Picture Gallery Number 4
If you are still here, you must either have a taste for this sort of thing or you simply have too much time on your hands. Not convinced you need a home inspection yet? Well, here are a few more reasons.



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photo taken by a home inspector in jacksonville,ar
Photo #19
Do you want this in your attic?
This was found in an 80 year-old home with wonderfully dry wood in the attic around it. You don't have to know much about water heaters to guess that the flame isn't supposed to blast outside the housing.


photo taken by a home inspector in cabot,ar
Photo #20
More water in the ducts
This was the return air chase for the home. Clearly visible is the rust and water line. The roach wing (It was a big 'un!) is a nice touch.


photo taken by a home inspector in north little rock,ar
Photo #21
All in all, a lovely setting in which to get electrocuted
This pic illustrates a large number of problems. There are types of wiring, boxes, switches and receptacles used here which were never intended to be left exposed to the weather. We'll summarize them by saying that water, electricity, and people should not all come together at the same time and place. To make matters worse, the receptacles here were not even grounded!

 


photo taken by a home inspector in sherwood,ar
Photo #22

Why would it seem like a good idea to whack huge holes in  foundation piers?
It's not uncommon to see small holes drilled or carefully punched in concrete blocks to spray in termite poison. However, this home had been visited by an overly aggressive termite company employee. If you look closely, you'll see that the block has sustained severe damage and sections of it are drifting laterally to the right. Even the relatively intact section to the left has fractures around the hole which could grow. Eventually, this could fall out completely, leading to pretty serious consequences. Most piers under this home were like this -- or worse.

 




photo taken by a home inspector in little rock,ar
Photo #23
Eight feet of ground rod? Not exactly.
This is a ground rod which, when manufactured and brought to the job, was eight feet long. Unfortunately, it was on a rocky site so the electrician apparently had trouble driving it that deep. So he did what some of them do: he cut it short thinking no one would ever know. For twenty years, no one did. But just prior to the inspection, some drainage work was done and the ground around it was disturbed. When I reached down to check the wire clamp connections, I noticed the entire rod was loose. A very slight pull and it came out. The total length was just over two feet. The problem here is that if the home was ever struck by lightning this rod would not maintain sufficient contact to act as a proper grounding electrode. Severe damage could result.


photo taken by a home inspector in hot springs,ar
Photo #24
OK, we'll finish this page with a kinda creepy one
Here's yet another creature you shouldn't share your attic with. The dark shadows visible in this attic gable screening are bats. The droppings they leave behind can cause quite a smell, and if inhaled, can pose a health hazard for the human occupants. Removal can be expensive as you can't simply kill them. I've actually seen larger colonies but it was before I carried a digital camera. (Bonus points for you if you got the "Dark Shadows" reference. If not, congratulate yourself for being younger than I am!)

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