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Washington State's "Hirst Decision", new law fixes Private Well         Issues for Homeowners.Wenatchee Home Inspections.From a court ruling in 2016 known as the “Hirst Decision”  homeowners had a restriction and some unknowns if they could use a private well for their water source. Before the “H...
Wednesday Wilds in Home Inspections- Rodents and Gnawing.Wenatchee Home Inspections. Rodents are a part of the world and have been very good at adapting to the human environment. They like what we provide as habitat but if not controlled can cause expensive and sometimes dangerous situations.Here...
Electric Heat Pump Water HeatersChelan Home InspectionsI think we will see more and more of these Heat Pump Water Heaters (HPWH) as the energy code requires to achieve a certain amount of energy credits based on structure size.http://www.energy.wsu.edu/Documents/Table_406_2_Energy_Credits_2012_WS...
The Upside Down- Stranger things of InsulationChelan Home Inspections             A popular TV show is “Stranger Things” which features the Upside Down, which is an alternate dimension existing in parallel to the normal world.  The Upside Down is devoid of human life much like the crawlspaces I v...
Wednesday Wilds in Home Inspections- How long to do it wrong?Wenatchee Home Inspections. I have wonder why so many that flip or renovate homes actually take as much time to do something wrong as it would to do it correctly. Here is an example, a simple drain from a bathtub. Whoever did the work u...
In memoriam of my Grandmother - Alzheimer’s diseaseI have just read this interesting and moving article on the late great Gene Wilder and his wife and their struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. This brought memories back of my grandmother who too was inflicted with the disease.Article Link-http://a...
How do you know? Energy Compliance-Washington State Energy CodeChelan Home Inspections New construction in Washington State requires builders to hit some energy efficiency marks, or as the code state credits. The number of credits you will need to achieve will be based on the size of the home.   ...
Should you stay with R22 or its replacement refrigerant R-421A?                     Wenatchee Home Inspections HVAC systems are not cheap and making a decision to repair an older system versus replacement has many varying factors. A little background R-22 ( Freon) was the popular refrigerant up t...
3 prong grounding type receptacles on 2 wire Ungrounded System.                                               A little history                                Wenatchee Home Inspections  We see this all the time during home inspections in homes typically from the early 1960’s backward. Using a gro...
Manufactured Homes and HVAC -Wenatchee Home InspectionsIn Chelan County and surrounding areas Manufactured Homes typically come with an Electric Forced Air furnace. These systems have to be listed for use in a manufactured home. The most common units I see are Colman, Kelvinator, and Intertherm. ...

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