My blog is intended to provide information related to home inspections in Seattle, surrounding communities and anyone else interested. Sometimes I will provide information that has nothing to do with home inspections. Enjoy!
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All of our parents fed us Kool-Aid Our grandparents fed our parents Kool-Aid Our great grandparents fed our grandparents Kool-Aid. All of us will feed our children Kool-Aid. Our children will feed their children Kool-Aid Our children’s children will be feed their children Kool-Aid. Even befo...
Grey water. Sounds appetizing doesn’t it? Water that drains from your kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, laundry sink, dishwasher, and clothes washer is considered “grey water.” In other words----not quite as nasty as the "brown water" that drains from toilets. A leak from either ca...
Home inspectors will often make comments about conditions that have happened in the past but are not present at the time of inspection. We will note a stain on the ceiling and state that it was not wet at the time of inspection (or that it was wet as the case might be). We will then go on...
“Hey Milly----your gutters are overflowing,” said Fred, Milly’s next door neighbor. “Yes I know----and it is ruining my Daffys," answered Milly. “Would you be a sweet heart and figure out why,” she pleaded with him? “OK---but it will cost you,” he winked. Fred went to...
Getting to work can be difficult at times. Traffic can be a bear. The weather can be a problem. I spent a lot of winters in the Syracuse and Oswego, New York areas so I know a lot about driving in the winter. Almost always, the worst part about driving in the winter is dealing with ...
I don’t get my panties all wadded up over broken seals in windows or skylights typically. Broken seals don’t “drastically” affect the thermal performance of the unit----certainly the cost of replacement will NEVER pay for itself in savings relative to the damaged seal. I consider brok...
One of my pet peeves as a home inspector is the use of inadequate flashings for pipes that penetrate the roofing materials. My opinion is that the flashings chosen should be designed to last as long as the roof is projected to last----if possible. There are some types of roofs----like sla...
Inspectors are always harping on not letting vegetation get too close the home. In Washington State it is considered a conducive condition for wood destroying organisms and insects and must be reported on by Licensed Home Inspectors and Licensed Structural Pest inspectors. It also cre...