How do you slowly blow up your neighborhood?

Home Inspector with Greens Home Design L.L.C. AZBTR #49380

This is a follow up to the post What not to do when listing a house part 2.  I said that there was another disturbing addition at this property.  It seems like common sense to know that a tree can get large and damage a foundation.  I usually like to see large trees at least 10 feet from the house.

Another component of the house that doesn't play well with roots is the plumbing system.  Roots can cause leaky pipes and plug sewer lines.

Here is one location where I just had to say get it out now while it is small.

Palm Tree

The side walk is to the right.  The trunk only has one place to go.  When it does it will break the gas meter and leave no way to shut it off.  When it does cause a leak and the home owner goes out and starts their car in the garage just 3 feet away the whole neighborhood could go up like something you see in the movies.

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Comments (7)

Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Loren-great information, I wonder if they planted the tree there to cover up (hide) the meter?. Thanks.



Aug 02, 2011 12:24 PM
Joe Manausa
Joe Manausa Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Tallahassee Real Estate

Great photo Loren. Doesn't take a genius to see where that could lead.

Aug 02, 2011 12:25 PM
Patty Clark
Morningside Homes, LLC 720-231-5200 - Denver, CO
Helping Families Move with Care

Loren, Good catch on this one.  Stupid is as stupid does. This is unbelievable.

Aug 02, 2011 12:48 PM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Loren -- but it is so small and pretty.  Who is their landscaper -- want to be sure not to hire them.

Aug 02, 2011 12:52 PM
Loren Green
Greens Home Design L.L.C. - Buckeye, AZ
Phoenix Home Inspector & Designer

Thanks for reading everyone.  The meter is already out of site in the side yard behind the garage.  Their landscaper must be related to their plumber.


Aug 02, 2011 01:09 PM
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Good call Loren. Lots of people would not have thought twice about that tiny plant.

Inspection is not just looking, it's thinking about and understanding what you are seeing.

Aug 03, 2011 02:04 AM
Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips - Eureka, CA
Realtor and Broker/Owner

Good Evening Loren, excellent input for home owners.  If they ignore it they will have a problem.

Aug 03, 2011 06:01 PM