7 Steps to Hygge in Your Home

For years, Danish culture has excelled at creating comfort at home through the long and dark winter months. In 2016 Denmark was rated as the happiest country in the world. When you consider how long their winters really are, this becomes an even more remarkable feat. How did they do it? With hygge. There is no direct translation of hygge in English, but it’s been defined as a quality of coziness and comfort to help cultivate one’s well-being.   As we hunker down for winter with Covid, it might be time to take some lessons from the Danes. 


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Polybutylene Piping – What is it?

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Polybutylene piping (PB) is plastic piping that was used as a plumbing supply pipe from 1978 to 1995. The supply piping in the home is used to bring water into the house and supply the various fixtures such as water heaters and other appliances that utilize potable water. We still use plastic piping today, most commonly in the form of cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) or chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC). So why haven’t you heard about PB? It was used in up to 10 million homes, primarily in the sunbelt area of the country, and manufacturing was ceased in 1996 after numerous claims of failure.

So why would I want to know more about it? Home inspectors rarely come across PB in our area, but we do find it occasionally. PB piping can be identified in a few ways. It is typically grey in color and used for supply piping or heat piping and is not part of the drain/waste/vent system. It is often labeled “PB2110”. Many more common issues like lead water mains are frequently discussed because they were present much more often. PB piping on the other hand is rarely found and when we do identify it in homes, the parties involved frequently have little or no knowledge about its presence or potential for failure. While rare, I have personally found it present in the north shore area, so it has been used here.

So, what if I do find it? If you do own a home with it present, you should be concerned. The problem is a failure, and it is notorious for failures at pipe connections and even in the piping itself in some areas. The other issue is when it is used, it’s often used in large portions of the home. If all the water piping present is PB piping you can have a large potential for failure. While some inspectors claim that failure typically would have happened already if it was going to happen, I have only seen this material with numerous poor connections and corroded areas and failure has appeared imminent. My recommendation is to replace all PB piping present. The cost of replacement is a better option than the high risk of expense if a failure did occur.

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A Family Home

There are some buildings that blend in with the landscape so well they become a part of the Earth. They take on the characteristics of the surrounding environment and the people that live there. This home perhaps more than most. It was designed and built by an architect in the 1950s for his family. Set back from the road, this house uses vertical siding to blend in with the trees in the surrounding woods. It’s a home full of memories. In 2003 the architect’s son moved in with a family of his own, and brought a whole new generation of life into the home. 


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Fall Foliage Videos and Photos

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Taking a week off from posting about Home Inspections to appreciate the beauty of fall. When I am not doing home inspections I enjoy photography and videography with my drone. Here is some footage from this fall. Enjoy!

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The Fall Checklist

One of the first signs of fall is when the windows start to close. As New Englanders, it is a nearly universal point of pride to keep them open for as long as possible. When the days get shorter and the wind gets colder, the windows start to come down. Closing the windows sets off a chain reaction. It’s a signal that there is more work to be done around the home with the changing of the seasons. 


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Gloucester, MA 01930

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