Inspection Find of the Week

Each week I will attempt to identify an interesting find from a home inspection conducted the week ending on that week’s Saturday.  I am beginning the posts for the week ending January 19, 2019.  Each line below shows the week that the interesting finding is from, what the general topic is and a link to a page or two explaining what the find is and why it might be of interest. If the week’s inspections are standard and nothing of unusual note, a week (or two) may be skipped.

The weeks are generally from Sunday through Saturday so the date shown is for the Saturday ending the week.

January 19. Transite  – Transite2

January 26. Moisture hidden a wall but found with a thermal imaging camera.  Moisture

February 2. The find of the week is a severed joist in the crawl space of a house.    Severed Joist

February 9. The find of the week is Knob and Tube wiring in a 99 year old home.    Knob and Tube

February 16. The find of the week is moisture in the hardwood flood in a house with a slab foundation.  Floor moisture

For February 23. That cow don’t have any down genes. A line from an old, favorite TV show, “Hill Street Blues” A flue pipe from a water heater that expects the hot exhaust from a water heater to move down!  It doesn’t work like that. A deadly combination of problems. It was documented as a, “Material Defect” in accordance with the NJ home inspection standards of practice.   Dangerous Venting

For the week ending March 2, 2019. Dangerous venting Part 2.   Dangerous Venting    Part 2

I skipped the 9th and resume here with my find of the week for the week ending March 16.  Do you detect a theme? Dangerous Venting Part 3

For the week ending March 23, 2019.  A worn roof surface. Worn Roof

Find of the week March 30, 2019. Wrong gauge wire? Mis wired

Find of the week April 6, 2019. When the walls come tumblin’ down.   Walls

Find of the week May 11, 2019.  Carbon monoxide can kill! Heat Exchange

Find of the week May 18, 2019. Notched beam. Notched beam

Find of the week May 25, 2019. Horizontal crack in the foundation. Horizontal crack

Find of the week June 1, 2019. Multiple gas leaks. Gas leaks

Find of the week June 8, 2019. Unsupported beam splice. Unsupported beam splice

Find of the week June 15, 2019. Asbestos flooring. Asbestos Flooring

Find of the week June 22, 2019. Electricity and water don’t mix. Electricity and water don’t mix

Find of the week for June 28, 2019. Plumbing leaks can lead to microbial growths and mold.   Water and Mold Final

For the week ending July 6.  Dangerous venting part 4 Involving a water heater.   Dangerous Venting Part 4

For the week ending July 13. Let’s make life easy and do the simple (and wrong) fix. Make life easy

For the week ending July 20. More bad venting. Flue reduction

For the week ending July 27. Sagging drain pipes.   Sagging pipes

For the week ending August 3.  Name that substance. Wet wall

For the week ending August 10. Two for One!  Radon & Gas Leak. I couldn’t decide which one was more noteworthy so here are both. Two for one

For the week ending August 17. TERMITES! What is bugging you  ?

For the week ending August 31.   Oil

For the week of September 7. A potential electrical fire. Electrical

For the week of September 14. Incorrect flue configuration.   Incorrect Exhaust Flue

For the week of September 21.  A roof structure (Specifically a truss) was modified. Trusses

For the week of September 28. Again, poor venting of a water heater. Water heater

 

Gallery of Homes Inspected – 2016

The following is a photographic list of the homes inspected by Regal Home Inspections, LLC in 2016.  They are listed in reverse chronological order.

Inspected 10/23/16. Built 2002. Colts Neck.
Inspected 10/23/16. Built 2002. Colts Neck.
Inspected 10/24/16. Built 2013. Keansburg.
Inspected 10/24/16. Built 2013. Keansburg.
Inspected 10/22/16. Built 1964. Old Bridge.
Inspected 10/22/16. Built 1964. Old Bridge.
Inspected 10/22/16. Built 1922. Orange, NJ.
Inspected 10/22/16. Built 1922. Orange, NJ.

Inspected 10/21/16. Built 2004. Holmdel.

Inspected 10/21/16. Built 2004. Holmdel.

