The Nose Knows

During a recent Concord home inspection, a mystery was identified.

For years, the homeowners sometimes smelled sewer gas inside their house built in 1989

The home inspector discovered a crack in the main drain and waste pipe (white area).

Between 1984 and 1990, five plastic pipe manufacturers used a resin that could cause the plastic pipes to develop a circumferential crack at pipe fittings and ultimately leak.

The faulty pipe turned out to be the source of the sewer gas smell.

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Termite Tower

Believe it or not – It’s estimated that for every human on earth there may be a 1000 lbs. of termites.

Termites have lived longer than the dinosaurs and continue to eat their way through all the wood they can find.

Termites are 24/7 bugs, which means they eat non-stop 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

They have hard, saw-toothed jaws that help them to eat lumber, wallpaper, plastics and fabric make of plant fibers.

Home inspectors commonly see termites’ works of art in crawlspaces… towers, tubes, castles.

Termites will build free-standing mud tubes in order to get to wood (photo).

Termites travel in humidified, mud-shelter tubes or galleries as protection from predators, sun-burn, dehydration and to maintain a high humidity environment which is essential for their survival.

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Silt Marks

The House Whisperer home inspectors will look for tell-tale signs during an inspection of a crawlspace.

In a dark and muddy Antioch crawlspace, the inspector spotted 6” high silt marks on several of the concrete support piers and on the stemwall foundation.

Silt marks are left behind when water rises and recedes in a crawlspace.

Excessive moisture and standing water under a house can lead to corrosion of metal parts and water intrusion into heating and cooling ducts can lead to health issues inside the house.

Wet crawl spaces are sources of high humidity, which leads to surface condensation, mildew and fungi, musty odors, and an unhealthful environment.

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Seeing Red

The House Whisperer inspector went into the attic and came back down seeing red – under the air conditioning evaporator unit water containment pan – not a good sign.

Rusted water in the pan suggests that there’s been leakage every time the AC was turned on.

Whatever the reason for the corroded containment pan, a licensed HVAC service technician needs to review.

If left unchecked, the pan will eventually rust through leading to mold growth, ceiling water stains or water leakage in the room below.

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