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On the surface it sounds great; a quickie roof and good R-value. Those are two of the selling points of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) roofing, but this type of roof isn’t a perfect fit for all, or even most, commercial buildings. The standard SPF roofing application consists of three components, the substrate (often your roof […]

This is a picture of a Water Heater Drain Valve Assembly. It is a plastic valve that is opened and closed by turning the large plastic ring, left to open and right to close. There are several different types of drain valve assemblies and you should be able to identify each one. As home inspectors […]

Balsam Wool, Silvawool, Kimsul are all wood fiber products or cellulose insulation that can be found in 1930’s through 1950’s homes. This insulation was likely to have been treated with a fire retardant. Balsam wool has an R value of about 2 – 3.5 per inch. This insulation should be reports and inspected similar to […]

On stucco siding the weep screed shall be placed a minimum of 4 inches above the earth or 2 inches above paved areas and be of a type that will allow trapped water to drain to the exterior of the building. In order to provide for inspection for termite infestation, clearance between exterior wall coverings […]

A B Vent (double wall) combustion appliance flue pipe must terminate a minimum of 2 feet above the roof surface or 2 feet above any building component within 10 feet of the lowest point of the flue discharge. There are exceptions to this listed in the IRC for different BTU ratings and special pipe cap […]