Cast Iron Sewer Lines- Dave Six

By Sue Josoff

While inspecting a 127 yr old commercial building in Missouri Valley I saw some real “artwork”. We still see a lot of cast iron sewer lines, however these had recently been resealed with the traditional lead/oakum seals.  It has become very rare to see this dying art practiced, due to the dangers of working around molten lead.

The Truth About Mold

By Home Standards

  By Jon Vacha Vice President, Home Standards Inspection Services     Mold plays an important part in our ecosystem by breaking down and recycling material in nature. Unfortunately, mold can become troublesome when it is allowed to grow inside our homes. It is important to know where to look for mold so a problem…

Humidity and Winter Comfort

By Sue Josoff

Low humidity in the winter can dry noses, skin and throats as well as crack fingertips. Your home can also suffer from overly dry conditions, including wood floors opening up, increase in static electricity, drywall is affected and even pianos can go out of tune. “Relative Humidity” refers to the air’s ability to hold water/moisture.…

Inspecting Insulated Windows for Leaks

By Sue Josoff

I recently inspected a two-bedroom home with a very large insulated window with a defective thermal seal. I explained to the concerned buyer there was a less expensive alternative to replacement. Insulated or thermal windows are made with two panels of glass sandwiched over a spacer and sealant, creating a space between the panes that…

The newest pedestal sink accessory

By Sue Josoff

We have discovered the newest trend in pedestal sink accessories.  They come in a variety of colors such as: blonde, brunette, auburn, black etc.   Pick a color to match with your bathroom decor.  Each piece comes with coordinating claw clip to fit easily on any pipe.