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Home Inspection Nightmares XX

Milk-crates under the water heater and a shower head by the electrical panel? Check out the latest scary discoveries made by house inspectors, courtesy of the ASHI Reporter

Stripped of Common Sense

Photo by David Grudzinski

This service entrance cable has NO covering at all. The seller thought it was packaging material, so he took it off. All of it.

David Grudzinski

Advantage Home Inspections

Cranston, R.I.

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Location, Location, Location

Photo by Rick A. Harrington

This is a pull-down ladder in a garage. A support post was added in the middle of the garage. Careful! The first step is a doozy!

Rick A. Harrington

Patch Independent Home Inspections, LLC

Pickerington, Ohio

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Steam Trapped

Photo by Lawrence Ubell

I guess the homeowner wanted to move the radiator, but didn't want to spend time or money relocating the pipe and had no concept of steam dynamics. This radiator must bang like the dickens. Maybe that's why the valve was in the off position.

Lawrence Ubell

Accurate Building Inspectors

Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Shockingly Clean

Photo by Mark C. Serban

This open shower is located within 3 feet of the main electrical panel. I suspect it gives "shockingly clean results."

Mark C. Serban

Budget Home Inspections, LLC

Carrollton, Ohio

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Over Circulated

Photo by Alvin C. Miller

Is this "guaranteed" air circulation? This register setup, with the intake for the air return right above the heat register, was found in a home with heating issues. No surprise there.

Alvin C. Miller

Hawkeye Home Inspections, LLC

Wellman, Iowa

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What's Cooking?

Photo by David Gibson

Sometimes, my job is just creepy. I found these skeletal remains in a main electrical panel. The first thing I thought was: "Honey, why are the lights flickering? I don't know, but what are you cooking?"

David Gibson

Glenco Property Inspections

San Jose, Calif.

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Dangerous Situation

Photo by Charlie Rice

The homeowner cut an air return vent into the furnace air return duct to draw the cold air out of the furnace room, but it is less than 24 inches from the open vent hood for the gas water heater. Carbon monoxide could easily be sucked into the air return and spread through the home. The tinfoil around the vent where it entered the chimney was also ineffective at the least.

Charlie Rice

Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspections

Sykesville, Md.

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The Smell of Innovation

Photo by Dan Howard

The furnace had a coffee can of potpourri sitting in it to sort of, maybe, perhaps, hide the odor. It was innovative, but did not work.

Dan Howard

Home Inspections by Dan Howard

Freeport, Pa.

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Got Milk (Crate)

Photo by David Grudzinski

The many uses of milk crates.

David Grudzinski

Advantage Home Inspections

Cranston, R.I.

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Tight Squeeze

Photo by Matt Koch

Now, this is what I call an uncommon flue. How do you get two new vent flues from the basement to the roof? Just install them inside the old flue.

Matt Koch

House Smart

Chamblee, Ga.

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Bottled Water

Photo by Guy Occhino

New meaning to bottled water: baby jars hung under leaking pipes (100+-year-old house) with galvanized wire. Those old Yankees in New England never throw anything away and use everything. We won't mention the electrical wiring, end-joist slippage or the main beam issues.

Guy Occhino

Sherman Home Inspections, Inc.

Middlebough, Mass.

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It's Just the Sewer Line

Photo by Alvin C. Miller

This bungee cord hanger was just long enough to hold up the 3-inch sewer line.

Alvin C. Miller

Hawkeye Home Inspections, LLC

Wellman, Iowa

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Green Chimney

Photo by Richard Madore

It's always a good idea to keep your chimney well trimmed for good drafting of your boiler.

Richard Madore

Pillar to Post Home Inspection

Newington, Conn.

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Tricky Chimney

Photo by Travis Hoverter

The chimney does not look too bad on the outside, but how about when seen from the inside?

Travis Hoverter

South Central Pa. Home Inspection Co., Inc.

Chambersburg, Pa.

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Hot Seat

Photo by Mitchell Rothenberg

Could not help but notice the "hot seat" next to the live power feed to the house while doing the roof inspection. The seller said he enjoyed partying on his rooftop escape. I wonder if he used the wires for his drink holder.

Mitchell Rothenberg

HomeTeam Inspection Service

Tampa, Fla.

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Safety Last

Photo by Bob Shipp

If you think this looks bad, you should have seen the rest of the house.

Bob Shipp

Professional Home Inspections, Inc.

Stuarts Draft, Va.

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Baby Steps

Photo by Matthew Wynne

Here's a set of stairs you don't see every day. This one leads up to a loft office.

Matthew Wynne

Aberdeen Building Consulting

Brightwaters, N.Y.

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1.5 Times the Crazy

Photo by Neil Brogren

I think you call this 1½ layers of shingles. Apparently, they only re-shingled the worst area.

Neil Brogren

A'N'B Home Inspections

Gold Canyon, Ariz.

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Spark of an Idea

Photo by Steve Butzer

Someone must have told the homeowner that when he disconnected the drain line from the dishwasher, he should "plug" the opening in the disposal. So, he used a spark plug, of course.

Steve Butzer

HomeSpec Inspection Services, LLC

Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Call in the Snake Charmer

Photo by Joe and Nancy Janosz

"To inspect dryer vent, call in a professional." And yes, that is a live snake!

Joe and Nancy Janosz

Pro-Team Property Inspections

Wesley Chapel, Fla.

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Having it All

Photo by Brodie Brown

The homeowner wanted a shower in a half-bath, but didn't want to cut the concrete slab and add the drain. Next best thing? Build the shower around the toilet.

Brodie Brown

Browntree Inspections

Marietta, Ga.

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A-maze-ing

Photo by Barry M. Wong

I have seen many pool pump systems, but this one can make you dizzy trying to figure out which way the water is flowing. I hope the pump doesn't have to be changed anytime soon. The only access is to remove the connected maze of pipes.

Barry M. Wong

Building Specs Hawaii, LLC

Kailua, Hawaii

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Physics Problem

Photo by Barry M. Wong

It is physically impossible for the buyer to get through that scuttle hole.

Brandon Dyles

Picture Perfect Inspections

Bartlett, Tenn.

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Unsatisfactory

Photo by Larry Wasson

Among other things, the water heater exhaust pipe is supposed to slope upward toward the chimney and it must be well clear of those combustible wood studs and secured together with screws, not tape. Some people are never satisfied!

Larry Wasson

Affiliated Inspectors, Inc.

Chevy Chase, Md.

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Drive Right In...I Mean, Up and Over

Photo by Max Curtis

"Babe, I think we are going to need to trade in the minivan for a 4x4."

Max Curtis

MaxInspect

Livermore, Calif.

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