Letter to the Author: House Hunting for the Handicapped

Letter to the Author: House Hunting for the Handicapped

Memo to: Dylan Chalk House Talk From a reader, Chuck Ramey, who loves The Confident House Hunter and wishes to add information for handicapped and wheelchair dependent buyers: I am a big fan of your new book which provides much-needed information about houses for prospective home-buyers. As a professional in the building trades, with a long career as an executive at Weyerhaeuser, I do understand […]

Read Me

The Most Important Plumbing in Your House

The Most Important Plumbing in Your House

All Hail the Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve The combination of temperature and pressure is no joke when it comes to heating water. If you have never seen an exploding water heater, watch this video: , then imagine this happening inside your house! I could bore you with the math, so I will spare the details; suffice it to say that a water heater can accumulate […]

Read Me

Detecting The Silent Killer – Understanding Carbon Monoxide

Detecting The Silent Killer – Understanding Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas that often enters our homes due to incomplete combustion of gas, oil, and wood-fired home appliances. Prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide can make people sick and even kill, earning carbon monoxide gas the dubious moniker of “the silent killer.” In Washington State, in 2013, carbon monoxide detectors became required for all new residential construction as well […]

Read Me

Daylight Savings: A Great Day to Change Your Smoke Detector Batteries

Daylight Savings: A Great Day to Change Your Smoke Detector Batteries

If you are like me, you wait until the smoke detector starts chirping at you before you replace the batteries. If you are also like me, the chirping commences at about 1 in the morning and you wake up, bleary with sleep, cursing the creator of smoke detectors and try and find replacement 9-volt batteries in a mild sleep deprived rage. Many fire departments recommend […]

Read Me

Are you this prepared? (Short)

Are you this prepared? (Short)

This homeowner found this great storage container on the internet and had it delivered to his house. His family is prepared with two weeks of food and water in the event of a large earthquake. Are you?

Read Me

Moss Is Growing On My Roof!

Moss Is Growing On My Roof!

Thoughts on Roof Moss Control Living in the temperate rainforest of the Pacific Northwest, I sometimes get the feeling that if humans ever took even a temporary respite from the region, the tenacious blackberry vines and fecund cedar and fir trees would take back what was once theirs and leave us all rooting about to find our street address in the matter of a few […]

Read Me

Are You Killing Your Tankless Water Heater?

Are You Killing Your Tankless Water Heater?

Tankless water heaters have been all the rage for nearly a decade now. They have become so common that it is rare for me to inspect a new construction house now that does not employ a tankless water heater. While these water heaters are energy efficient, they are not like your father’s water heater; these are high-tech appliances that require annual maintenance and servicing. Treating […]

Read Me

Are Home Inspectors Wrong?

Are Home Inspectors Wrong?

When Home Owners Should Start with the Cheapest and Most Obvious Solutions A few months ago, I did a home inspection on a well-built custom home that was roughly 15 years old. When I worked my way around to the back deck, which was done as a membrane system that acted as a roof for the lower porch, I found signs of leakage and water […]

Read Me

New Construction Home Inspections

Should I get a home inspection on my new construction house? 4 critical things to understand about building codes In the midst of the recent recession which crippled the U.S. real estate economy, the new construction home inspection virtually disappeared. You don’t need to tell this to a builder. For several years there was too much available housing inventory at too low a price to […]

Read Me Leave comment

Is Mold Beyond the Scope of a Home Inspection?

Is Mold Beyond the Scope of a Home Inspection?

As a Home Inspector, when I run into a moisture problem inside a home, one of the more common questions I get from my house hunting clients is:  “is this mold?” and “Will this be harmful to my health?” While this is an excellent question it is impossible for a home inspector to answer – we are not doctors and even medical specialists would struggle to […]

Read Me