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Unique and Common Discoveries Found During Inspections
Ignorance is Not Bliss...It's Expensive!

ELECTRICAL ISSUES


Light switches in showers?

That will wake you up in the morning...or kill you!


Rust water in electric panel, leaking incoming seal.


Fused panels


Improper wired sub panel jumper wire in panel!


Worn incoming electric service fire hazard!


Electric service secured to house with a rope.


TV antenna secured to electric mast. Don't touch the TV during a storm!

ROOF ISSUES


Roof shingles worn to base


Roof shingles worn to base


Leaking roof around electric mast


Worn cedar roof shingles curling


Improper flashing around chimney


Roof leak with a tarp inside. Why repair the roof when you can drain the tarp?

PLUMBING ISSUES


Leaded incoming water service line!

No washer trap

Leak under a bathroom sink

Tile damage in shower

Air condition drain line improperly run into septic vent

Open septic vent


Don't repair the sink drain, tape it!

HEATING SYSTEM ISSUES


Leaking boiler core


Damaged chimney flue pipe


Fire caused by expanding foam used to seal a chimney flue


Open air handler in attic. Also note the drain pan with no drain pipe!


Hole in protective wrap in boiler fire box


AC / Heat Duct Off


Side vent exhaust improperly run. Note how close to the ground the pipe is.


No over pressure relief extension pipe

ATTIC ISSUES


No attic insulation


Bath fan venting into attic

TERMITES


Termite mud tubes and damage


Termite mud tubes and damage

WET BASEMENTS


Cistern found under a kitchen on a new addition 5 feet around, 13 feet deep with water at bottom!


Wet basement


Wet basement


Stream running under house!

HEAT LOSS


Heat loss through fireplace


Heat loss under a door

BLACK MOLD


Black mold

STRUCTURAL ISSUES


Damaged floor joist


Crumbling foundation found in a crawl space


Major floor slope was noted in this house. Inspection of the basement shows the reason.
Notice anything missing? Two lolly columns!

OTHER ISSUES


Leaking oil tank


Worn bulkheading


Bad garage door spring


In ground oil tank


Friable asbestos on pipes


Door opening over basement steps


The house here was owned by a builder. I found a loose board in the floor in the laundry room. Looking into the hole, I found a 20x40 in-ground swimming pool under the new addition with 3 inches of water in the pool!

Anyone for a late night dip under the house?