Gas appliance categories

- While a Category I appliance might have a draft inducer fan, such as the furnace shown above, the purpose of the fan is not to get the exhaust gases out of the home; the fan is only there to get the exhaust gases out of the appliance. After the exhaust gases have left the appliance, they’re supposed to make their way up and out of the home through gravity. ..More

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Radon licensing requirements for Minnesota

- It’s official, radon licensing has arrived in Minnesota. As of today, January 1st, anyone who does a radon test in a building that they don’t own or lease will need to be licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health. . The same was supposed to go for the installation of radon mitigation systems, but a tempory injunction has put a halt to that ..More

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The Structure Tech training process

- If I wouldn’t trust one of my inspectors to inspect a house for a close friend or family member, they’re not ready to go out on their own. By the time our inspectors start inspecting on their own, they’ll have conducted between 120 and 160 home inspections, on average. . They don’t go on their own until I’m confident in their ability to recognize problems, and their ability to communicate those findings verbally and in writing ..More

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What’s faster: vented or unvented drains?

- An unvented fixture will drain faster because all the water that has left the drain is actually pulling water out of the fixture. . When a fixture is properly vented, this doesn’t happen ..More

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Are re-inspections necessary?

- The seller told the buyer that they fixed the dried out boots by applying a lubricant. . 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 ..More

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