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.

Spring Ahead!

U.S. (CT) Daylight Savings Time 2019 Starts Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 2 AM.  Remember to set your clocks ahead one (1) hour.  Don’t forget or you’ll be an hour late for everything until next fall.

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.