Home inspection horror story: screw through water line

- We lucked out there. I had to enlarge the access hole in the wall to gain access to the damaged water line, but the access panel cover was still large enough to completely cover the hole. ..More

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Top 20 home inspection photos from 2016

- If you notice that your clothes dryer gets your clothes really hot but doesn’t dry them well, check out the terminal at the exterior. This would explain it. Screens should never be installed at dryer terminals. Clogged dryer terminal, one-year-old home – Roofs are a terrible place for clothes dryer terminals, but it’s downright dangerous when there’s a screen cover installed at the terminal. ..More

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Are home inspectors required to move ceiling panels?

- ”. This term readily accessible sounds pretty important, yes? The same standard defines readily accessible as “Available for visual inspection without requiring moving of personal property, dismantling, destructive measures, or actions that will likely involve risk to persons or property. ..More

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Are sewer inspections intrusive? No.

- This week’s question comes from a real estate agent: “Are sewer inspections intrusive? Does the seller need to give special permission if you’re going to do a sewer inspection at the same time as the home inspection? Do you have to notify the seller first?”. ..More

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Water heater replacement: pros and cons of natural draft water heaters

- Nevertheless, backdrafting is unacceptable and unsafe, and should be corrected immediately. So how likely is it for a water heater to backdraft and produce high levels of CO? Not very. According to CPSC statistics, there is an average of five deaths per year associated with carbon monoxide poisoning from water heaters, so this is a ‘thing’. . The draft hood is there so that if the water heater does start backdrafting for one reason or another, it will probably just spill low levels of carbon monoxide into the room ..More

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