Archive for the Interior Concerns Category

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

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 engine

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 hou

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

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 ‘ce

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 m

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 r

Wet Where and Wet When

What Makes My Window Panes Wet? Problem:  The window is wet on the room side of the glass for a few weeks in fall. Solution:   Moisture has accu

There’s a Mouse in the House

Mice are colonizers...so it is very unlikely that you have only one mouse! If you give a lonely mouse the opportunity, through breeding, you will ver

3 Fire Proof Bypasses

Fire barriers are often compromised and the homeowner never knows it. Home fire barriers have been a part of the building code since about 1960.  Ho

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