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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!
The house I want to talk about today, originally had a three car garage.Very early in the life of the home, perhaps dating even to the time of construction, someone decided one of those garage bays would become living space.In this first picture you can see the closet doors built to enclose the w...
  This is a revisit (with some tweaking) of a post I did a few years ago.  Now with the release of several videos by my friend, Forensic Industrial Hygienist, Caoimhín P Connell, I thought I would use it as an introduction to those videos.  The videos are of a two hour presentation he did for rea...
 I find the tenacity of vegetation amazing.Just the tiniest crack where dirt and moisture can be contained and/or found will result in an opportunity for some plant to thrive---or at least attempt to thrive. I am sure there are metaphors that apply to humans as well.At a recent inspection I found...
A common problem with cement board siding products (and some other types of horizontal lap siding) is that older installation guidelines called for caulking the joint instead of flashing the joint.This has proven problematic over time as caulking the joint results in unsightly surface appearances...
If you flush the toilet and it sounds like there is some sort of jet engine in the tank, it may be a compressed air, assisted flush, type tank. These flushing mechanisms work REALLY well but some of them, like the Sloan Flushmate III/503, are problematic and a fairly serious safety issue.There ha...
While you are not likely to get sick from mold, there is a good chance that if you are a real estate agent, or home inspector, or banker, or appraiser, you may very well be sick of hearing about mold.This post will be the first in a series of five videos on the subject that was given to a group o...
Let’s talk about what it means to be a home inspector. I will present the ridiculous argument that our job is not really possible. Our mission is so impossible, that for quite some time, we have attempted to put our job inside an insulated “box” surrounded by a “force-field” typically referred t...
  There is some staining/discoloration and/or mold or mold-like fungal growth present on the roof sheathing in the attic. This condition may be consistent with the effects of Night Sky Radiation. Night Sky Radiation is when the roof sheathing temperature falls below the ambient dew point temperat...
I know I may be stepping into quick-sand with this question, but I am serious.I do not pretend to know all the intricacies of how the real estate world works from an agents point of view but I do know what I see as an inspector. All too often I see buyers forced to use inspectors they do not want...

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