Q&A: “Why does water leak through the bottom of my chimney?”

-  While that seems a little ‘hacky’, there’s really nothing wrong with it, but my preference would be to stop water from coming in at the top of the chimney. .  Some people hang a small pail below this drain to catch the water.  As mentioned above, there are two holes to cover; the opening in the metal vent liner, and the space between the metal vent liner and the clay liner.  The water the comes out of the drain shouldn’t be much, and is mostly just a nuisance. So there you have it ..More

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Photos from New Construction Home Inspections, Part V

- We use infrared cameras to check ceilings below showers for leaks, and we can usually identify shower leaks before any water is ever visible, but not always.  The next photo shows water that leaked through the shower base, down into the garage. ..More

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Q&A: What’s the difference between home inspection organizations?

- Hi Reuben, You have not mentioned any accreditation such as ASHI. Could you speak to those organizations and what they require to be a member? Do you feel that adds value in the search for a good inspector?. ..More

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Diamond Pier Footings Revisited

- My best guess is that people aren’t aware of the product, or they assume Diamond Piers are more expensive, but they’re not.  I don’t have any statistics, but just based on my experience, these things haven’t even put a dent in the market. Surprisingly, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of decks being built in Minnesota using Diamond Piers. ..More

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How to get the most out of your Truth-In-Sale of Housing evaluation

-  I crawl through the attic, I walk the roof, I open the electric panel… all that jazz.  When I’m hired to do those types of inspections, I usually spend an extra hour or so at the house, and I try to go the extra mile to find all of the same stuff I’d find during a regular home inspection. If you really want to get the most out of your TISH evaluation, hire your TISH evaluator to do a sellers inspection or a “walk-n-talk consultation” at the same time as the TISH evaluation. ..More

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