Things you find on routine inspections

Originally Posted By: Dan Auito
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Please add to the list


Inadequate drainage
downspouts that empty next to the foundation
windows caulked in, instead of with proper splines and a head flashing
stoops poured directly against the house w/o capillary breaks
insufficient siding to grade clearance
blocked vents
poor attic ventilation
sloppy HVAC
poor flashings of every sort
roofs without drip edging
fans venting into attics and crawls
dryer ducting too long
furnaces improperly vented
water heaters without proper T & P or seismic bracing
siding installed incorrectly
no weeps in brick veneer
faux stone without weeps meeting grade
improperly installed shingles
Poor grade drainage
Exposed / uncaulked nails on the roof
Errors in neutral bar wiring (Main panels)
Errors in neutral bar wiring (Subpanels)
Lack of GFCI's in required locations
Sinks / tubs that don't hold water (stopper leaks or is missing)
Errors with water heater relief valves and piping
Non-professional work where a professional was needed


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Originally Posted By: dvalley
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Hey Dan,


Welcome to NACHI.

Alaska huh? I was stationed at Ft. Richardson back in 1982. I was an Airborne Ranger and made an awful lot of parachute jumps over that state. Ft. Greely had the worst weather I?ve ever experienced. I made several jumps there, where we had to wear snow shoes in order to walk around. There was ten feet of snow all year round. The snow was so deep that I could penetrate my M-16 right through the snow surface right up to the muzzle. Wow. I just had flashbacks for a minute there?Sorry.
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Anyways, you just covered the majority of defects that would commonly be found on a typical Home Inspection. Don?t forget about the inadequate insulation thickness and the vapor retarder facing the wrong way. Especially in Alaska. What R-value is required in your area?


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Originally Posted By: cradan
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Flange bolts and other fasteners not tightened at column(s)/beam


Anchor bots not tightened at sill/sill plate(s)


Improper joist boring/notching/end-bearing



Chris


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Chicago Illinois Home Inspections

Originally Posted By: rpasquier
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Breaks in the firewall between the garage and living space of the house. Either an attic access door made from inadequate material, or missing. Door into living space from garage has none or inadequate weather stripping.


The rest you pretty much covered


Originally Posted By: Dan Auito
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High David, I can’t take credit for those items that were in the list, those were provided by the pro’s over at www.inspectorsjournal.com They were kind enough to throw those out.


As for the Alaska gig, I’m here in Kodiak and the weathers more like Seattle than Alaska, due to the Pacific warm winds in the gulf.


Ft Greely is real Alaska, I don’t want anything to do with that kind of cold, sounds like you had some adventure there!


As for the R values here, lenders will let 19 go but new construction is often 39, it's hit and miss with what they decide will go.

Thanks for the additions to the list. Dan

Chris and Richard thank you as well for those insights, each one counts!


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Originally Posted By: pdacey
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No drain pan under water heater


T & P valve drain has a reduction in size


No back flow (anti siphon) prevention in commodes or at exterior hose bibs


Insuffiecient air gap at refill tube in commodes


A/C condenser under or over fused


Trees and/or heavy foliage too close to house


Dead bolts on exterior doors requiring a key from the inside


I could go on for hours.


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Originally Posted By: Dan Auito
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Patrick please do! If you have the time to run down a list further. this is like gold Patrick. it is very,very interesting to get these types of insights. Thank you again.



Interested party

Originally Posted By: dfrend
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Quote:
There was ten feet of snow all year round. The snow was so deep that I could penetrate my M-16 right through the snow surface right up to the muzzle.


I have got to see this ten foot gun ![icon_eek.gif](upload://yuxgmvDDEGIQPAyP9sRnK0D0CCY.gif) .

J/K


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Originally Posted By: dvalley
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Daniel,


There was no mention of a ten foot gun (rifle). I specifically stated that in ten feet of snow, my rifle could be penetrated right up to the muzzle (the top part of the rifle). That would mean that if my rifle was 39 inches long, that would leave an additional 6 feet 9 inches of snow under the butt of the rifle. That is, if my math is correct.
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"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."

Originally Posted By: jedwards
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Doors opening out over stairs, and stairs without handrails. Inconsistent rise in bottom and/or top step. Uninsulated attic pull-down stairs.



John Edwards


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Originally Posted By: ekartal
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- No vapor barrier in crawl space.

  • Homemade shims for support columns.

  • Bath vent exhausting to attic.

  • Plastic dryer duct. Real bad!

  • Metal dryer duct with screws. (collects lint)

  • Gutters rusting at seams.

  • Debris in roof valleys.

  • Hot water heater set too high.

