“You’re wasting your money on a home inspection, and we’re not going to fix anything.”

- When I inspect a new home with insulation applied to the exterior of the foundation, I explain how this is a more expensive way of insulating the basement, but it’s also a superior way of doing it. ..More

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Water Stains on Windows

- If the flashing above a window is installed properly, all of the water coming down the siding will be diverted around the sides of the window. .  The windows that will be exposed to the most water are the windows that aren’t protected from rainwater by soffits and gutters – such as the window shown at left ..More

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Trapping Your Condensate

- In my opinion, the best kind of condensate trap is a pre-manufactured condensate trap, such as the one pictured below by EZ-Trap.  These traps even come with a little cleaning brush so you can easily clean out the trap when needed. .  These kits have a clear plastic trap, so you can see when the trap gets filled with gunk ..More

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Problems With Flipped Houses

- If you’re buying a flipped house, the items you should pay the most attention to should be the exterior, roof, insulation, and drains. .  Individual results will vary ..More

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Insulating A Rim Space

-  The Minnesota Department of Commerce Energy Information Center has a great handout that specifically addresses this topic, which you can download here – Combustion & Makeup Air. . The one thing to remember when making a house tighter is that you’ll have less air leaking in to and out of your house, which can create other problems, such as a backdrafting water heater or excessive moisture in the home ..More

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