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Home Inspection Nightmares III

It's not just a bad dream—it's real. Luckily these home inspectors weren't sleeping on the job. The latest horrors, courtesy of the ASHI Reporter.

Dogged

Photo by Randy Via

What? A DOG holding up the kitchen floor?

Randy Via

C.L. Gleich & Associates Home Inspections, Inc.

Columbus, Ohio

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

No Exit

Photo by Corey Folsom

Here's a bedroom window where emergency egress was not

considered.

Corey Folsom

Corey Folsom Home Inspector

Ben Lomond, Calif.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Some Plumber

Photo by Don Carnathan

The owner of this house swore he had a plumber FIX this leak under the house.

Don Carnathan

Central Mississippi Home Inspections, LLC

Jackson, Miss.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Sleepy Time

Photo by Eric Brown

Someone suspended this cot from the rafters, presumably to collect rain water. "After I finish this inspection, I think I'll take a little nap in the attic."

Eric Brown

Heartland Inspection Services, Inc.

Indianapolis, Ind.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Nice Wiring

Photo by Dan Chapleski

The homeowner assured me all electrical work was completed by a licensed electrician. RE-HE-HE-HE-EALLY!

Dan Chapleski

True North Inspection Services

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Shower Siding

Photo by Bob Bowling

This is a new use for vinyl siding as a "high-tech" shower surround material. Prior to the start of the inspection, the homeowner bragged about the fully finished basement bathroom.

Bob Bowling

Land America Property Inspection Services

Livonia, Mich.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

The Phone Wire is an Unusual Touch

Photo by Tom Oliver

This is a photo of some extreme whittling of a floor joist to accommodate a bathtub drain, along with telephone wire supporting drain pipes. Do yourself a favor: don't cave in on the building codes when you're cutting into joists.

Tom Oliver

Oliver Home Inspection Services

Montrose, Colo.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Skimpy

Photo by C. John Limongello

Who needs duct strapping when there are citrus bags and plastic bags handy?

C. John Limongello

Land America Property Inspection Services

Marietta, Ga.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

3 Strikes and You're Out

Photo by John Kerwin

Here's a furnace with 1) a copper gas line using natural gas; 2) a gas leak and; 3) to top it off, can you see where the fire was? The valve and wires, as well as the inside of the furnace, are blackened with soot from an earlier fire.

John Kerwin

Protect Inspect

Colorado Springs, Colo.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Venting by Luck

Photo by Scott Patterson

I found this gas water heater with an upside down draft collar that did not even match the installed tank. Dangerous flue gases can leak right out. The owner had to really work hard to put all of this together.

Scott Patterson

Trace Inspections

Ridgeland, Miss.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Easy Fix

Photo by Richard Franco

This homeowner had no clue what had been done to install his gas pack. Even the ceiling joists—yes, the ones that hold up the ceiling—had been cut for this installation. Really makes you wonder what people are thinking.

Richard Franco

Casa Inspection Services

Globe, Ariz.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

It Worked for a While

Photo by Mike Everett

Mr. Homeowner had some leftover landscape drains and he made HVAC ductwork. Lots of duct tape, and it still fell off.

Mike Everett

Southern Home Reports

Anniston, Ala.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Proof

Photo by John Astl, Avail-A-Pro Home Inspection Services, Inc.

This photo was taken in a frame house with massive termite damage. The homeowner had an invoice for treatment that was ongoing for a period of three years. She tried to convince me that there were no more termites in the wood because it had been "treated." Whatever you say, ma'am!

John Astl

Avail-A-Pro Home Inspection Services, Inc.

Tampa, Fla.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Burnin' Up

Photo by Corey Folsom

Oh, lordy! The client didn't see anything wrong with having hot towels and had no intention of changing this setup. It made me want to alert the neighbors.

Corey Folsom

Corey Folsom - Property Inspector

Ben Lomond, Calif.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Shimmy

Photo by Joe Lengel

Shims galore.

Joe Lengel

Advantage Home Services, Inc.

Garrettsville, Ohio

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Cracked

Photo by Richard Petzold

A home seller creatively painted a branch on a bathroom windowpane that included a crack. The buyer was favorably impressed!

Richard Petzold

Assured Home Inspections

Knoxville, Tenn.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Look Out Below

Photo by C. Dwight Barnett

The flue is open just at the roof deck and is about to burn the house down.

C. Dwight Barnett

Barnett & Associates, Inc.

Evansville, Ind.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

One for the Road

Photo by Jan Lee

Don't get rid of those junk cars in the yard. Use their old

radiator hoses in place of the trap and pipe under the kitchen sink.

Jan Lee

Sandpoint Inspection

Sandpoint, Idaho

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

"Hot" Tub

Photo by Brad Stringer

This seller had run an extension cord from his patio around the corner of his house and inserted it directly into the disconnect box for his exterior air conditioning condenser. He told me since he only used the hot tub in the winter and the air conditioning in the summer, he didn't think it was a problem because then it wouldn't overload circuit. Did I also neglect to mention that the tub was only about six feet away from the disconnect/condenser on the patio? Talk about a "hot" tub.

Brad Stringer

Pillar To Post

Owasso, Okla.

courtesy of the ASHI Reporter