Nothing feels better than a good shocking shower before going for a swim. A showerhead placed directly over an electrical junction box does the trick.
Professional Inspection Services, LLC
The environment is so overated
This is a plywood septic tank on the banks of a river. Notice the inlet pipe has been disconnected—I guess the tank didn’t work as well as they thought it would. Interestingly, the real estate agent, owner and county officials did not seem to care, and it is still in use today, as shown on this photo. Float trip, anyone?
Eagle Eye Inspections, Inc.
This is a creative use of a toilet plunger. The tub diverter body is a rubber toilet plunger, painted white. This was found in a 120-year-old, $750,000 home that was just rehabbed.
Quinn Building Consultants
North Dartmouth, Ma.
Gee, do you think the old water heater was shorter? Exhaust fumes should go up and out, so a downward facing pipe is not going to do any good.
Thor Home Inspection
Sioux Falls, S.D.
Here in Virginia, no matter how you hang it, an attic fan is an attic fan.
Homestar Real Estate Services, Inc.
Here in California, we love trees! We would rather just build the house around a tree. But, does the tree add safety or stress to this steep slope?
Corey Folsom Property Inspector
Ben Lomond, Calif.
Roof vent periscope
Dive! Dive! Dive!
Shane R. Pouch
Outlook Inspection Services, Inc.
The plumber did it
Here is a picture of a concrete block pier that has been field-modified by the plumber. The seller could not understand why it needed any additional support. “It’s been that way for 40 years and we have not had any problems.”
Christian Building Inspectors, Inc.
Let’s play ‘hide the chimney’
I would call this a camouflaged chimney.
Michael R. Conroy
Alpha Home Inspection
This tree is about 100 years old and is being supported by the garage. As you can see, the tree did some damage to the roof, block, and trim. This tree will be costly to remove. The main utility pole is next in the tree’s path.
Home Safe Home Inspections
Broadview Heights, Ohio
This is why you need an alternate-energy, back up sump pump. A battery or generator would surely help avoid floods like this one.
Technihouse Inspections, Inc.
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
The top of the cabinet is missing from this new HVAC system in a recently renovated Cape Cod-style Atlanta home. An exposed air handler not connected to ducts would explain why there was no heat coming out when I checked! It will be a nice house when they finish it.
Atlanta (Suwanee), Ga.
Close it up
That register used to be a pathway for passive heat from the boiler to be transported to the living space above. Now, it’s a way to transport the back-drafting water heater’s gas fumes.
1st Home Inspections, Inc.
Allison Park, Pa.
I was on the roof of the house next to this one during an inspection and had to take a picture of this. It is of a skylight with a tire, bungee cord, and tin over it to prevent water from coming in.
Amerispec Home Inspection Services Inc.
Just look upstairs
No wonder the bathroom exhaust fan does not work.
Allsafe Home Inspection Service, Inc.
East Bridgewater, Ma.
What a drip
This is a homeowners version of “Can You Fix the Drip?” They tied a string from the shower head to drain. Ingenious! Never mind that there is mold everywhere in the shower.
Five Star Inspection Services
Don’t even ask
Is the switch for the light or to turn the water off? The wires for this fixture are snaked through a garden hose.
Upton Enterprises, LLC dba Housemaster
A fork in the stove
My customer pulled the stove out to see the electrical and this is what we found! Ladies and gentlemen, this is what cover plates are for.
C. John Limongello
Southern Home Inspection Services
Never be looking up the chimney when you open the damper. Here is photo of a new home that came equipped with its own firewood. A 2-foot section of framing lumber fell out of the chimney when I opened the damper. This was moments after the superintendent said I would find nothing wrong with his custom home.
Bruce R. White
Laguna Beach, Calif.