This is what can happen when you combine heavy rain, poor drainage and low soil level around the foundation of a house. There were several inches of standing water around most of the interior of the crawl space in this home. Because of this and several other issues, the buyer chose to walk away. As much as we like to help our real estate partners close deals, our first loyalty is always to you - our client.
Here's the Crawl Space Junkie at work......I may not be pretty but I get the job done! Want to know what's in YOUR crawl space? Put the Crawl Space Junkie to work and find out!
Sometimes you get a "crawl" space that is really a "stand up and walk" space. This one had an 8-foot ceiling and I was able to walk through the entire space. Even better, everything was in great shape. Didn't even get my crawl suit dirty! We don't get many like this, but when we do, it's a nice break from the usual.......
Here we're looking at the top of a solid concrete support column on the front porch of a 104 year-old house. The column is behind the wooden lattice and is painted blue. Resting on top of the column is a block of wood being used as a shim. The buyer, who was a first-time homeowner, was a little concerned as would be expected. We showed her that the column was solid, the porch itself was stable, and the shim was likely placed there due to normal settlement of the column. Our point - we use realism, common sense, along with training and experience, to give the client a balanced and completely truthful report. We don't scare our clients, we educate them!
Saw this on a re-inspection recently. The inside gate latch was broken and was supposed to be replaced. But why spend money on a new latch when you can just drill a hole through the gate and poke your finger through?
Termite tube or wasp nest? Your home inspector should know the difference so he or she can make the right call. The termite tube is on the left and the wasp nest (known as a mud dauber) is on the right. I know of at least one case where the inspector identified a wasp nest as "wood destroying insects." Not a fatal mistake, but makes you wonder, what else did this inspector miss or mis-identify? Hire an inspector who knows the difference. At Premier Inspections LLC, we know the difference!
This was a section of the main beam in the crawl space of an older home. The column had settled a bit and caused the sections of the beam to shift. This in turn caused some sagging in the hallway floor inside the house. Not an ideal situation, but not the end of the world. We gave the homeowner the truth without scaring him and also gave him some suggestions about how to remedy the situation. Thorough, balanced and objective - that's how the Crawl Space Junkie does it!
Found this in the crawl space of a 62-year old house where we did a pre-listing inspection recently. The house formerly had oil heat, and the fill pipe (the black pipe directly over the tank) was disconnected and the oil tank left in the crawl space. The homeowner told us the previous home inspector either failed to discover the tank or forgot to tell them about it. This is one issue a home inspector should never miss as a leak from the tank could cause environmental and health problems. At Premier Inspections LLC, we take pride in doing a thorough inspection to identify issues like this and help you have peace of mind.
I spotted this while checking a section of the roof from a second-story bedroom window. This is a portion of the brick chimney on the back of the house we were inspecting. There were several places where the mortar had chipped away and some of the bricks were damaged. The chimney was basically stable on the inspection date, but left uncorrected, this condition could possibly lead to a failure of the chimney structure. We suggested a qualified brick mason evaluate and make any needed repairs. We don't nitpick but we do pay attention to the small things that could cause big problems later!
Our infrared camera is one way we provide added value and a more thorough inspection. We can use it to check for water leaks, electrical issues, and areas where your home may need additional insulation. We even offer thermal imaging scans for folks who don't need a complete inspection. Contact us today to schedule one!