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.
Ice dams are literally dams of ice that form on roofs and cause water to back up. Today I'll explain why they happen, how to prevent them, and how to remove
Licensing for radon testing has arrived in Minnesota, and with that comes a lot of red tape and changes will be quite noticeable.
There are only two variables to window condensation: indoor humidity and window temperature. To prevent condensation, these need to be controlled.
Should home inspectors walk through insulated attics to fully inspect the attic spaces? I say no. There is a high potential to cause damage to the home.
The WalabotDIY Wall Scanner is essentially a glorifiedstud finder for Android phones. I made a video to show how it works.
The City of Minneapolis is getting serious about implementing a Time of Sale Energy Disclosure program to the existing Truth-In-Sale of Housing program.
It's official, radon licensing has arrived in Minnesota. As of January 1st, anyone who does a radon test will need to be licensed.
From painted on grout and a cut-out door to a built-in (to the wall) toilet, here are the "best" home inspection photos of 2018.
Ceiling height and floor area requirements for bedrooms in 1.5-story homes seemto befuddle everyone.
Are combustion air ducts needed for large, open basements? Maybe. It depends on many different factors, which we'll discuss today.
There are many common misconceptions and misunderstandings about furnaces, water heaters, and carbon monoxide that I hear repeated on a daily basis.
Whole-house humidifiers are at the root of many of the most serious moisture problems in Minnesota homes.
Does this sound like good advice to you? Hire an engineer to evaluateevery foundation crack?It doesn't sound like good advice to me.
You're a diligent homeowner, a firm believer in home maintenance, and you regularly inspect your own home. Right? Download our free guide to help with that.
In a recent blog post aboutfall maintenance for Minnesota homeowners, I recommended annual furnace inspections (or boiler inspections)
What drains faster, a vented or unvented drain? For every side-by-side test that I have ever conducted, the unvented drain is faster.
Unlike most blog posts that you'll find here, this one has no educational value at all. Warning: Several of these photos are gross.
Fall is officially here and we've already had snow. If you're not yet done with your fall maintenance list, get on it.
Air admittance valves are mechanical devices that take the place of plumbing vents. They're inexpensive, they work, and they're not legal in Minnesota.
Plumbing vents protect plumbing traps. They don't make fixtures drain faster; in fact, they do the opposite.