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My blog is intended to provide information related to home inspections in Seattle, surrounding communities and anyone else interested. Sometimes I will provide information that has nothing to do with home inspections. Enjoy!
Broken seals on windows can be hard to detect or easy to see if they are badly fogged up. Sometimes they show up when the sun shines on them and other times they do not show themselves at all.  Sometimes the seals fail and moisture, either from inside the home or outside the home, finds its way i...
Home inspectors will often look for “circumstantial evidence” of issues around the home.  Things like water stains will be identified as evidence of at least past moisture conditions or possibly ongoing moisture issues. For example if it has not rained for 2 months, a roof that leaks and stains a...
Seems like this would be an odd juxtaposition because the last thing our houses would need would be Carpenter Ants on drugs. Carpenter Ants are interesting because they don’t eat our houses they merely mine the wood and other materials as a place to store their eggs.  The parent nest is typically...
Well in this case, it was more likely some over-handy homeowner. But let me digress for a moment. The electrical grounding of low voltage systems like the telephone, cable and even the dish antenna has evolved over the years. Originally we only had phone systems and they often were not grounded a...
  Is it just me, or is anyone else sick of seeing failed window seals and the apparent inability of these seals to last more than 20 years? In some cases I am seeing whole developments of houses with windows failing as early as 12 to 15 years due to failure of a particular type of spacer between ...
It is time for the 2014 Winter Meetup, so it is time to head to the 14 Carrot Café once again!   This will be our 9th ActiveRain Meetup at the 14 Carrot Cafe, and it will happen on Thursday, January 22nd. Please join us at 8am for breakfast--coffee, eggs, cinnamon buns and conversation--probably...
One of my pet peeves about building homes is that they are rarely built high enough.  There are minimum clearance, to finish grade, requirements that would be so easy to comply with if houses were built two to four inches higher than they are. Why does it seem so impossible for builders to do thi...
Of course this is not true if there is so much other noise that the sound will be lost. If someone wants to get into your house bad enough, it isn’t all that difficult for the right person with the right knowledge.  Security therefore is always going to be relative.  The more elaborate the securi...

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