Do I really need to use my bathroom vent?

Do I really need to use my bathroom vent?

The short answer: YES! Bathroom ventilation systems are designed to exhaust odors and damp air to the home’s exterior.  Ventilation systems should be installed in all bathrooms, including those with windows, since windows will not be opened during the winter in...

10 Tips to Prepare your Home for Winter

Now that winter (well at least it feels like winter in November) is upon us, there are 10 simple things you can do around your home to prepare it for the cold weather. Insulation: New Iowa homes now require R49 as a reference to how much insulation you may need in the...
Water Heater Safety

Water Heater Safety

A few years ago there was a great episode of Myth Busters where they tested what would happen if a water heater in a house exploded. The water heater literally shot out of the roof like a rocket! (Watch here) You may be wondering, “Could this happen to me?” Here are a...
Are Extension Cords Safe?

Are Extension Cords Safe?

One thing we see often at Whitetail Home Inspections, is extension cords ran all around the house-due to a lack of permanent outlets. Especially in older homes, the number of outlets installed in houses don’t represent the electrical needs for the 21st Century....
Sump Pumps are Key to Beating this Rainy Summer!

Sump Pumps are Key to Beating this Rainy Summer!

So far, the summer of 2019 can be called one thing……rainy! At least here in Iowa, it seems we’ve seen more rain than sun this year. In order to keep your basement dry from all this rain, let’s talk a little about sump pumps. We’ve heard from lots of homeowners, and...