Nine ways for water to enter your basement or crawl space

- Water under the home is most often an issue that can be corrected. . Here is a list of the most common ways that water can get into a crawlspace or basement. To the home buyer, it can be quite alarming to find water in the basement or crawlspace.  It’s important to identify the source of the moisture to better understand what course of action can be taken to keep the area dry and to prevent damage to the home or structure.   ..More

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Do Home Inspectors Inspect Outbuildings?

- Sheds, outbuildings, and other detached structures are certainly part of the property, and your insurance company might even include them. . But as for home inspections, they fall into a category. Unless the local regulations state otherwise, you may inspect them or disclaim them, as you like ..More

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Reuben’s Recommended Reading

- Here’s my list. I spend a lot of time listening to audiobooks via Audible, and I find myself recommending books to people almost daily, none of which have anything to do with home inspections. . When I meet with big-time book readers, we end up recommending a bunch of books to each other. I have a hard time remembering all of my favorites, so I put together a list of my most-recommended books. Then I decided to share it here as a blog post. Why not? Readers are leaders, learners are earners, books are a uniquely portable magic, and all that jazz ..More

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Automatic water leak protection

- When I was working as a plumber, this was my occasional attempt at humor when answering a call from someone I hadn’t heard from in a while. . Unfortunately for them, the answer was “yes” more than once.  Along with electrical work, I think plumbing is one of the areas of home repair that many people feel the least comfortable with. Everybody loves indoor plumbing, except when water is running through a light fixture below their upstairs bathroom ..More

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What Can Home Inspectors Expect from an Infrared Mobile App?

- If you already own one of high-dollar thermography devices, you can still benefit from the convenience of mobile. . Using an app that’s compatible with the device, you can transfer thermal imaging from the camera to your phone. FLIR obviously has one. And Fluke Connect is compatible with the Fluke cameras ..More

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