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We use thermal imaging so that we can see things that may not be visible to the naked eye. In this case we can see that the water heater is functioning within normal parameters.
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Here is a tip for when your home is getting inspected.

Before the inspection, move any obstacles out of the way so that the inspector can easily:
1)  Open the electrical Service Panel
2)  Access the attic hatch
3)  Access the crawlspace hatch, if applicable.
This will help prevent the need for a return inspection and will make things go much smoother.

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KEEP THOSE CRAWLSPACES VENTILATED!
Crawlspaces need to stay ventilated so they stay DRY.  It is tempting to close the crawlspace vents in the winter to "conserve" heat, but please don't do it.  It is much more important to keep the crawlspace dry.  This picture shows a support post with wood rot growing from the base upwards.  It is all because this crawlspace was closed off for a long time and was very wet.
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WE ARE BACK!
We had a wonderful vacation and are fully rested and ready to respond to all your home inspection needs.  We even have some new innovative additions coming up!  Stay tuned...

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WATCH FOR BACKDRAFTS!!!!
This isn't the movie we are talking about here.  If you have gas-fired appliances, you need to watch for evidence of backdrafting.  This picture shows melted foam insulation around water pipes on a gas water heater.  The hot exhaust gases are supposed to go straight up the flue between the pipes.  However, the exhaust flue was partially blocked and allowed some of the heat to escape to the top of the heater.  Luckily, the foam only melted and did not catch fire.
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CRAWLSPACE BONUS!
As an awesome home inspector, I spend a lot of time investigating crawlspaces, since this is where most water problems eventually end up showing themselves.  It is hot, often very cramped and dirty work.  However, on this one particular day in May, I was treated to a nice bonus.  Way in the back of this crawlspace, I found a $50 bill hanging from a spider web against the foundation wall.  Just another thing that continues to make this work so interesting!
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WHO SEES THE PROBLEMS HERE?
This is a basement utility room where the homeowner has the clothes dryer discharging instead of venting to the outside.  I expect the mesh bag does a fine job of catching the dryer lint.  However, do you see the electrical panel on the wall right next to the dryer vent?  That is a 240 volt panel for the furnace and it is constantly being bombarded by the hot, moist air coming from the dryer.  You can probably imagine all the potential hazards this condition presents!
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Need I say more?  My license plate accurately reflects the thoroughness of a Dream Home Inspection!  Simply the Best.
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SADDLE VALVE ISSUE - FINAL CHAPTER!
Here is a quick video that shows the final and proper fix for the water line I found in a crawlspace with a saddle valve connected to it.  This will provide the new home owners much better peace of mind.

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Here is a short video about the use of a saddle valve and braided hose to run a refrigerator water line in an un-insulated crawlspace.  What do you think?
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