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The Tar Monster in Home Inspections

The Tar Monster Discoveries in Home Inspections My kids always have liked Scooby Doo. One of the old episodes I remember is the Tar Monster. Well, the other day I met the tar monster. He was on top of a flat roof above a porch. He had covered all of the fully deteriorated roll roofing! […]

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Home Inspection, Cedar Rapids IA, Waterloo IA- Are fuses better?

Home Inspection Are fuses better? Home Inspection, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo IA -Are Fuses Better? A few times a month during the course of performing a home inspection I will run into a fuse panel. Most folks in Eastern Iowa automatically assume that fuses are old, outdated, and generally less reliable than circuit breakers. Some would even go as far […]

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Furnace filters and Reality

Today I would like to discuss furnace filters with you. As a home inspector that services Cedar Rapids IA and Waterloo/Cedar Falls IA, I see a lot of furnaces on a weekly basis.I think a basic description of the method in which a furnace works is a good place to start. A furnace heats our home by moving air over […]

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Relocating to Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Relocating to Cedar Rapids, Iowa As a Home Inspector that provides service to Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Cedar Falls and many surrounding areas it is with great pleasure that I often meet and perform home inspections for people relocating to my service area. One of the great things about doing home inspections for people relocating to my area is that I am a member of […]

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They’re not the Traveling Wilburys – Termites

On a recent commercial inspection I was performing I came across the largest termite shelter tubes I have ever seen. What appears to be a crack in the wall in the picture on the right is actually a shelter tube built by Eastern Subterranean Termites. These little critters live in the soil and are not as destructive as the […]

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Doggies do it on the roof??

Doggies do it on the roof?? I hope the title wasn’t too misleading but I couldn’t resist. On a recent commercial property inspection I ran across this roof covered in doggy doo. Notice I said I was on the roof? This particular building was roughly 35 feet high and had three levels of roof. This was the […]

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Home Inspection Roof Problems in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids IA

While performing home and commercial property inspections in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids and surrounding areas I often run into roofing problems. Today I will share a few roof problems that I may see during a Home Inspection. In this picture we see an improperly installed ridge cap shingle. The shingles used on this roof are laminated shingles […]

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