This is a natural gas furnace is in the attic of the inspected house.The installer didn't connect the exhaust pipe, the flue, to the furnace. That means that for the furnace was exhausting deadly carbon monoxide (CO) into the attic space. Since CO is slightly heavier than air, there is a very real danger of illness or death to the occupants.

This picture is from the same house as above. Can you see how the furnace flue has come apart? This is actually from the second furnace in the attic, not the same one as above. Which means that BOTH furnaces were spewing CO into the attic space. I thank God that no one died as a result. These furnaces had been in place for 2 years, and the homeowner was totally unaware of this condition. She was greatly alarmed when she saw this, as you can imagine.

From the attic to the crawl space. I ALWAYS crawl into crawl spaces. Here we see a cinder block pier, or support pillar, which is supposed to support the floor joist above.  Sadly, this wasn't the only one not touching the bottom of the house. How on earth can it support it? Clearly, it doesn't. This is a  beautiful, newly remodeled 'investor owned' house. But, the kitchen and bathrooms looked great, and that's what counts, right? This is just sad.

This is the same crawl space as above. What you're looking at is the cast iron sewer line. This pipe is 55 years old, and is leaking in several places (only one shown). This old pipe really should have been replaced, and that is an expensive proposition. I was relieved when the buyer decided to walk away from this house.

My search showed that no permits were pulled for this complete remodel. Please don't be fooled by nice amenities. Having a seasoned, experienced inspector 'peel back the layer' to look at what lies beneath is vital.


I take a lot of pictures when I do an inspection. A lot. Many of them are of typical or sometimes minor defects, but occasionally I see something that is truly alarming or just plain funny. I'm reserving this spot to share them with you. I personally took all the pictures shown here. None of them are taken from internet searches or any other sources.

I wish we didn't live in a world where caveat emptor (let the buyer beware) was so vital, but we do. I'm passionate about what I do because you and your family are going to live in the house I inspect. I've got your back.


I found this to be somewhat amusing. This is a homeowner repair of a p-trap under the kitchen sink. It looks like the p-trap was having trouble staying in place on its own, so his solution was...

Taken from inside a stand-up crawl space, this picture shows the back exterior wall of a house. Can you see the wood rot? That's the area where the sun is shining through. The deck is attached to the other side of this wall, but it wasn't flashed properly. This is the result.


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