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Home Inspector - Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - InterNACHI 10041206
Is your attic access door inside the heated area of your house? Is it insulated? Most attic access doors are merely a piece of plywood or a piece of drywall pulled over the hole. What happens to the "R" value weighted average of your insulation if that small access door is not insulated? It reduc...
I hope everybody had a great New Years, mine was great! Back to the grind now...I have written about water heater TPR valves and drain lines more than once, and probably every Home Inspector here on Active Rain has as well. But we keep running into these crazy installations! And even some of the ...
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my friends here on Active Rain a very Merry Christmas and a very, very Happy New Year!!!I would especially like to thank all my friends here in Albuquerque for allowing me to be a part of this awesome community and showing me the support and trust...
A good majority of homes have attached garages these days. People use them for everything! Modern garages have evolved to the point that a recent straw poll indicates a mere one quarter of homeowners are able to park a vehicle in their garages. About half say they can squeeze one car in, and the ...
If you have a water heater in your house... you have a TPR valve. What is a TPR valve? TPR stands for Temperature Pressure Relief. They are installed on every type of water heater, gas or electric. They are even on tank-less systems. Why? The water in your water heater gets really hot! What happe...
I did an Inspection the other day in the Los Ranchos, it's an extension of the Albuquerque area. This home was built in 2000 and is part of a nice little subdivision. This subdivision has similar type homes throughout the subdivision. The first thing I noticed about this house was it had little t...
Evaporative Coolers, or Swamp Coolers as they are called here are on a very large percentage of homes here. They are not being used right now, most of them have been shut down, drained, covered in canvas and winterized. But during the summertime, they are used for cooling homes. They are found pr...
Vinyl siding can significantly change the appearance of a home. It can provide cover and protection to the underlying wall material if it is installed correctly. If it is not, it can become your worst nightmare! It is not meant to be a water tight covering, it is like a supplemental rain screen, ...
The garbage disposal... our friend. Well, if you have a septic tank not so much. Grinding up food leftovers and greasy foods and washing them down the drain can mess up your bacteria levels and clog up the drain fields. But, that's not what this blog is all about!It's about the do it yourself-er ...
This is the second time in a row that I have had my whole post go away when I tried to publish it. Very frustrating!! The other day, I just re-typed it and republished it and it worked. Has anybody else had this problem? What did you do to fix it? Arrrghhh! Warning... better back it up before you...

Fred Hernden, CMI

Albuquerque area Master Inspector
local_phone(505) 588-9559
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