How to Inspect Your Own House, Part 6: Plumbing

- .  This test will force a large slug of water through the drain, and will often identify leaks that wouldn’t otherwise be seen. 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.  Carefully watch the drain while performing this test.  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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Window Replacement Part 3: Marvin, Andersen, Pella

- . They are also concerned about the company being around in the future for warranty issues. Over the years, the most common question I get is, “So how does this window compare against Andersen, Marvin, or Pella?” I could show the comparable ingredients or the same U-factors, but some folks are just more comfortable with that well-known name brand. They know the manufacturer has been around for a long time and therefore has made many customers happy ..More

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Whole House Fans

- .  The opening at the ceiling is covered with metal louvers that get sucked open when the fan turns on; that’s what you’re seeing in the photos above and below.  When a whole-house fan runs, it pulls air out of the house and directs it into the attic space, and from there, the air gets exhausted through the attic vents.  A traditional whole house fan basically consists of a huge, noisy, scary looking fan installed at the ceiling in the hallway of the uppermost level of a home. Those are the louvers for a whole house fan.  While they’re not common in Minnesota, I see a few of them every year while doing home inspections ..More

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How To Inspect Your Own House, Part 5: Electrical

- . If there are loose outlets, the repair is usually as simple as removing the cover plate and tightening the screws that hold the outlet in place ..More

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Minnesota Stucco Repairs: Case Study #1, Minimal Repairs

- . When SunsetCG is contacted to perform stucco repairs on an existing home, there are four basic steps that take place; a review of the moisture testing report, removal of the stucco at the affected areas, repair of the affected areas, and maintenance on the rest of the stucco. Today, we’ll take a closer look at a home that SunsetCG performed repairs on ..More

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