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About Chris Kimmel

Chris Kimmel worked as an Associate Home Inspector for two years, handling numerous services including sewer scope inspections, pest inspections, mold air sample testing, radon testing, and water quality testing. Chris now works with Scott Home Inspection as a Content Writing Specialist.

The Importance of Attic Ventilation

By |2024-02-28T13:31:20-07:00February 28th, 2024|Attic, Back to Basics|

In this day and age, it's all about building energy efficient homes. We put a lot of emphasis on insulation, especially in attics. Sufficient attic insulation is a key aspect of maintaining a comfortable and energy efficient home. But believe it or not, it is just as important to allow for a certain degree [...]

Home Inspections in Lafayette CO

By |2024-02-23T09:58:46-07:00February 23rd, 2024|City Analysis|

About Lafayette Lafayette, CO is a quaint city situated in the southeastern region of Boulder County. It was originally established in 1889 by Marie E. Miller. Soon after, the area saw significant growth due to a coal-mining rush. Having numerous rich deposits of the fossil fuel, this city eventually became the "epicenter [...]

Explaining the Air Leakage Testing Update in the 2021 IECC

By |2024-02-14T11:31:50-07:00February 14th, 2024|Blower Door Testing, Energy Code Info|

Blower door testing (or air leakage testing) is an important part of the building process, as it determines the overall air tightness of a building, and helps to identify problematic leaks that may be present. As a result, it has been required for all new construction and additions since the 2015 IECC was released. [...]

Why Can’t I Turn Off My Bathroom Exhaust Fan?

By |2024-01-15T09:54:21-07:00January 15th, 2024|Back to Basics, HVAC|

So you just moved into your brand new beautiful house. The home inspection is complete and everything is looking great! But after a few days you start to notice something strange - even when you try to switch it off, the bathroom exhaust fan keeps running continuously by itself. What's up with that? As [...]

2023 Inspection Fails and Highlights

By |2023-12-07T10:25:17-07:00December 7th, 2023|Back to Basics|

As 2023 comes to a close, we thought it'd be fun to take a look back at some of the fails, highlights and all-around anomalies we have seen this year. Our company handles a large number of home inspections and rental inspections across the CO Front Range. So naturally, our inspectors are going to [...]

Loveland Building Code: Explaining the New Performance Path Amendment

By |2023-11-14T10:45:38-07:00November 14th, 2023|HERS Ratings|

On June 1, 2023, the city of Loveland, CO officially adopted the 2021 IECC and implemented some specific amendments. One of the most significant changes has to do with energy compliance evaluation. In the past, builders were allowed to utilize a prescriptive path to make sure their project was code-compliant. However, the updated Loveland [...]

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Limited Inspection Items During The Winter

By |2023-11-03T11:00:16-06:00November 3rd, 2023|Ask Your Inspector, Pre-Purchase Home Inspections|

Being a Colorado home inspection company means sometimes going head to head with Mother Nature. Even though we get 300 days of beautiful sunshine (on average), we also receive our fair share of cold and snowy days. While it is always our goal to conduct inspections that are as thorough as possible, it is [...]

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Radon Testing For Multi-Family Buildings

By |2023-10-26T10:28:03-06:00October 26th, 2023|Radon Info|

With the CO Senate Bill 23-206 now in full effect, landlords and home sellers are required to disclose information about radon to the tenant or buyer. This newly-implemented standard of practice will encourage prospective buyers/tenants to have radon testing at the property. Thus, Colorado will likely see an increase in radon testing altogether. As [...]

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Sump Pumps and Perimeter Drains: The Ultimate Guide

By |2023-10-05T12:32:28-06:00October 5th, 2023|Back to Basics, Drainage|

Water and moisture are one of the biggest threats to the exterior of a house. So it is crucial to have a solid exterior defense system to protect your home. Of course, you need a suitable roof, a good foundation and siding, and sufficient grading. But even if a home is well equipped with [...]

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Saving Money On Insulation With a HERS Rating/ERI in 2021 IECC

By |2023-09-14T13:38:45-06:00September 14th, 2023|HERS Rating Guide, HERS Ratings|

If you are in the building industry, you are probably no stranger to the 2021 IECC. This is the most recent iteration of the International Energy Conservation Code (at the time of this writing), and it has really tightened up certain construction requirements for newly built homes. One of its most significant changes has [...]

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