Inspected 10/21/16. Built 1982. Howell.
Inspected 10/21/16. Built 1982. Howell.
Inspected 10/20/16. Built 1910. Leonardo.
Inspected 10/20/16. Built 1910. Leonardo.
Inspected 10/19/16. Built circa 1988. Jackson.
Inspected 10/19/16. Condominium. Built circa 1988. Jackson.
Inspected 10/15/16. Condominium. Built 2007. Asbury Park.
Inspected 10/15/16. Condominium. Built 2007. Asbury Park.
Inspected 10/13/16. Built 2006. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 10/13/16. Built 2006. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 10/12/16. Built 2005. Matawan.
Inspected 10/12/16. Built 2005. Matawan.
Inspected 10/11/16. Built 1962. Belmar.
Inspected 10/11/16. Built 1962. Belmar.
Inspected 10/10/16. Built 1929. Long Branch
Inspected 10/10/16. Built 1929. Long Branch
Inspected 10/8/16. Built 1962. Old Bridge.
Inspected 10/8/16. Built 1962. Old Bridge.
Inspected 10/7/16. Built 1958. Old Bridge.
Inspected 10/7/16. Built 1958. Old Bridge.
Inspected 10/6/16. Built 1998. Monroe Township.
Inspected 10/6/16. Built 1998. Monroe Township.
Inspected 10/5/16. Built 1993. Howell.
Inspected 10/6/16. Built 1993. Howell.
Inspected 10/5/16. Built 1933. Millstone.
Inspected 10/5/16. Built 1933. Millstone.
Inspected 10/3/16. Built 1967. Condo. Matawan.
Inspected 10/3/16. Built 1967. Condo. Matawan.
Inspected 10/3/16. Built 1925. Atlantic Highlands.
Inspected 10/3/16. Built 1925. Atlantic Highlands.
Inspected 10/1/16. Built 1987. Holmdel.
Inspected 10/1/16. Built 1987. Holmdel.
Inspected 9/30/16. Built 1950. Sayreville.
Inspected 9/30/16. Built 1950. Sayreville.
Inspected 9/29/16. Built 1959. Spotswood.
Inspected 9/29/16. Built 1959. Spotswood.
Inspected 9/29/16. Built 1962. Colts Neck.
Inspected 9/29/16. Built 1962. Colts Neck.
Inspected 9/27/16. Built 2004. Farmingdale.
Inspected 9/27/16. Built 2004. Farmingdale.
Inspected 9/26/16. Built 1957. Hazlet.
Inspected 9/26/16. Built 1957. Hazlet.
Inspected 9/23/16. Built circa 1900. Asbury Park. 3 apartments and a small commercial office.
Inspected 9/23/16. Built circa 1900. Asbury Park. 3 apartments and a small commercial office.
Inspected 9/21/16. Built 1989. Duplex. Manalapan.
Inspected 9/21/16. Built 1989. Duplex. Manalapan.
Inspected 9/22/16. Built 1957. Hazlet.
Inspected 9/22/16. Built 1957. Hazlet.
Inspected 9/21/16. Built 1983. Townhouse. Matawan.
Inspected 9/21/16. Built 1983. Townhouse. Matawan.
Inspected 9/21/16. Built 1968. Middletown.
Inspected 9/21/16. Built 1968. Middletown.
Inspected 9/20/16. Built 1980. Middletown.
Inspected 9/20/16. Built 1980. Middletown.
Inspected 9/19/16. Built 1956. Parlin.
Inspected 9/19/16. Built 1956. Parlin.
Inspected 9/16/16. Built 1984. Holmdel.
Inspected 9/16/16. Built 1984. Holmdel.
Inspected 9/16/16. Built 1972. Colts Neck.
Inspected 9/16/16. Built 1972. Colts Neck.
Inspected 9/14/16. Built 1966. Matawan.
Inspected 9/14/16. Built 1966. Matawan.
Inspected 9/14/16. Built circa 1900. Freehold Borough.
Inspected 9/14/16. Built circa 1900. Freehold Borough.
Inspected 9/13/16. Originally built 1949. Port Monmouth.
Inspected 9/13/16. Originally built 1949. Port Monmouth.
Inspected 9/13/16. Built 1963. Freehold Twp.
Inspected 9/13/16. Built 1963. Freehold Twp.
Inspected 9/12/16. Built 1960. Jackson.
Inspected 9/12/16. Built 1960. Jackson.
Inspected 9/12/16. Built 1930. Two family. Asbury Park.
Inspected 9/12/16. Built 1930. Two family. Asbury Park.
Inspected 9/10/16. Built 1963. Matawan.
Inspected 9/10/16. Built 1963. Matawan.
Inspected 9/9/16. Built 1980. Neptune.
Inspected 9/9/16. Built 1980. Neptune.
Inspected 9/9/16. Built 1977. Colts Neck.
Inspected 9/9/16. Built 1977. Colts Neck.
Inspected 9/8/16. Built 1992. Townhouse. Morganville/Marlboro.
Inspected 9/8/16. Built 1992. Townhouse. Morganville/Marlboro.
Inspected 9/7/16. Built 1900. Metuchen.
Inspected 9/7/16. Built 1900. Metuchen.
Inspected 9/4/16. Built 1958. Old Bridge.
