel-Good” Home Inspection Pics from 2014

-  Nice detail. . Drain under walkway – I’ve complained blogged about home builders not providing any method for water to drain away from the home, but this builder got it right!  They installed a $5 section of corrugated drain in the yard before the walkway was poured ..More

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Window Replacement Part 4: (Vinyl) Lindsay, Alside, Simonton, Soft-Lite

- There are hundreds of other vinyl window manufacturers out there, and if the research shows similar longevity and U-factors, you can feel pretty comfortable with them as well. How good is a lifetime warranty from a company that has been in business for 5 years? I recommend upper end windows from any of these 4 manufacturers based on their longevity and track record. Do you notice something similar about these lines? They all have been around for 65+ years, which is very important to me when a company is giving a lifetime warranty. ..More

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How to Inspect Your Own House, Part 8: The Furnace

-  Here are some self-explanatory photos from that post:.  I gave several examples of blocked combustion air ducts in my blog post about combustion air duct problems and solutions. If you have a combustion air duct coming into your furnace room, make sure it’s not blocked. ..More

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