Ever wonder about some of the stuff we come across in some homes? Here’s just a sampling of construction defect photos of new and existing homes we taken while inspecting new and existing homes. We call it the “Hall of Shame”. Some of these examples are just so blatant that someone should have been fired! (and in some cases, thanks to our inspection, they were!)
Measure Twice, Cut Once - FAIL!
A common rafter and valley rafter cut about a foot short of the top plate. This wasn't the only one in this upscale Owasso new home. Where was the Rogers County Inspector on this one?
House Wrap? What House Wrap?
Battle Creek home in Broken Arrow. About a ten year old home. Why did the Broken Arrow Code Enforcement inspector pass this home that has no house wrap? Major water intrusion costing over 10k to repair!
Flashing? We Don't Need No Stinking Flashing!
10 year old Battle Creek home. Ever wonder why your window sills are moldy? Builder did not flash windows nor did they use building wrap. Water penetration is rotting the sheathing.
Carrying a Heavy Load Brother?
The horizontal rafter supports (called purlins) are required to be the same size as the rafters they support per code. I guess the City and Builders inspector forgot to check these!
Unfortunately I find a lot of "presents" that the workers leave behind in a home. I've also found corners where they've relieved themselves. I nearly put my hand in this when climbing into the attic. Pays to look where you're putting your hands in a new home!
What Happens When You Don't Flash The Windows
Look below at the pictures of windows with poor or no flashing. This is what happens. Windows leak, mold grows!
Where's the Load Go!
The red arrow indicates a load bearing wall on the 2nd floor. The yellow 'X' is a load bearing beam. There should be triple studs at the White 'O' to help support the 2nd floor loads, but there's not. Plus, the 2nd floor load bearing wall isn't over the beam!
High End Homes Have No Problems. NOT!
You'd think if you were spending $750,000 that the Builder would at least hire competent installers wouldn't you? Not in this case! Sink has no supporting clamps. Guess what happens when the glue deteriorates in several years?
Return Air registers are suppose to be a minimum of 10 feet away from gas appliances. This is to prevent natural gas or propane from being sucked into the HVAC system and distributed throughout your home. City Inspector "OK'd" this!
We Don't Need No Window Flashing!
Well, this did have window flashing, but as you can tell (sunlight between top of window and wood frame), it was done poorly. Builder didn't want to delay the siding from being installed but luckily my Buyer said they'd walk if not fixed.
Waves are for Lakes and Oceans - Not Your Floor!
It has rained several days prior to the inspection and the Builder did not have the roof on yet. He told my clients "Don't worry, this happens all the time and it doesn't hurt the floor." You think the floor fixed itself? Nope, and neither did the Builder. Floor was severely buckled after home was finished.
Another Window, Another Poor Flashing Job!
I'm not sure why Builders allow substandard flashing to persist on jobs, but they do! This is the #1 reason water gets in your home. If I hadn't caught this inspection this day, the following day they were going to brick!
So What If It's Nearly Cut In-Two
See the rafter on the right side above the horizontal top plate? It has a deep notch in it. You think that rafter will support the weight it's suppose to? I found about a dozen like this at this home and the City Inspector had already Green Tagged it for cover up.
You Had One Job!
Gas connection and flex line inside the cabinet. A HUGE no-no safety concern! New construction and County inspector didn't catch it! You're not allowed to locate the shut off valve and flex line inside a furnace cabinet...DUH!
Why Hire a Picky Inspector?
Lots of Builders and Agents say I'm too picky. I guess it's true. Here's one reason why. I found this in a Final Home inspection. The jacket on the feeder wire had been damaged and shorted out against the cabinet. See the scorch marks on the side? So what did the electrician do? Why he put a piece of scrap wood in the panel to hold the conductor away from the panel side! He didn't even try to protect the exposed conductor!
Attic Ladder Install FAIL
You know what's sad about this? All attic ladders have the instructions printed on them! And they still do it wrong! All holes are to be filled with 16D nails! Not sheetrock screws and not left unfilled! *Facepalm* See this on nearly half of the attic doors I inspect!
Where's my Cold Air!
These ducts were severely restricted. This is the #1 reason your rooms do not have proper airl fow to them! I can only find these on Phase Inspections!!
Poor HVAC Duct Installation!
This HVAC contractor didn't even try to support these ducts as required. Not only that, he/she damaged them and just left them laying!
Framing Phase Inspection
This is a common problem we find in new home construction when doing phase inspections
I see this way too often and many inspectors never look for this! The fireplace flue is not connected properly to the fireplace!! New home construction.
Several problems here. First, the rafters were cut short and are only supported by nails. This will lead to sagging roof and/or rafter failure in the future. Second, see the horizontal board? It's a finger jointed board and not allowed to be used there. Something I've seen very few inspectors catch!
The fireplace flue is suppose to have 2 inches of clearance away from combustible materials. This one is touching the decking on the right side (almost behind the flue)
Phase Inspection Photo
Ever wonder why your windows leak? This is not only a poorly flashed window, but the opening is also flashed improperly!