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When is enough enough? Electrical issues that should not be.
Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)

When is enough enough? Electrical issues that should not be.

It only took 109 years for this home to get to this point.

This home was built in 1905, started out with Knob and Tube wiring and then "Upgraded" to fiber coated lines then finally the standard Romex style was installed.

But major issues remain. It seems that each and every time the home's electrical had been worked on, the electricians never removed from service the older electrical components.

Take a look at the way this homes electrical was a "Nightmare to inspect".

The incoming service was correct. But then it went from good to bad to really bad.

Heading down the stairwell to the basement. Here is what I found. WOW.

Electrical panels.

Here is Five panels and boxes to inspect in the stairwell alone.

Note the lines that come out of the center main breaker panel.

When I saw this mess, all I could think of was "Oh No".

This was justified when I got to the basement and found the second round of breaker and fuse panels.

Panels in basement

There is another four panels in the basement. Notice the lines for the main panel in the stair well?

These lines come into the FPE panels through cut off conduit. No wire protection. 

This home should have been upgraded a very long time ago. Instead of just adding more and more panels to the home. The electricians did not give the proper advice when the need for more electrical work on the home.

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.

 

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?

Also included is a Appliance recallcheck and a 90 day warranty with all full home inspections.

When it comes to Quality home inspections. Simply put, we are the best.

1-575-706-5586   www.carlsbad-home-inspector.com Call me for the latest specials.

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Furnace installation. They should loose their license. Home inspection
Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)

Furnace installation. They should loose their license. Home inspection in Artesia, New Mexico.

When inspecting homes, there are a few things I find that really make my blood boil over. Like a really poor installation of electrical, water heaters and furnaces.

These are being installed by licensed contractors that seem to not "Have a clue" as to what is correct and what is not correct.

Permits being issued?

No they are not being issued. If they were, the work would have been inspected by the local mechanical inspector. This "Shoddy work" would have certainly been called out and "red flagged" if inspected.

If the installers don't apply for a permit, then in all fairness the local inspectors don't have a clue as to what had been installed and what had not been installed. Therefor  they would not inspect what had not had a permit issued.

Licensed installers?

Was this unit installed by a licensed mechanical professional?

Yes it was, according to the home owner. In my opinion. There should be a fine and a mandatory re schooling requirement for the installer.

Safety Issue.

Take a look at the way this furnace exhaust had been installed.

The stack and cap was not ran through the roof of the home like the old unit's exhaust had been ran.

When this unit was installed the installer cut corners. A lot of corners. This new exhaust vent now terminates below the kitchen window. Letting the possible exhaust fumes from the vent into the home if the window was to be open.

Furnace.Roof vent left open.

The photo on the left shows the flashing that was left completely open after the removal of the old furnace stack.

Then we have a look at the new furnace.

But here is the major issue with this install.

The install.

The stack terminates below the kitchen window. This stack should have been ran back through the roof like the old unit had been. This is a major safety concern.

Stack terminates below window.Stack below window.

When informing the buyers of the potential safety issues. The buyer walked out and said the install took place last fall.

"I am going to call them and have the complete the work to code". I informed her to wait till I and the buyers have left the home. I nor the buyers would want to have any type of confrontation with the heating contractors.

Do the job correctly and get a permit. Then we would not have these issues. 

This is why you always get a "Trust But Verify Inspection" by a certified inspector. For the peace of mind.

Call Clint at 1-575-706-5586

Have a great day every one.

 

 

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?

Also included is a Appliance recallcheck and a 90 day warranty with all full home inspections.

When it comes to Quality home inspections. Simply put, we are the best.

1-575-706-5586   www.carlsbad-home-inspector.com Call me for the latest specials.

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Garage and built in apartment. Home Inspection in Artesia N.M.
Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)

Garage and built in apartment. Home Inspection in Artesia N.M.

I was performing a home inspection for a buyer in Artesia, New Mexico.

