Entries by Ben Hendricks

River City Real Estate Radio Show

I was recently invited to be a guest speaker on the River City Real Estate Radio Show.  Try saying that 10 times fast!)  My friend Sam George, a fabulous Realtor in Louisville was with me as well.  We were there to talk about home inspections, and the most common questions people have about what I […]

How to Prevent a Leaky Basement

Let me start by saying there is no such thing as a waterproof basement.  When you build part of your house underground, there is always a chance you could get some water leaking in.  Ask anyone who has lived in a home with a basement for a long time.  Most have dealt with water intrusion […]

Our Newest Inspector…ED-E.

For years, really tall chimneys and hidden valleys on big roofs have been a thorn in my side.  I really do try to get to every square inch of the roof with my own two eyes, but sometimes it’s not feasible.   I am as close to Spiderman on a roof as it comes, but I […]

Repairing a Leaking Plumbing Vent

Do you have small water stains appearing on your ceiling?  The problem is likely the flashing around your plumbing vents. One of the most common, if not the most common problem I find with inspecting roofs, is a leaking flashing boot around the plumbing vent pipe.  When these fail, water gets in to places where […]

How to check a leaking toilet

You hear that?  That half a second woosh sound your toilet makes?  Do you know what that is?  It’s a leak; and that’s cold hard cash you’re flushing down the drain.  Leaking toilets cost you money.  According to the EPA, the average house leaks or waste about 10,000 gallons of water a year.  Based on […]

Home Inspectors vs Code Inspectors

Let’s talk about something that many, many people get confused about, or just don’t understand. I get asked on a daily basis if the home I just inspected “passed.”   There is no pass or fail when it comes to a home inspection.  Only code inspectors declare a pass or fail for a dwelling. What is […]

Is there a bomb ticking under your sink?

Water. The substance of life.  We can’t live without it.  And there’s nothing better than indoor plumbing.  Don’t think so?  Ask your favorite senior sometime about walking through 12 inches of snow in sub-zero temperatures just to use the bathroom.  But with all the greatness that indoor plumbing holds, people have made a few mistakes along the […]

The low down on Mold.

Nasty stuff.  Nasty stuff indeed.  But what classifies a person to be considered a “Mold Professional.”  This is where marketing spins start to twist like a F5 tornado. I do not advertise mold inspection, I never will.  Why?  Because it would not be honest for me to do so. The first thing I do when […]

Only you can prevent fores…clothes dryer fires

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are an estimated 15,500 fires, 10 deaths and 10 injuries every year due to clothes dryer fires.  Several hundred people a year are also subjected to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning from improper dryer vents. The total damages come to nearly $100,000,000 yearly.  That’s one hundred million dollars a year. […]

Priming…yeah it’s that important.

Priming…Most people hate it.  Why? They think it’s extra work.  I’m here to tell you it’s not, and your finished product will turn out much better with its use. I used to be a manager at a certain big retail giant…let’s call them “Glowe’s.”  One busy Saturday at Glowe’s I was stopped in the lumber department by […]

Another kind of cold shower

You guys will LOVE this.  My first home inspection of the day was an older home, built around 1932.   From the outside, the house looks to be in decent shape.  A quick walk around it showed only minor problems.  I do my thing outside, and head indoors.  Nothing too shocking here either.  I head upstairs and start in the […]