home inspection: Who needs the ground wire anyway - 10/06/11 08:56 AM
Who needs the ground wire anyway | Home Inspector Bellevue Seattle Everett
While inspecting this 10 year old home in the Sammamish - Issaquah area, I noticed that the homeowner had installed a nice doggie door from the garage to the exterior. There were empty wiring holes at the adjacent studs. They must have removed or relocated some type of wiring.
It turns out that they cut the electrical service grounding wire from the electrical panel to the exterior ground rods. The grounding wire was in the way of the doggie door location.

And of course a new ground wire … (0 comments)

home inspection: Substantial Real Estate Lising Error | Home Inspections Seattle Everett Bellevue - 08/16/11 05:54 AM
Substantial Real Estate Listing Error | Home Inspections Seattle Everett Bellevue
When I arrived at the home for the inspection, I noticed a broken side sewer location stake lying near a large tree at the front yard. The house was built in the 1970's. The street in front of this home had recently been paved and a new subdivision was built a few hundred feet away. It was fairly obvious that the sewer main was installed to serve the new subdivision. As with any sewer main extension, new side sewer stubs are installed for existing homes fronting the sewer main. The … (0 comments)

home inspection: Electrical Service Wire Overheating - 07/13/11 06:33 AM
Electrical Service Wire Overheating| Home Inspector Seattle Bellevue Everett
This home located in suburban King County was built in 2005.
During the Home Inspection, I found that one of the primary power service wires to each of the (2) panels indicated overheating. The temperature measured 110 deg F

As part of the Home Inspection report, I recommended review and repair by a licensed electrician.
The repairs were made by the Seller at a cost of $1,300 +-. This repair also included replacement of a few defective GFCI breakers.
Per the electrican "The main breakers showed signs of heating at the … (0 comments)

home inspection: What is wrong with this remodeling project ? - 07/12/11 05:33 AM
What is wrong with this remodeling project ?| Home Inspector Seattle Bellevue Everett
This home in Snohomish County was built in 1995 + and is bank owned. There is no prior owner available to answer questions or provide disclosure.
It is obvious that the floorplan was changed since original construction. A permit had been issued for a remodeling project which primarily consisted of removing the wall between the Living room and Family Room. A beam was added to support the floor joists above. It appeared that a new shear wall was added in the crawlspace.
The walls are straight, no sag … (2 comments)

home inspection: Galvanized Water Pipes; just like a clogged artery ! | Home Inspections Bellevue Seattle Everett - 03/28/11 06:46 AM
Galvanized Water Pipes; just like a clogged artery ! | Home Inspections Bellevue Seattle Everett
This (1) story home has new copper pipes throughout. When the new plumbing was installed, the contractor left the old galvanized pipes in the crawlspace which gave me a great photo opportunity.
Galvanized pipes rust from the inside out. They become clooged like a clogged artery. Functional water pressure becomes very marginal, especially when multiple fixtures are turned on.

As this home was only a 1 story home with crawlspace, replacement of the galvanized pipes was not too complicated.
In this home all of the … (0 comments)

home inspection: A Better Mouse-trap | Home Inspector Bellevue Seattle Everett - 03/14/11 04:34 AM
A Better Mouse-trap | Home Inspector Bellevue Seattle Everett
During Home Inspections, I find varying levels of property condition and safety.
I find some homes with every possible outlet covered with outlet protectors while other homes will have the outlets exposed with no cover-plate.  Many of the missing electrical plate-covers are in childrens bedrooms.
Here is a good reason why missing electrical plate covers should be called out in a Home Inspection report. The deceased mouse shows the electrical shock hazard from an electrical outlet with no plate-cover.
Although a simple and inexpensive fix, the outlet with no cover-plate is an … (2 comments)

home inspection: Problem Electrical Connection | Home Inspection Bellevue Everett Seattle - 03/07/11 07:11 AM
Problem Electrical Connection | Home Inspection Bellevue Everett SeattleThe service wire for this home has electrical tape wrapped around the wire from the electrical connection at the service panel up the wire approximately 3-4". The history of this electrical connection and the reason for the electrical tape is not known.When viewed using a thermal imaging camera, the connection was substantially warmer than the other connection and what is typically found at most electric connections.

As part of my Home Inspection report, I recommended that the wire and connection be inspected by a licensed electrician and appropriate repairs be made as … (0 comments)

home inspection: Dual Purpose Gas Piping | Home Inspector Bellevue Seattle Everett - 03/01/11 04:11 AM
Dual Purpose Gas Piping Bellevue Seattle Everett
The gas piping in the mechanical-utility room had been modified to supply gas to a new on demand water heater.
Although the workmanship appeared OK, the pipes ran almost 12" below the ceiling and at a skewed angle to miss a light fixture. The pipes could have easily followed close to the ceiling around the outer walls of the room. I was unable to verify if this modification was completed with appropriate permits.
The owner or contractor took the quick low cost approach that gave the appearance of a sloppy job.
It may be … (0 comments)

home inspection: A Very Slow Shower Leak | Home Inspections Everett Bellevue Seattle - 02/24/11 06:56 AM
A Very Slow Shower Leak
At a recent inspection of a FNMA owned home in the Bellevue, Everett, Seattle area, I noticed a prior drywall repair to the Kitchen ceiling. There was a substantial amount of cosmetic repairs recently completed including new paint.
The shower was run for approximately 15 minutes then turned off. After about another 30 minutes later, I checked the ceiling with my infrared camera.  There was a small cold area which may be an indication of moisture.

I ran the shower for another 15-20 minutes and turned the shower valve off. The area in question grew … (2 comments)

 
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