Knowing the power of Google, I wanted to be sure to entitle this thread in the manner that I did so that our realtor friends who are fighting to license home inspectors in Kansas and Missouri while also fighting building codes and the licensing of contractors can enjoy this story, too.
In the Benton County, Missouri area…a few miles north of Warsaw, Missouri, is a development that is managed by Reece-Nichols. This site was chosen not only for its beauty, but IMO for its lack of building codes, as well.
This way, the home can be priced at the typical $160,000 range (though miles outside of the city on a community well and septic system) and can be built most inexpensively and inefficiently.
The home that I was contracted to inspect had a garage in the basement with no door separating it from the remainder of the basement which was no big deal, since the HVAC duct work and open vents allowed the carbon monoxide fumes to travel throughout the home, anyway.
Actually, the carbon monoxide was a pleasurable odor designed to mask the noxious and toxic vapors that were being emitted by the plastic hose that was allowing the septic system to vent into the garage from a basement sink that was hooked up to the septic system.
Yes…as was the washer, dryer and all other gray water appliances pumping bleach and soap into the tank so that it could not break down the waste that filled it and the two, small 200’ ft laterals stemming from it, the sink went to the septic tank and had an S-trap with the fore mentioned hose inserted into it.
Although the master bedroom was directly above the garage, the open and exposed floor joists allowed me to view the fact that there was insulation…just no drywall of any sort to slow down the fire.
As you step through the opening from the garage into the finished basement…gasping for fresh air…you enter a bathroom that is uniquely decorated with a beautiful General Electric service panel filled with breakers from a variety of manufacturers directly next to the toilet.
Before we went any further, my buyer tipped me an additional $25 over my fee and suggested we forget the rest of house and go have some lunch.