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Subpanels: When the grounds and neutrals should be separated

By cwinspections | 02/05/2023

When should the ground and neutral wires be separated at a subpanel? It depends. First, what’s a subpanel? In my words, a subpanel is an electrical panel wired downstream from the Service Equipment, which is more commonly known as the main panel. Next, what’ the deal with connecting grounds and neutrals together? In my words,…

The “Not always good” about insulation improvements.

By cwinspections | 01/17/2023

Air sealing and adding insulation to an existing house could have negative impacts on both the occupants and the house. Wait…adding insulation is supposed to be a good thing, right? If done properly, yes. Houses are complex systems. There are many interactive components that impact the way a house performs and regulates heat, air, and…

What is the best type of insulation?

By cwinspections | 01/13/2023

What’s the best attic insulation? That depends on your definition of “best”. What’s going to perform the best is definitely not the most cost-effective way to insulate an attic. But surely, you already knew that. And I didn’t call you Shirley. First, let’s discuss the most common types of insulation available for attics; spray foam,…

Read This Before Adding Attic Insulation!

By cwinspections | 01/11/2023

If you’re thinking about adding attic insulation to your home this year, please read this first. Many homeowners go about re-insulating their attics all wrong. What’s far more important than simply adding attic insulation is to have air-sealing performed first. This is the labor-intensive part of an attic insulation job that unscrupulous insulation contractors may…

3 HVAC Maintenance Tips from a Home Inspector

By cwinspections | 11/13/2022

According to my friends who work on air conditioners, there are three basic maintenance items for AC units that people overlook. And these three items comprise a large portion of easily preventable equipment failures. These consist of the condensate line, the air filter, and the condensing coil. The Condensate Line In Louisiana, most single-family homes…

Don’t Vent Your Clothes Dryer Through the Roof

By cwinspections | 10/23/2022

Roof vents for dryers are stupid. As soon as I’m in charge, there will be no more venting of clothes dryers through the roof.  I think the roof is a stupid spot to terminate clothes dryer vents because it’s difficult to clean and it’s a major contributor to ice dams.  Clothes dryers should be vented…

New Construction Slab Inspection


By cwinspections | 09/28/2022

There’s nothing worse than buying something new and bringing it home only to discover that it’s defective. And while big box stores might accept your return, what happens when the brand-new thing that’s defective is your house? Utilizing new construction phase inspections sets up quality checkpoints throughout the building process to help ensure that the…

Rubber Washing Machine Hoses

By cwinspections | 09/22/2022

Rubber or braided steel hose? Burst washing machine hoses have to be one of the most common causes of catastrophic water damage in homes.  When I find rubber hoses used to connect the washing machine, I often mention to my clients that it’s a good idea to replace them.  It’s downright disturbing how often my client then…

Melted Vinyl Siding

Melted Vinyl Siding

By cwinspections | 09/17/2022

Grills When we find vinyl siding melted about chest-high near a patio or deck in one concentrated area, it’s surely the result of a grill placed too close to the house. Grills kick out a lot of heat, so keep ’em away from your house. I’ve never done any testing to figure out exactly what’s…

Crawlspace moisture


By cwinspections | 09/12/2022

If you’re like most homeowners in south Louisiana, you’re likely to overlook any moisture in your crawl space. That’s because the crawl space is out of sight, and that’s where all the moisture is, right? Moisture in your crawl space might compromise your home’s structural integrity and have adverse effects on your health. Here in…