Faulty Smoke Detectors

In a fire, the issue is time. Minutes and many times seconds will make the difference between life and death. The combustible materials in our homes are different from the [...]

Is Some Moisture OK?

Home inspectors are often asked to render opinions on other professionals work. Many times we are challenged by licensed professionals, such as engineers, architects, and contractors, who feel differently about [...]

How BAD Is It?

Determining the significance of a problem has always been challenging for home inspectors. For most inspectors, this can even become an insurmountable and unnerving task. The concern is if we [...]

Go With What You Know

Approximately 90% of all structural building failures are caused by moisture. With the exception of the homeowner, moisture is the #1 enemy of the house. Unfortunately, moisture damage typically occurs [...]

Spring Water Problems

It’s time to start getting your home ready for spring. Part 2:  Leaking roofs are the second biggest problem.  Most roof leaks are caused by roof slope or metal flashing. [...]

Spring Water Problems

It’s time to start getting your home ready for spring. Part 1:  Wet basements are the biggest problem.  Most basement water problems are caused by exterior landscaping and hardscaping.  As [...]

Radon Testing Protocols

Does your radon tester follow the EPA guidelines? In a real estate transaction most radon tests are performed by the home inspector. There is nothing wrong with that, but there [...]

Controlling Radon Gas

In Existing Homes: After testing for radon and if the level exceeds 4.0 picocuries, the next step is to begin mitigation. You should look for a ‘certified mitigation contractor’. They [...]

No More Debate…Radon Kills

Radon mitigation is part of the MN State Building Code.  What does it mean when the MN State Building Code is modified to include radon mitigation methods as a requirement [...]

Radon Gas is a Proven Danger

January is National Radon Awareness Month. Radon gas and real estate don’t mix well. The more energy efficient we make our houses the greater the risk of developing radon induced [...]