Do you know what this water heater in the garage is missing? A safety post (bollard). The bollard protects the water heater from vehicular damage (should a car lurch toward it) and prevents the water tank from rupturing. Can you imagine what would happen if 40+ gallons of very hot water suddenly came rushing out all over your garage, dry wall, vehicle, personal belongings, and possibly even you? Not to mention the electric or gas powered heating element inside the water heater that needs to stay submerged or it can become a very dangerous fire hazard. The best way to prevent this is to make sure that a safety bollard is installed - and of course, routing maintenance of the water heater is also key because older units can also rupture on their own if not property maintained.
At a recent home inspection, I discovered that the drain pipe in the crawl space under the kitchen was leaking. Since we use modern, web-based reporting software, I was able to take a video of the leak (far more informative than just a photo) and include it right in the report. Just another reason why home buyers and realtors love us and our modern 2020 way of doing things. Having clear color photos AND videos really does make an impact.
Does this look odd to you, too? This is a picture of two exhaust fan pipes from two separate second floor bathrooms vented into - but not out of - the attic. Excessive moisture from these fans is constantly vented directly into the attic, which causes condensation on the wood sheathing of the roof, on insulation, and anything else that is kept in the attic. This excessive moisture has led to what appears to be mold growth on the wood sheathing. This growth will continue to spread and the wood will eventually deteriorate. This means a leaking roof in addition to the undesirable effects of mold and/or other organic growth that you most definitely do NOT want in your home. In a nutshell, ALWAYS VENT OUTSIDE. You will save yourself money and headaches (and undesirable living conditions) if you do!
Did you know that our home inspector checks for things like leaky faucets and if there is hot water (he even tests the temperature)? These issues are easy to overlook when a buyer is touring a home because there are so many things on your mind. However, things like leaky faucets are not only a nuisance to discover once you've moved in but can become a real problem down the road. Where does the leak start? Is water seeping into the walls or flooring? Should a plumber investigate further? Catching items like this before you buy can save you time, money, and headaches. Call us at 919-921-8400 or book your inspection right on our website and we'll make sure your faucets are shipshape!
The pipes under your sinks have some very important jobs. One is to effectively drain the water from the faucet, and another is to keep sewer gases from entering your home. The issues in the picture on the left are the flex piping (1) which has a high rate of clogging, and (2 & 3) multiple P-traps - there should be only one. One P-trap creates an effective water barrier/seal that traps unwanted sewer gasses. Two or more traps impede flow and are more likely to get clogged.
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