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Windy spring conditions can cause ridge vents to peel back. Part of a spring maintenance assessment should be taking a good look at the roof and its components.

Windy spring conditions can cause ridge vents to peel back. Part of a spring maintenance assessment should be taking a good look at the roof and its components. The seller had no idea this was damaged and wide open.

This plumbing work in the attic of a home uses improper practices.

This plumbing in the attic of a home uses improper practices to reroute the pipe.

These outlets were found in a garage. 2 prong service, spliced exension cord wiring feeding a second outlet and 3 prong ungrounded.

These outlets were found in a garage. 2 prong service, spliced exension cord wiring feeding a second outlet and 3 prong ungrounded.

This washing machine water line was close to bursting when it was found during a home inspection

Make sure you check your wash machine lines every few months. Better yet upgrade to a metal braided NON burst line. This near miss was caught in during a home inspection. This issue can be catastrophic when a first floor laundry line bursts when no one is home.

A sump pump pit with sediment built up in the system found by Keystone Home Inspection

From time to time you should be taking a peak inside your sump pump pit. If you see mud/sediment the system needs to be jetted and cleared. Leaving an occlusion to this degree will cause a wet foundation.

Keystone Home Inspections found this jacuzzi tub did not have a drain line installed by the plumber causing a waterfall in the crawl space below.

A waterfall appeared in the crawl space coming from the master Jacuzzi above that the plumber forget to attach a drain line to.

Garage roof with cracks all over that looks more like a lava field than an actual roof found by Keystone Home Inspections

This garage roof looks more like a Hawaiian lava field than an actual roof!

A mouse dwelling was found inside the main electrical panel of a home during an inspection by Greg Kolar of Keystone Home Inspections

There's nothing like finding a nice little "mouse house" inside the main electrical panel. Chew marks were found on a majority of electrical line insulating jackets. It's a good thing they didn't end up with BBQ mice!

Basement support pole with a screwdriver that went right through the side, found by Keystone Home Inspection

Checking basement support posts on older homes is a must. A light tap with a screwdriver shouldn't result in this!

A home inspection revealed a five gallon bucket with a handmade pump and flexible vacuum cleaner tubing being used for a basement sump sytem

A 5 gallon bucket with a handmade pump and flexible vacuum cleaner tubing doesn't make for a very good basement sump system!

Missing roof tiles causing leaks in bedroom found by Keystone Home Inspection

On the phone my client mentioned in passing that there are water stains all over the bedroom ceiling and the seller expressed that there "MAY" be a "MINOR" roof issue somewhere.

Disconnected Chimney in attic found by Keystone Home Inspection

Another good reason as to why a home inspector should ALWAYS be in the attic regardless of how difficult it is. The homeowner told the buyer it's a "great working fireplace". It would be a great working fireplace if you want to burn your house down since I found the chimney taken apart an disconnected in the attic. Unreal. ANOTHER SATISFIED CLIENT!

Bulging Washing Machine Hose found by Keystone Home Inspection

This washing machine hose was bulging and close to bursting. I always recommend that first floor wash machine lines be changed out to braided metal non burst.

Sinkhole caused by downspout placement found by Keystone Home Inspection

This is a good example as to why it's important NOT to have downspouts terminate at the foundation. Within 6 months, this new build began developing a sink hole with heavy ground erosion below. Downspouts should discharge a minimum of 6 to 8 feet from the home.

Steel I-Beam with Water Damage found by Keystone Home Inspection

This is a steel I-Beam supporting a concrete patio. The water damage was so extensive, I could pull huge chunks out of the beam by hand!

Overloaded electrical outlet found by Keystone Home Inspection

The electrical outlet was overloaded beyond its capacity. This can cause the circuit breaker to trip, or even an electrical fire.

Garage door opener with safety controls circumvented found by Keystone Home Inspection

Safety Hazard - Homeowner circumvented safety controls on garage door opener by taping together both electric eyes. This now poses a hazard to children, pets and personal property.

Flame roll out from water heater heating chamber found by Keystone Home Inspection

Here I see indications of flame roll out from the heating chamber on this water heater. Flame roll out can be an indication of serious problems with either the burner assembly or improper venting.

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