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Have Your Builder Plan for Water Management

By cwinspections | 03/30/2023

Water management at the exterior of homes is critical.  Most people know this and I probably sound like a blow-hard when I keep repeating the same message… but too bad.  The message bears repeating over and over. My latest beef with home builders is poor water management at the exterior of homes, which is mostly…

The Issue with Fiberglass Batt Insulation

By cwinspections | 03/29/2023

Fiberglass batts are a poor choice of insulation for most applications, yet this still seems to be the insulation of choice for most handy homeowners.  I’m been complaining about fiberglass batts for a while now, and for good reason. Fiberglass batts are more expensive.  I stopped by the Maple Grove Home Depot and compared the…

Double Tapped Neutrals: This Isn’t A New Rule

By cwinspections | 03/29/2023

The problem I’m addressing today is double tapped neutral lugs in electric panels.  A ‘double tapped neutral’ is a slang term for saying that one of the screws on the neutral bus bar in the panelboard has more than one neutral wire feeding to it.  This is a no-no, and has been for a long…

Ceiling Stains

By cwinspections | 03/28/2023

One of the most common home inspection concerns for home buyers is ceiling stains. While it’s not always possible to determine exactly what caused a ceiling stain, the location of the stain will often give away what caused the stain.  For example, the photos below show an improperly flashed chimney at a home in Saint…

Louisiana Termite

Natural Ways To Tackle A Termite Infestation In Louisiana

By cwinspections | 03/06/2023

Your home is built out of a few different materials. Some of the most common components are siding, shingles, and wood. These things work together to keep you safe from the elements and wild creatures that might want to contest your living areas. We are here today to talk about one local pest compromising the…

Dear Home Seller, please let me into your attic

By cwinspections | 02/14/2023

Dear Home Seller, I’ll be doing a home inspection at your house in the near future. I’ll be going through your house from top-to-bottom for the new home buyer(s) to help make sure that your home is as great as the buyers think it is. I’ll surely have several recommendations for maintenance and safety upgrades,…

Rotten Wood Chimney

Wood Chimneys Deserve A Closer Look

By cwinspections | 02/08/2023

If your home has a wood chimney chase with wood lap siding, you need to pay special attention to it.  There are a disproportionate number of wood chimneys with rotted siding and wall sheathing, when compared to other types of siding and other locations.  I regularly inspect houses with wood chimney chases that have major…

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,…