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Real Estate Inspection Service


A photo is worth a thoushand words

They say, "A picture is worth a thousand words" but sometimes it's also worth hundreds if not thousands of dollars. The devil is in the details and small mistakes or deficiencies can become big issues and prove costly. Remember the Hindenburg and the Titanic.
Fredericton home inspector
Some conditions or construction errors are more common than others but just when you think you have seen everything, along comes an unexpected surprise.
inspection pictures
We generally take anywhere from 100 to 250 photographs and sometimes more during an inspection so that the client has a good visual image of items discussed in the inspection report.

The Inspection Photo Gallery is a collection of photos gathered over the years that includes the good, the bad, the ugly and the interesting and unusual.

air exchanger in roofspace
Air Exchangers in roofs tend to be neglected

back water valve cover
Backwater valve cover

bathroom fan not ducted

Bathroom exhaust fan blowing into roof insulation

battery smoke detector ove junction box
Battery smoke detector over former AC junction box

bracing of roof trusses
Bracing of trusses when roof sheathing is boards

unlined brick chimney
Unlined chimney with no cap system

grout filler poor at flue
Chimney: grout between cap and clay flue in poor state

evidence of chimney flashing leak
Chimney: evidence of flashing leakage found in roof

beautiful cast iron fireplace grill
Clinker fireplace: bronzed cast iron grate

condensate trap poorly done
Condensate drain trap: poor design

fireplace damper housing warped
Fireplace damper warped and gap stuffed with insulation

deck header at wall
Deck headers require flashing and lag-bolts at walls

deck well braced
Deck with beam and joists well braced

patio door fold-down security bar
Door: patio door with fold-down security bar

dryer duct joint poor
Dryer duct: poor splicing

dryer exhaust vent on roof
Dryer exhaust-vents located on roofs tend to be neglected.

ducts in roof-space
Ducts: insulated and uninsulated in a roof-space

eave soffit air flow blocked
Eave soffit air flow: poor (blocked with insulation)

eavetrough dam at valley bottom
Eavetrough: dam installed to prevent overflow at valley bottom

electrical panel without dead-front
Electrical panel: unsafe (deadfront removed for OH door track)

unprofessional wire installation
Electrical panel: light gauge wires added atmain lugs

foundation wall cracked
Foundation Crack: horizontal (footing movement-related)

flashing to wall poor
Flashing: mastic cracked at brick wall

furnace cabinet insulation loose
Furnace: blower sucking cabinet insulation

roof gable louvre small and low
Gable louvre: too low and too small

gable louvre of perforated vinyl soffit
Gable louvre: interior (made of perforated vinyl soffit)

gable louvre of perforated vinyl soffit
Gable louvre: exterior (made of perforated vinyl soffit)

condensation evidence in gas furnace
Gas furnace: condensation leakage in furnace

outdoor heat pump units need cleaning
Heat pump: outdoor units need to be cleaned annually

HRV dirty air filter
HRV: air filter so dirty it is sucked up against the core

good HRV condensate drain trap
HRV condensate tubing trap well installed

HRV exterior fresh air intake dirty
HRV exterior fresh air intake mesh badly clogged

floor joist cut completely in two
Joist cut in two for tub drain piping

knob and tube wiring
Knob and tube wiring

knob n tube wiring: unprofessional splicing to
Unprofessiional splicing of modern to knob and tube wiring

knob n tube wiring in roof-space
Knob and tube wiring in roof-space

lateral pipe above ground
Lateral pipe to septic tank above ground likely to freeze

mice entry point below door
Mice entry potential below exterior door

mini-split heat pump iced-up
Mini-split heat pump badly buried in snow

fan coil air filter dirty
Mini-split heat pump fan coil air filters need regular cleaning

overhead garage door lock
Overhead garage door lock

oil tank leg resting on wood
Oil storage tank leg on wood shims (not allowed)

pellet stove needs cleaning
Pellet stove: not well maintained

good clothes washer hose bib setup
Plumbing: clothes washer thumb-turn valves with mini-resters

cheater vent poorly installed
Cheater vent improperly installed

galvanic reaction between copper and steel
Plumbing: galvanic reaction of copper pipe touching steel duct

ABS waste pipe disconnected
Plumbing: ABS waste pipe disconnected below mini-home
pressure tank pressure relief valve
Plumbing: pressure tanks require a pressure-relief valve

shingle-over PVC ridge-vent
Roof: shingle-over ridge-vent with wind-driven rain guard

ridge-vent shingles nailed too tightly
Roof: ridge-vent shingle nailing too tight / blocking air-flow

range clearance to combustible shelf poor
Range: clearance to combustible wood poor

mold and fungus in roof
Roof: extreme mold and fungus in poorly ventilated roof

wood shaving roof insulation
Roof: cellulose insulation over wood shavings insulation

sewage lift-pump
Sewage lift-pump: not in use

lift-pump poorly installed
Sewage lift-pump: above floor type, poorly installed

home-made sump pit in earth floor
Sump pit: home-made plastic pit in earth floor

The photos are Copy-right of Chuk MacDonald but are intended for public use and are free to use or copy for private / non-commercial purposes. If you do use any of the photos, please give credit where credit due, i.e. link back to this website.

