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Bond wire on neutral, New home construction

By Camrin Parnell | April 13, 2013 | No Comments

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Gas bond

 

 

 The house was built in 2012.

The home had pex ( plastic ) water supply, the home inspector observed the gas bonding wire was connected to the neutral bar, electrical safety issue. The bonding wire should have been connected to the electrical service ground or grounding bar, I recommended immediate repair by a licensed electrician.

New Home Electrical

By Camrin Parnell | April 12, 2013 | No Comments

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Reverse Polarity

 

 

 Reverse Polarity, black and white wires, the connections are reversed.

 The importance of home inspections for new homes is evident in this picture. The Hamilton home inspection uncovered reverse polarity, unfortunately it was not just one outlet, but ,the entire master bedroom and hall. Reverse polarity is an electrical safety issue if you small appliance wiring is faulty, electrical shock is the implication. The home inspector noted that the house was 7 years old.

Electrical update

By Camrin Parnell | December 18, 2012 | No Comments

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 This Hamilton home inspection, or it could be any inspection of an older home in the Golden Horseshoe area. The electrical system has been updated? In a manner of speaking it has, however, you still have most of the house with ungrounded circuits. Why, because the panel has been updated, but, if you look above the panel 2 junction boxes. All the current wiring in the home is fed into the junction boxes and new distribution wiring is fed from the panel to the junction boxes. This situation occurs in older homes that are not renovated and those that are, be careful when you see electrical updated.

Handyman vent connection

By Camrin Parnell | December 18, 2012 | No Comments

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  This Hamilton home inspection BLT discovered a handyman fabrication of a vent connector to a B vent liner. The connection was cut and tabs were folded over, however, there were gaps observed which will allow products of combustion to enter the basement area, critical safety hazard. Manifolds can be purchased and installed making the transition safe. I then alerted my client of the potentail safety hazard.

Back flow valve

By Camrin Parnell | December 17, 2012 | No Comments

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 This was a Hamilton home inspection, the house was over 60 years old and the back flow valve was installed connected to a cast iron drain pipe. Due to the age of the house the sanitary and storm sewer discharges were connected to one drain line. My client ask me if there was any indication of water seeping into the basement, I said no visual evidence. However, when we inspected the area around the valve the soil was quite damp, indicating the basement could have moisture/water issues originating from the exterior due to poor drainage issues, clogged or broken weeping tiles. This is not an uncommon problem when inspecting homes of this vintage or older.

Wrong Plumbing Trap

By Camrin Parnell | December 16, 2012 | No Comments

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BLT was performing another Hamilton home inspection, a renovated older home ( flipper ) by contractors, however, the plumbing and venting were an issue. The venting of the kitchen sink was with an AAV or cheater vent, ok, there was a S trap, not good, and the trap was a Crown vented trap, not good. The implication being, water could be siphoned out of the trap and sewer gases could escape into the home environment. BLT mentioned to his client, a simple fix would be to re-orientate the drain lines to give the necessary distances to avoid the S trap and Crown vented trap, fairly simple.

No Plumbing Stack

By Camrin Parnell | December 16, 2012 | No Comments

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 A Hamilton home inspection by BLT, this house was a flip by contractors, if you look above the middle window, no plumbing stack all you see is the stack flashing. The implication of no stack is water leakage into the attic space. If you are buying a house that has been renovated ( flipped ) make sure your Hamilton home inspector is experienced in observing problems associated with renovating old homes.

Furnace exhaust violation

By Camrin Parnell | December 16, 2012 | No Comments

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  During a Hamilton home inspection BLT observed a negative slope on an exhaust for a high efficiency furnace. He also noticed that the exhaust had been tagged as a violation for safety reasons. The explanation being, the condensate can run down the exhaust and possibly freeze at the discharge point exiting the basement foundation. The implication being, a negative pressure in the vent connector and a vent motor shut down, all exhausts vents are required to have a positive slope. BLT alerted his client and her agent of the safety hazard.

Shower Light

By Camrin Parnell | September 18, 2012 | No Comments

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 During the inspection of the bathroom the home inspector discovered a fluorescent light fixture in the ceiling of the enclosed shower. Fluorescent lighting is an electrical safety issue in wet locations ( shower stalls ) and must be removed and the appropriately approved lighting fixture for wet locations installed. Read more

Electrical Conduit

By Camrin Parnell | April 16, 2012 | No Comments

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The electrical conduit separating the breaker panel on the left and the grey junction box on the right is black in colour and from observation is ABS material used for plumbing.

This material is not a certified electrical conduit material, electrical conduit material is grey in colour. The house in question was recently renovated and the electrical upgrade may have been performed without a permit and final inspection.

I asked my client to ask the vendor for documentation regarding the electrical upgrade.