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Carl Riechers
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Here are some things found during inspections. Would you have found these if doing the inspection yourself? Let a professional do it for you!

Bent Mast

This mast was bent by a falling tree. It is now a hazard and should be replaced with a new mast.

Damaged Drop Cable

This "Hot" wire is the service drop cable from a power pole. This damaged bare wire is almost touching a grounded piece of metal. This is a life safety hazard and should be repaired immediately by the power company.

Power Cord Around a Sink

A power cord should never be placed around a sink or anywhere where there is water! This is also why a GFCI should be installed around all sinks.

Knob and Tube Wires

These are old knob & tube wires connected to new Romex wires on a detached garage. The wires run to the insulators are over 50 years old and should have never been used. Hazard! Remove immediately.

A/C Intake

This A/C intake was covered by a grate, but when removed shows the duct installer made the opening 1/3 the size it should be. This will severely restrict air flow in this home as well as cause high energy bills!!

Waste Vent Pipe in Attic

The black pipe in the middle of this picture is a waste vent pipe that should have been run thru the roof to vent. It has been venting sewer gas into the attic in this home for lord knows how long. You never know what you'll find!

Wall Damage Caused by a Leak

There was a leak inside a wall at the rear of this garage, which also leaked onto the master bedroom wall and carpet. This is copper pipe that is prone to pinhole leaks. This is why a moisture meter is an indispensable tool for home inspectors!

Improper Duct Connection

This is an improper (amateur) duct connection that was made to air condition a room addition. This taped connection will eventually come off and blow all the cold air into the attic!

Crawl Space Inspection

Crawl spaces should always be inspected if accessible. The plumber who re-plumbed this home ran the water lines through the middle of this opening to half of the crawl space, so it was not all accessible. The lines had to be moved to access the rest of the crawl space.

Old Wiring

The insulation around the wires running into the top breaker is very old and cracked. Bare "Hot" wires are visible right next to the braided ground wire. "Hazardous!! Repair needed by electrician.

Damaged Ducts

These are old gray flex duct. The plastic around these ducts deteriorates from UV radiation. Eventually the insulation will fall off the duct and all that is left is a clear plastic tube in the middle. This duct will have to be replaced.

Termite-Damaged Floor

The floor joists (supports) for the floors in this crawl space, have been eaten up by termites. The sub-floor is also badly deteriorated. The floor was sunken over this area and I was afraid we would fall through the floor! The buyer did not buy this home as it needed major structural repair.