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Home Inspection And Thermal Imaging

Home Inspecting and Thermal Image Camera'sWHAT IS IT A thermal image camera is capable of detecting very small differences in temperature by capturing infrared radiation from the surface of objects to create an image illustrating the temperature differences.WHAT IT ISN'T There are some common misconceptions that I want to clear up now. Thermal image cameras cannot see through or into walls, they cannot detect moisture or missing insulation.  We wish it was that simple but it is not.DOES YOUR HOME INSPECTOR USE A THERMAL IMAGE.
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Making Home Repairs Means Shopping!!!

Home repairs require shopping.While doing a home inspection in Maple Grove Minnesota today I quickly came to the conclusion that this house was maintained and repaired by a typical do it yourself person based on the poor quality of work.  I have nothing against people attempting to repair common things in a home but as a home inspector and a person who repairs his own home I found something that we struggle with that can result in doing a poor job on that repair. .
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Three Reasons To Have Your House Inspected

Examples of common electrical defects found while performing a home inspection.By Pete BuschSome homes seem to be plagued with electrical problems, other aren't. Do you have the ability to identify issues with your electrical system. Below are some examples of electrical defects that I found while performing a home inspection in Maple Grove Minnesota.  DAMAGED WIRING Here is a picture of a section of romex wire that had been chewed by a mouse. If left as is Romex Wire Chewed By.<div style='padding:0px;'><div style=Share Button
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Repairing Your Chimney Now Will Save You Money In The Long Run

I just wanted to share a picture of a chimney that I found while doing a home inspection in Maple Grove Minnesota.Clearly you can see whats wrong but just to be sure
  • Two missing chimney caps on the flue liners
  • The chimney crown is severely deteriorated
  • The chimney crown is improperly installed by not overhanging the chimney brick for water runoff
  • Not only do we have moss growing on the crown we also have a tree starting to grow. This is a first for me so I had.
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Concerns With Knob And Tube Wiring

Knob And Tube WiringBy Pete BuschHISTORY Knob and tube, commonly referred to as K&T wiring was the first type of standardized DSC05106 (2)wiring in homes and was used from the 1880's into the 1940's. By today's standards it is considered obsolete but is still found in many homes today due to the level of difficulty and expense to replace it with modern wiring.  When K&T wiring was first installed it posed.
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New Home Inspection, Yes or No

New Home Inspection.By Pete BuschThis week I though I would do a quick blog on why you should have your brand new home inspected. Its perceived that new homes will not have anything wrong with them but that is hardly ever the case.  These days homes are build in a very short time using many different contractors. It is very difficult to coordinate the timing of the entire construction process due to sub contractors schedules, weather, and material availability. This is when things can get.
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Prolonging The Life Of Your Siding And Roof

Maintaining your vegetation growth to prolong your siding and shinglesBy Pete BuschLike all things our trees and shrubs in our yards need periodic maintenance. Honestly though, as a home inspector I couldn't care less about the health of your trees, shrubs, or flower garden and if you asked me for growing advise I wouldn't know what to tell you. What I can tell you though is if you don't keep them trimmed away from your valuable siding or roof you will cause abrasion damage which.
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Ground Clearance From Siding

Improper Landscape GradeBy Pete BuschA very common defect found during a typical home inspection is high grade. High grade when your yard is too high where it meets the side of your house. In most cases this problem is caused by the homeowner adding too much fill or landscape material next to their home not realizing their causing a future problem.Your basement foundation walls are typically concrete block or poured concrete. At the top of the foundation walls is where your wood framing starts. To.
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Furnace Tune Up And Safety Check

Furnace Tune Up And Safety CheckBy Pete BuschA forced air furnace is an appliance that is typically forgotten about until it stops working.  Furnaces are installed in the ugliest room in the house, their anything but exciting, and are generally taken for granted until something breaks on it, or even worse, creates a deadly carbon monoxide condition inside your home.I know were all still thinking its summer but winter heating season will be upon us very soon. Now is the time to call your local.
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Tip To Prolong The Life Of Your Forced Air Furnace

Leaking Condensate PanBy Pete BuschWhen you bought your new furnace and central air conditioner or when you bought your house and had it inspected you were probably told to have it serviced by a licensed HVAC contractor on a yearly basis. The reality is that very few people have this done. A furnace or air conditioner is an appliance that people tend to forget about until it stops working.Today I am going to focus on just one reason why you should have your system serviced,.
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