A Northern Virginia Home Inspector's Perspective

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To trap or not to trap, that is the question.Whether ‘tis Nobler using the sink to smellThe Slings and Arrows of outrageous Plumbing,Or to take Arms against a Sea of crap contractors,And by opposing – end them! The Heart-ache, and the thousand Natural odors That sewage is heir to?  ‘Tis a P-trap...
Metal roofs can last forever it seems, a century or more.  Even when they are old looking and rusty they are still sound.  A metal roof installation is truly a Best Practice. But plumbing penetrations need new rubber collars, also called boots, as they dry out, crack, split and leak. So when I sa...
This is just another of many leaks on a one-year warranty inspection. How can so many leaks happen in just one year? The answer, of course, can be given in one word - PROFESSIONALISM. And when I say professionalism, obviously I mean the lack there of. When different materials abut, like siding an...
"Now, as individuals differ greatly from each other, in intelligence, sagacity, energy, perseverance, skill, habits of industry and economy, physical power, position and opportunity, the necessary effect of leaving all free to exert themselves to better their condition, must be a corresponding in...
Was He A Little Drummer Boy?   We moved to the Manassas, Virginia area in 1988.  We currently reside in Bristow, a couple of miles to the southwest.  This is an area rich in history.  My family has been in the Washington DC area a long time.  One line arrived in 1737, others thereafter over the c...
While doing a one year warranty inspection I noticed stressed paint on the edge of a window.  There's faux stone.  Sure there's water getting in, but why? Anytime you see the dripping, folded paint it indicates moisture leaking. And it had not rained in three days but the moisture meter still reg...
Coming around the back of the house I could smell the tank before I saw there was one.  Seeing what was under the filter and connections I could tell it was leaking. When I mentioned that to my client the Realtor said, "No way is that oil leaking.  The whole thing was just serviced."  So I gave i...
One of the most confusing, and changing, practices is how to exhaust a high-efficiency, direct vent furnace.  But, no matter the code, or general practices, I don't like this.  These are enclosed systems.  One recent practice that I don't like is that they take indoor air.  Always I would prefer ...
The end unit townhouse has a long, exposed roof edge which must be protected properly against blowing moisture. Often from the inside of the attic lots of staining can be observed along the long edge, right at the roof line.  Such staining usually hasn't developed yet on new construction. But it'...
"I learned long ago that if you take money out of the marbles game and put them into a pile on the side they aren't being used in the game." Judith, the Hairdresser That was very impressive to hear!  It was The Multiplier Theory of Marbles! This weekend I had occasion to go to the hairdresser.  N...

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