I had just finished with the home when I asked about the garage. Since I saw a structure on the rear of the property I asked if that was the garage. The Agent told me it was with a shy grin. Hmmm....I thought as she told me it was the garage and a built in apartment.

"And you need the apartment inspected as well". "Yes we would like you to inspect this as you would any home".

After just finishing up a 3,300 SQFT home. I was worn out mentally. I was ready to call it a day. But one building remained.

I get the camera going, citing several issues that were obvious to me but not the agent or the buyers.

The previous owner had added this apartment to the existing garage. Now there are issues that will take more than a couple of dollars to remedy.

The garage was unfinished. No fire wall separation from the living unit and the garage. The wall that did have any sheet rock had only 1/2" sheet rock that is too thin to be considered a fire wall.

Plywwod on garage wall.Nothing on ceiling.

There is plywood on the left and front walls. 1/2 inch sheet rock on the right wall. This garage is totally open and cannot be this way for the living quarters that are attached the the garage.

The door you see to the right by the water heater. That goes into the kitchen for the apartment. And it is a wood hollow core door.

More on this inspection in the coming days.

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.

 

 

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?

Also included is a Appliance recallcheck and a 90 day warranty with all full home inspections.

When it comes to Quality home inspections. Simply put, we are the best.

1-575-706-5586   www.carlsbad-home-inspector.com Call me for the latest specials.

 Zillow  Google   https://www.facebook.com/desertsuninspections manta   Trulia   Yahoo HomeAdvisor Pro Free 90 day warrantyRecallchek

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Time for roof maintenance. Home inspection in Artesia, New Mexico.
Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)

Time for roof maintenance. Home inspection in Artesia, New Mexico.

On this recent home inspection. The roof was an area of concern for the buyer. And good it was a concern. The roof used to have a swamp cooler on it. This is still a real common place for the coolers in this area. but they seem to always run over and cause shingle damages. In this case the cooler had been removed and a split system had been installed. Good news for the buyers, but the roof issues still remain in place.

The roof has Two layers on it. So only repairs can be made to the roof. If the roof was to be replaced then the entire roof would need to be removed and everything replaced. Only Two layers are permitted to be installed at any given time.

The area of concern is on the back of the home. Take a look at hat I found when inspecting this home for the buyers.

Damaged shingles by old cooler area.

This roof has a limited life span. About five to ten years left on this roof. So getting the repairs done is vital for the integrity of the roof.

The attic framing was affected as well.

Efflorescence in attic.

 Another "FUZZY " photo. But you can see the efflorescence on the framing in the attic.

Easy fixes for the buyer or seller depending on the negotiations at closing.

 

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.

If you are buying a home and want a very good home inspection. Call Clint McKie at 1-575-706-5586 Desert Sun Home Inspections can and will find the issues if there are any. We service Eddy, Lea and Chaves Counties in Southeast New Mexico. We offer a 90 day warranty. A homeowners manual and Recallcheck with each home inspection booked with us. These added benefits are free of charge to the buyers.

 

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?

Also included is a Appliance recallcheck and a 90 day warranty with all full home inspections.

When it comes to Quality home inspections. Simply put, we are the best.

1-575-706-5586   www.carlsbad-home-inspector.com Call me for the latest specials.

 Zillow  Google   https://www.facebook.com/desertsuninspections manta   Trulia   Yahoo HomeAdvisor Pro Free 90 day warrantyRecallchek

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When sellers move out. Take everything please.
Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)

When sellers move out. Take everything please.

When inspecting homes, I run into sellers that claim to have moved out. I always ask if the home is occupied. When I am told not the sellers have moved out.

So I am thinking when I get in the home there would be nothing there.

I couldn't be more wrong.

Here is a look at the toy left behind in the garage.

Hot Rod in garage.

The light was left on as a night light.

This Hot rod was in the way of getting the drop down ladder open all the way. I reset the ladder and used my ladder to get into the attic space.

