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Fellow home inspector Richard and myself are looking for signs of water leaks with our thermal camera.

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The image you see in the mirror with the colored background is actually our heat reflecting off the glass! Pretty cool isn’t it!? What I hope to find when searching for water leaks is that the water will be a different temperature than the walls. When it is and it’s active, the water looks dark blue (if it’s cooler) and shows up as a contrast in colors much as the mirror is doing. In some cases the water may move the insulation so I can see a temperature difference without the water leak being active.

Again, the camera is only a sample tool in trying to find moisture, it also takes experience, building knowledge, visual, tactile senses, maybe a moisture meter and some common sense to complete the job

This well meaning home owner didn’t know anything about installing traps under his newly remodeled bathroom sink.

All kinds of problems can arise from this. Including…sewer odors, poor drainage and other unsanitary results.

There are lots of rules to follow when installing sink drains and vents.

For some more basic information I often review ASHI web site

http://www.ashireporter.org/HomeInspection/Articles/The-Word-Plumbing-Vents-Traps/2342

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Newer building dictates that there is a catch pan under the water heater if a leak will damage the interior materials and belongings.

I believe these folks misunderstood and inserted the can under the pipe over the water heater

Maybe they were getting ready to make an MRE (Meal Ready to Eat) and just needed to add some hot water?

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You don’t have to be a Home Inspector to think something might be wrong with this sink drain. Just in case, there is a huge bottle of “Drain O” of some sort under the sink.

These corrugated pipes are becoming popular here. It seems to me it is a great way to create bacteria and other health problems as it can’t drain completely.

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Below is an example what a proper sink drain should look like.

 

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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.