Archive for May, 2010

I inspected this home a few days ago in Gulf Shores, AL. Someone has removed the hard wired smoke detectors. Also, there has never been any carbon monoxide detectors installed. There is gas in the home and they certainly need to be updated

The other day I arrived at an inspection to find the water meter had been removed. Though this is nothing new lately, it is impossible to perform a full inspection without water. The selling Realtor thought the water was on (whoops)

So, I revisited a few days later after the new meter is installed. I turned it on at the street and there was plenty of water running inside. After 5 or so minutes I started loosing water pressure inside. I looked outside toward the water meter and saw water gurgling up through the ground.

Another good reason to make sure all utilities are on prior to the inspection.

Some things I can write-up on an inspection before I even get to the property. Among those items is the electrical wire for the water heaters. It is seldom installed in a conduit for protection. Many of these heater locations are in the garage and laundry rooms where all kinds of clothing, tools and miscellaneous items are hanging off from this exposed wire.

This picture is one from today on a brand new home.

So, if your wire at the water heater or elsewhere is exposed to human peril, please put it into a conduit for your protection.