Plumbing Traps

- . If you have an old toilet in your basement with no water line connected, have it removed and have the opening to the sewer capped off. If you have a free-standing toilet in your basement that isn’t abandoned, remember to give it a flush every now and then ..More

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Foundation cracks: get an engineer every time?

- . This article was about foundation cracks and foundation damage, and it seriously said that the size of a crack doesn’t matter. I wish that this was an attempt at cheeky humor, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t ..More

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Carbon monoxide = CO (houses don’t need CO2 detectors)

- It’s usually just a little bit, but this is still unacceptable, and it means the furnace or heat exchanger should be replaced. . A cracked heat exchanger might, under the right conditions, create elevated levels of CO, but this is not typical. If a furnace has a cracked heat exchanger, the combustion gases can mix with the household air. More on that topic here: Heat Exchanger Cracks and Carbon Monoxide Myths ..More

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Animals, skeletons, and creepy home inspection stuff, part 3

- These are our favorites finds from 2018. . Unlike most blog posts that you’ll find here, this one has no educational value at all. If you follow our Facebook page, you’ve probably already seen a lot of these photos, but not all of them.  Warning: Several of these photos are gross ..More

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Are combustion air ducts needed for large basements?

- To help give this question some perspective, I asked the reader, who I’ll call Bob, to send me some photos of his equipment so I could better understand what he was working with. Here’s a photo, which Bob gave me permission to use. I marked up the image with some more information:. . That’s a great question ..More

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