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I thought all y’all would be interested in learning how some of those low-cost Kentucky home inspectors offering free warranties, free this, and free that are compensating for the lack of income from the inspection.

Remember I recently told you about Porch, Home Advisor, etc.  Guess where they’re getting some of their information from.

James Bushart, a public insurance adjuster in Missouri, explains it very well in his blog.

Rest assured, B4U Close Home Inspections does NOT sell your information to third parties.  I do not even discuss the inspection or the results with anyone without your permission.

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For Sale – The Privacy of Home Buyers in the USA and Canada

Most home shoppers who see a “For Sale” sign in the front yard of a home they are considering to purchase are not aware that more than just the house is being sold. In some cases, their own privacy and personal information is on the market the moment that they begin the buying process — whether they end up buying the home or not.

Buyers considering the purchase of a new home will often hire a home inspector to examine the home for them and report its condition. If you are considering the purchase of a new home and are looking to hire a home inspector, consider the inspector’s commitment to your privacy in addition to his other qualifications.

There are home inspectors who will offer lower fees to their clients as an incentive to hire them — and then sell private information about the home buyer (or the home) to third parties willing to pay them for this information, to make up for the lower fee.

Usually, the home buyer is unaware that the home inspector is gaining from the sale of his private information. Nor is the home buyer aware as to whom or how many third parties their private information is being provided to.

If your home inspector is offering a variety of “free” add-on services in addition to his report of the condition of your home, chances are good that you’re [sic] private information (and information about your home) is being provided to an unnamed third-party.

Read Mr. Bushart’s full article at this link.

For Sale – The Privacy of Home Buyers in the USA and Canada

I hear that question from realtors quite a bit when I report that a kitchen stove is missing the anti-tip bracket.. I don’t understand why some realtors don’t care for me reporting the missing bracket. Maybe a lack of experience?

Sadly, a good 98% of kitchen stoves I inspect don’t have the anti-tip bracket installed.

I will continue reporting missing anti-tip brackets because I’m concerned for the safety of my clients’ families. It’s a $10.00 part available at most hardware or appliance parts stores.

In addition to my friends grandmother falling on the oven door while taking cookies out of the oven, little kids like to use the oven door to get to the cookie jar!  Folks lose their balance occasionally.

Just a couple of examples:

Canton toddler dies after oven falls on him

And if you’re a landlord, responsible for other people’s safety, you should read this

Lawsuit from tipping stove death.

I was very pleased when my wife recently bought a new stove from Best Buy.  They would not install the stove if we wouldn’t agree to have the anti-tip bracket installed.  Bravo, Best Buy.

It’s a seat . Buckle it!

Of course it also protects the foolish among us.

 

Rumbling Water Heater

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.

 

Square Ass Toilet!

Square Ass

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.

Square Toilet

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

Cockamamie Photos Page 1

Cockamamie Photos Page 2

Don’t forget to visit my blog for home maintenance tips and other things I find noteworthy or humorous.

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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?

 

Crap Pipe

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…