Banging pipes are caused by water hammer

- The most obvious way of dealing with this is to keep the pipes secure. As soon as I secured the flexible water tubing at my own house, the tubing couldn’t move anymore, and the sound went away. For new installations, clamps and protective devices are standard. ..More

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Home inspection report summary: yes or no?

-  Please read the entire report. This is not by any means a substitute for the full report. If a home inspector includes a summary with their inspection report, what goes into the summary should be explained. . For my company’s home inspection reports, we include this text at the beginning of our summary: “This Summary Report includes the items that were, in my opinion, the most important items to bring to your attention. ” ..More

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Plumbing Vents, Why Houses Need Them (forget the water bottle analogy)

- The common, improper analogy is to talk about dumping a soda bottle upside down. You may have heard that plumbing fixtures will drain faster when they’re vented properly, but it’s not true. Let me repeat that: plumbing vents prevent traps from being siphoned. . They also prevent back-pressure on traps, but today the focus is on siphoning.  Once you put a hole in the top, water drains out very quickly because air can replace the water as it drains. You watch the water glug out while air replaces it, and this makes it drain slowly ..More

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Whole-House Humidifiers Harm Houses (still)

- First, let’s take a look at the claimed benefits of whole-house humidifiers, which I’m taking right from Aprilaire’s website. ..More

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Fall maintenance checklist for Minnesota homeowners

- Fall is officially here and we’ve already had snow. This year, I created three new video clips to accompany the list.  We post this same fall maintenance list every year, and we modify it just a bit every year with new and updated information. If you’re not yet done with your fall maintenance list, get on it. ..More

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