It’s not everyday that home inspectors can say they walked on water.
The photo is a buckled wood floor. Buckling is when wood flooring swells and lifts off of the sub-floor surface.
Severe buckling is usually the result of excessive water flooding a wood floor... for example, an overflowing bathtub or toilet; or a water supply pipe break.
It this case, the source of water was a garden hose.
In the current real estate market, there are foreclosures, short sales, and abandoned houses. Sometimes, disgruntled homeowners damage their house before the bank takes it over.
The rear sliding door was opened, a garden hose was placed in the family room... And the water was turned on.
As the inspector walked across the wood flooring the water sloshed out between the flooring sections... Water stains had wicked up the wall about 8 inches... Bio-growth (the M word) was active.
The inspectors at Pacific Coast Inspections don’t water on water, but we like to think we’re very good at what we do. Check us out at http://www.pacificcoastinspections.com