Human Nature and the Brick

While inspecting a roof, I saw a brick near the furnace flue.  I made my way over to investigate.  I reached down to pick it up and realized it had been tarred to the roof.  I came to the conclusion that the homeowner had put the brick there to secure the flashing around the furnace flue. It may have been done when the store was not open or several ...


Inspecting Houses is a Gas

Inspecting Houses is a Gas By Jon Vacha “CSST gas pipe needs grounding.” Have you ever heard that from a home inspector? Chances are you have, it’s a common home inspection topic. Any house built before 2009 that has CSST (corrugated stainless steel tubing) gas pipe usually has this recommendation on its home inspection report. U.S. model building codes started requiring direct bonding of CSST in 2009. Once the gas system is grounded ...


Sump Pits & Pumps

Sump Pits & Pumps by Steve Vacha A wet basement can create a lot of problems and quickly lead to thousands of dollars in damage.  A basement that lets in moisture from the exterior can also provide conditions for mold growth, creating health and breathing concerns. To address this concern many homes have sump pits. A sump pit is installed in the lowest part of the basement. They are designed to ...


Pipe Types

Pipe Types By Jon Vacha   The word “plumbing” derives from the Latin word for lead. During much of modern human history, lead was used for water piping due to its malleability. The Romans used lead piping for their aqueducts and bath houses. Lead plumbing lines were used frequently up until the early 20th century. The discovered health risks associated with lead put a stop its use in plumbing. The use of wooden piping was actually a common practice in cities such as ...


A creative plumbing practice

Tim Krof found this one -This is not your typical way to drain the washer...but it works. Good to see they have both a plunger and toilet cleaner standing by......but sorry ladies, this seat STAYS UP!!