All posts by Kevin Hergert

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Carbon Monoxide Detectors: High or Low ?

The issue of the placement of carbon monoxide detectors is brought up during several home inspections.  Most agents and clients (including 2 firefighters) say that they must be located near the floor as opposed to high up.  All new construction […]

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Could this actually happen twice ? Toilet Seat Warmer

This is a follow up to a post from 2010.  I did an inspection of a town home last week and again found that the water supply to

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Should I Get A New Construction Home Inspection ?

Most new homes are well built. The quality of construction and errors will typically vary from builder to builder. A common response to the question of obtaining a

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False Grounding of Electrical Outlets

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Garage Photo-cell Reverse Sensors

When inspecting a relatively new property at the Issaquah Highlands, I found it strange that the garage door would not have photo-cell reverse sensors installed. How could this

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That Pesky P-Trap

During my years in the construction and home inspection industries, I have found that most people do not understand the purpose of the P trap. I have

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Shower Leak at Kitchen Ceiling

This FNMA owned home has been recently refurbished and was sold pending a Home Inspection. At the Home Inspection I noticed a repair had been made to the Kitchen

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Stalled Draft at Furnace Flue

The furnace is in a home originally constructed in the 1950's. Since that time, it has been extensively remodeled and updated. The newer mid-efficiency furnace has a flue diameter of

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A new use for a salsa jar

This is what happens when the contractor doesn't want to run back to the store for parts. A few months ago, I performed a Home Inspection at a house

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Real Estate Listing Error

When I arrived at the home for the inspection, I noticed a broken side sewer location stake lying near a large tree at the front yard. The

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