Exhaust venting done incorrectly. Safety issues abound.

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Home Inspector with Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections 10072923

Exhaust venting done incorrectly. Safety issues abound.

When inspecting homes the safety of the home comes first and foremost.

Furnace and Water Heater!

This furnace exhaust in the basement of a home built in 1910, was not installed properly.

The exhaust venting for the furnace was not installed correctly. This installation looked like a Ten year old did the install.

Take a look at these pictures that left me baffled that the occupants were not seriously injured or killed form carbon monoxide poisoning.

Disconnected exhaust ducting

The slope on the exhaust was not correct. It was nearly at level. This slope needs 1/4" per foot. This requirement was not met.

Chimney connection.

This is where the exhaust fumes enter the chimney. It is critical that this is correct the keep all exhaust fumes in the chimney.

Take a look at the dislodged connection for the furnace and water heater.

Dislodged chimney flue.

Clean out open on chimney.The discharge flue is dislodged where it connects to the chimney.

This allows for the gasses from the furnace and water heater to spill into the home when the units are burning fuel.

This could have been a deadly situation for the occupants of the home.

No smoke detector or C/O detector in the basement either.

The old clean out for the chimney was wide open. This is supposed to have a door covering the opening.

The water heaters flue was not correctly installed. The installed simply cut a hole in the elbow and then tapped the opening and the tape was falling off and no longer was sealing the exhaust fumes inside the flue.

Potentially deadly situation.

This is a great poster child on why you get a fully certified home inspector for your home purchase.

This time the buyers and owners got lucky. I hope there will not be a next time.

 

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

Owner of Desert Sun Home Inspections Carlsbad, New Mexico. Eddy County's only certified home inspection service WITH OVER 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE. Serving all of South East New Mexico. We inspect the homes entire structure from the roof to the foundation, and everything in between. Most reports within 4-24 hours from time of inspection completion. We issue a PDF report with pictures Starting at $250.00 for each home inspection. Why settle for less when you can have the best?

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Rainmaker
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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
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Clint: This could have been a disaster and is a must fix item...good that the buyers chose you to perform this inspection!

Mar 28, 2014 05:51 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Clint ...unbelievable ....it amazes me the things you find everyday!

Great post

have a great night in Carlsbad!

Mar 28, 2014 07:24 AM #4
Rainmaker
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David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

That is simply crazy and how could this be like that for years?

It wasnt too long ago a family died in Aspen from Carbon Monoxide poisoning. It is no joke at all!

This is outrageous and why you ALWAYS get an inspection from a qualified party!

Mar 28, 2014 07:38 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Simply fabulous.  Aside from being extremely dangerous.  It just will never cease to amaze me how oblivious to serious issues some homeowners can be!

Mar 28, 2014 09:46 AM #6
Rainmaker
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James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Looks like something I even would notice.  Unbelievable a professional would do work like that.

Mar 28, 2014 07:59 PM #7
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Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Their carbon monoxide detectors must have been going off all the time Clint.

Mar 28, 2014 09:34 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Adrian,

This could have been a really bad situation for the sellers. Lucky the bedrooms were Two stories away.

Have a good day in Seattle.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 28, 2014 09:54 PM #9
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Ginny,

The owners had just moved out and the home was empty. I don't know nor was told that they were sick. But with things like this i am sure they were.

Have a great weekend in North Kingstown.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 28, 2014 09:56 PM #10
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Anita,

Listed in the report as a "Serious safety and health issue". The buyers were not too happy to see that. Simple repair for a good licensed heating contractor.

Have  great day in Warner Robins.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 28, 2014 10:04 PM #11
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Rob,

It's scary what I find when inspecting homes. I am not inspecting every single day but I could be.

Have a great day in Bristol my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 28, 2014 10:06 PM #12
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi David,

This type of disaster is all too common in the cold weather wintered states. Home enclosed for months. In any case, have an inspection on your home even if not planning to sell.

Have a great day in Colorado.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 28, 2014 10:08 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hello Jay,

I think it was more of an "Out of site out of mind thing". I don't think there was a reason to go into the basement. There was the water heater and the furnace, that was it.

Have a very good weekend in Bristow.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 28, 2014 10:11 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi James,

No one said it was done by a pro. If it was they have a lot of explaining to do.

Have a nice day in Rogers my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 28, 2014 10:13 PM #15
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Conrad,

There was no C O detector. Or a working smokes detector in the home. Three stories and not a single working smoke detector.

Have a nice weekend in Webster.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 28, 2014 10:14 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

I had to come back by to see just how bad this was ....Have a great night in Carlsbad!

Mar 29, 2014 11:17 AM #17
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Anne Hensel
South Beaches Real Estate Professionals - Saint Petersburg, FL
Realtor - Broker - St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island

Buyers really need to have an inspection and one done by a professonal as yourself.  Thanks for the points and the photos to esplain them!

Mar 29, 2014 12:22 PM #18
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hello Rob,

This one is going to be in the book. Just to much for the readers not to see.

Have a good Sunday in Bristol.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 29, 2014 07:41 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Anne,

So true. This is a reason to get a home inspection. I can't stress safety enough as a number One concern.

Have a good day in St. Pete Beach.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 29, 2014 07:45 PM #20
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Bob Greene
Greene Home Inspections, LLC - Centennial, CO

With all the sins of the installation that were obvoius in the basement.  There appears to be more potential disasters.  It appears the whole rig is mostly connected to an old unlined brick chimney.  Brings up the question of how many other places on the way to the roof does this baby leak, now that humidity has entered the porus brick environment.  As the mess in the basement is cleaned up by a certified HVAC technician, a chimney liner should be added also.

Mar 31, 2014 04:59 AM #21
Rainmaker
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Bob,

The comment is a really good comment. I have the bases covered for the buyers. The chimney needs to be lined and the crap of the exhaust is replaced in the basement.

Looks like they used old pipes from when they had the coal/ wood burning stoves up stairs. The interior of the chimney is covered nicely with a cement coating. That is about the only thing that was done correctly.

The chimney that is exposed is in really good shape. With a rain cap.

Have a great day and thanks for the comment.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 31, 2014 06:04 AM #22
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