  • Sellers trying to hide previous leaks under sinks.

  • Almost always, insufficient attic insulation in older homes.

  • Wood to ground contact (posts).

  • Realtors in a hurry.


Erol Kartal
ProInspect


Originally Posted By: Dan Auito
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Man you guys are on a roll! Thank you so much for these replies, I feel they will benefit many people in the future as a superb reference list.


Thank you Erol and John for the most excellent contributions. Dan


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Originally Posted By: dvalley
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Dan,


Now you can enter all these defaults on your reports, when deemed necessary. ![](upload://dT7PXS8lZhpuVS6c8qAaMebqRVH.gif)


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"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."

Originally Posted By: Dan Auito
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I haven’t checked for duplicate problems posted yet, but here’s what we have so far gentlemen. Tell a buyer that here are just a few things that could go wrong and watch’em call for a professional inspection in a hurry!


Any one else see something these men have not noted before we close this list out?

Inadequate drainage
downspouts that empty next to the foundation
windows caulked in, instead of with proper splines and a head flashing
stoops poured directly against the house w/o capillary breaks
insufficient siding to grade clearance
blocked vents
poor attic ventilation
sloppy HVAC
poor flashings of every sort
roofs without drip edging
fans venting into attics and crawls
dryer ducting too long
furnaces improperly vented
water heaters without proper T & P or seismic bracing
siding installed incorrectly
no weeps in brick veneer
faux stone without weeps meeting grade
improperly installed shingles
Poor grade drainage
Exposed / uncaulked nails on the roof
Errors in neutral bar wiring (Main panels)
Errors in neutral bar wiring (Subpanels)
Lack of GFCI's in required locations
Sinks / tubs that don't hold water (stopper leaks or is missing)
Errors with water heater relief valves and piping
Non-professional work where a professional was needed
Flange bolts and other fasteners not tightened at column(s)/beam
Anchor bots not tightened at sill/sill plate(s)
Improper joist boring/notching/end-bearing
No drain pan under water heater
T & P valve drain has a reduction in size
No back flow (anti siphon) prevention in commodes or at exterior hose bibs
Insuffiecient air gap at refill tube in commodes
A/C condenser under or over fused
Trees and/or heavy foliage too close to house
Dead bolts on exterior doors requiring a key from the inside
- No vapor barrier in crawl space.
- Homemade shims for support columns.
- Bath vent exhausting to attic.
- Plastic dryer duct. Real bad!
- Metal dryer duct with screws. (collects lint)
- Gutters rusting at seams.
- Debris in roof valleys.
- Hot water heater set too high.
- Sellers trying to hide previous leaks under sinks.
- Almost always, insufficient attic insulation in older homes.
- Wood to ground contact (posts).
- Realtors in a hurry.
Breaks in the firewall between the garage and living space of the house. Either an attic access door made from inadequate material, or missing. Door into living space from garage has none or inadequate weather stripping

Doors opening out over stairs, and stairs without handrails. Inconsistent rise in bottom and/or top step. Uninsulated attic pull-down stairs.


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Originally Posted By: dvalley
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Single pane windows need glazing compound upgrade.


No window wells installed at basement windows at ground level.

A/C compressor slab is less than 3 inches.

Chimney bricks need re-pointing

Asbestos looking material on piping (in basement) is flaking . Encapsulate

Remove plastic flex-piping drain (under sink) and replace with smooth walled piping.

Exposed Romex wiring (exterior) should be protected with conduit piping.


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"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."

Originally Posted By: ekartal
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What the heck.


- A/C slab not level.
- Vegatation to close to siding.
- No drip shield on roof vents.
- No rain cap on chimney.
- Shower glass door not shatter resistant. (older homes)
- Ungrounded outlets.


Erol K.


Originally Posted By: jmertins
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gator ponds too close to the pool…ops…sorry only a florida thing.



John ![icon_cool.gif](upload://oPnLkqdJc33Dyf2uA3TQwRkfhwd.gif)


Originally Posted By: Mike Parks
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Dan


Be careful on the following:

"Errors in neutral bar wiring (Main panels)
Errors in neutral bar wiring (Subpanels) "

What might be a problem now might have not been a problem at the time of installation. (code) Just be careful on how you word it.

Mike P.


Originally Posted By: Bob Badger
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dvalley wrote:
Daniel,

There was no mention of a ten foot gun


David, if you have a 10' gun you are in the wrong business. ![icon_lol.gif](upload://zEgbBCXRskkCTwEux7Bi20ZySza.gif)

Bob


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Originally Posted By: dvalley
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David Valley


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Massachusetts Certified Home Inspections
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"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."