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The Tar Monster in Home Inspections

The Tar Monster Discoveries in Home Inspections My kids always have liked Scooby Doo. One of the old episodes I remember is the Tar Monster. Well, the other day I met the tar monster. He was on top of a flat roof above a porch. He had covered all of the fully deteriorated roll roofing! […]

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Home Inspection, Cedar Rapids IA, Waterloo IA- Are fuses better?

Home Inspection Are fuses better? Home Inspection, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo IA -Are Fuses Better? A few times a month during the course of performing a home inspection I will run into a fuse panel. Most folks in Eastern Iowa automatically assume that fuses are old, outdated, and generally less reliable than circuit breakers. Some would even go as far […]

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Furnace filters and Reality

Today I would like to discuss furnace filters with you. As a home inspector that services Cedar Rapids IA and Waterloo/Cedar Falls IA, I see a lot of furnaces on a weekly basis.I think a basic description of the method in which a furnace works is a good place to start. A furnace heats our home by moving air over […]

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Knob-and-Tube Wiring Electrical Wiring

Knob-and-Tube Wiring Electrical Wiring First of all let’s give credit where credit is due. I am reblogging this because I think it is a good subject and was very well done. The gentleman’s name who originally posted this is Mr. Fred Sweezer Sr. and there is a link to his website at the bottom of the […]

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Doggies do it on the roof??

Doggies do it on the roof?? I hope the title wasn’t too misleading but I couldn’t resist. On a recent commercial property inspection I ran across this roof covered in doggy doo. Notice I said I was on the roof? This particular building was roughly 35 feet high and had three levels of roof. This was the […]

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Home Inspection Roof Problems in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids IA

While performing home and commercial property inspections in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids and surrounding areas I often run into roofing problems. Today I will share a few roof problems that I may see during a Home Inspection. In this picture we see an improperly installed ridge cap shingle. The shingles used on this roof are laminated shingles […]

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Home Inspection Cedar Rapids IA, Waterloo IA – Polyurethane Roofing

Home Inspection Cedar Rapids IA, Waterloo IA – Polyurethane Roofing While taking the order for a recent commercial inspection I was informed that the roofing material was polyurethane. The person who was ordering the inspection from me was no stranger to commercial building, nor am I. I had to ask, are you sure they said poly? […]

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