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.
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.
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.
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.
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Have a great day every one.