Attic Secrets

The older San Leandro house had been upgraded with new kitchen appliances, bathroom fixtures, freshly painted and was beautifully decorated… a showcase. The House Whisperer was beginning to get nervous, as no discrepancies had yet been noted.

Most ‘surprise’ conditions are discovered in crawlspaces and attics; and 95% of the time it’s water stains, rodent intrusion, electrical wire issues, disconnected duct, abandoned items, pirate chests, etc.

This time the inspector discovered charred wood, an indication that there had been a fire… and no attempt to replace the damaged wood framing or to mask a lingering smoke odor.

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Attic Nightmare

Throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, people will awake from sleep, sit straight up in bed and listen intently… “What was that?”

Then silence, but then the silence is broken again… a scurrying sound… gnawing… “there’s something in the attic”.


Ask any home inspector – rodents find their way into attics and crawlspaces through holes in ventilation screens, house siding holes, gaps in roofing tiles especially during the cooler months searching for a place to hunker down.

Once inside attics, they build nests, burrow in the insulation, chew electrical wires, poop/pee, chew through ducts, tear off duct insulation… and make those noises in the night.

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Flexible Gas Pipe

At an older house in Walnut Creek, the home inspector spotted a flexible brass gas supply pipe going into the side of the heating furnace.

Flexible pipes are very thin wall, so that they can be bent.

The pipe is resting on the sharp edge of the sheetmetal opening.

When a furnace is running, warm air is pushed into the house by a blower motor which sets up a mechanical vibration.

These vibrations can result in the sheetmetal edge cutting through the flexible gas line during operation… not good.

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Precarious Post

The home inspector spotted this unstable support post under an old Oakland house.

The San Francisco Bay Area is in earthquake country and a small tremor could cause these stacked bricks and wood post to collapse.

There is a concrete footing under the stacked bricks, but what was someone thinking when they constructed this precarious support post – as the correct concrete piers are in the background.

Today, concrete piers sit on a concrete footing in the ground. The bottom of the post is toe-nailed to the pier wood block and the top of the post is secured to a beam with a steel bracket.

This construction detail will keep a support post in place during an earthquake or when there’s ground expansion and settlement.

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