Five most commonly-noted issues in home inspections
Every inspector’s list will be different, but these are the top 5 most commonly-noted issues we have found in the homes we’ve inspected:
(1)Downspouts needing extensions. Downspout extensions promote good drainage and prevent foundation issues by directing water away from your home.
(2)Missing or incorrectly-installed safety overflow pipe on water heater. The safety overflow pipe prevents injury to occupants in the event the temperature & pressure relief valve (TPR valve) activates to relieve pressure build-up in the water heater. Some examples of incorrect installations are: (1) pipe too short (2) pipe routed to an inappropriate location (such as a crawl space – you always want the overflow pipe to terminate where you can see it) (3) pipes that have bends or more than one section (the pipe should always be straight and be a single piece).
(3)Improper condensate drain lines on HVAC systems. An HVAC condensate line that drains too close to the HVAC unit or the foundation can be trouble.
(4)Non-graspable handrails. A handrail that is too wide to be grasped easily creates a safety hazard.
(5)No anti-tip device on free-standing stoves & dirty dryer vents (tie). The anti-tip device is a small metal bracket that is installed at the bottom of the stove to secure it to the floor. As the name implies, the anti-tip bracket prevents the stove from tipping over if weight is applied at the front (such as placing a heavy roasting pan on the open stove door – yes, this has actually happened!). A dirty dryer vent is easy to overlook but is always a fire hazard.
The good news is these are all simple and relatively inexpensive to correct. Whether buying, selling or just living in your home, having these issues corrected now can prevent headaches and extra expense down the road.
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