Are combustion air ducts needed for large basements?

- I like seeing combustion air ducts. If I don’t find any signs of problems, I’ll tell my client that the appliances are located in a large, open space, so combustion air will likely be sufficient, but a combustion air duct will likely be needed the next time that an appliance is replaced. When I inspect a home with a natural draft appliance and no combustion air duct, I look at the size of the basement. . If it’s a huge, open space and there aren’t any big mechanical devices that will fight for air, I check for any signs of previous draft problems. I’m uncomfortable relying on air leakage to provide sufficient combustion air. I covered this extensively in my blog post titled Water Heater Backdrafting, Part 1 of 2: Why it Matters and What to Look For ..More

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Bedroom ceiling height and floor area requirements for 1.5-story homes

- Ceiling height and floor area requirements for bedrooms in 1. I teach a lot of CE classes to real estate agents, and whenever I get to the part about ceiling height, there are a bunch of questions regarding these homes. . To start, let’s go over the requirements for all rooms, then we’ll discuss the tricky ones. 5-story homes seem to befuddle everyone ..More

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New home inspection tool: glass suction cup

- In these cases, I usually team up with my client to get the window to close properly. . I run outside the house and push on the window, and I have my client crank the window and lock it while I push ..More

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Mold or suspected organic microbial growth?

- I’d tell my client there was a moisture problem and I’d usually tell them why it was happening. . My focus was always on fixing the cause of the “stains”. After I decided to eliminate the word mold from my reports, I started calling it “black stains” ..More

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Socks or shoes for the home inspector?

- Your feet get cold very quickly. . Walking around on concrete floors in the dead of winter in Minnesota with no shoes just sucks. Shoes keep your feet warm ..More

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