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Infrared Thermography

Have you heard of an Infrared (IR) Camera? Or more accurately, a thermal imager? This amazing piece of technology is one more tool in our bag to help us inspect your home in the 21st century – so let’s review what it does, and what it doe...
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The Importance of Sewer Scopes

If you’ve ever had to dig up your yard and replace a sewer line, you know how expensive it can be. The national average cost to replace a sewer main was $8,000 just a few years ago – and we all know parts and labor have been going up thro...
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Outbuildings

Outbuildings are those extra structures that are not attached to the primary residence, and are often not habitable. This includes garden sheds, carports, detached garages, greenhouses, cabins, guest houses, hobby workshops, gazebos, and other periph...
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What is Radon?

Families moving into Eastern Washington or Northern Idaho may be offered the chance to have a radon measurement along with their home inspection, and for good reason. If you are new to the area, you may be unfamiliar with radon. Even those moving her...
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Drain Unclogging Liquids

Drain unclogging liquids (Brand names like Drano or Liquid Plumber) are chemicals marketed to consumers to miraculously clean or unclog drain pipes. The basic assumption is that most of the causes behind slow or clogged drains is organic material (ha...
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Water Hammer Arrestors

Water hammer arrestors are a plumbing device used to prevent water hammer, a phenomenon that can loosen or damage pipes. When a water fixture is shut off abruptly, the flow of water comes to a sudden stop. Water’s movement is a type of inertia....
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Drain Waste Vent Pipes

Drain/Waste/Vent (DWV) systems are the entirety of your home’s drainage pipes and all associated components. We usually only think of the portion of pipes that goes down from our sink and connects with a sewer or septic tank as our DWV piping,...
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Non-Standard Drain Traps

S traps, drum traps, and other non-standard drain water traps are supposed to work like a p trap to prevent sewer gasses from backing up into our homes. However, in most municipalities, only P traps are approved for use in new homes. Some old homes m...
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P Traps

P Traps are a special connection between water fixtures such as sinks or appliances and the primary drain/waste/vent system pipes. They exist behind walls for appliances such as a washing machine, even if you cannot see the p trap. These features are...
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Journey for First Time Buyers

The home buying process is unique for each buyer, especially for those moving into a second home, specialty homes, investors, or those with specific loan requirements. First time home buyers typically go through a similar process, though, and I have...
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