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Just Caulk It!

Just Caulk It!
"Seriously!" Yes, those words escaped my lips as I opened up the under sink doors in a recent vacant home. There I was, all alone and talking to myself. But that is what I love about being a home inspector, you never know what awaits you in the next room, under the next sink, or around the next corner. DISCLOSURE Do you think the seller disclosed this garbage disposal on their property disclosure document? No way! There was no mention of the failed unit. HAS IT FAILED? This is a good question. The steel case of the disposal fractured and allowed water to flow out of the unit, as evidenced by the stains. At this point the owner should have just opened their wallet and replaced the unit. When the case on a disposal is damaged, the unit has fa...
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Weird Roof Snow Melt = Poor Insulation???

Weird Roof Snow Melt = Poor Insulation???
HOMEOWNER'S GUIDE TO SELF-DIAGNOSE INSULATION WOES It is bitter cold here in Northern Utah and this 2015-16 snow season is much greater than recent years. The snow, combined with the below freezing temperatures makes it rather easy to tell which homes have good insulation and which homes are severely lacking. This blog entry will give homeowners a way to self-diagnose attic insulation issues. NOTE: If you live in snow country, then you will love the following information. However, if you are my warm weather friends catching waves in 60 degree weather in Southern California, then you will find it amusing at best. WHAT DOES ATTIC INSULATION DO? Attic insulation is designed to help keep the temperature inside the home constant. We spend lots ...
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Winter Prep - Do It While The Weather Is Still Good!

Winter Prep - Do It While The Weather Is Still Good!
MICHAEL'S "TOP 10 WINTER PREPARATION TIPS" OCTOBER 7, 2014 - The weather is fabulous outside and most of us are wanting to do everything other than house and yard work. But let's face it, there is a dusting of snow on Mt. Timpanogos and the cold winter weather is coming. So with that reality as our primary mindset, let's buck up to the task and get the following things done while the weather is warmer. The following "Top 10" list comes from my own experiences and also what I see on a day to day basis while inspecting homes in Northern Utah. Please help me and Like, Share, Re-Tweet, and Forward to your friends, co-workers, family members and circle of influence. The gutter is loosely mounted and water flows behind the gutter. There are als...
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Squeaky Floors - Solution

Squeaky Floors - Solution
I found a solution for that squeak, squeak, squeak found in so many older homes with carpeted flooring. This is often complicated by newer carpeting that won't be being replaced for years to come. The solution is "Squeak No More." That's right, this is a specialty screw that gets installed right through the top of the carpet and then it gets broken off below the carpet line. It is a pretty clever fix. I just wish that they had them in stock. The best I can recommend is that you figure out how to order it into the store for pick-up. Priced at $19.95 for the kit, it is a great option. Michael Leavitt HOME DEPOT LINK
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CPSC RECALL - Crown Boiler Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

CPSC RECALL - Crown Boiler Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
The following is cast iron water boiler recall. In my area I have never seen a Crown Boiler, but this recall is a safety hazard that gets added to the list. The majority of homeowners here in Northern Utah have forced air gas fired furnaces and not radiant heat boiler systems. QUESTION: What is the risk associated with this recall? ANSWER: Carbon monoxide poisoning. QUESTION: What should you do if you have one of these boilers? ANSWER: Consumers with recalled boilers should immediately contact the installer or distributor from whom they purchased the boiler or Crown Boiler to schedule a free in-home repair. Consumers who continue using the boilers while awaiting repair, should have a working carbon monoxide alarm installed outside of sl...
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