A short interview with Reuben about becoming a home inspector

- The interview was all about getting into this profession and was meant as advice for people interested in becoming home inspectors. Because I took the time to type all of this out, I thought it would make a good “bloggy” type of blog post. . I recently typed out answers to several interview questions for a book that will be part of a series titled Careers in the Building Trades-A Growing Demand ..More

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What’s faster: vented or unvented drains?

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

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

- This happens when there is no vent present, the vent is obstructed, or the vent is improperly installed. If you hear a gurgling noise after water has drained out of a fixture, what you’re hearing is air getting siphoned through the trap. . In next week’s blog post, I’ll discuss air admittance valves; devices that are designed to take the place of individual fixture vents without running pipes through the roof ..More

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Sewer inspections: old homes or all homes?

- I used to believe that problems with building sewers were almost non-existent for newer, plastic drain lines. I put together a short video of these defects, along with some commentary from Sewer Joe. Each one of these drain lines requires an expensive repair that I would absolutely not want to get stuck with as a home buyer. As a home ages, the potential for sewer problems increases. . It’s not true. J, has shared a bunch of sewer inspection videos with me over the past year showing failed, relatively newer sewer lines. My sewer inspection guy, Joseph Whitters, aka Sewer Joe, aka Dr ..More

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The Structure Tech training process

- In the interest of transparency and to help give advice to any other multi-inspector company owners out there, I’m sharing the Structure Tech training timeline, omitting a bunch of steps that are specific to my company. ..More

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