How to Inspect Your Own House, Part 6: Plumbing

-  Carefully watch the drain while performing this test. . Most homeowners already know about the more obvious leaks under bathroom sinks, but to really test these sinks for leaks, fill the sink with water and then let it drain all at once.  This test will force a large slug of water through the drain, and will often identify leaks that wouldn’t otherwise be seen.  One of the most common leak locations at bathroom sinks is at the drain stopper; fixing this leak is usually as simple as tightening the nut ..More

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How to Inspect Your Own House, Part 2: Exterior Water Management

-  I can’t stress the importance of gutters enough.  I blogged about water management at new construction houses last year.  I’ve seen hundreds of water problems at decks, windows, doors, and siding that could have been prevented if gutters had been installed.  Gutters prevent water problems, and should be installed on almost every home; new or not. . The simple fix for the water being directed against the window above is to have gutters installed at the house ..More

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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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Roof Replacement Part 1: Should Contractors Use GAF, Owens Corning, or IKO?

- He is the owner of “My 3 Quotes,” a company that provides the free service of collecting 3 competitive home improvement bids for customers. com for free home improvement estimates on window replacement, siding, roofing, and more. For more information, visit www. getmy3quotes. . Ryan Carey has 15 years of experience in exterior remodeling for Twin Cities Homeowners and Property Management Companies ..More

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Top 20 Home Inspection Photos from 2014

- .  Other times, the defects are quite obvious. We share our favorite home inspection photos on our Facebook page and our Google+ Page with a feature we started back in 2009, called the Photo of the Day.  Enjoy!.  I’ve poured over all of our photos from the past year, and I’ve put together the Top 20 home inspection photos from the past year.   Sometimes we make a game out of the photos, asking what’s wrong in the photo ..More

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