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Roof and Attic

New Homes



Not very straight mast...

Not smart way to run TV cable through main hydro entrance conduit - open for water penetration...


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Do we need an Electrician here?



Very dangerous way to provide ground for electric system - booster cable acting as "grounding bridge"...


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Not ideal place for light switches - need to be replaced to comply with "1 m" requirement



Dead mouse in the panel - reminder that "no holes allowed in metal box..."


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Water in the panel - is not safe for home owner and it is all start from outside...


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"Duct tape can fix everything..." - Very costly repair that most likely will require electrical mast replacement...


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Two homes – same issue: main hydro entrance below grade now (not bother that it water entrance point to electrical panel) - will require new main hydro installation.


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Active old switches – no question about “knob-and-tube” wiring in this house...




"Unusual" handle...

More home inspection horror involving plumbing deficiencies.


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Frozen water in crawl space... Crack and water penetration on
block foundation
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Mould in the basement behind
insulation after water leaks...
Horizontal crack on shifted concrete
block foundation wall...
After rain: sump pump is not functioning...

Roof and Attic


I am ready for "low-pitch roof" attic inspection...



It was worth it – some areas of soffits was blocked with insulation, more baffles required



For some roofs you do not need to go climb, just look carefully inside this Addition: “home made” roof trusses really ready to collapse under snow load any minutes


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Not every day we can see squirrel nest / nests in the attic…


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These plywood roofsheathing need repair ASAP...


183_8362 well as snow (fromdamaged static roof vent)...



Unfortunately partially missing insulation is getting more and more "common" in newhomes...


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Old skylight is always a "leaking point"... (plus they poorly insulated in the attic)...


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This roof definitely has some ice build up in winter time...


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1960th home - typical vermiculate in the attic..


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"Creative" way of bathroom exhaust vent...


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..and dryer exhaust...



This furnace chimney too close to roof shingles and fire ready to start...


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Poor ventilation created frost in the attic...


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Ponding water on flat roof................same area inside....


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Vapour barrier on wrong side in the attic... condensation, mold and lot of water damage....


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Sellers are very creative for "fixing" roof leak problem


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Poor ventilation + blocked soffits = condensation = problem in winter time...


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Dead animals and birds are part of damaged soffits and roof vents problem...


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"...Sorry I forgot to tell you that we have chimney fire last winter..."


New Homes

Horror Stories from New home inspections (part 1)

Horror Stories from New home inspections (part 2)