Inspected 9/4/16. Built 1958. Old Bridge.
Inspected 9/2/16. Built 1954. Middletown.
Inspected 9/2/16. Built 1954. Middletown.
Inspected 9/1/16. Built 1981. Neptune.
Inspected 9/1/16. Built 1981. Neptune.
Inspected 9/1/16. Built 1920. Two family. Asbury Park.
Inspected 9/1/16. Built 1920. Two family. Asbury Park.
Inspected 8/31/16. Built 1987. Howell.
Inspected 8/31/16. Built 1987. Howell.
Inspected 8/31/16. Built 1973. Holmdel.
Inspected 8/31/16. Built 1973. Holmdel.
Inspected 8/30/16. Built 1983. Franklin Park, Somerset County.
Inspected 8/30/16. Built 1983. Franklin Park, Somerset County.
Inspected 8/29/16. Built 1964. Matawan.
Inspected 8/29/16. Built 1964. Matawan.
Inspected 8/28/16. Built 1986. Marlboro.
Inspected 8/28/16. Built 1986. Marlboro.
Inspected 8/27/16. Built 1999. Marlboro.
Inspected 8/27/16. Built 1999. Marlboro.
Inspected 8/26/16. Built 1963. Port Momouth.
Inspected 8/26/16. Built 1963. Port Momouth.
Inspected 8/26/16. Built 1982. Middletown.
Inspected 8/26/16. Built 1982. Middletown.
Inspected 8/25/16. Built 1959. Hazlet.
Inspected 8/25/16. Built 1959. Hazlet.
Inspected 8/24/16. Originally built 1940s. Significantly renovated 2007. Fair Haven.
Inspected 8/24/16. Originally built 1940s. Significantly renovated 2007. Fair Haven.
Inspected 8/24/16. Built 1969. Matawan.
Inspected 8/24/16. Built 1969. Matawan.
Inspected 8/23/16. Built 1990. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 8/23/16. Built 1990. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 8/20/16. Built 1972. Colts Neck.
Inspected 8/20/16. Built 1972. Colts Neck.
Inspected 8/19/16. Built 1959. Oceanport.
Inspected 8/19/16. Built 1959. Oceanport.
Inspected 8/18/16. Built 1961. Matawan.
Inspected 8/18/16. Built 1961. Matawan.
Inspected 8/18/16. Originally built 1915. Atlantic Highlands.
Inspected 8/18/16. Originally built 1915. Atlantic Highlands.
Inspected 8/17/16. Built 1979. Old Bridge.
Inspected 8/17/16. Built 1979. Old Bridge.
Inspected 8/16/16. Built circa 1800. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 8/16/16. Built circa 1800. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 8/15/16. Built 1979. Plainsboro.
Inspected 8/15/16. Built 1979. Plainsboro.
Inspected 8/12/16. Built 1930. Union Beach.
Inspected 8/12/16. Built 1930. Union Beach.
Inspected 8/12/16. Built 1961. Matawan.
Inspected 8/12/16. Built 1961. Matawan.
Inspected 8/11/16. Built 1978. Brick.
Inspected 8/11/16. Built 1978. Brick.
Inspected 8/11/16. Medical building. Brick. Built 2007.
Inspected 8/11/16. Medical building. Brick. Built 2007.
Inspected 8/10/16. Built 2002. Millstone.
Inspected 8/10/16. Built 2002. Millstone.
Inspected 8/9/16. Built 1988. Englishtown.
Inspected 8/9/16. Built 1988. Englishtown.
Inspected 8/8/16. Built 1940. Manalapan.
Inspected 8/8/16. Built 1940. Manalapan.
Inspected 8/5/16. Built 1978. Monroe.
Inspected 8/5/16. Built 1978. Monroe.
Inspected 8/3/16. Built 1946. Cranbury.
Inspected 8/3/16. Built 1946. Cranbury.
Inspected 8/3/16. Built 1982. Mantoloking Shores.
Inspected 8/3/16. Built 1982. Mantoloking Shores.
Inspected 8/2/16. Built 1963. Hazlet.
Inspected 8/2/16. Built 1963. Hazlet.
Inspected 8/2/16. Built 1992. Middletown.
Inspected 8/2/16. Built 1992. 5700 square feet. Middletown.
Inspected 8/1/16. Built 1978. Jackson.
Inspected 8/1/16. Built 1978. Jackson.
Inspected 8/1/16. Built 1991. Manalapan.
Inspected 8/1/16. Built 1991. Manalapan.
Inspected 7/30/16. Built 1999. Old Bridge.
Inspected 7/30/16. Built 1999. Old Bridge.
Inspected 7/29/16. Built 1985. Avenel.
Inspected 7/29/16. Built 1985. Avenel.
Inspected 7/29/16. Built 1948. Keyport.
Inspected 7/29/16. Built 1948. Keyport.
Inspected 7/28/16. Built 1994. Manalapan.
Inspected 7/28/16. Built 1994. Manalapan.
Inspected 7/27/16. Built 1960. Belford.
Inspected 7/27/16. Built 1960. Belford.
Inspected 7/26/16. Built 2002. Monroe.
Inspected 7/26/16. Built 2002. Monroe.

