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This sill did not look too bad on the outside

Jul 30, 2013

Got to be careful. This sill did not look too bad on the outside but most of it was eaten away on the inside.  I was very surprised it was not getting smashed.  This home inspection also found several joists …

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This pier is starting to fail

Jul 30, 2013

This pier is starting to fail.  I recommended in my home inspection report to have it supported with new footing and pier.  CMU’s or concrete masonry blocks filled with concrete is a cheap and easy way to fix it.

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Electrocution nightmare

Jul 19, 2013

One of my worst crawl spaces to do.  Not fun at all.  Very saturated soil with electric wires falling into it all over the place.  Electrocution nightmare.  Also, an extensive amount of spiders, any of which could be black widows. …

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Drain pipe was broken off and leaking

Jul 19, 2013

Older cast iron drain pipe was broken off and leaking about 70% of the discharge into the crawl space. This same pipe run had two other leaks.  Of course I recommended replacing the entire 50 foot run of pipe.  I …

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I love raised homes!

Jul 19, 2013

This is what has to be done to fix a plumbing problem under a home with a slab foundation. Found on a home inspection a few weeks ago.  The other side of the home had piles of sand about the …

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So it’s like a roach barbwire

Jun 18, 2013

This is funny.  To keep out roaches, this home owner stuffed the metal from a brilloo pad between the cabinet opening.  So it’s like a roach barbwire.  The white and yellow powder is boric acid, which does a good job …

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Yes, it is a fire hazard

Jun 18, 2013

Active knob and tube wiring found on this home inspection in New Orleans.  I have seen many not report this in their inspection reports.  Can you believe that?  Sunshine Home Inspection will always report active knob and tube when we …

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Very dangerous and very common

Jun 12, 2013

Very dangerous and very common.  Corrugated pipe as a dryer vent tends to hold lint and when heated up it can catch fire and burn down your house.  This is a no no. Should always be made out of a …

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Talk about a path for termites

Jun 12, 2013

This is a good one. Make a pier out of wood. Sunshine Home Inspection found this one in the Garden District.  Talk about a path for termites.  Just lead them right into your floor boards.

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Found on an inspection in Uptown, New Orleans

Jun 12, 2013

This is a very old drum trap that we found on an inspection in Uptown, New Orleans.  It should be replaced with a P-trap.  It’s silly to still see these around.  Notice this one has duct tape wrapped around it …

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