New backflow preventer testing requirements for Minnesota

- . This new requirement probably won’t affect homeowners who have boilers. If you already have an existing system, this won’t affect you unless you have the valve replaced. If you’re having a new lawn irrigation system installed, you’ll need to have the backflow valve tested every year going forward ..More

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Updated home inspector training advice

- Some of the same advice applies today, but a lot of it has changed. Now, almost five years later, I receive about two to three inquiries a week. . Many years ago I wrote a blog post giving home inspector training advice to future Minnesota home inspectors. To write that blog post I interviewed several other home inspectors here in Minnesota, asking about how they got started in this profession and what home inspector training advice they would give to someone just getting started in this business.  There are also many other questions that I regularly receive that weren’t addressed in that blog post, so I’ll cover them today. At that time, I’d receive two to three inquiries per month. The purpose of that post was to give a thought-out response to people who emailed or called asking for advice on how to become a home inspector ..More

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Q&A: When do smoke alarms need to be hardwired?

- I blogged about those in this post from. Yes, they cost more money, but the whole idea is to prevent people from dying in a fire. . There is similar language saying that smoke alarms don’t need to be interconnected if you need to tear walls and ceilings apart. When it comes to life safety devices, I think this should be an easy call to make; get interconnected smoke alarms. It would still be wise to install wireless interconnected smoke alarms in this case. In this case, independant battery operated smoke alarms will suffice ..More

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Lead water lines: a home inspector’s perspective

- . Drinking water safety for communities with lead water lines has been a common topic of discussion ever since the whole Flint water crisis happened. This is a topic that is brought up during home inspections as well, and was just discussed and blogged about on NPR recently, so I thought I’d throw in a home inspector’s two cents on the whole topic of lead water lines ..More

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Sediment traps: what and why

- . To see the full text giving the requirements for sediment traps in Minnesota and scroll down to section 408. 4, or check out the image below ..More

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