 

Inspected 7/25/16. Built 2003. Approximately 8500 square feet. Morganville.
Inspected 7/25/16. Built 2003. Approximately 8500 square feet. Morganville.
Inspected 7/23/16. Built 2006. Sea Bright.
Inspected 7/23/16. Built 2006. Sea Bright.
Inspected 7/22/16. Built 1969. Manalapan.
Inspected 7/22/16. Built 1969. Manalapan.
Inspected 7/20/16. Built 1997. Townhouse. Cliffwood.
Inspected 7/20/16. Built 1997. Townhouse. Cliffwood.
Inspected 7/19/16. New Construction. Union Beach.
Inspected 7/19/16. New Construction. Union Beach.
Inspected 7/19/16. Approximately 7000 square feet. Built 1995. Morganville.
Inspected 7/19/16. Approximately 7000 square feet. Built 1995. Morganville.
Inspected 7/18/16. Condo. Built circa 1985. Freehold.
Inspected 7/18/16. Condo. Built circa 1985. Freehold.
Inspected 7/18/16. Built 1976. Monroe.
Inspected 7/18/16. Built 1976. Monroe.
Inspected 7/18/16. Built 1993. Colts Neck.
Inspected 7/18/16. Built 1993. Colts Neck.
Inspected 7/16/16. Built 1954. South Amboy.
Inspected 7/16/16. Built 1954. South Amboy.
Inspected 7/16/16. Built 1957. Edison.
Inspected 7/16/16. Built 1957. Edison.
Inspected 7/15/16. Built 1994. Brick.
Inspected 7/15/16. Built 1994. Brick.
Inspected 7/14/16. Built 1966. Old Bridge.
Inspected 7/14/16. Built 1966. Old Bridge.
Inspected 7/14/16. Built 2001. Manchester.
Inspected 7/14/16. Built 2001. Manchester.
Inspected 7/13/16. Built 1955. Matawan.
Inspected 7/13/16. Built 1955. Matawan.
Inspected 7/13/16. Built 1953. Middletown.
Inspected 7/13/16. Built 1953. Middletown.
Inspected 7/12/16. Built 1963. Aberdeen.
Inspected 7/12/16. Built 1963. Aberdeen.
Inspected 7/9/16. Built 1956. Ocean Township.
Inspected 7/9/16. Built 1956. Ocean Township.
Inspected 7/8/16. Built 1926. Plainfield.
Inspected 7/8/16. Built 1926. Plainfield.
Inspected 7/7/16. Built 1956. Bayville, Ocean County.
Inspected 7/7/16. Built 1956. Bayville, Ocean County.
Inspected 7/5/16. Built 1903. Milltown.
Inspected 7/5/16. Built 1903. Milltown.
Inspected 7/4/16. Built 2000. Middletown.
Inspected 7/4/16. Built 2000. Middletown.
Inspected 6/30/16. Built 1987. Keansburg.
Inspected 6/30/16. Built 1987. Keansburg.
Inspected 6/29/16. Built 1991. Jackson.
Inspected 6/29/16. Built 1991. Jackson.
Inspected 6/28/16. Built 1955. Edison.
Inspected 6/28/16. Built 1955. Edison.
Inspected 6/28/16. Originally built 1940. Keyport.
Inspected 6/28/16. Originally built 1940. Keyport.
Inspected 6/27/16. Built 1908. Leonardo.
Inspected 6/27/16. Built 1908. Leonardo.
Inspected 6/25/16. Four buildings inspected including a 12,000+ square foot house. Built 2001.
Inspected 6/25/16. Four buildings inspected including a 12,000+ square foot house. Built 2001.
Inspected 6/24/16. Built 1999. Old Bridge.
Inspected 6/24/16. Built 1999. Old Bridge.
Inspected 6/23/16. Built 1968. Marlboro.
