The pregnant wall. And the inspector is not the cause.

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The pregnant wall. And the inspector is not the cause.

There are times when us inspectors run into things that really need more expertise than we can deliver.

Case in point.

Wall in kitchen area.This looks like the typical kitchen with the frige sitting there ready to be used.

All good so far until I make a discovery that has to be investigated further.

With one quick glance down the side of the wall I could see there was a major issue with something.

I could see the wall seemed to be "Pregnant". AWW.

Could this be? Is it possible? No way I thought.

I am a bit of a touchy feely guy. I like to get close to my work when inspecting. In many cases touching is the best way to get to many causes of why an issue is an issue at all.

Here is a look at the wall from on top of the frige.

Wall in kitchen.

The wall is bowed at what I guess to be right at Six inches.

One warped stud can cause a lot of damage to a wall. But the stud was not the immediate cause of the pregnancy in the wall.

This is when I ran my hand down the wall and it was hot. And I mean really hot.

I had been having the furnace run to test it for the buyers.

 

I got out my trusty infrared thermometer. Just to see what the temp of the wall was. The area not close to the pregnant wall was a cool 62 degrees.

But when I took the readings of the wall at the frige. The temp soared to 98 degrees.

Houston we have a problem!

Right behind the wall in the living room is the space heater/ furnace. this home built in 1952, has the same furnace that was originally installed when the home was built. By the way the wall was bowed out. I think this issue with the heat escaping into the wall is a major issue and has been for some time.

The space heater.What is the inspector to recommend?

It was recommended to the buyer the furnace be removed and inspected and the wall be repaired.

The contractor the owners or sellers get to do the work needs to be a good one. This is much too important not to have the best on the job when it comes down to the safety of the tenants of the home.

 

The C O in the home was at a normal level after running the furnace for over 30 minutes.

This is one of those wait and see what the heating contractor finds. In my honest opinion, I think the furnace should be replaced with a forced air unit.

This is why you always get a "Full Home Inspection" by a certified inspector. For the peace of mind.

Call Clint at 1-575-706-5586

Have a great day every one.

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Clint  McKie

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Kathy Streib
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Clint- well this is the first pregnant wall I've ever seen!  I'd say it's time to call in some help!!!

Mar 08, 2014 05:35 AM #9
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Tony & Darcy Cannon
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Clint, That is the first time I have ever heard it called a pregnant wall.  It does illustrate why it is so important to have an inspection done by a qualified home inspector!

Mar 08, 2014 07:31 AM #10
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Toni Weidman
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That's interesting, Clint. Wouldn't having a furnace on the same wall as a refrigerator make the fridge work harder?

Mar 08, 2014 08:20 AM #11
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Clint Mckie
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Hello Anita,

I have never seen this before either. First time for everything.

Have a good evening in Warner Robins.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 08, 2014 09:05 AM #12
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Clint Mckie
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Hi Adrian,

The best results would be to replace the unit with a forced air unit. Not the small wall heater.

Have a good day in Seattle.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 08, 2014 09:08 AM #13
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Clint Mckie
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Hi David,

You could not be more correct. Always get a home inspection by a certified inspector.

And I do mean always.

Have a great evening in Colorado.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 08, 2014 09:11 AM #14
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Hi Joan,

There was just no way the seller did not see the wall. But I bet they just overlooked it and hoped no one would notice it.

Have a great evening in Denver.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 08, 2014 09:14 AM #15
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Hi Debbie,

Water first then there are just so many other causes. Have a good inspector find the issues and you have the best results.

Have a good evening in Clarksville.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 08, 2014 09:17 AM #16
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Hi Bliz team,

It was an unusual find. I hope the furnace gets replaced.

Have a nice evening in Warren County Ohio.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 08, 2014 09:18 AM #17
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Hi Kathy,

That's what I recommended for the buyer. I think there is a bulged fire chamber. But I had no way to inspect the units interior.

Have a good night in Delray Beach.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 08, 2014 09:20 AM #18
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Hi C Team,

Never know what we will find. A good inspector will find the safety issues in the home.

Have a great evening and thanks for the comment.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 08, 2014 09:22 AM #19
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Hi Toni,

Yes it would. But should not have been an issue if there was not an issue with the furnace in the first place. Way too hot for the wall. There is a major safety issue.

Have a nice evening in Trinity.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 08, 2014 09:26 AM #20
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Not good Clint not good at all.  Keep us up to date on the decision. 

Mar 08, 2014 08:00 PM #21
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Clint Mckie
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Hi James,

I hope they will make it right. In a lot of cases the seller wants to just throw money at it and say you get it fixed.

Have a great day in Rogers my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 08, 2014 09:32 PM #22
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Oy, vey.

Looks like an accident waiting to happen.

All the Best,

The Ralphster

Mar 09, 2014 01:33 AM #23
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That's a pretty nasty looking problem Clint, hope things get resolved soon.

Mar 09, 2014 04:19 PM #24
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Hi Ralphster.

Oy, vey is right. First time for everything I guess. There is need for a lot of repair.

I hope they can work it out with the seller.

Have a good week in California.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 09, 2014 09:59 PM #25
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Clint Mckie
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Hi Tom,

This is just a guess, but the furnace may have rusted out on the back of the body causing the heat to escape to the rear of the unit. But only a guess.

Have a good day in Placerville.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 09, 2014 10:05 PM #26
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Thanks for the informative and concise article.  Good information for all buyers!

Mar 10, 2014 12:30 AM #27
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Clint Mckie
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Hi Anne,

This is an issue that needs to be resolved before the home goes to closing. The buyers are at risk without the issue being resolved.

Have a good day in St. Pete.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 10, 2014 01:33 AM #28
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