Why Home Inspectors Should Know Building Codes

- As an example, take a look at the sump basket cover at this new-construction home; the cover isn’t airtight, which will allow for moist air to enter the home.  This air may also bring radon gas into the home. ..More

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

-  Look for ponding water next to the house, and look for any water that doesn’t drain away. Ground water management is all about preventing basement water intrusion, and preventing foundation problems.  Water needs to drain away from the building. .  The best time to inspect this on your own home is during the middle of a rain storm.  That’s the long and short of it ..More

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Star Tribune Article from 6/18/2000 featuring Barry Eliason

- The Forest Products Laboratory in the U. S. Department of Agriculture has been studying water problems in houses for two years, but it may be two more years before conclusions are reached, said project director Anton TenWolde, a research physicist. “I would say 90 percent of the moisture problems” in houses are related to moisture coming in from the outside, he said. ..More

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How to Inspect Your Own House, Part 3: Siding

-  Oh, and a note to any word sticklers: a more technical / accurate term for siding would be “exterior wall covering”, but that term is a little geeky and pretentious. .  In part one, I covered how to inspect your own roof and chimney.  I’m happy to call the stuff that covers the exterior walls “siding”, whether it be vinyl, stucco, wood, etc.  In part two, I covered the inspection of the exterior water management, which is one of the most critical parts of preventing major water damage to a building. This is part three in a multi-part series of How to Inspect Your Own House.  Today the focus will be on inspecting your own siding, broken down by the most popular types of siding in the Twin Cities ..More

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

- . Those woodgrains, in many cases, change the minds of people who are looking for a wood look and steer them into vinyl.   Some say, “Wow, that’s vinyl?”  Others see it as “looking fake” and go in a different direction. The following four brands that I recommend all have several color choices including woodgrain laminate looks on the interior (see picture of dark oak woodgrain vinyl window next to stained oak trim). Using a beige interior (see picture)  has also been a popular option to go along with stained wood casing ..More

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