Category Archives: photos

Sun Damaged Floor Covering

Written on September 5, 2015 at 7:35 am, by

Sunlight passing through a thermal pane door has caused heat damage to this floor covering. Photo by Robert Mulloy, of Allsafe Home Inspection

Duct Tape Floor Repair

Written on September 5, 2015 at 7:34 am, by

Duct tape is a very versatile product, but I don’t think I would want to step on that “floor repair”. Photo by Dennis Robitaille, of Able Home Inspection

Low E Glass Hazard

Written on September 5, 2015 at 7:32 am, by

These photos show vinyl siding damaged from an issue that is becoming more and more of a problem as people replace their old windows with thermal pane low E type glass. Low E glass can reflect magnified sunlight, intensifying the damaging heat effects of the sun rays. The house that had the low E glass  Continue Reading »

Duct Tape Trap

Written on September 5, 2015 at 7:29 am, by

Duct tape seems to be one of those products that has an unlimited number of applications, although the water tightness of this old plumbing trap is questionable. Photo by Dennis Robitaille, of Able Home Inspection

Lint Covered Crawl Space

Written on September 5, 2015 at 7:24 am, by

This photo of a basement crawl space is in a National Historic Registry home. The gas clothes dryer had been venting directly into the crawlspace for some time. Aside from the obvious lint, the dryer exhaust contains CO (Carbon Monoxide). Aside from the health concerns of the occupants, the home inspector had to disclaim that  Continue Reading »

New Construction Wall Opening

Written on September 5, 2015 at 7:17 am, by

Home inspectors are often asked by potential home buyers whether or not a home inspection is really needed on new construction. The quality of new home construction varies greatly depending upon the price of the home and its location, but in general the quality and attention to detail has gone down over the years. Some  Continue Reading »

Homemade Rain Cap

Written on September 5, 2015 at 7:17 am, by

For those of you on a tight budget, it looks like a little sheet metal, electrical tape and an old rusty metal strap are all you need to make a chimney rain cap.

Sink Supports

Written on September 5, 2015 at 7:13 am, by

These photos show what happens when you hire an auto mechanic instead of a plumber to install a kitchen sink. The adhesive used to secure the sink to the counter top failed to hold up the sink, however, it’s nothing a couple of car jacks can’t fix! Photos by Dennis Robitaille of Able Home Inspection

Destructive Fungus

Written on September 5, 2015 at 7:12 am, by

When basement moisture is not controlled, the results can be ugly and dangerous. This photo of a floor joist covered with wood destroying fungus was taken in an older basement that has had a long term water infiltration problem. The water on the floor becomes water vapor and saturates the basement air. The wood members  Continue Reading »

Cut Floor Joist

Written on September 5, 2015 at 7:11 am, by

Having seen the issue in the photo above many times, I wonder if it might be a good idea to include some basic structural framing lessons in plumbing school.