Are combustion air ducts needed for large basements?

- I covered this extensively in my blog post titled Water Heater Backdrafting, Part 1 of 2: Why it Matters and What to Look For. I like seeing combustion air ducts. 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. When I inspect a home with a natural draft appliance and no combustion air duct, I look at the size of the basement. 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. ..More

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A short interview with Reuben about becoming a home inspector

- For anyone who is considering a career in home inspections, I recommend first going along on some inspections with an experienced home inspector to get a better idea of what’s involved. I believe that more women are entering this profession, and the number of multi-inspector companies is increasing. Next, you’ll need to decide if you’d rather work for a home inspection company or you’d rather be self-employed. This profession has traditionally been dominated by one-man shops, but that dynamic is beginning to change. ..More

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Running toilet? Check the flapper.

- After I recorded this, I realized that I kind of skipped over the chain adjustment. I consider this part to be pretty much common sense; the chain length is easily adjustable. The chain should be long enough to have a little bit of slack so you don’t need to jiggle the handle to get the flap to close, but short enough to get the flapper to lift when the toilet is flushed. ..More

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Water in sub-slab ductwork

- If sub-slab ducts are going to be abandoned, they need to be sealed off and new overhead ductwork needs to be installed. This is an expensive option because the new ductwork typically needs to be installed in an already-finished space. ..More

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Air admittance valves

- . While doing this testing, I also did some pressure testing on AAVs, and it didn’t all turn out as planned. I have some crazy-stupid bloopers at the end of this video that you won’t want to miss ..More

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