Do you ever hear your toilet refilling for no apparent reason? You probably have a leaky flapper. If you use those drop-in chlorine tablets in your toilet, I can pretty much guarantee you have a leaky flapper. Those tablets deform the flappers and make them leak.
Thankfully, replacing the flapper in your toilet is a very quick and easy DIY project. Most of the time. Of course, there are always a few toilets with old or unusual guts, and those might not be so quick and easy. For the rest of the toilets out there, I made a short little video showing how to replace your flapper. Check it out:
After I recorded this, I realized that I kind of skipped over the chain adjustment. I consider this part to be pretty much common sense; the chain length is easily adjustable. The chain should be long enough to have a little bit of slack so you don't need to jiggle the handle to get the flap to close, but short enough to get the flapper to lift when the toilet is flushed.
Oh, and of course, you'll need to turn the water back on when you're done.
Reuben Saltzman is a second-generation home inspector with a passion for his work. Naturally, this blog is all about home inspections and home-related topics in the Twin Cities metro area. In addition to working at Structure Tech, he is also a licensed Truth-In-Sale of Housing Evaluator in Minneapolis, Saint Paul and several other cities.
FLIR has a relatively new pocket-sized infrared camera with all of the bells and whistles of the much larger and expensive E6. It boasts the same resolution as the E6 but it's a fraction of the price at only $699. With these features and benefits, this camera ought to put the E6 out to pasture.
I recently had an informative email exchange with a past client that highlighted the discovery of some especially nasty water damage behind the stone siding at her townhome. I was curious about the events that led up to the discovery, and it all came down to one person being very curious and very persistent. I thought she had such a great story to share that I invited her onto our podcast, which you can listen to below.
Stone siding might be the most problematic siding that we come across as home inspectors. This stuff is failing left and right all over the country, and most of time the homeowner has no idea when their wall is a rotted mess behind the siding.
Take a look around any room full of home inspectors, and you'll notice we look a lot alike. We are almost all white men with a lot of gray hair. It's as if there's an unwritten rule that you have to be an old white guy to be a home inspector.