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. Each one of these drain lines requires an expensive repair that I would absolutely not want to get stuck with as a home buyer. I put together a short video of these defects, along with some commentary from Sewer Joe. 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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Plumbing Vents, Why Houses Need Them (forget the water bottle analogy)

- They don’t make fixtures drain faster; in fact, they do the opposite.   Vents are frequently connected together inside the attic, which allows for fewer penetrations in the roof. Plumbing vents protect plumbing traps. When it comes to first time home buyers, one of the least understood components of a home seems to be plumbing vents. . All residential plumbing fixtures need to be protected by a plumbing vent. They’re those pipes sticking up out of the roof that run through the attic and through the rest of the house ..More

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Home inspection report summary: yes or no?

- I’ve never conducted a survey, so here goes. Thank you!. While I firmly believe that my clients appreciate report summaries, my evidence is purely anecdotal. The results of this survey might change how we do business. . You can see the results of the survey after you’ve voted. Please vote ..More

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Are annual furnace inspections really necessary?

- . Centerpoint Energy is known for offering one of the least expensive furnace tune-ups out there, yet they have a nice list of stuff that says exactly what they do for the money right on their website. The company doing the work should be able to quickly rattle off a long list of stuff they’ll be checking. Before you hire a company to do a tune-up on your furnace, ask what’s included ..More

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Egress requirements and the two-opening myth

- . It just needs to be something big enough to get people in and out. ”  I think this term is already pretty self-explanatory, but I included the definition to make it clear that the opening doesn’t need to be a window. A door would be just fine. The building code definition for an Emergency Escape and Rescue Opening is “an operable exterior window, door or similar device that provides for a means of escape and access for rescue in the event of an emergency ..More

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