Radon in Granite Countertops: Don’t Worry.

- .  There was even an article published in the New York Times, where some guy was actually quoted as saying “It’s not that all granite is dangerous, but I’ve seen a few that might heat up your Cheerios a little.  Granite contains radon. Back in 2008 there was a media scare related to radon in granite countertops.  Therefore, granite causes lung cancer. ”.  The scare went something like this: radon causes lung cancer ..More

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The Most Common Dishwasher Installation Defect

- 1250). ”  An alternative to installing a high loop is to install an air gap at the kitchen sink.  I can’t imagine why anyone would do this if they didn’t have to, however.  In some parts of the country, these air gaps are required no matter what.  In fact, our plumbing code says “as high as possible under the countertop. This is a device that actually mounts above the sink.  Too bad for them. .  This is the minimum requirement for every dishwasher drain installation; it’s required by every manufacturer of dishwasher and it’s also required by the Minnesota State Plumbing Code (section 4715. In the diagram above, right, you’ll notice that the dishwasher drain makes a high loop underneath the kitchen sink. How ugly ..More

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Chimney Repairs: Hire a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep®, not a Hack with a Trowel

- .  I’d like to share a couple of our recent encounters with these chimney hacks. Just as there is a big difference in the quality of work between home inspectors, there is a similar gap in the quality of work between good chimney contractors and hacks ..More

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Zinc Strips Prevent Moss Growth on Roofs

-   If you’re not in any hurry, they’ll apparently remove moss too though. .   Remember, I applied that zinc strip to a roof covered in moss just to see what would happen; zinc strips aren’t supposed to be used as a moss remover, they’re supposed to be used as a moss preventer. That’s a pretty dramatic difference, isn’t it?  I cleaned up the roof a bit before taking the second photo by using a leaf blower, but that was all ..More

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Water Stains on Windows

-  The photo below left shows what a window sill may look like with minor water leakage in to the wall; the photo below right shows a window sill with major damage from water leakage. If water is actually leaking in to the house around the opening for the window at the siding, this will typically show up as staining at the corners of the window sills. .  A home inspector could use a moisture meter to help determine if the stains are currently damp ..More

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