Inspected 6/23/16. Built 1968. Marlboro.
Inspected 6/23/16. Built 1950. Marlboro.
Inspected 6/23/16. Built 1950. Marlboro.
Inspected 6/22/16. Built 1973. Leonardo.
Inspected 6/22/16. Built 1973. Leonardo.
6/22/16. Condo. Built 1983. Tinton Falls.
6/22/16. Condo. Built 1983. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 6/20/16. Built 1966. Middletown.
Inspected 6/20/16. Built 1966. Middletown.
Inspected 6/20/16. Built 1959. Lincroft.
Inspected 6/20/16. Built 1959. Lincroft.
Inspected 6/18/16. Built 1961. Aberdeen.
Inspected 6/18/16. Built 1961. Aberdeen.
Inspected 6/17/16. Built 1850! Rahway.
Inspected 6/17/16. Built 1850! Rahway.
Inspected 6/16/16. Built 1962. Colts Neck.
Inspected 6/16/16. Built 1962. Colts Neck.
Inspected 6/16/16. Built 1983. Old Bridge.
Inspected 6/16/16. Built 1983. Old Bridge.
Inspected 6/15/16. Built 2012. Highland Park.
Inspected 6/15/16. Built 2012. Highland Park.
Inspected 6/15/16. Built 2000. Jackson.
Inspected 6/15/16. Built 2000. Jackson.
Inspected 6/14/16. Built 2003. Manalapan.
Inspected 6/14/16. Built 2003. Manalapan.
Inspected 6/13/16. Built1985. Old Bridge
Inspected 6/13/16. Built1985. Old Bridge
Inspected 6/10/16. Hamilton Township. Built 1956.
Inspected 6/10/16. Hamilton Township. Built 1956.
Inspected 6/10/16. Built 1991. Howell.
Inspected 6/10/16. Built 1991. Howell.
Inspected 6/9/16. Built 1999. Manalapan.
Inspected 6/9/16. Built 1999. Manalapan.
Inspected 6/9/16. Built 1990. Cream Ridge, Plumstead Township.
Inspected 6/9/16. Built 1990. Cream Ridge, Plumstead Township.
Inspected 6/9/16. Built 1983. Shrewsbury.
Inspected 6/9/16. Built 1983. Shrewsbury.
Inspected 6/8/16. Built 1958. Freehold.
Inspected 6/8/16. Built 1958. Freehold.
Inspected 6/8/16. Built 1955. Neptune.
Inspected 6/8/16. Built 1955. Neptune.
Inspected 6/8/16. Built 1970. Freehold.
Inspected 6/8/16. Built 1970. Freehold.
Inspected 6/7/16. Condominium. Built 1988. Franklin Park.
Inspected 6/7/16. Condominium. Built 1988. Franklin Park.
Inspected 6/4/16. Built 2011. Middletown.
Inspected 6/4/16. Built 2011. Middletown.
Inspected 6/3/16. Built 2006. West Long Branch.
Inspected 6/3/16. Built 2006. West Long Branch.
Inspected 6/2/16. Built 1966. Colts Neck.
Inspected 6/2/16. Built 1966. Colts Neck.
Inspected 6/1/16. Built 1954. Jamesburg.
Inspected 6/1/16. Built 1954. Jamesburg.
Inspected 6/1/16. Built 1920. Asbury Park.
Inspected 6/1/16. Built 1920. Asbury Park.
Inspected 5/31/16. Built 1961. Aberdeen.
Inspected 5/31/16. Built 1961. Aberdeen.
Inspected 5/28/16. Built circa 1960s. Condominium unit. Matawan.
Inspected 5/28/16. Built circa 1960s. Condominium unit. Matawan.
Inspected 5/27/16. Built 1955. Sayreville.
Inspected 5/27/16. Built 1955. Sayreville.
Inspected 5/27/16. Built 1988. Howell.
Inspected 5/27/16. Built 1988. Howell.