Photos taken during each inspection are burned to a CD, DVD or flash drive (as requested) and are included in the inspection report.

NOTE   While the photos were originally taken (and burned to the inspection DVD or CD) in 7 megapixels picture size, they were reduced and stored in our archive at 33 % of original size and have been further reduced for use on the web.

clearance to air filter poor
Air filter (of furnace) with poor clearance

back-water valve details
Backwater valve section

little brown bats huddled for warmth
Little brown bats in a huddle for warmth

little brown bats
Little brown bats

little brown bats
Little brown bats

bat feces in roof
Bat feces on roof insulation

foundation crack causing brick wall crack
Structural foundation crack affecting load-bearing brick wall

counter-flashings need caulking
Chimney lead conter-flashings need caulking to mortar joints

counterflashing bonded to roofing
Chimney lead conter-flashings should not be bonded to roofing

condensate trap with clean-outs
Clear acrylic condensate drain trap with clean-out caps

crawlspace condensation
Crawlspace: poorly ventilated

precarious deck support
Deck support: questionable

deck header flashing and lagbolts
Deck header: well flashed and lag bolted to wall

dead-bolt with lockset
Door :dead-bolt should have passage-set not lockset

draintile clogged with roots
Drain-tile: clogged with roots at sump pit

dryer venting into wall assembly
Dryer exterior vent not installed. Dryer venting behind siding

uninsulated duct in roof-space
Ducts in unheated spaces are required to be insulated.

good airflow at eave soffit
Eave soffit air flow: good (daylight showing)

eavetrough tilted due to stepped fascia profile
Eavetrough: tilted due to stepped profile of eave fascia

basin chromed trap corroded
Plumbing: basin chromed trap badly corroded

cheater vent
Plumbing: cheater vent

plumbing vent frost-plugged
Plumbing: stack vent frost-plugged

prssure tank with no pressure-relief valve
Plumbing: pressure tank lacks required pressure-relief valve

unobstructed air-flow beneath ridge-vent
Roof: good air flow opening in sheathing beneath ridge-vent

snow and ice blocking ridge-vent
Roof: snow and ice layers greatly restric performance of ridge-vents

microwave installation very poor
Range: microwave installation unprofessional and crude

range hood needs cleaning
Range:range hoods need cleaning / degreasing

roof-space access
Roof: access hatch lacks gasket for air / heat seal

prefab polystyrene roof-space access cover
Roof: prefab polystyrene roof-space access cover (good)

sewage lift pump backing up
Sewage lift-pump: drain overflowing due to pump failure

backwater valve
Sump pit: pump's ABS discharge pipe has backwater valve

sump pump with battery back-up
Sump pit: submersible pump with battery back-up

electrical panel with evidence of leakage
Electrical panel: leakage

tidy electrical installation
Electrical panel: wiring very neatly done

receptacle with no box
Electrical: range receptacle missing junction box (dangerous)

a cause of floor squeaks
Floor joists: excessive overhang causes floor squeaks

furnace poorly insulated and ducted
Furnace: poorly ducted and poorly insulated

furnace cold air plenum open near thimble
Furnace: cold air plenum open above thimble

roof gable louvre blockage
Gable louvre: PVC-type, largely blocked

gas furnace ABS vent and combustion air piping
Gas furnace: use of ABS pipes not to current code

heat pump condensing unit corrosion
Heat pump outoor condensing unit coil fin corrosion

HRV air filter extremely dirty
HRV: air filter so dirty it tore

HRV condensate trap poorly installed
HRV concensate tubing trap poorly installed

HRV kitchen stale air grill filters need cleaning
HRV kitchen stale air grill grease filter needs cleaning

HRV fresh air to rooms ambient air connection
HRV: a proper ambient air connection to extended plenum

chicken wire support of joist space insulation
Joist-space insulation not protected from rodents

knob and tube wiring
Knob and tube wiring with porcelain isolators

mice entry point at door jamb
Mice entry point at exterior door jamb

black mold on ceiling
Black mold on ceiling above tub

mildew on siding
Mildew on siding

mini-split heat pump iced up
Mini-split heat pump iced-up

top inlet grill of heat pump fan coil
Mini-split fan coil top grill

overhead garage door infrared light beam units
Overhead door operator infrared light beam unit

oil tank bottom corrosion
Oil storage tank: steel, bottom corrosion

pellet stove burn pot
Pellet stove burn pot needs cleaning