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Spring is here- Time for the spring leaks of frost free hose bibbs

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Spring is here- Time for the spring leaks of frost free hose bibbs. Wenatchee, Leavenworth and Chelan Home Inspections   This seems to be a traditional thing around here. I will get several homes this spring that have their frost free hose bibbs burst. Why does this happen? Is usually due to having the hose connected to the hose bibb during freezing months. Frost free hose bibbs work on the principle that the shut off valve is in the conditioned space where it will not freez...

Stinking grounds, proper ground paths in older homes.

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Stinking grounds, proper ground paths in older homes.It is common in older homes to use the water pipe as the primary grounding electrode. The issue is that often it is not within 5 feet of the entrance of the pipe into the home.Since much of this older plumbing may need to be repaired and or replaced it very common to have sections of the plumbing system replaced with plastic pipe.  The plastic pipe severs the ground connection and can now leave the home without an effective ground w...

Bomb in the John, Flushmate III recall... Wenatchee and Leavenworth Home Inspection Service

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Bomb in the John, Flushmate III recall... Wenatchee and Leavenworth Home Inspection Service The CSPC last week issued a recall on Flushmate III series 503 pressure assist toilet flushing system because of a possible impact and/or laceration hazard due to bursting by the vessel weld seam. This has been reported to shatter the tank and launch the tank lid.Flushmate has received 304 reports of their product exploding. This has caused property damage as well as 14 impact or laceration injuries u...

Wireless Smoke Detectors for older homes- Chelan Home Inspection

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Wireless Smoke Detectors for older homes- Chelan Home Inspection                                                 Since 1989 smoke detectors in homes were required to be interconnected through hard-wiring of the smoke detectors.  This mean one detector goes into alarm all the other smoke detectors will alarm also. For older homes we have relied on individual battery operated some detectors to provide coverage of the home.But some new products now available can give you the additional safet...

Old Chimneys- Wenatchee Home Inspection

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Old Chimneys- Wenatchee Home Inspection Are you using your Chimney? Did you use to have an old oil furnace or other fuel burning appliance or have you removed a fireplace or woodstove?            If the answer is yes then the chimney should be sealed off to reduce heat loss and prevent moisture, birds and debris from taking root in the chimney. It is very important to seal both the interior and exterior sections of the flue.  If the chimney is in rough shape you may want to remove the chimn...

CO Alarm requirements for Washington State when properties are being sold- Wenatchee Home Inspect...

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CO Alarm requirements for Washington State when properties are being sold- Wenatchee Home Inspections There has been some confusion on the requirements for CO alarms. The simple quick answer is that they are required when a property is being sold prior to a new owner can occupy the home. This is the law from Washington state- RCW 19.27.530  Carbon monoxide alarms — Requirements — Exemptions — Adoption of rules. (1) By July ...

Duct Tape is not an approved plumbing repair!- Wenatchee Home Inspections

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Duct Tape is not an approved plumbing repair!- Wenatchee Home Inspections It’s a marvel of the modern times, or is it? I do not want you to be confused. Duct tape (Duck Tape) has been around longer than most people think. It dates back to WWII when the US military needed a waterproof tape. The story goes that is could shed water like a ducks back, hence the name “Duck Tape”.I have heard other versions of this story like the backing was called “duck cloth”. Who really knows but it has become ...

Dryer exhaust vents and Air Conditioner Condenser Units- Wenatchee and Cle Elum Home Inspection

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Dryer exhaust vents and Air Conditioner Condenser Units- Wenatchee and Cle Elum Home Inspection I want the answers to be clear, black and white, don’t we all. But we all live in a world of grey.                                                       The problem with many things is that there no solid, definable concrete answer and comes down to some evaluation of basic construction practices and common sense (oh oh). I am going to use the 2006 IRC for this example The following is from the...

Voltage Drop what does it tell us- Wenatchee Home Inspection Service

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Voltage Drop what does it tell us- Wenatchee Home Inspection Service When performing a home inspection I may do a random test for voltage drop in a new home. This is done by using my nifty little circuit tester that will simulate a load on the circuit. By doing this I can see what resistance has been placed on any given circuit.                                 (New home with back-stabbed outlets) Resistance is created by several means such as long electrical runs, or undersized...

When a 4 bedroom home is technically a 1 bedroom home- Wenatchee Home Inspection

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When a 4 bedroom home is technically a 1 bedroom home- Wenatchee Home Inspection When selling a home one very important aspect of the home is how many bedrooms and baths does a home have. While performing a home inspection recently I let my clients know that the home they were interested in technically a 1 bedroom home. This is very important for them for their safety and if or when they decide to sell this home in the future. Most people define a bedroom as a room you can sleep in ...