Inspected 5/26/16. Built 1988. Condominium. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 5/26/16. Built 1988. Condominium. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 5/26/16. Built 1999. Morganville.
Inspected 5/26/16. Built 1999. Morganville.
Inspected 5/26/16. Built 1968. Manalapan.
Inspected 5/26/16. Built 1968. Manalapan.
Inspected 5/25. Built 2003. Waretown.
Inspected 5/25. Built 2003. Waretown.
Inspected 5/24/16. Built 1979. Matawan.
Inspected 5/24/16. Built 1979. Matawan.
Inspected 5/24/16. Built 1943. Duplex. Hazlet.
Inspected 5/24/16. Built 1943. Duplex. Hazlet.
Inspected 5/23/16. Condominium. Freehold.
Inspected 5/23/16. Condominium. Freehold.
Inspected 5/23/16. Built circa 1960s. Aberdeen.
Inspected 5/23/16. Built circa 1960s. Aberdeen.
Inspected 5/21/16. Built 1972. East Brunswick.
Inspected 5/21/16. Built 1972. East Brunswick.
Inspected 5/20/16. Built 1950. Hazlet.
Inspected 5/20/16. Built 1950. Hazlet.
Inspected 5/20/16. Built 2010. Condominium. Wall.
Inspected 5/20/16. Built 2010. Condominium. Wall.
Inspected 5/19/16. Built 1965. Brick.
Inspected 5/19/16. Built 1965. Brick.
Inspected 5/18/16. Built 1946. Normandy Beach.
Inspected 5/18/16. Built 1946. Normandy Beach.
Inspected 5/17/16. Built 1990. North Middletown.
Inspected 5/17/16. Built 1990. North Middletown.
Inspected 5/16/16. Built 1963. Neptune.
Inspected 5/16/16. Built 1963. Neptune.
Inspected 5/15/16. Condominium. Hoboken. Building was built in 1901.
Inspected 5/15/16. Condominium. Hoboken. Building was built in 1901.
Inspected 5/14/16. Built 1958. Hazlet.
Inspected 5/14/16. Built 1958. Hazlet.
Inspected 5/13/16. Built 1956. Hazlet.
Inspected 5/13/16. Built 1956. Hazlet.
Inspected 5/13/16. Built 1992. Jackson.
Inspected 5/13/16. Built 1992. Jackson.
Inspected 5/12/16. Built 1982. Lincroft.
Inspected 5/12/16. Built 1982. Lincroft.
Inspected 5/11/16. Built 1906. Eatontown.
Inspected 5/11/16. Built 1906. Eatontown.
Inspected 5/9/16. Built 1967. Colts Neck.
Inspected 5/9/16. Built 1967. Colts Neck.
Inspected 5/9/16. Built 1945. Bridgewater.
Inspected 5/9/16. Built 1945. Bridgewater.
Inspected 5/7/16. Built 1942. Monroe.
Inspected 5/7/16. Built 1942. Monroe.
Inspected 5/7/16. Built 1999. Morganville.
Inspected 5/7/16. Built 1999. Morganville.
Inspected 5/4/16. Built 2007. Approximately 12,000 square feet. Franklin Twp.
Inspected 5/4/16. Built 2007. Approximately 12,000 square feet. Franklin Twp.
Inspected 5/3/16. Built 1978. Ocean Twp.
Inspected 5/3/16. Built 1978. Ocean Twp.
Inspected 5/3/16. Built 1986. Marlboro.
Inspected 5/3/16. Built 1986. Marlboro.
Inspected 5/2/16. Built 1992. Jackson.
Inspected 5/2/16. Built 1992. Jackson.
Inspection 5/2/16. Built 2006. Manalapan.
Inspection 5/2/16. Built 2006. Manalapan.
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Inspected 4/30/16. Built 1955. Belford.
