Electrical Safety

This 40 amp breaker had #14 gauge wiring which should have #8 stranded copper. The #14 gauge wire could overheat and fail before the breaker trips, this is a serious concern. Also this 40 amp breaker was for a hot tub and not GFCI rated which is also a serious safety concern. GFCI – Ground Fault Circuit Interruptors trip the power when a imbalance is detected. This safety device protects people from electrical shock and is very important for a hot tub or pool. #fail #safetyfirst #safe #health #danger #hottub #electrical #homeinspector #enginspections #pool

New Home Inspections

With new home inspections becoming more popular it is very important that the inspector reviews manufacturers installation instructions. One would assume that builder’s would be installing products to manufacturers specs and current B.C. Building Code but unfortunately it’s just not the case. In this new home the specifications were reviewed which found the manufacturers installation instructions specifically state that this flooring must not be installed in bathrooms as this will void the product warranty. Also the manufacturer states that the cabinets and island must be installed prior or laying the flooring. The island had been installed over top of the floor which would also void the product warranty as expansion contraction would be limited. This concern was brought to the builders attention and the flooring was replaced.

Moisture Ingress & Efflorescence

Do you ever wonder why there is white staining on your brick chimney and other building materials? The holes in the mortar were allowing water to penetrate behind the bricks on the top section of this chimney. The white staining is called efflorescence which is the migration of salt to the surface of porous building materials and are indications that moisture is a concern. The holes and cracks in the mortar will continue to cause damage to the chimney if not adequately repaired 🤓 #fail #chimney #bricks #education #youneedtoknow #repairs #enginspections #homeinspector