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The Home Inspector

Reuben Saltzman is a second-generation home inspector with a passion for his work. Naturally, this blog is all about home inspections and home-related topics in the Twin Cities metro area. In addition to working at Structure Tech, he is also a licensed Truth-In-Sale of Housing Evaluator in Minneapolis, Saint Paul and several other cities.

New home inspection tool: glass suction cup

If you're a home inspector, I recommend you add a glass suction cup to your tool list. This is a great little tool to keep in the tool bag.

Banging pipes are caused by water hammer

Have you ever heard a banging noise coming from your water pipes when the water is turned off quickly? This is the result of water hammer.

Cold hard kitchen water

Here in the Twin Cities metro area, it's standard procedure to run a separate water line for un-softened cold water to the kitchen. I don't like it.

Running toilet? Check the flapper.

Do you ever hear your toilet refilling for no apparent reason? You probably have a leaky flapper. Replacing a flapper is usually a quick and easy project.

Socks or shoes for the home inspector?

Should home inspectors wear socks or shoes while inspecting? I recently had a "discussion" about this with another home inspector on my team.

Minnesota training event with Allison A. Bailes III, PhD.

I'm extremely excited to announcean upcoming Minnesota home inspector training event with Allison A. Bailes III, PhD., author of the Energy Vanguard Blog.

Ten years of blogging

With this blog post, I have officially been blogging about home inspections for over ten years.

Home inspection report writing style guide

This is a home inspection report-writing style guide. This is used internally by the home inspectors at Structure Tech.

Negotiations after the inspection

We at Structure Tech are not real estate agents nor attorneys, so this is not real estate advice or legal advice. These are our opinions.

Questions to ask your home inspector before hiring and my two cents

We frequently get emailed the same series of questions from potential clients of ours. The exact same questions. We've answered them all here.

Attic inspections, sealed attic access panels

Sealed attic access panels are the bane of my existence. Nothing about home inspections causes more consternation than 'sealed' attic access panels

Can you install a high-efficiency furnace with only one pipe?

It's perfectly acceptable to have a high-efficiency furnace installed with one pipe. Every high-efficiency furnace installation manual will tell you this.

Q&A: Do you give repair estimates?

"Do you give repair estimates with your home inspections?" Yes, that's another frequently asked home inspection question. The answer is no, but it depends.

Q&A: "Will you be checking for moisture during the home inspection?"

"Will you be checking for moisture during the home inspection?" Yep, that's a common question, and the correct answer is Heck Yes.

Attic Insulation Methods

What's the best way to insulate your attic? Last week's post was about insulation types, this week's post is about insulation methods.

Attic insulation types

What's the best attic insulation? That depends on your definition of best. What performs the best isn't the most cost-effective way to insulate an attic.

Unintended consequences of attic improvements

Air sealing and adding insulation to an existing house could have negative impacts on both the occupants and the house.

Adding attic insulation? Read this first.

If you've considered adding attic insulation to your home this year, please read this first. Most homeowners go about re-insulating their attics all wrong.

Knocking drain noises

Ever noticed those knocking drain noises when hot water drains out of your sink or bathtub? It's the drain expanding. That's it, that's all.

Frost in attics: Why it's there and how to fix it

Frost in an attic

If you have a problem with frost in your attic, you're not alone. The last few weeks of very cold weather has led to a lot of frost-covered attics.