Disconnected fireplace exhaust flue - this was a new home and after testing the fireplace for 20 minutes the home had very high levels of deadly carbon monoxide (CO) gas.
Dishwasher with long-term leakage below flooring only visible by using thermal scanning/FLIR equipment.
Roof chimney cap rusting out and leaking into chimney chase.
Almost daily we find issues with homes of all ages, sizes, costs and communities that have serious deficiencies, many of which can pose serious life-safety risks.
Many issues we encounter involve electrical, HVAC, gas, and moisture-related issues that may not be readily obvious. A casual "look over" is not the same as a home inspection that can often take between 3-4 hours.
Even new homes are seldom "perfect". Many would assume that new home construction inspections would not be necessary; however, our experience shows us otherwise. Again, even in some of our area's highest cost communities we find serious deficiencies. Budget cutbacks at the municipal level, coupled with construction boom cycles, and we can end up with code officers over-stretched and issues can fall through the cracks.
Examples of a few typical issues we have found:
Spliced electrical work - these wires were in fact quite hot and the home was without a smoke alarm. Also note elevated moisture that has led to development of biologic growths/ deterioration of wood.
Failing roof shingles.
Very high moisture within this crawl space leading to extensive biologic growths and wood deterioration, fallen insulation.
Zinsco main electrical panels - these have known safety defects and this photo shows why - note the large arc/spark event that failed to trip the breaker and melted through the main bus bar.
Flat roof with water ponding - should have had proper slope/taper to move water off the roof - this home had roof leaks.
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Disconnected HVAC ductwork allowing for crawl space air to be sucked into the HVAC ductwork system and circulate throughout the home.