Home Inspector Nightmare Photos

Home inspectors come across all kinds of nightmarish stuff. Here are a bunch of scary home inspector nightmares. More here!

Beaver in the attic!!!

Beaver in the attic!!!

Who thinks it’s cute to have red squirrels in the attic? Rodents in and around the house are something to take seriously.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Follow the Arrows

Follow the Arrows

It never hurts to double check the arrows when you install a new filter. Life’s easier if you go with the flow.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Leaning Porch

Leaning Porch

Can you imagine trying to trim this thing? Or shut a door or window? Maybe it’s time to build a new porch.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

When copper and steel collide

When copper and steel collide

And it’s called galvanic corrosion. But it can be prevented if you connect dissimilar pipes the right way.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Duct Tape Compression Fittings

Duct Tape Compression Fittings

What’s weird about this is that it appears that the drain parts are brand new. Installing drainlines and p-traps under a sink doesn’t normally call for duct tape. Bound to be a few plumbing leaks here.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Cris Carter’s basement

Cris Carter’s basement

Those NFL jerseys need washing after game day. A nice hot flue will take care of the drying. What’s the worst thing that could happen? Maybe it’s time to repair the dryer.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Shopping notes

Shopping notes

Wonder why a shorter water heater would help? (Coulda put the writing backwards on his forehead too.) At least he’ll have a convenient reminder when it comes time for a new water heater.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Salvador Dali’s Ceiling Fan

Salvador Dali’s Ceiling Fan

We think it got very hot for a very long time here and the plastic blades sagged. There’s no fix’n it. Time to install a new ceiling fan.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Ladder extender Part 2

Ladder extender Part 2

This is just a temporary solution until the 10”-thick slab is poured. Install an attic ladder as a handy way to use your rafter space in the garage.

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See-through plumbing

See-through plumbing

We’ve been through this before. Don’t use those stupid flexible plastic drain lines! If you have this kind of plumbing you better learn to how to clear clogged drains.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

That’s Not PEX

That’s Not PEX

Here’s a perfect illustration of just about everything that shouldn’t be used for plumbing repair. What do you think? ShooGoo? Regardless, this tops the charts for home inspector nightmares.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Dr. Frankenstein’s wall switch

Dr. Frankenstein’s wall switch

We think this is a way to turn on a light switch to a room that has no access but-not sure! Believe it or not there are electronic ways to remotely operate lights with wireless switches.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Santa lost his boot

Santa lost his boot

No, this isn’t a trash can. I think a good chimney cleaning is in order.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Dryer Vent

Dryer Vent

This would have been fine with only a few cleverly angled 90-degree elbows, and no vinyl at all. You won’t find this method in most dryer vent installation stories.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Breaker panel convenience

Breaker panel convenience

What a good idea. Just move all the paper towels, soaps and potions out of the way and you’ll have instant access to your breaker panel.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Which problem solver would you choose?

Which problem solver would you choose?

There are always options when it comes to buying a toilet – some better than others.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Leaking fill valve repair

Leaking fill valve repair

Once Warren caught the recycle/re-use bug, he just couldn’t stop. Even going to the extent of breaking the fill valve on his toilet for a chance to re-use this plastic container. Might be even smarter to replace the fill valve with a new kit.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Wayne Gretzky’s Boyhood Home

Wayne Gretzky’s Boyhood Home

So you take a hockey puck and hold it in place while you foam it in. Brilliant! There are better ways to repair and replace soffit…Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Flying Wallenda’s Family Home

Flying Wallenda’s Family Home

Whoever goes up this ladder has more courage than brains. Maybe it would have been smarter to rent a lift for the day.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Legends of the fall

Legends of the fall

Wonder why you’d even need the 2×4 cribbing when you have a ratchet strap doing the job! Wonder if the painting will get done before the fall. Renting a lift would be a lot safer approach.

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Watch Your Head!

Watch Your Head!

Nothing wrong here, really. Go here for some more storage tips.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

 

Not a DIY Mini-Split

Not a DIY Mini-Split

Just guessing, but we don’t think this is how a mini-split works. But the real question for this home inspector nightmares is, does it actually keep the room cool?Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

 

Plywood window well

Plywood window well

Well I hope it’s at least treated plywood. There are very rigorous standards when it comes to building egress window wells.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Pillars of the earth

Pillars of the earth

Lots of bad bricks here that a little tuckpointing may have prevented. At least it matches the rest of the chimney.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Brilliant extension ladder leg extender

Brilliant extension ladder leg extender

Another clever use for a five-gallon bucket, just prior to kicking the bucket. Please be careful with extension ladders, folks.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Crop circles in the attic

Crop circles in the attic

Here’s one theory. Frost on the underside of the roof deck is melting and wetting the insulation. A hot can light below is drying out the area around it.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell

It’s cracked like the Liberty Bell. But this cracked chimney liner needs to be repaired to prevent a chimney fire.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Hardhat Area

Hardhat Area

It’s never a good idea to hang a ceiling fan from electrical cable only. They make ceiling fan braces that make the job safe and easy.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Brick Work Gone Bad

Brick Work Gone Bad

Some repairs are so neat and well executed that you barely even notice them. Not this one, though.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Wine cork plug

Wine cork plug

At least until you get to the store for a new pop-up drain assembly. Or maybe it’s time to install a new vanity sink.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Bust’n out!

