What happens when an exterior faucet drips in Minnesota in the Winter? You get an Ice Dome. Two things you want to make sure of is that faucets ar completely shut off and that you don't leave garden hoses hooked up. It is important that the anti frost valve is allowed to drain properly to prevent damage to the faucet
During the course of the home inspection, your home inspector will tag all of the Gas and Water valves in your utility room. These tags are meant to provide the home owner easy identification of all valves in the event that they would need to access them.
This is probably the most unique way I have ever seen a water heater vented at a home inspection. From the basement, the vent was routed through the concrete block foundation.
During the course of a home inspection I remind clients that in order for appliances to operate safely and efficiently, they should be maintained on a regular schedule as recommended by the manufacturer. In the photos above you will see a water heater that I came across at a home inspection. Clearly there are some combustion issues.
Not sure how to fix a leaking drum trap? Well, neither was this guy. He did however find a way to direct the leak to a drain, in the basement shower below.
Most water heaters last 10 to 15 years. Wet spots on the floor or rust on your tank may signal that you have a problem. Lots of rust flakes in the combustion chamber will also indicate the water heater is near the end of its useful life.
Failure of washing machine water hoses is one of the leading causes of residential water leaks and damage. Your standard rubber hoses have a typical life of up to 5 years.
Something that every home owner should learn to do is caulk. Proper caulking can be your first defense against water intrusion. Whether you are caulking a tub or shower the hardest part of the whole job is cleaning out the old caulk. The newer silicone cauls work best and will last for years if installed properly.
For you and your family members, knowing the location of the main water valve is one of the most important things you should know. Everyone in your home should know where the main valve is and how to shut it off in case of an emergency
Leaving garden hoses connected to external water faucets can result in frozen and possibly split water lines. At this home inspection in Rochester MN, I came across two hose faucets that had garden hoses attached to them. These hose faucets are the Anti Freeze/Anti Siphon type and are designed not to freeze...provided you remove the garden hoses.
In this video, your Rochester MN Home Inspector shows what can happen sometimes when a homeowner has to, or thinks he has to make a quick fix, which then becomes a permanent solution to the problem.
In the attached video, the home inspector shows you a loose hose faucet at the rear of a home on a recent home inspection. What can happen as a result of this hose faucet being loose is that as it moves within the wall it can put stresses on the solder joints.
Does the hot water in your home smell like rotten eggs? You have checked with the neighbors and they don’t seem to have the problem. What can you do about the smell?
In plumbing system, a trap is located below plumbing fixtures to prevent sewer gasses from entering the building. You will see in the attached video from a recent home inspection that there is what is referred to as an "S" Trap.
On a recent home inspection near Rochester MN, I came across what appeared to be a blocked chimney flue. Both the furnace and water heater were functioning properly with nice blue flames. I was however getting back draft Carbon Monoxide exhaust from both appliances.
There's more than one way to fix a leaky valve. In this particular instance the homeowner duct taped a sponge to the affected valve. As it leaked, the water dispersed through the sponge and evaporated, thus preventing a leak to whatever lay below...
The ONLY way to find out if your home has high Radon levels is to have your home tested.50-60% of all homes tested in Rochester MN and Olmsted and the surrounding counties exceed the EPA’s recommended action level of 4 pCi/L. Nationwide, 7% of homes are estimated to have high Radon levels. Levels can vary widely even from home to home in the same neighborhood.
At a recent home inspection I came across a hot water heater in a utility closet in which the vent flue had become disconnected at the ceiling. In addition to the exhaust and CO venting directly to the closet, you can see that the paper on the adjacent sheetrock is heavily charred from the exhaust heat.
The gray, (and sometimes pinkish), stains below the surface of the vinyl flooring around your toilet may indicate water damage. When there are stains around your toilet, there is probably a leak in the wax seal ring that seals the toilet to the plumbing flange at the floor. Continued leaking over a period of time will rot the flooring under your toilet and eventually leak into the ares below.
I came across this on three home inspections this month. Plumbers pressure check the plumbing system for leaks prior to turning the water on in new construction.