CSST bonding

Could you please send me anything that you have that would explain the need to have CSST bonded? I am in the process of arguing with a builder who says that because of the vinyl coating on the CSST it does not need to be bonded. That goes against what I always understood from you. This is on my listing in Waukesha (only 3 years old) that had the CSST called out on the buyer's report. The seller's builder is saying that it's not necessary. I thought I had a good explanation of why this isn't up to par, but I can't find it.

Drew & Amy - Muskego, WI

"Scott, ​

Thank you for the incredible report. This will be our home maintenance bible for quite a while. It definitely helps us feel that we know exactly what we are purchasing with this house. Based on our interaction today, my experience with your office, and this report, I can see why you are so highly recommended and successful.



Do radon fans have to run continuously?

Do radon fans have to run continuously?

Jeff - Muskego


Do radon levels change over the years?

I purchased my house four years ago and had a radon test that was under 4.0. We are now selling and the inspector tested the radon and it is at 6.6. How can this be?

Tonya - Oak Creek


Hi Tonya,

Do I test for radon in a slab home?

Are homes with concrete slab foundations less likely to have high radon levels? 

Jerry - Waukesha


Roof Discoloration from Algae

The following information is from a technical bulletin produced by the Asphalt Roofing Manufactures Assocation.

For many years, roof discoloration caused by algae has been observed throughout the United States and Canada. The discoloration usually has a brown to black appearance, and may be mistaken for fungus growth, soot, dirt, moss, or tree droppings.

Pull down ladder in a fire ceiling

Our garage has a drop-down ladder in the ceiling, providing access to a storage area in the attic. When we bought the house, our home inspector informed us that this was a violation of the firewall between the garage and the house. Is there a reasonable way to correct this problem and still retain storage access from the garage? —Gene

Dear Gene,

Attic Access in a firewall

My home is about 25 years old, and the attached garage is separated from the house with a brick wall and a steel entry door. However, the brick wall does not extend to the roofline, leaving the garage open to the house attic. The home inspector never mentioned this condition when I bought the property and it was apparently approved by the city inspector when the house was built. I am concerned about this incomplete partition wall and would like to know if it is a fire safety violation. - Jack

Orphaned Chimney

We just had an inspection and the inspector called out an orphaned chimney but nobody can seem to explain this to us



Dear Dennis,

Sellers Inspection, sometimes called a pre-listing inspection

We are going to put our house up for sale and wondering if having a home inspection before putting it on the market is a good idea?

Carly & Joe


Dear Carly & Joe,

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