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Sealing Vents Can Cause Problems

Posted by on Sep 10, 2011 in Inspection Stories | 0 comments

Sealing Vents Can Cause Problems

For many years folks around here have diligently sealed off the vents to the under side of their homes in an effort to keep heating costs down and stay warm in the winter. Time passes, and as more information surfaces, thinking changes. Back when homes had no insulation in the floors and water supply pipes were not insulated sealing vents likely saved a few pipes from bursting. However, now most homes are insulated at the floor level and all water pipes are individually wrapped in insulation. Little heat from the home above makes it down into...

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Water Heater Problems

Posted by on Sep 10, 2011 in Inspection Stories | 0 comments

Water Heater Problems

This photo was taken in the garage of a home that was 15 years old. That is about the life expectancy of a water heater and the original unit had recently been replaced with this nice new one. One small problem, the electrical bonding cable that had likely been attached to the old, black iron gas pipe is now attached to the modern, plastic coated flexible gas line. There is no electrical bonding happening here and the black iron pipe below is not bonded or at the same electrical potential as the other piping in the home. The purpose of bonding...

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