Bust’n out!

What in the world made a thing like this happen? Whatever it was, it calls for a new outlet install.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Ice wars

Ice wars

Did you know that freezing water exerts 50,000 lbs. per square inch? That’s a pretty good reason to winterize irrigation systems.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

One way to save money on flooring

One way to save money on flooring

I’ve got a great idea! We don’t need new flooring under the rug. Nobody will ever know.

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Boy-O-Boy!

Boy-O-Boy!

Not only is this chimney badly deteriorated, it’s almost completely missing any clay or metal liner. This is the poster child for why you should have your chimney inspected.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Leaking faucet

Leaking faucet

That’s the definition of “hard water”. On the plus side, the water spraying out should soon melt the icicle. Might be time for a new faucet and maybe to install a freeze detector in the house.

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Ho boy!

Ho boy!

Vinyl dryer vent hose is such a bad idea on so many levels. So a smooth metal dryer vent is the best solution, hands down.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Honey, let’s have a block party?

Honey, let’s have a block party?

Yep, let’s have over a couple of dozen neighbors for a really fun evening. Or tear off this disaster waiting to happen and build a deck properly.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

March of the roof vents

March of the roof vents

Yes, attic venting is important. This, however, might be a bit much. Maybe trying to save on shingles?Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

You Can Still Use the Garbage Can

You Can Still Use the Garbage Can

I know it’s called a “garbage disposal” but I think someone’s taking that a bit too literally. Might be due for a replacement.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Deck Stair Layout Headache

Deck Stair Layout Headache

Stairs are tricky to layout for the neophyte deck builder. But it’s easier than you think to get it right with a few stair building instructions.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

What’s wrong?

What’s wrong?

Let thee count the ways… Broken chimney cap, missing mortar and bricks, all that’s gonna cause a few leaks. This chimney needs some major repairs.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Ceiling kitchen venting

Ceiling kitchen venting

Marion loved the smell of her cooking so much, it seemed a waste to vent all of the wonderful aromas outside. Generally, most people would prefer kitchen venting to exhaust outside the house.

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How not to add lighting

How not to add lighting

Pretty sure this wiring system won’t pass the electrical inspection. There are right and wrong ways to hang a ceiling light, and this is the wrong way.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

 

Duct Tape Wall

Duct Tape Wall

This tile was undoubtedly installed over greenboard instead of cement board and is completely falling apart. Regrouting isn’t an option.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Hard hat area

Hard hat area

Maybe the in-ground pool sprung a leak? Or just maybe this was a first time retaining wall builder. Regardless, it’s time to bone up on building a retaining wall.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Look closely

Look closely

And you’ll see a very conveniently located outlet right where it’s needed. There are several things to keep in mind when you’re roughing in wiring.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

“Dear, Why the heck aren’t the clothes getting dry?”

“Dear, Why the heck aren’t the clothes getting dry?”

I’ll bet the house feels a bit humid. A dryer vent is one of the many things in your home that needs regular cleaning.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Proper grounding-not!

Proper grounding-not!

OK think about it. This guy grounded to a PLASTIC COATED gas line. Unless they changed the rules, plastic is a non-conductor. How many other electrical mistakes do you suppose you would find in this house?Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Hot Wired

Hot Wired

This breaker is rated for both aluminum (AL) and copper (CU) wires. But that rating didn’t prevent this aluminum wire connection from loosening and getting hot enough to melt the plastic insulation. Here’s more on aluminum wiring and how to make it safe.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Poor Cable Detector?

Poor Cable Detector?

Determined to find out if carbon monoxide was at fault for his poor cable reception, uncle Walter devised a plan…Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

More duct tape ingenuity

More duct tape ingenuity

Well, covering the vent with tape stopped the cold air. The only problem is that it also defeated the purpose of having make-up air in the first place, which is to keep the occupants from being asphyxiated. Add this to the list of furnace repairs needed.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Blocked vent?

Blocked vent?

Guess it’s OK if you block it with cardboard. While we’re on heating systems, how about a primer on efficient heating.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

A shower found in Munchkinland

A shower found in Munchkinland

After mom and dad moved out, the toddlers decided to make the bathroom more user-friendly. But when they grow up they’re gonna have to install a new shower.

Dryer vent follies

Dryer vent follies

Why not just duct tape it near the attic vent. Why wouldn’t that do the trick?Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Hubcap Flue Cap

Hubcap Flue Cap

Well that’s one way to keep the rain away from your furnace. But there are official rain caps that you can buy at the home center.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

A Potentially Shocking Disposer

A Potentially Shocking Disposer

Not a bad idea to have a switch on the new disposer. As long as you don’t have to open the cabinet door to get at it-and that it’s properly installed!Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

Toboggan ice-dam solution

Toboggan ice-dam solution

Granted, this is quite a clever setup. But it seems like it might be less work to fix the ice-dam problem!

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Skillfully Unnecessary Scribe

Skillfully Unnecessary Scribe

Bonus: You can visit with your toddler while your taking care of business. If the door opened the correct way, there would have been no scribing required.Photo: Courtesy of Structure Tech

No Fuse, Big Problem

No Fuse, Big Problem

Just because it fits, doesn’t mean it’s a fuse. Yes, copper tubing will conduct electricity, but this is VERY dangerous! And I feel an eerie presence of the ghost of Charles Darwin…don’t let it happen to you!