Unconventional Chimney

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Here’s a  chimney I looked @ the other day. I called it unconventional and labeled it a safety recommending further evaluation. In the second picture it appeared to me that the flue pipe inside may have been too close to the window well metal because the paint and galvanizing looks like it has burned off.…

Finding the Perfect Match – Special Valentine’s Day Feature

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Looking for a significant other can be compared to looking for a house to buy. In some cases, a person may have expectations that are too high or just simply unreasonable. They might end up searching for most of their life…or most of their real estate agent’s life. Others have fewer expectations and simply settle…

Sometimes it’s the Little Things

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Yes, sometimes it’s those little forgotten items in your home that can cause the largest inconveniences. One example- behind your washer there are 2 or 3 water supply hoses. (If you have a dryer with a steam option, then you have 3.) Most of these are just rubber with metal fittings on the end. We use…

CO – The Silent Killer

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Beginning in January of next year- any residence sold, rented or issued a building permit in Nebraska will require carbon monoxide detectors per Nebraska law. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is odorless and tasteless. Most who suffer from CO poisoning are not aware they are being poisoned. It has been estimated that unintentional CO exposure accounts for…

Water Heaters Need Love Too

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Possibly the most neglected appliance in your home is the water heater. As long as we turn on the tap and get hot water, it rarely crosses our minds. But there are some recommended maintenance practices you should take to help extend the life of your unit. It is recommended that several gallons of water…

Toilet Talk

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I don’t want to think about toilets- they are not pleasant things to ponder. But, as we all know, in-door plumbing is one of the most important advancements of a human civilization. To flush away all that waste and not have to worry about where it goes or how a toilet works is a luxury.…

They’re Out There!

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Sometimes when doing an inspection, we come across what can I only be describe as “jaw dropping” examples of how not to build a house.  The other day, I had two such events in the same home.  While checking the electrical panel, I noted that all the circuit grounds had been tied together instead of…

What’s the R-Value of Blue Jeans?

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How well is your house insulated?  Insulating a house in all the right places can have a huge impact on energy bills.  At a minimum, insulation should be inside walls and in attic spaces.  During a home inspection, we can report on the areas that are visible and make estimates of the current R-values and…

A Tale of Two Sewers

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By: Inspector David Six Recently, while doing an inspection report, I noted that the sewer cleanout plug (shown in photo) had been changed.  This is an indication that someone has either had to snake or in some way check the sewer line to the street.  While relaying this information to the client, I recommended that…