Choosing The Right Home Inspector

Look for Experience American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) is the oldest national home inspection association. It has a stringent Standard of Practice which all members must adhere to. These comprehensive [...]

My Ice Dams Are Really Bad

Icicles indicate the formation of ice dams. What do ice dams indicate? Icicles form where water is dripping from the roof when snow is melting and the air temperature is [...]

Too Much Roof Snow?

Can my roof collapse from too much snow load? It’s possible, but highly unlikely. Since about 1950, cold climate states must adhere to engineering principles that configure the structure of [...]

Is Your Life Worth $25?

This very cold winter has been responsible for many accidents, including deaths from CO (carbon monoxide) poisoning.  These disasters might have been averted if a properly located and operating carbon [...]

6 Easy Steps To Reduce Radon

EPA does not recommend sub slab suction as the only way of reducing radon levels in your home. In a real estate transaction there is limited time to test and [...]

Does Your House Breath?

I never had frost buildup on my windows before! Like many houses my 1974 rambler was in need of attention.  For the past 5 years my justification for postponing the [...]

What Is Ventilation?

Ventilation is not just air blowing in through an open window and it certainly isn’t the bathroom fan turned on to get rid of a bad smell.  In a previous [...]

New MN Radon Law Effective Jan. 1 2014

Sellers must declare the results of any radon test to potential buyers beginning January 1, 2014. This new MN Radon law is quite wordy, but can be essentially distilled down [...]

4 Top Tips to Keep You & Your Home Safe for the Holidays

What is the #1 cause of house fire? The answer is electrical wiring. During the holiday season wiring to Christmas lights and trees are particularly dangerous. Some tips to keep [...]

Can I Use An AFCI In The Place Of A GFCI?

Not if you want to stay healthy! Both units, although very different in function, look alike in the electrical panel. They look like conventional circuit breakers with a test button [...]