Listen to the water heater in this video at the bottom of the page!
One of the things I look (listen) for when inspecting older gas water heaters (8 years or more) is noise when the water heater starts heating. I run the hot water until it’s gone, then wait for the water heater to start heating.
Sometimes I hear it. Sometimes I don’t.
The noise in the video below is from sediment on the bottom of the water heater tank rumbling around as the heat gets to the sediment.
Consider replacing the water heater for energy efficiency. Enough sediment has built up on the bottom of the tank that it’s bouncing around like rocks when the heater is operating. (Think of a pan of water on the stove with a layer of sand on the bottom of the pan.) This sediment has to be heated up each time the water heater fires up to heat water. This heater will cost more than normal to operate because of the sediment buildup.
Yes, you read that right. Square toilets for square asses. I’ve heard of dumb asses, stupid asses, fat asses, skinny asses, smart asses, and a few other descriptive types.
I have to say, I had never heard of a square ass until, during a home inspection in Carlisle, KY, I found a square toilet in a 1950’s era house. Surprised me but I thought it was probably a 50’s thing that didn’t last.
Surprise! A couple of days ago while inspecting a country home in Paris, KY, I found not one but TWO square toilets.
The home was only built in 1986. I guess the trend lasted a little longer than I thought.
Want to see more cockamamie stuff I, and other inspectors, have found. Check out my Cockamamie Kentucky Home Inspector Photos
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.
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?
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.
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.
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…