Reuben's Home Inspection Blog

Lead water lines: a home inspector’s perspective

Drinking water safety for communities with lead water lines has been a common topic of discussion ever since the whole Flint water crisis happened[...]

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Attention home inspectors: there has never been a better time to join ASHI

The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) is currently running a promotion through the end of the year, offering a free one-year membership in the organization for anyone who joins a local chapter.[...]

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New backflow preventer testing requirements

Backflow preventer testing is now required on an annual basis in Minnesota on new lawn irrigation system installations.[...]

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Camera buying advice for home inspectors

This is camera buying advice for home inspectors. I've gone through numerous digital cameras and have become quite opinionated on the matter.[...]

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Buying a home that has had work performed without a permit?

Something that seems to universally freak people out when buying a home is learning that work was done to the home without appropriate permits being pulled.[...]

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New Home Inspection Contingency form takes effect August 1st in Minnesota

For anyone buying or selling a home in Minnesota after August 1st, 2016, heads up: there's a new Inspection Contingency form.[...]

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Need a chimney inspection? Hire carefully.

When it comes to having a chimney inspection or chimney repairs, I only recommend working with a Certified Chimney Sweep (CCS).[...]

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A breakdown of energy ratings for Minnesota homes

Green building ratings and energy efficiency certifications are becoming increasingly popular—for good reason. [...]

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Did your house leak during the storm yesterday?

Buildings do sometimes leak under extreme weather conditions. As long as the building can dry out, a one-time leak event probably isn't going to cause any long-term damage.[...]

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Water hammer arresters are now required in Minnesota

I blogged about the new Minnesota plumbing code earlier this year, but one new change that I never mentioned is the requirement for water hammer arresters.[...]

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Do you Waze?

If you drive and you own a smartphone, you owe it to yourself to try Waze. It's a free community-powered navigation app that beats the pants off any GPS device or app I've ever tried.[...]

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Air conditioner maintenance for homeowners

Check on these simple air conditioner maintenance items before calling out a professional to service your equipment.[...]

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