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Flushmate recall: Exploding toilet tanks cause injuries Flushmate is recalling more than 1.4 million toilet-flushing systems due to complaints that the units can explode, with reports of people being injured and property damage, according to federal safety officials. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/flushmate-recall-exploding-toilet-tanks-cause-injuries-property-damage/?fbclid=IwAR2Esc2Le2k4EvRnTDUOVzwKWRDe8AI0p7jCxlqLTopyj2XwDBS_J-TK_aI

Why do we hire these people?

Well this is a perfectly good day to rant about the poor quality of home inspectors out there. I’m inspecting a home that another inspector had looked at previously. I was given a copy of his report and started going through it. The inspector was certified but seemed to be completely incompetent. He was concerned about an unsupported front porch which turned out to be unsubstantiated, yet missed other structural…

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Home Winterization

I know this is a little late in the season, but I don’t think our Colorado winter is over yet. -Bruce Home Winterization: What to Do Yourself and What to Leave to a Professional You’re probably moving your summer clothes to storage and pulling out your cold weather gear right around this time. Likewise, you’re probably thinking about changing your car’s tires to snow tires and getting a pre-winter tune…

Summer look

Think spring: Now’s the time to plan the landscape of your dreams

Think spring: Now’s the time to plan the landscape of your dreams. The weather outside is frightful, and the week ahead calls for falling temperatures, maybe even snow. That makes it easy to dream of warmer spring weather, but to plan for it? To sit and strategize for making the most of next year’s lawn and landscape projects? That seems like a great idea. It doesn’t have to be. The…

How to Stay on Top of Your End-of-Summer Home Maintenance

As the summer winds down and the warmer weather transitions into fall, many homeowners resolve to finish some home maintenance projects before the weather gets too cold. This is a wise decision, especially considering that severe winter weather is the third leading cause of insured catastrophic losses. (The other leading causes, tornadoes and hurricanes, can also happen during this time of year.) Homeowners can literally save themselves upwards of tens…

Landscape Grading and Drainage

The most common defect I find on homes is improper grading. Improper grading is when the landscape contour or some other element near the foundation doesn’t effectively carry rain water away from the foundation. This can be a huge problem because it can cause damage to the foundation and allow moisture into the basement or crawlspace. Another example of poor drainage and grading is exterior basement window bulkheads that don’t…

Cement Siding

Common knowledge says that the new cement siding is almost indestructible. Well I’m here to tell you that is not always true. Yesterday I inspected a house with cement siding, and there was what appeared to be a gutt er leak on either side of a chimney. The siding was nearly destroyed in this area. So with any siding it is very important to make sure it is painted properly…

Head Flashing 

Windows need to be flashed in a specific way to prevent water intrusion into the wall system. One of the most important types of window flashing is something called “head flashing”. This type of flashing is located at the top of the window trim. It starts out underneath the siding and then it’s wrapped over the top of the window trim. This is very important to prevent wind driven rain…

New Life for Old Decks

​I am trying out a new product today. It is called Behr Deck Over. This is a new class of paint that I frequently see out there during my inspections. It is designed for re-coating weathered decks. The manufacturer claims that the coating is 5 times thicker than paint. It works with wood, concrete, and composite surfaces. DeckOver creates a solid color non-slip surface. It will cover splinters and cracks…