Ice Dams: how to prevent and how to remove

- . This video is a heavily-edited, stripped-down version of my one-hour class on ice dams. This usually happens at the edges of roofs, but not always. If you’d prefer to watch a video that explains everything in this marathon blog post, I’ve created a marathon video that covers all of this. Ice dams form when the snow that touches the roof melts, and then that water freezes again before running off the roof. Ice dams are literally dams of ice that form on roofs and cause water to back up ..More

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Do Home Inspectors Inspect Swimming Pools?

- . The fewer surprises the better. And if your inspection is not of the expert variety, explain that issues such as equipment operation and lifespan are best addressed by a swimming pool inspection expert. It should be reviewed, discussed and agreed upon before the customer signs. It’s wise to get a lawyer’s advice or assistance with the statement ..More

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Controlling Window Condensation

- People have also bleached them at times to get some of the mold out. In the end, it depends on your own threshold for humidity levels, and whether or not you can continue on with the wood windows or get them replaced with something more moisture-friendly. The bad news is many people don’t want to follow these tips, myself included. The good news for those of you with the deteriorating wood windows is that you can minimize the damage by controlling humidity and following these tips. Staying on top of it year to year with sanding and re-varnishing the area where the glass meets the wood can certainly help. If you are one of those people, your wood windows are probably turning black. Some people want to close their blinds, use humidifiers for the kids, and keep their house at a humidity level that doesn’t cause their skin to crack. ..More

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Home inspection fail files: bathtub flood

- Surely more mistakes than most other home inspectors. I tell a lot of stories because I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I learn things better the hard way. I’ve been warned about many of these mistakes by more experienced home inspectors, but I guess I’m just stubborn. ..More

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Pre-drywall inspections

- Not even here at Structure Tech… including me. I’m guessing that most other home inspectors who conduct pre-drywall inspections follow this standard, but not all home inspectors conduct these types of inspections. ..More

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