Home Inspector Cedar Rapids reaches the boiling point

Home Inspector with Eastern Iowa Inspection Services LLC

Home Inspector Cedar Rapids reaches the boiling point from time to time.

Evidence of flame roll out from burnersAs a home inspector I get to see and hear some different things from time to time. On one inspection I was informed that I would not have to inspect the heating system because that had been contracted separately by the home buyer. I was also informed that the buyer was fortunate enough to have found the person who had installed the unit to do the inspection. He just happened to do work for the owners and had only installed the boiler a few years ago... More like 21 years.


For the sake of space I am only going to point out a few of the issues I discovered during the course of the inspection, beginning with the evidence of flame roll out from the burners. That's never a very good thing to see.


Debris under the burnersBy the copious amounts of rust and debris under the burners we can safely deduce that the unit has been maintained annually and can also assume that the heat exchanger is in pristine condition.

Maybe not...grabbing the shop vac and the boroscope really is coming to mind here.

Fortunately I didn't have to inspect the unit, right? 






sight glass


As you can see the sight glass is perfectly clear and we are able to know exactly where we stand as far as water levels go. Or not.

The pipe to the right of my hand has the drain valve which if it had been used, EVER, would make for a different picture here.

Notice the clean installation of the wiring. This is how I did the stereo in my truck. That way if I need to get to the wires I can.




TPRV without discharge pipe


As I was looking at the site glass the TPR valve is staring me in the face. I sure am glad it didn't decide to blow. That might of hurt.

On a serious note, I am pleased to say that I was able to let the buyer know that the fellow that installed the unit might be a little biased towards his installation and it may be a good idea to have an independent third party do the inspection. I let the buyer know that I would include the boiler in my inspection and they could go over it later.

This is a very good illustration of why hiring a home inspector is so important. Had the original intaller come back and said "it looks good"...well we can only wonder now can't we.









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