About Bruce Low

Inspector of homes, condominiums, cottages, multiplex residential structures and light commercial buildings for buyers and sellers. Maintenance, preservation, and safety inspections for home and building owners. Rental Weatherization (DILHR), caretaker, and construction progress draw inspections. Radon testing. Licensed, bonded and insured.

Home Humidifier System

No need for something fancy.  Notwithstanding common household moisture sources (toilets, bathing/showering, wet towels, cooking, pet water bowls, breathing, etc.),  our home is equipped with an inexpensive humidifier system made primarily with recycled components filled with water (see photos below).  The system includes:

 

  • Coffee containers at heating system cold air return registers.
  • Ice cream containers placed around the house.
  • An old sauce pan atop the warm furnace cabinet.
  • A pail at the furnace filter opening.

 

The key is to have adequate moisture sources so the home can reach “equilibrium.”  You know when the humidity is too low when you get shocked by door knobs, and condensate forming on the windows is an indication that the humidity level is too high.

 

Rotten Egg Odor In Hot Water

The source of a sulfurous or rotten egg odor in the hot water system, but not the cold water system, may be due to desulfovibrio bacteria.  A water heater can become contaminated with desulfovibrio bacteria, which is harmless to health and which thrives in (usually stagnant) hot water in the presence of magnesium (the material usually used for the anode of a hot water heater).  A sample of the hot water can be tested for this contamination by a water testing lab.  If the result is positive, a possible solution is to shock sanitize the tank with hydrogen peroxide or chlorine bleach.  It may also be necessary to replace the magnesium anode rod with an alternate anode rod material such as aluminum.

It is recommended to consult your local plumbing contractor for further details and remedies.

Bruce Low Attends WAHI Fall Training Seminar

Bruce Low, Owner/Inspector of Bottom Line Home Inspection of Luxemburg, attended the Fall Training Seminar of the Wisconsin Association of Home Inspectors (WAHI) on November 2 and 3 in Manitowoc, WI.  He successfully completed course studies in Strange Encounters…of the Home Inspection Kind; Risk Management; Basement Inspections…Proper Reporting and Headache Prevention; Asphalt Shingle Roofs and Attics: Inspecting and Reporting.  Inspector Low is also a member of the WAHI Peer Review and Education House Committee, and the WAHI Public Relations Committee.

 

To maintain their Home Inspector license, the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services requires home inspectors acquire 40 continuing education credit hours during each biennial license registration period.  Low received 15 credit hours for completing this training seminar, and he averages over 100 credit hours biennially.

 

Bottom Line Home Inspection, a service of B.J. Low, LLC, is a full time inspection company serving home and commercial building buyers and sellers in much of Northeast Wisconsin, including Brown, Door, Kewaunee and Manitowoc Counties.  Bruce Low can be reached at 920-255-2197 or www.bottomlinehi.com.