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Steven L. Smith, King of the House Home Inspection, is a licensed and working home inspector and lead instructor of home inspection at Bellingham Technical College. Smith was a two-term member of the WA state licensing board and is adjunct faculty for Washington State University and the Washington State Department of Agriculture. ASHI certified inspector. The information in this blog is designed to appeal to residents of the Pacific Northwest.
Electric in-wall or baseboard heaters can present significant fire risks. Occupants of houses simply do not understand how hot the elements get. And, as often as not, I find these heaters in college rentals where the tenants have cardboard boxes and every other combustible item imaginable tight a...
For the second time, in two years, my wife and I visited New Orleans in October. We had not planned to go this year, at least originally we had not, but then some friends asked us to meet them there. It was a good plan, except due to medical issues they were unable to make it. But we had a great ...
Sometimes, the fact a component or system in the house runs at the time of a home inspection is not enough. For example, the inside of this Carrier furnace is afflicted with rust. The manufacturer's label, just barely shows up in the photo at the right, was illegible but, based on resources avail...
In the world of tools and items made for the homeowner, one unique gizmo that has been around for many years is the proverbial key rock -- a composite or plastic stone that is hollow with a cover on the bottom. A key rock will hold a few backup keys for those times when a person gets locked out o...
 At Bellingham Technical College, the home inspector training course has been running for about 20 years. This course long pre-dates the mandatory training standards implemented by Washington state in 2009.The BTC course was the first state approved training course. We have students arriving from...
Awhile back, I performed a home inspection at a house that had been subject to an armed home invasion. There were damaged doors and holes in walls. The invaders had kicked down a main door to get in. But the most interesting, and creepy sight, was an interior bedroom door that the tenant successf...
It must be at least half of the time, when on a home inspection, I find that the bath exhaust fans are directed into the attic space. Sometimes it is pretty obvious from the get go that this is going to be the situation: there are a couple bathrooms and no vent hoods at the roof or the exterior w...
Is it worthwhile for a buyer to hire an inspector to perform a pre-purchase inspection at a condo. The answer is "yes." Condos tend to have just as many problems as other residences and, in some instances, we find unique problems that are specific to multi-unit housing.Below is a video I produced...
Metal B-vents are commonly employed at natural gas or propane appliances including furnaces, water heaters and boilers. Direct vent gas fireplaces are usually vented through metal coaxial concentric vents. As often as not, attic insulation will be packed tight around metal vents. In practice, the...
 Carpenter ants are commonly seen and among the most damaging of wood destroying insects. Working in Bellingham and Whatcom County as a home inspector, I often find evidence of their activity. The photo below is typical of ant shavings or frass and the shot is from a crawl space. All the black sp...

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