Do Home Inspectors Inspect Outbuildings?

- So that’s the primary difference. . If it’s not a garage, you’re not required to inspect it. If an outbuilding is classified as a garage, it’s part of a complete home inspection, even if it’s a detached building ..More

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Drum traps

- 1 of the Minnesota State Plumbing Code says “Drum and bottle traps shall be installed for special conditions. . ” Drum traps are used in these locations because they’re not self-scouring. Section 1004. Our old code said “Drum traps shall be installed only when permitted by the administrative authority for special conditions (laboratory tables, dental chairs, etc. ” I don’t know what those special conditions are, but if I look at the old Minnesota plumbing code, I could guess. ). If someone’s gold filling falls down the drain, a drum trap will allow it to just sit in the bottom for retrieval ..More

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Controlling Window Condensation

- Regardless, no window can completely eliminate condensation, so I encourage customers to go vinyl, composite, or fiberglass on the interior when getting new windows since those won’t be hurt by water. . Even if you use real wood again on the interior, today’s glass packs with multiple layers of Low E coating and argon gas are more effective and keep the inside glass at a higher temperature, resulting in less condensation and lower energy costs. That is also why non-wood windows have longer warranties than their real wood counterparts. Any spot where glass meets soft pine makes me nervous about maintenance issues, even with today’s glass ..More

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Automatic water leak protection

- Some of the most likely areas are around water heaters, boilers, sump baskets, lift stations, washing machines, dishwashers, and HVAC equipment with condensate drains. . Water leaks and water backups can occur in many places throughout the home ..More

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Introducing the Sense Home Energy Monitor

- Over time, Sense learns and identifies electrical devices in your home. . While it’s not quite as useful as the power meter, device recognition is certainly the coolest feature of the Sense. The image below shows a live view. It recognized my furnace and garage door opener right away and has steadily been recognizing devices in my home over the past month ..More

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