Epic Fails are pictures of actual conditions found during home inspections, that show some of the ridiculous (and often dangerous) situations created in some homes.
While they may appear entertaining, most should serve as a cautionary tale of what NOT to do around your home.
Integrity Home Inspections
Water and electricity don't mix. And it gets worse when you add in potentially hazardous chemicals!
Exposed terminals, metal garbage disposal . . . what could possibly go wrong?
Sanders Home Inspections
And probably located right next to a sink to boot!
Whole House Inspectors
Probably saved a whole fifty cents by not buying an adapter!
Good thing that faucet packings never leak. Oh wait!
Top and Bottom Inspections
It's ok, they used heavy duty duct tape!
First Call Inspections
Joint cement is just two aisles over from the duct tape section. Should have walked the few extra steps!
I found this LIVE electric panel in a laundry room directly above the dryer. The home was occupied and was an active listing that my client had under contract.
Clear evidence that electric wiring is not, and should not, be a hobby.
Aside from the failing and/or poorly installed roof covering, the roof structure or framing also had major deficiencies. The roof replacement and structural repairs would have been a very expensive surprise for this buyer had he not had us inspect the property!
Roof valley attempt at woven valley... started as a regular cut valley....ended as a not even close to proper woven valley!!
At some point someone decided it was too difficult to use proper junction boxes in a cathedral ceiling in a third floor attic. So they skipped it all together causing this fire hazard
Gordon G Glidden
Grounded electric meters
Hidden defects in garage by garage sale
Gordon G Glidden
Grounded electric meters. Note: the meters are not smart, neither were the installers
Bathroom, kitchen and dryer vents should be vented to the exterior of the house not in the attic.
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