How to Prevent Basement Water Intrusion

- .  A house with improper downspout extensions will end up concentrating water next to the house. Why?  A house with no gutters will typically disperse water along all of the roof lines ..More

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How to Inspect Your Own House, Part 3: Siding

- .  I have installation instructions for James Hardie siding going back to 1998 on one of my older blog posts about that product. My best advice for inspecting these types of siding would be to read the installation instructions from the manufacturer, then walk around your home and make sure the installation details match up with the diagrams the manufacturer provided ..More

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Upcoming Changes to the Minnesota State Building Code

-  I’ll still be recommending the installation of kick-out flashing when it’s not present at houses that I inspect. Oh well. .  This doesn’t really affect my job; I’m a home inspector, not a building official ..More

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Minnesota Stucco Repairs: Case Study #1, Minimal Repairs

- When a retrofit repair is performed, a follow-up moisture testing inspection should take place three to five years after the repairs have taken place. ..More

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Q&A: Heat Exchanger Cracks and Carbon Monoxide Myths

- ”. We shut the furnace off if they have a cracked exchanger because eventually, it can potentially be a carbon monoxide (CO) issue and because carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless and tasteless, people often mistake CO poisoning symptoms with the flu. According to Becca Virden, the public relations spokeswoman at CenterPoint Energy, “We do our best for our customer by putting their safety and comfort first, safety being first. . If we discover that a customer’s furnace has a cracked heat exchanger, we shut the furnace off at the electrical switch and gas valve and tag the appliance for repair ..More

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