I often wonder how an insulation contractor can “forget” to insulate a whole wall in an attic.  I wonder because several times a year I find one, like today.  The house was built 13 years ago.

Have you had your attic inspected to ensure it was properly insulated.

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The first picture shows the insulation installed backwards with the flammable vapor barrier exposed which is not only a fire hazard but can trap moisture in the insulation degrading it’s ability to properly insulate.  The insulation also doesn’t fully cover the wall, see the gray drywall at the bottom. The second picture shows the opposite end of the vaulted ceiling area (the side furthest away, and not visible from, the attic hatch with not a stitch of insulation.  Some duct and flue chases also weren’t properly insulated.

I wonder how much this owner could have saved in utility bills had his attic been properly insulated?

Sewer Trap Stench!

More is not always better.

I recently found a double trap under one sink (with a corrugated drain pipe thrown in for good measure) and a missing trap under another sink in the same house.
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The double trap drastically slowed the drainage from the sink.  The sink that was missing the trap had that nasty sewer odor smell coming from it.

P-traps (or older S traps & drum traps) actually have a purpose under the sink or tub/shower or in a toilet.

That U shaped bend under the sink traps a plug of water in it that keeps nasty sewer gases from coming back up the pipe into the house.  Of course, it can also catch rings, earrings and other items that may be inadvertently dropped down the sink.

Two traps can allow a vacuum to form slowing or even completly stopping water from draining down the pipe.

It shouldn’t take the plumber too long to move the extra trap to the right sink.

Mouse House

No one likes to think of mice or rats being in the house.  (Well, except those rat loving friends of mine.  They love their little pets but that’s a different breed of rodent.)

It can be a little disconcerting when opening electrical panels and finding live mice inside.  Not quite so disconcerting is the one that’s been there for awhile, such as the one in the picture below.

That’s one of several reasons the openings in the electrical panels are supposed to be covered.

Mouse in Electrical Panel at Kentucky Home Inspection


It doesn’t bother me quite so much when they are in the propane tank lid outside!

Mouse in Propane Tank Lid at Kentucky Home Inspection

Cracked Crap Pipe!

You know what a crack pipe is.  You know what a crap pipe is.

Ever seen a cracked crap pipe?


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Yeah, I think it’s time to replace the crap pipe!

Frozen Faucet

Not everybody remembers to take their hose off the exterior faucets before winter sets in. I found this during a home inspection in Lexington, KY. Did you prepare YOUR house yet? I’d bet the plumber will charge a couple of hundred bucks to come out and fix the cracked pipe in the crawl space of…