Category Archives: Technical Information

This category is used to sort specific technical information topics. These topics might, or might not, deal directly with inspecting real estate.

Is having a new construction foundation pre-pour inspection a waste of money?

With all of the new construction occurring this question has been occurring more and more lately on various bulletin boards (BB) I frequent.  On one very popular BB there appears to be a concrete contractor (foundation contractor) doing a good … Continue reading

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Is Engineered Lumber (manufactured lumber) a significant fire and life safety threat?

The use of  Engineered Lumber ( light weight building materials also called manufactured lumber or Engineered Wood Products) such as manufactured joists have been around for some time.  However they have been identified as being a greater risk during fire … Continue reading

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Do you know if your sprinkler system buried drip lines are actually working?

How many times have you actually wondered if the buried drip lines on your sprinkler system are actually working?  Did you know there is a simple solution to ensure you know?

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Are you experiencing tile or stone cracks with little or no detectable foundation movement?

Foundation movement is common in our expansive Texas soils,, as well as expansion and contraction of concrete and wood foundation members.  Unfortunately tile and stone flooring cracks are an expensive result of even small movements.  But there is a way … Continue reading

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What is a French drain, a curtain drain, and an area drain?

I see many posts on bulletin boards and have spoken with many who are not familiar that there is a difference between a French drain, a curtain drain, and an area drain.  There is a difference so read on for … Continue reading

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How a $15.00 Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve (TPRV) for your water heater can save your life!

Many people are not aware of how a simple safety valve on a water heater can save your life!

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Why does the Home Inspector always write up missing kickout flashings on the roof?

What is kickout flashings on a roof and why is this inexpensive device so important to your home and your wallet?  Read on to learn how you can save yourself major repair bills!

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I have cracks in my sheetrock and cracks in my brick, are these signs of normal foundation movement?

So you’re buying a home and have seen yourself, or have been told, that there are cracks in the brick and sheetrock.  Maybe there are also cracks in the tile and other signs of potential foundation movement.  Are these signs … Continue reading

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What is an Air Admittance Valve ( AAV ) in the waste piping system of my home?

Occasionally I run into air admittance valves (AAV) in homes during inspections and when I explain them to clients they get a sour look on their face.  So why the sour look when they are useful items?

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Is your GTE-Sylvania electrical panel safe?

Do you have an electrical breaker panel in your home that has the name GTE-Sylvania on it?  At one point GTE-Sylvania purchased the problematic Zinsco electrical panel line.  But is your GTE-Sylvania panel really just a wolf in sheep’s clothing!

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