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Home Inspection Nightmares XIII

See 16 bizarre discoveries uncovered by the home inspectors of the ASHI Reporter

Toad noted at ridge vent

Photo by Eric Engebretson

We had the wettest April on record.

Eric Engebretson

Midwest Inspection Service

St. Louis, Mo.

(Photos courtesy of the ASHI Reporter)


Photo by Matt Koch

This post is supposed to be supporting the beam in the center of the house. Unfortunately, it is in the wrong location. I wonder what the psi is on those shims?

Matt Koch

HouseSmart Home Inspection

Chamblee, Ga.

Trapped again

Photo by Chris Brown

There is no trap on one side of kitchen sink, T-fitting upside down on right side, mystery substance used in place of PVC cement.

Chris Brown

Florida HomePro

Jacksonville, Fla.

Interesting reading

Photo by Porter Elder

These preformed concrete post and beams were poured on site using the local newspaper in the molds. I couldn't make out the date, but the article was interesting.

Porter Elder

Elder Home Inspections, LLC

Mobile, Ala.

A drain line with a view

Photo by Thomas A. Gaba

Let us not focus on the extension cord for the disposal or the "S" trap. It is the drain line site glass to view any backups that I thought was creative.

Thomas A. Gaba

Buyers Home Inspection Service, Inc.

Cleveland, Ohio

Ready to burn

Photo by Brandon Dyles

I found an accumulation of about 2 inches of lint around this gas water heater from a crack in the dryer vent pipe in the background. The house has been vacant for 18 months, lucky seller.

Brandon Dyles

Picture Perfect Inspections

Bartlett, Tenn.

Through the vent

Photo by Charles H. Nance, P.E.

It seems like we find something new and different every week in this business. If you can't find a route for your phone and alarm system wire from the basement to the attic in a two-story house, why not just use one of those convenient furnace vent pipes?

Charles H. Nance, P.E.

CHN Inspections, LLC

Wildwood, Mo.

Interesting combo

Photo by Rick A. Harrington

This is a combination plumbing vent pipe and satellite dish mount. Gets crappy reception when the toilet is flushed. The crappy reception!!! And the service stinks.

Rick A. Harrington

Patch Independent Home Inspections, LLC

Pickerington, Ohio

Food chain

Photo by Andy Hilton

This is an attic gable vent with about 15 bats on the outside of the vent screen. The other 15 or so left when I lit them up with my flashlight. However, check out the 2' black SNAKE on top of the vent inside the attic, trying to figure out how to have one of the morsels (or is that marsupials?) for dinner. So, do I tell my buyer to get rid of the snake or keep it to help keep the bats out of the attic?

Andy Hilton

Hilton Home Inspection, Inc.

Yadkinville, N.C.

More fun with puns

Photo by Jeff Hicks

I guess the owner figured this receptacle was for "butts."

Jeff Hicks

Sherlock Homes Inspection Service Inc.

Reeders, Pa.

Togetherness should have a limit

Photo by Mike Gardocki

What is there to say? Yes, they both are hooked up and functional. No, the second toilet does not have bidet

fittings. What you can't see is there is no plumbing vent.

Mike Gardocki

Allspect, Inc.

Milford, Conn.

Snake trap

Photo by Luis Alcaraz

I told my client that he was looking at an "S" trap, as in snake trap!

Luis Alcaraz

InspectuCasa IC Inspections LLC

Minneapollis, Minn.

Truly unhinged

Photo by Matt Koch

This picture is from a house that has site-made trusses for the roof framing. Hinges were used to connect truss members.

Matt Koch

HouseSmart Home Inspection

Chamblee, Ga.

Multi-tasking delight

Photo by Tony Marino

I call this photo "multitasking in the morning."

Tony Marino

National Property Inspections

Clearwater, Fla.


Photo by Guy Becker

The shower enclosure was a little dark. The new light works great.

Guy Becker

Florida Home Inspection Professionals, Inc.

Chuluota, Fla.


Photo by Randall S. Cook

This mouse thought he'd like a room with a view. He hadn't counted on the exposed wiring.

Randall S. Cook

RSC Electrical & Mechanical

Springfield, MO. 65803