Then when I was inspecting the interior of the home I found these in the master bedroom closet.

Guns left in home.

These three rifles were left in the home by the seller.

I bet they were planning on loading them up in the car as a last thing and just forgot.

Not a very good job by the one responsible for making sure the home is ready to show.

 

 

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?

Also included is a Appliance recallcheck and a 90 day warranty with all full home inspections.

When it comes to Quality home inspections. Simply put, we are the best.

1-575-706-5586   www.carlsbad-home-inspector.com Call me for the latest specials.

 Zillow  Google   https://www.facebook.com/desertsuninspections manta   Trulia   Yahoo HomeAdvisor Pro Free 90 day warrantyRecallchek

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Standing guard. And the test of time.
Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)

Standing guard. And the test of time.

Around the great state of New Mexico we have a number of old places that have withstood the test of time.

Not only the old homesteads but the outer structures as well. The out buildings like the sheds and the barns were essential for the survival of any rancher or farmer here in New Mexico.

These needed to be made to last. These homes barns and other outer structures needed to withstand the brutal winds and sun of the New Mexico plains.

I was on my way to a home inspection when I ran across this barn that has withstood the test of time.

I pulled over and took the picture.

Old barn in New Mexico.Notice anything in the tree? Looks like a sentry standing guard on the old barn.

A hawk stands guard.

This hawk was standing guard on the old structure.

I could almost hear the Hawk say "Hey someone has to do it".

Enjoy the shots every one.

Have a great day Active Rain Members.

 

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?

Also included is a Appliance recallcheck and a 90 day warranty with all full home inspections.

When it comes to Quality home inspections. Simply put, we are the best.

1-575-706-5586   www.carlsbad-home-inspector.com Call me for the latest specials.

 Zillow  Google   https://www.facebook.com/desertsuninspections manta   Trulia   Yahoo HomeAdvisor Pro Free 90 day warrantyRecallchek

Carlsbad Chamber logo.          NPI LOGO

 

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OH NO POLY IN THE HOME. Desert Sun Home Inspections Carlsbad N.M.
Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)

OH NO POLY IN THE HOME. Desert Sun Home Inspections Carlsbad N.M.

Polybutylene lines in a home is a bad thing. These were recalled in 1995. These lines were used in homes from 1978 to 1995. The window to get the lines and fittings replaced has passed. Follow this link for more information about the poly line recall.

http://www.reference.com/motif/business/polybutylene-pipes-recall

This home was built in 1995 and was never added to the recall list for replacement. If it was the home owner could have taken a cash settlement and wanted to wait till there were issues with the lines and fittings before getting a full replacement of the lines and fittings. Or the home owner was never notified by the plumbing company that there was ever a recall.

Well, now the time has come for the owner to step up and have the work completed.

Here is a good look at why the lines and fittings need to be replaced.Poly line corrosion.

The corrosion has been on the fittings for some time.

The real issue is what we cannot see. If the corrosion is this bad out in the open what about what we cannot see.

Corrosion on lines in home at water heater.Curiosity got the best of me so I removed the pipe wrap that was on the water heater's lines. Low and behold there was a large amount of corrosion on the fittings. Not long before the fittings failed fully. They were already leaking a small amount but leaking non the less.

Hard water is a common issue in this part pf the country. This will add to the overall performance of the piping and fittings.

Next step is to see how much it will cost to get all the piping changed out.

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

Call Clint at 1-575-706-5586

Have a great day every one.

 

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?

Also included is a Appliance recallcheck and a 90 day warranty with all full home inspections.

When it comes to Quality home inspections. Simply put, we are the best.

1-575-706-5586   www.carlsbad-home-inspector.com Call me for the latest specials.

 Zillow  Google   https://www.facebook.com/desertsuninspections manta   Trulia   Yahoo HomeAdvisor Pro Free 90 day warrantyRecallchek

Carlsbad Chamber logo.          NPI LOGO

 

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