home inspections everett: That Pesky P Trap - 10/12/11 06:36 AM
That Pesky P trap | Home Inspector Seattle Everett Bellevue
During my years in the construction and home inspection industries, I have found that most people do not understand the purpose of the P trap.
I have heard comments that that is a place to keep large stuff from going down the drains, the place where the pipes leak, poor design causing clogs in pipes, or a way to accelerate the flow of the waste water.
The purpose of the P trap is to create a barrier to prevent sewer gasses from rising out of the plumbing fixtures. With the thermal … (30 comments)

home inspections everett: 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 inspections everett: Stalled Draft at Furnace Flue - 09/14/11 05:12 AM
Stalled Draft at Furnace Flue | Home Inspections Bellevue Seattle Everett
This home located in the Bellevue, Washington area was constructed in the 1950's.
Since that time, it has been extensively remodeled and updated.

The newer mid-efficiency furnace has a flue diameter of approximately 5".
It qickly transitions to a connection to the original flue with a diameter of approximately 10".

With the furnace activated, the gases from the furnace begin to condensate and drip onto the floor of the mechanical room within a few minutes. There is substantial corrosion at both the flue and furnace.
When changing the … (2 comments)

home inspections everett: 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 inspections everett: 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 inspections everett: Why a leaking wastle line ? | Home Inspector Seattle Bellevue Everett - 05/11/11 04:22 AM
Why a leaking wastle line ? | Home Inspector Seattle Bellevue Everett
While in the crawlspace of this home, I found a puddle of moisture below the waste line from the floor 2 main bathroom.

Going back thru the bathroom, there were no visible leaks.  If the toilet or tub drains were leaking, there should also have been evidence at the ceiling above the Dining room as these fixtures were about 5 feet away from the drain line.
Using thermal imagery, I located the waste line in the Dining room wall (by running hot water in the bathtub of the … (0 comments)

home inspections everett: 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 inspections everett: 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 inspections everett: An Emergency Egress Window ? | Home Inspection Bellevue Seattle Everett - 03/13/11 07:02 AM
 Emergency Egress Window ? | Home inspection Bellevue Seattle Everett
Many older homes have attic spaces which later become bedroom areas. These remodeling jobs are typically completed without appropriate permits or building jurisdiction (code) inspection.
Among the common deficiencies are a lack of proper egress windows. Many of these emergency egress windows are too small, even by "older code" standards.
The images below are of (2) different homes that had emergency egress windows that were marginally an acceptable size, however the primary power service line to the home was directly in front of the window.

The power line is within … (0 comments)

home inspections everett: 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 inspections everett: 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 inspections everett: 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)

home inspections everett: Unbalanced Heating System | Home Inspection Seattle Bellevue Everett - 02/09/11 06:35 AM
Unbalanced Heating System
This 1960's home located in the Bellevue, Washington area has an excellent 90 percent efficiency furnace. The heating distribution system appears to be be very unbalanced as the bedroom areas had minimal heat gain.
When inspecting the crawlspace, I found the heating system ductwork in marginal condition. The unbalanced heating system was not the result of a design problem, rather several disconnected heat runs.
The first discovery was under the Kitchen area. The Kitchen appeared to have been remodeled in the past 10 years +-. There was no heat register in the Kitchen (including at the cabinet toekick). … (1 comments)

home inspections everett: Wind Driven Rain | Home Inspections Seattle-Bellevue-Everett - 01/17/11 07:25 AM
Wind Driven Rain | Home Inspections Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
Hergert Inspection LLC About Hergert Inspection Contact Hergert Inspection Washington State Inspector License 619 WSDA Structural Pest Inspector license 79988 Over 25 years new home construction experience Custom Reports including digital and infrared images Weekend appointments available Possible Wind Driven Rain
The upper corner of the floor 2 bedroom showed evidence of moisture. An infrared image shows evidence that moisture has traveled as much as 3' down the wall.

There was no evidence of a roof leak visible inside the attic or any damage to the roofing. To see the exact area of … (0 comments)

home inspections everett: Winterize a Home ? | Home Inspections Seattle- Bellevue- Everett - 01/04/11 04:28 AM
Winterize a Home ? | Home Inspection Seattle - Bellevue- Everett
Hergert Inspection LLC About Hergert Inspection Contact Hergert Inspection Washington State Inspector License 619 WSDA Structural Pest Inspector license 79988 Over 25 years new home construction experience Custom Reports including digital and infrared images Weekend appointments available Is is worth it to winterize a home (when dealing with owners that don't care)
In the past 3 Home Inspections that have involved bank owned winterized homes, all 3 had problems once the water was turned back on (and no I wasn't the one turning on valves) .  The problems would not … (3 comments)

 
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