Bellingham Home Inspector (King of the House): New Home Inspection Issues

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Home Inspector with King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

 This is probably a surprise to most people, it was to me the first few times I saw it. I am referring to the number of times in new houses, where the heat ducts have not been hooked together or, if they have, they have come loose. Sometimes I think it is the result of subcontractors forgetting to complete the job, other times the ducts were not properly secured or someone working under the home managed to contact them in such a way that they came apart. I have also found ducts that were crushed, so no heat would pass through them. In those cases, it is apparent that the problem was caused by impact damage by workers. The photo below was from a brand spanking new home. Especially in new houses, I turn on the furnace and test each duct with a laser thermometer to make sure it is part of the system. This is another reason to encourage a home inspection at a new home. Many builders just do not finish the job!

 

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Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
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A very common mistake is that the joints have been "duct taped" together; and, as we all know the one place you should NEVERuse duct tape is on ducts.  It is for fixing tents, holding car parts together, taping carabiners to water bottles, fixing broken shovel handles, and marking climbing routes in indoor rock gyms, lint removal, hiking blisters etc----come on people get with the program----use materials for there "intended" use:).
Feb 11, 2008 11:46 AM #1
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

You are getting sloppy Charlie. You forgot using duct tape to repair the rusted out p-trap. Very good for that and meets all plumbing codes.

Feb 11, 2008 11:59 AM #2
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Ryan Martin
Windermere Real Estate / Whatcom Inc. - Bellingham, WA
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Steve - This clearly defeats the intent of a high-efficiency furnace. It sees that sometimes can come loose over time too. 
Feb 11, 2008 01:54 PM #3
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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Imagine the high utility bills with this situation.  I had sold a house once that the inspector said had ducts made of the accordian-like stuff that is used for dryer vents.  The inspection made the house become "unsold".  Buyer backed out.  I called the inspector "deal killer"!
Feb 11, 2008 03:36 PM #4
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Barbara,

Charlie Bull, I mean Buell -- geez keep making that mistake over and over -- is a stickler for calling out that kind of thing. Although, he likes it the other way around: He likes to see flex dryer duct as heat ducting so he can better dry his clothing in the wet crawl spaces. You just pull one loose and give yourself a couple blasts.

Feb 11, 2008 06:10 PM #5
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