How to Inspect Your Own House, Part 6: Plumbing

- . If you have a toilet that clogs frequently, replace it.  I recommend using Consumer Reports to help decide on a toilet.  Their team tirelessly tests the toilets in the most tasteful manner possible to figure out which ones have the best flushing ability.  I’ll leave it at that.  I’ve trusted them in the past, and they haven’t let me down ..More

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Top “Feel-Good” Home Inspection Pics from 2014

- If you like these images, please “like” our Facebook page or “plus one” our Google+ Page. .  We post these types of photos on Saturdays when we have them ..More

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Top 20 Home Inspection Photos from 2014

- “Call us if the mountains turn blue” – from our recent caption contest. .  This winning caption was submitted by Eric Aune ..More

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Don’t Vent Your Clothes Dryer Through the Roof

-  These areas of the roof are especially susceptible to roof leaks because there is no ice and water shield installed in these locations.  If this happens enough, an ice dam will form that’s large enough to cause roof leaks. When bath fans and clothes dryers vent through the roof, they melt a bunch of snow.  I blogged about this earlier this year: Advanced Ice Dam Prevention. .  After the snow melts below the vent, it’ll probably freeze again farther down on the roof ..More

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The Problem with Attaching a Deck to a Cantilevered Floor

-  The rim board for the house is no longer supported from beneath. This next diagram shows a cantilevered connection. .  Everything in this diagram is pretty much the same, except the floor of the house is now cantilevered ..More

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