Posts By: Nordic Home Inspection

Sump pump discharge in winter

Most home’s built in the Fargo, North Dakota, metro have a drain tile around the foundation and a sump pump in the basement or crawlspace. Drain tile and sump pump are the home’s primary defense to keep the basement dry. The drain tile is commonly a perforated pipe (Fig. 1) that  is installed along the… Read more »

Risks to your home with sudden snow melt

This frigid year of 2019, has already given us snow fall somewhere around 35-45” in our general area, and this coming weekend another 6-8” of wet snow may dump down on us, followed by a back-to-back winter storm that is predicted for Tuesday. As we finally are starting to gain hope that the temperature might… Read more »

How ice dams form and how to correct it

Ice dams most commonly occur in older homes as a result of inadequate insulation and/or ventilation. We will cover how ice dams happen in homes built with knee walls, and how it can be prevented. Typically, these types of homes are one and half-stories with an attic on top, and a sloped ceiling resting on… Read more »

Winter Hazards In Your Home

Winter weather is causing safety hazards in homes in the Fargo and Moorhead area. Many home owners do not understand the possible consequences of neglecting them, or how to correct these problems. We have listed the 6 most common issues that we see on a day to day basis, and what to do to fix… Read more »


  Extreme weather is becoming more common in our area with conditions that fluctuate from very wet to very dry within a matter of days. It is possible to have no water in your basement even if you have a negative grade around your home, but the issue should be addressed to prepare for that… Read more »

Fuse Panel vs Breaker Panel

Homes built prior to around 1960 were equipped with fuse panels often with a 60 or 100-amp service. These fuse panels are considered outdated and most of them do not meet today’s energy needs. Also, an upgrade might be necessary to satisfy both FHA and other lending institution requirements for home sales. The cost of… Read more »