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Inspected 4/30/16. Built 1958. Lincroft.
Inspected 4/28/16. Built 1930. South Amboy.
Inspected 4/28/16. Built 1930. South Amboy.
Inspected 4/27/16. Built1968. Marlboro
Inspected 4/27/16. Built1968. Marlboro
Inspected 4/25/16. Built 1975. Oceanport.
Inspected 4/26/16. Built 1975. Oceanport.
Inspected 4/25/16. Built 1994. Manalapan.
Inspected 4/25/16. Built 1994. Manalapan.
Inspected 4/24/16. Built 1958. Cliffwood Beach.
Inspected 4/24/16. Built 1958. Cliffwood Beach.
Inspected 4/23/16. Built 1991. Marlboro.
Inspected 4/23/16. Built 1991. Marlboro.
Inspected 4/23/16. Built 1996. Freehold.
Inspected 4/23/16. Built 1996. Freehold.
Inspected 4/22/16. Originally built 1938. Middletown.
Inspected 4/22/16. Originally built 1938. Middletown.
Inspected 4/21/16. Built 1950. Clark.
Inspected 4/21/16. Built 1950. Clark.
Inspected 4/20/16. Built 2006. South Amboy.
Inspected 4/20/16. Built 2006. South Amboy.
Inspected 4/19/16. Built 1967. Old Bridge.
Inspected 4/19/16. Built 1967. Old Bridge.
Inspected 4/19/16. Built 1999. Morganville.
Inspected 4/19/16. Built 1999. Morganville.
Inspected 4/18/16. Built circa 1920. Sayreville.
Inspected 4/18/16. Built circa 1920. Sayreville.
Inspected 4/16/16. Built 1956. Parlin.
Inspected 4/16/16. Built 1956. Parlin.
Inspected 4/16/16. Built 1999. Jackson.
Inspected 4/16/16. Built 1999. Jackson.
Inspected 4/15/16. Built 1958. Union Beach.
Inspected 4/15/16. Built 1958. Union Beach.
Inspected 4/14/16. Built 1900. Hightstown.
Inspected 4/14/16. Built 1900. Hightstown.
Inspected 4/13/16. Built 2004. Monroe Twp.
Inspected 4/13/16. Built 2004. Monroe Twp.
Inspected 4/12/16. Built 1963. Middletown.
Inspected 4/12/16. Built 1963. Middletown.
Inspected 4/11/16. Built 2004. Retirement community. Parlin.
Inspected 4/11/16. Built 2004. Retirement community. Parlin.
Inspected 4/11/16. Built 1986. Sayreville.
Inspected 4/11/16. Built 1986. Sayreville.
Inspected 4/9/16. Built 2013. Freehold.
Inspected 4/9/16. Built 2013. Freehold.
Inspected 4/9/16. Built 2008. Condominium. Eatontown.
Inspected 4/9/16. Built 2008. Condominium. Eatontown.
Inspected 4/7/16. Built 1969. Colts Neck.
Inspected 4/7/16. Built 1969. Colts Neck.
Inspected 4/7/16. Built 1968. Marlboro.
Inspected 4/7/16. Built 1968. Marlboro.
Inspected 4/6/16. Built 1920. Keyport. In need of TLC.
Inspected 4/6/16. Built 1920. Keyport. In need of TLC.
Inspected 4/6/16. Two family. Built 1960. South Amboy.
Inspected 4/6/16. Two family. Built 1960. South Amboy.
Inspected 4/6/16. Built 1945. Hampton, NJ.
Inspected 4/6/16. Built 1945. Hampton, NJ.
Inspected 4/5/16. Built 2007. Spring Lake.
Inspected 4/5/16. Built 2007. Spring Lake.
Inspected 4/4/16. Built 1991. Brick.
Inspected 4/4/16. Built 1991. Brick.

