Archive for the ‘Water leak’ Category

Thanks to Home Inspector Kevin Rose for sharing this photo.

” The ENTIRE plumbing system was updated about 20 years ago” says the seller!
Bay Minette, 1950’s house.

Yet another good reason to get a home inspection. Are you going to go into the crawlspace under the home to inspect it?

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During this home inspection we noticed a few water stains on the 1st floor, then directly above on the 2nd floor and yes, then on the 3rd floor which turned out to be directly below the chimney.

This is a water front property and it was impossible to get a ladder up 4 stories and our drone is not flying. This is what we found in the attic.

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F.Y.I. Using silicone in the attic to stop water leaks does not work! I am not sure what this handyman was thinking.

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

 

 

We found these problems with this chimney during a recent home inspection.

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The base flashing had been removed and someone painted on roofing cement in an ill attempt to stop water leaks. From the ground these repairs looked a little off, but nothing very alarming. My home inspector antennae went up just enough to make sure I got a closer look. These repairs have been leaking for sometime and there is an unknown amount of wood rot surrounding the chimney in the attic.

 

The chimney cap mortar has completely disintegrated and was falling off the chimney while we were there. Rain had been getting inside and causing even more problems. Upon closer examination, we found a crack at the outside of the chimney which carried through to the clay liner inside. This is certainly a fire and safety hazard!

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The buyers are certainly glad we climbed the roof and found these dangerous and very costly problems during our home inspection.

 

 

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 more I use my infrared camera, the more problems I find and the bigger the benefit for everyone concerned. I have discovered it is not a perfect tool, but it is a great aid in detecting some problems. I currently use it mainly for moisture intrusion problems. Typically any home I suspect has a water problem, I will take my camera out of the car and use it. Between my infrared camera, moisture meter, and experience of inspecting thousands of homes, I get a little more comfortable with it and so should the buyers.

The digital picture on the left (top) looks normal as you view underneath the window banks. The infrared picture on the right (bottom) shows dark stains inside the wall as a result of moisture getting into the wall cavity and rearranging the insulation. Since the insulation has been moved, it created a difference in temperature, which is what we actually see.

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Flashing not properly installed has caused water damages behind the wall from the 2nd floor to the bottom of the home (ground level)