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LED’s VS CFL’s

LED’s vs CFL’s is the title to this post because I have found a lot of people don’t have a full understanding of what each one is and what the pro’s and con’s are for the bulbs. LED’s LED is an acronym that stands for Light Emitting Diode. A diode is basically a semiconductor that […]

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Is your metal roof properly installed?

Is your metal roof properly installed? Metal roof installations on residential homes are gaining in popularity. More and more homes are sporting a new metal roof. The question for me as your inspector and for you as a home buyer is, has the roof been installed correctly? Unfortunately, many are not. Here is an example of […]

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Does Your Attic Look Like This?

Does your attic look like this?  One of the things that I inspect during a home or commercial property inspection is the attic. If your inspector doesn’t carry a ladder or make every effort to get into the attic, you should tell them to hit the road and get one that does. Occasionally I will come across a home […]

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Gutter Guards and Foundation Health

The gutters on your home are an important tool to help keep unwanted water away from your foundation walls and footings. Excess water around the footings and foundation can cause unwanted settlement, foundation cracks, moisture accumulation and increase the potential of water infiltration into the basement. A wet basement is no fun and is conducive to […]

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If you install skylights like this, you might be a…

If your skylight looks like this when you get done with the installation you might want to call a professional because there’s a really good chance that it will leak. Another way to say it is, if you install skylights like this, you might be a….well, you know. It pays to thoroughly read directions or hire a professional. […]

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North Liberty Home Thermal Imaging

Some deficiencies were discovered using thermal imaging during a home inspection on a new North Liberty home. New homes can have problems too. As you can see by the picture we have some missing insulation in the ceilings of the home. This was discovered in the kitchen and master bedroom. While this is not the end of […]

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Sump Pits, Sump Pumps

While performing home inspections over the years I have seen many different arrangements of sump pumps. Some of them good, some of them bad. This one is not the worst I have seen but it does come close.  This pit is a five gallon bucket with holes drilled into it which is certainly better than […]

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