Chris' Corner: Beauty is more than skin deep - inspect carefully!

Beauty is more than skin deep - inspect carefully!

In this post, Jay Markanich, a Virginia area Home Inspector takes a picture of service boxes that look OK, on closer inspection, he reveals some issues.  This illustrates the importance of a proper home inspection by a professional.  They will think to look carefully at things an ordinary person might not even think of looking at.

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From a certain angle things can look good!  As with most things, it pays to view things from different points of view.

All of the service boxes are located together.  This is great!  It makes things convenient. 

The AC compressor is right in front, so if you had to work on them a bit of leaning is needed.  But it is not that close, and the boxes are all accessible.

But don't be deceived!

One of these boxes is loosey goosey.

Can you see it from this angle?

The electric meter is very loosely attached to the wall.

This is never a good thing.

And siding is missing behind the box!  I bet the wall leaks!

Actually it does.  The wall is unprotected and saturated.  There is a gap all around the service cable where it enters the house too.

This all accounts for the moisture and staining in the basement over and around the panel box.

And the beginnings of rust inside the panel box.

The old vinyl siding used to go all around the box, and it was sealed with flashing and caulking.  This siding is fairly new and not a whole lot of time has elapsed allowing water inside.  But it has gotten in!

Also, the gap around the service cable is a prime, and I mean PRIME, entry point for mice.

And guess what evidence we found all over the basement?  Not good!

My recommendation:  it pays to look AT and also AROUND all attachments to a house.  There may be gaps you don't want to see.  Gaps can lead to water and water can lead to problems.  What am I saying!  Water ALWAYS leads to problems!



Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia

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Comment balloon 1 commentChris Smith • August 11 2011 10:08AM


That does not look good and then you wonder how long that has been that way. Not good.

Posted by Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX Results) about 9 years ago