Q&A: Heat Exchanger Cracks and Carbon Monoxide Myths

- .  Here’s the post: How Serious Is A Cracked Heat Exchanger?. So what’s a cracked heat exchanger all about and what’s the big deal?  I wrote a blog post many years ago discussing that topic, and the gist of my blog post was the same as what’s stated on the COmyths web site; a cracked heat exchanger probably isn’t as dangerous as many folks make it out to be, but the furnace (or heat exchanger) still needs replacement ..More

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Bath Fan Terminal Inspections

- . When the fan connection is loose, moist air can escape into the attic, and cold air from the attic will dump down the duct when the fan isn’t running, increasing the potential for condensation in the duct ..More

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Attention Minnesota Home Inspectors: ASHI Heartland Chapter is Back

- .  Simply joining an organization does not make one a great home inspector, and choosing to not join an organization does not make one a bad home inspector. I’ll be doing whatever I can to make sure that new inspectors are made to feel welcome, both to this industry and to ASHI ..More

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How to Inspect Your Own House, Part 3: Siding

- 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.  I have installation instructions for James Hardie siding going back to 1998 on one of my older blog posts about that product. ..More

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How To Inspect Your Own House, Part 7: Protect Your Water by Preventing Cross-Connections

- Every faucet I’ve seen on new construction homes for the past several years has come with built-in backflow prevention, and can be identified by a slightly longer stem.  These faucets don’t need an external vacuum breaker.  The photos below show examples of faucets with integral backflow prevention. ..More

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