It’s Not Your Eyes

Look at the photo taken in the crawlspace under a 75 year old home.drain-support-sacramento-home-inspector

In many crawlspaces, it’s bad enough to be inspecting in a dusty and cramped environment, but having to fight an excessive amount of cobwebs doesn’t make an inspector’s job any easier. Most inspectors have to admit there’s a little adrenaline rush when they start to see conditions to put into the inspection report… There were several here requiring attention.

The wood support for the drain pipe is very creative… 5 points for creativity… but it doesn’t meet plumbing requirements for supporting a drain/waste line. The wood support base is not pressure-treated wood and is in contact with the ground… There are other loose wood pieces (cellulose debris) strewn about… subterranean termites love this, if they happen to be in the area.

Peering through the dense cobwebs at the left side is a disconnected flexible lint duct… thus the lint duff that is clinging to the cobwebs. Flexible lint ducts are not permitted in a crawlspace as they’re prone to clogging with lint.

 

To the right of the wood pipe support is a corroded and leaking cast iron waste pipe… Call a plumber.

In the upper left hand corner is a copper pipe in contact with a galvanized steel pipe (at the white wire used to support the copper pipe). Copper and steel are dissimilar metals and galvanic corrosion is taking place.

If you now look behind the leaking cast iron pipe, there’s a loose support joist that has fallen down at one end (on a diagonal). It’s not hard to believe, that the home inspector found 5 more additional discrepancies in this crawlspace.

Remember… You can count on the CREIA and ASHI certified home inspectors at Pacific Coast Inspections, Inc to sort out crawlspace conditions… even though it’s through a tangle of webs.

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