Reuben’s Recommended Reading

- . Next week, I will return you to your regularly scheduled blog about houses and home inspection topics ..More

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Pre-drywall inspections

- Today I’ll discuss all three. There are three types of inspections associated with new-construction homes: pre-drywall, final, and one-year warranty. . If you’re having a new home built, when should you have the home inspection? What type of home inspections should be done? We get asked these questions a lot ..More

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Not A Flamethrower testing on intumescent firestop collars

- It took a little less than 7 minutes for the pipe to fall out of the wall and leave a hole that fire would quickly spread through. We did this one first because we wanted to give the foam time to set, so we foamed the pipe in place the day before testing. . For the first test, we burned a PVC pipe that was held in place with Great Stuff Fireblock foam ..More

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Home inspection fail files: bathtub flood

- I didn’t catch that leak because I followed what I was taught and didn’t test bathtub overflows… but that got me thinking. . Eventually, I received a complaint from a client who said their bathtub overflow leaked the first time they used the tub, and it ruined their ceiling. Why don’t I? What if I paid close attention to the overflow while testing it, and made sure that I didn’t ruin anything? This might be a good thing to do and could have saved one of my clients a ruined ceiling ..More

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Nine ways for water to enter your basement or crawl space

- We also recommend checking your sump-pump or low point drain to ensure functionality. . Basements and crawlspaces often go neglected, and some crawlspaces go unchecked for decades, we recommend checking your crawlspace at least twice a year for leaks and issues, the fall and spring are good times to check for unwanted standing water.   A small amount of care and attention can prevent costly future repairs.   Standing water near the foundation and footings can lead to soil shifting or settling and can cause structural issues.   ..More

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