Common Inspection Issues

MRT Home Inspections Article | by Tyler Cole

It is common at the onset of an inspection for the client to ask me "So, what are your going to be looking for?"  It is a question that is difficult to answer in brief due to the vast variety and scope of issues that may be encountered in a typical inspection.  The purpose of this slide show is to give you an idea of the most common issues that may be discovered:

Electrical Service Panels
Electrical Service Panels

Common Issues: recalled electrical panels (ie Zinsco, Federal Pacific), insufficient panel rating, improper bonding, obstruction and mounting issues.

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Furnace Heating Systems
Furnace Heating Systems

Common Issues: cracked draft inducers, observation of short cycling, damaged or disconnected exhausts, inadequate heating and improper installation requirements

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Appliances - Disposal
Appliances - Disposal

Common Issues: cracked casing, seized motor, corroded or leaking drain connections and damaged hammer blades

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Electrical Service Panels
Electrical Service Panels

Common Issues: recalled electrical panels (ie Zinsco, Federal Pacific), insufficient panel rating, improper bonding, obstruction and mounting issues.

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The Power of Infrared

MRT Home Inspections Article | by Tyler Cole

When asked which tool of the trade is the most valuable for a home inspector, I immediately pull out my E5 Flir Infrared camera.  This wonderful device is critical in detecting plumbing leaks, roof leaks, radiant heating, as well as hot water and HVAC system temperatures.  The following slide show is a collection of some of the most common uses that infrared provides during the inspection process:

Radiant Heat
Radiant Heat

Infrared is very useful in evaluating whether each individual radiant heat zone is functioning. As you can see in this photo, the radiant heat loops are clearly visible after just one hour after start up.

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Radiant Heat
Radiant Heat

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Bee Colony
Bee Colony

The heat image in this photo turned out to be a colony of bees that had developed in the ceiling plenum of a flat roof home.

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Radiant Heat
Radiant Heat

Infrared is very useful in evaluating whether each individual radiant heat zone is functioning. As you can see in this photo, the radiant heat loops are clearly visible after just one hour after start up.

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Popular Links
Link to the InterNACHI website
ASHI Website
A link to the AARST NRPP website
A link to the New Mexico Department of Agriculture
Link to B and R Inspections Website
Link to the GAAR website