What’s Inside Your Ducts

Winter time and not a plant in your area can be found poofing pollen particles into the air.

So why are you still sniffling, sneezing and wheezing? It could be your furnace heating ducts.

If your house has a crawlspace, take a look under some of the room floor register grates, where the heating/cooling ducts terminate.

Do you see, what we see? … paper clips, pet hair, gold coins, dust, dirt, gum, pencils, pens, beads, paper, combs, dried food, diamond rings, crumbs, rodent droppings, insulation, bio-growths, etc… you get the idea.

What to do? Grab a shop vacuum.

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One Photo Tells All

Many home inspectors take many photos on an inspection site and archive them in the event there’s a future complaint.

My mentor told me, that when an inspection photo is taken… be sure to ‘study it’, as there may other conditions in need of repair.

In this poor quality photo…

1) The wood support for the drain pipe is very creative… but doesn’t meet plumbing requirements for pipe support and the wood is in contact with the ground.

2) Peering through the dense cobwebs to the left, is a disconnected flexible lint duct… plus flexible lint ducts are not permitted in a crawlspace.

3) To the right of the wood pipe support is a corroded and leaking cast iron waste pipe… a health concern.

4) In the upper left corner is a copper pipe in contact with a galvanized steel pipe (at white wire loop). Copper and steel are dissimilar metals and corrosion is taking place.

5) You can’t see, but behind the cast iron pipe, there’s a loose support floor.

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Small Crater Lake

The home inspector couldn’t believe his eyes – water from a corroded cast iron drain/waste line was leaking and had formed a small lake.

From the looks of things, the dripping water had been going for years every time someone took a shower or flushed a toilet.

The entire crawlspace was in a very muddy condition.

No other adverse conditions were noted. No wonder plumbers charge big bucks.

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Waiting for Great Flood

Ask any home inspector and they’ll tell you that poor drainage around a house is one of the biggest contributing factors to foundation settlement, crack in foundations, house siding deterioration, dry rot and mold problems.

Did you know that one inch of rainfall onto a 2000sqft roof ‘accumulates’ nearly 1250 gallons of water that runs into the gutters and downspouts?

That’s a lot of water that should be diverted away from a house.

Today’s house construction includes a drainage collection system; where downspouts terminate into a drain line and surface drainage grates are installed at grade around the building to carry water away from a building.

Note that the surface drainage grate in the photo is several inches above grade… We can only surmise that the installer needed a laugh or went home early Friday afternoon.

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