Are re-inspections necessary?

- . While this surely made sense to the person doing the work, the appropriate fix was to replace the plumbing vent flashings, or possibly install Perma-Boots. The seller told the buyer that they fixed the dried out boots by applying a lubricant ..More

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Are combustion air ducts needed for large basements?

- First, the part that allows for a house to leak so much air that no dedicated combustion air duct is needed. . I won’t go into all of the details of that section, but I do want to cover part of it. The Minnesota State Fuel Gas Code gives a few different options to provide combustion air to gas appliances, which can be found in section 304. The good news is that if a home has sufficient combustion air brought in, it’ll never need to fight for it ..More

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Mold or suspected organic microbial growth?

- This is pretty much always what causes mold in the attic, and our inspector gave the client some very specific information on what it would take to prevent this from continuing to happen. The problem with this language is the reason for this blog post, however. One of the inspectors on my team recently mentioned a bunch of black stains in the attic and said that it looked like mold, but we wouldn’t be testing the material to know for sure. . Of course, the cause of the mold in the attic was attic bypasses ..More

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Gas Appliance Connectors

- Also, the Minnesota code standards for gas appliance connectors can be found in the Minnesota State Fuel Gas Code under section 411. 1. . 3 ..More

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Radon licensing requirements for Minnesota

- I hope that in the end, this new licensing will benefit the consumer. On the bright side, I expect this new requirement to eliminate the radon testing clowns.  These were the fools who were placing radon tests in crawl spaces, using unapproved devices, and other similar tactics that were just plain goofy and not befitting of a professional. . Good riddance to all of that tomfoolery ..More

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