Fogged Windows

As the Concord home inspector walked into the house, he noticed that some of the windows were ‘fogged’.

There’s a good chance windows have failed seals in homes built between 1986-1992 with dark frame dual pane windows.

During this time, window manufacturers didn’t have a good ‘recipe’ for making dual pane windows. Even today, a low quality window is susceptible to a failed seal.

The window seal is the perimeter spacer that keeps dual pane glass separated.

A hot sun can heat the air between the panes of glass, so the glass bows slightly outward and when the temperature cools at night, the window glass contracts. This is called solar pumping.

If cool moist air is present when a window is contracting, weak window seals fail, allowing moisture to enter the window.

The fogginess is dried moisture on the inside of the glass.

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Overfilled J-Box

As the home inspector looked in a Walnut Creek walk-in crawlspace,the inspector was amazed by the number of electrical wires stuffed into an electrical junction box.

A junction box or J-box is a place where wires are connected together, and there’s a maximum number of how many wires can fill the box.

Too many wires can cause dangerous over-heating, short circuiting, and electrical fire.

Junction boxes also require a cover and someone would be hard pressed to install a cover on this installation.

There’s nothing worse than an electrical fire to ruin your day.

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Hot Electrical Panel

A picture is worth a thousand words – the discolored wall is a sign of an electrical overload – over-heating and possible wood charring inside the wall.

Electrical circuit overloads can happen when more electricity is flowing across an electrical wire than it can handle.

Electrical overload can occur for a number of reasons: loose connections, too many lights and appliances being used on a single circuit, or water getting into the electrical panel.

This is a much bigger problem, as it appears that all of the electrical cables in the wall over-heated possibly due to lightening… or a failed transformer at the pole… or the incoming power lines touching due to an earthquake, a car hitting an electrical pole… or who knows what.

The home inspector highly recommended review by a licensed electrician prior to the close of the contingency period.

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Horizontal Stucco Crack

In the past, stucco siding was plastered on the house walls and continued down over the foundation.

The top of the foundation is just below the ventilation screen seen at the right side of the photo and the house wall wood framing is bolted to the top of the foundation.

Along comes an earthquake and as it ‘rolls’ across the earth surface; it causes the house walls to move back and forth on top of the rigid foundation.

Since the stucco siding is also rigid and the house walls are moving back and forth, the stucco siding can crack horizontally near the top of the foundation.

This is considered a cosmetic condition and the recommendation is to have stucco cracks sealed to prevent water intrusion.

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