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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

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…

New roof, old step flashing

WHEN REPLACING YOUR ROOF, MAKE SURE IT IS DONE RIGHT

This is a really common issue then I see every week when I’m out inspecting roofs. On this house the shingles were replaced but some of the flashings were not. This type of flashing is set in the chimney and it is called step flashing. When they just shingle over it there are two problems. First one is that it’s no longer step flashing and won’t work properly. The second…

What is a Storm Collar

Many homes will have minor roof leaks from a type of flashing called the furnace flue jack. This is a completely avoidable leak. Sometimes roofing contractors will remove the storm collar and install a bead of caulk between the furnace flue and the jack. This is a very temporary fix and will leak as soon as the caulk disintegrates. The next time you get a chance, look up on your…