As inspectors we get to see some of the worst looking and some of the best looking homes in Dayton. This home had been completely remodeled and most likely all without permits. The giveaway, the railing would not pass code. The spacing would allow a child to climb through.If you are getting work done you […]Read More about Not a Safe Railing.
This water heater was installed 7 months ago by a local and well known Dayton plumbing company. They must have sent their least trained installer with a big box of bits and told him to use up everything in the box! Issue #1: The flue pipe must have a continuous upward slope.Issue #2: The furnace […]Read More about Bad Workmanship, There is no excuse.
Inspecting a home this week, I saw this picture of a very busy, prosperous downtown Dayton being revitalized probably one hundred years ago and thought about how wonderful it is to see downtown Dayton coming back to life again. New homes are being built, lofts converted, bars, brewery’s and restaurants opening in areas other than […]Read More about Dayton Main Street, 100 Years Ago
Inspecting a four year old home in Xenia. The front of a two story the house had a big brick gable above the garage and on up into the roof. When we were in the attic we discovered that the brick mason had dry stacked the bricks and blocks, in other words they had not […]Read More about New Construction No Mortar Between Bricks?
Washington Township, house built in the 1970’s. Walking down to the finished basement with my 6’2″ client in front of me, there appeared to be a clearance issue. First question has to be who built these stairs, what building inspector passed it when the house was built and what does the purchaser of this new […]Read More about Basement Stair Headroom Requirements
During a busy day there are things that make you stop for a moment and think about life. Climbing the ladder to walk a roof I spotted these lovely young chicks cozy in their nest, beaks open waiting for their mother to return to them with more food. Don’t we all sometimes wish we had […]Read More about Special Moments in Life to Enjoy…..
Just arrived to inspect this home and as I start in the remodeled kitchen, I look at the lovely large skylight and wonder. Alarm bells start to ring in my brain…. To make the big open area seen in the photo the bottom chords were removed from two roof trusses weakening the complete roof system. […]Read More about “DIY Renovations” are a Gorgeous Disaster
We inspect more houses than any other type of building. When we inspect commercial buildings it is usually apartments, offices or retail units so last week it was exciting to inspect something we have never inspected before, a laundromat! We have inspected a school in Troy, a beer drive thru in Dayton, a muffler shop […]Read More about We Inspect Just About Any Commercial Business
Inspecting a doctors office gave our inspector a good laugh when he pulled back the shower curtain in the bathroom used by the patients. It goes to show that office rents are getting so high that every square inch must be used to its max.
The question after this inspection was finished would have to be, “are roof inspections getting too dangerous”? When inspecting roofs it can be dangerous, we all know that, there is always the risk of slipping and falling off the roof. This was a risk we never thought about as we looked at a bullet lodged […]Read More about Roof Inspections Dangerous for other reasons?
This novel way to drain a laundry sink with a sump pump, who says America has lost its innovative flair! The washing machine dumped into the laundry sink and the pedestal pump designed for use in a sump, then pumped the water up to the sewer pipe.
“Motor Mole Sewer Service” a Dayton drain cleaning company was busy on Sunday 6 June 1948. When they finished unblocking the drain of a home in Belmont, they attached marketing material to a floor joist in the basement, where it has remained intact. Every time they returned for another blockage they noted it on the […]Read More about They Had Their Drains Cleaned in 1948
An amazing find in a beautiful large hundred year old house in Oakwood was a real piece of history and in good condition. Down in the basement was what appeared to be a fully functional incinerator. It would have been used for disposing of household garbage by burning it at high temperature in the days […]Read More about Residential Incinerators Were Once Common
In the attic this box from a nineteen fifty six, North American Van Lines promotion was still in perfect condition. Stamped on the top corner is “Wife Approved Move” how times have changed! The wife approved move must have been successful because it was still advertised up thru the early sixties in newspaper adverts. North […]Read More about North American Van Lines Box