 

Inspected 3/29/16. Built 1954. Red Bank.
Inspected 3/29/16. Built 1954. Red Bank.
Inspected 3/28/16. Built 2010. 13,000 square feet. Ten bathrooms! Colonia.
Inspected 3/28/16. Built 2010. 13,000 square feet. Ten bathrooms! Colonia.
Inspected 3/26/16. Built 1901. South River.
Inspected 3/26/16. Built 1901. South River.
Inspected 3/26/16. Built 1950. New Providence.
Inspected 3/26/16. Built 1950. New Providence.
Inspected 3/25/16. Built 1961. Aberdeen.
Inspected 3/25/16. Built 1961. Aberdeen.
Inspected 3/25/16. Built 1958. South Amboy.
Inspected 3/25/16. Built 1958. South Amboy.
Inspected 3/23/16. Built 2006. Long Branch.
Inspected 3/23/16. Built 2006. Long Branch.
Inspected 3/23/16. Built 1928. Middletown.
Inspected 3/23/16. Built 1928. Middletown.
Inspected 3/22/16. Built 1999. Toms River.
Inspected 3/22/16. Built 1999. Toms River.
Inspected 3/22/16. Built 1990. Townhouse. Toms River.
Inspected 3/22/16. Built 1990. Townhouse. Toms River.
Inspected 3/21/16. Built 1983. Condo. Aberdeen.
Inspected 3/21/16. Built 1983. Condo. Aberdeen.
Inspected 3/21/16. Built 1976. Middletown.
Inspected 3/21/16. Built 1976. Middletown.
Inspected 3/17/16. An old church. Originally built in the 1800s. Marlboro.
Inspected 3/17/16. An old church. Originally built in the 1800s. Marlboro.
Inspected 3/16/16. Built 1951. Belford/Middletown.
Inspected 3/16/16. Built 1951. Belford/Middletown.
Inspected 3/15/16. Built 1960. Marlboro.
Inspected 3/15/16. Built 1960. Marlboro.
Inspected 3/14/16. Built 1995. Brick.
Inspected 3/14/16. Built 1995. Brick.
Inspected 3/12/16. Built 1991. Hillsborough.
Inspected 3/12/16. Built 1991. Hillsborough.
Inspected 3/11/16. Built 1955. Parlin.
Inspected 3/11/16. Built 1955. Parlin.
Inspected 3/11/16. Seller's Inspection. Built early 1900s. Englishtown.
Inspected 3/11/16. Seller’s Inspection. Built early 1900s. Englishtown.
Inspected 3/11/16. Built 1983. Shrewsbury.
Inspected 3/11/16. Built 1983. Shrewsbury.
Inspected 3/10/16. Townhouse. Built 1982. Middletown.
Inspected 3/10/16. Townhouse. Built 1982. Middletown.
Inspected 3/10/16. Built 2001. Approximately 6000 square feet. Holmdel.
Inspected 3/10/16. Built 2001. Approximately 6000 square feet. Holmdel.
Inspected 3/8/16. Built 1989. Manalapan.
Inspected 3/8/16. Built 1989. Manalapan.
Inspected 3/7/16. Built 1962. Woodcliff Lake.
Inspected 3/7/16. Built 1962. Woodcliff Lake.
Inspected 3/7/16. Original section built 1948. Lincroft.
Inspected 3/7/16. Original section built 1948. Lincroft.
Inspected 3/6/16. Built 1930. Fair Haven.
Inspected 3/6/16. Built 1930. Fair Haven.
Inspected 3/5/16. Built 2000. Holmdel.
Inspected 3/5/16. Built 2000. Holmdel.
Inspected 3/5/16. Built 1973. Holmdel.
Inspected 3/5/16. Built 1973. Holmdel.
Inspected 3/4/16. Built 1972. Colts Neck.
Inspected 3/4/16. Built 1972. Colts Neck.
Inspected 3/3/16. New construction. Chesterfield, NJ.
Inspected 3/3/16. New construction. Chesterfield, NJ.
Inspected 3/2/16. Built 1989. Toms River.
Inspected 3/2/16. Built 1989. Toms River.
Inspected 2/29/16. Built 1958. Old Bridge.
Inspected 2/29/16. Built 1958. Old Bridge.

 

Inspected 2/28/16. Built 1985. Bayville.
Inspected 2/28/16. Built 1985. Bayville.

 

Inspected 2/28/16. Built 1966. Hazlet.
Inspected 2/28/16. Built 1966. Hazlet.

 

Inspected 2/27/16. Built 1988. Approximately 3000 square feet. Jackson.
Inspected 2/27/16. Built 1988. Approximately 3000 square feet. Jackson.

 

Inspected 2/27/16. Built 1958. Parlin.
Inspected 2/27/16. Built 1955. Parlin.

 

Inspected 2/26/16. Approximately 4500 square feet. Built 2000. Howell.
Inspected 2/26/16. Approximately 4500 square feet. Built 2000. Howell.
Inspected 2/23/16. Built 1984. Condominium. Freehold.
Inspected 2/23/16. Built 1984. Condominium. Freehold.
Inspected 2/23/16. Built 1988. Condominium. Parlin.
Inspected 2/23/16. Built 1988. Condominium. Parlin.
Inspected 2/22/16. Old Baptist Church. Built 1903. Imlaystown/Cream Ridge.
Inspected 2/22/16. Old Baptist Church. Built 1903. Imlaystown/Cream Ridge.
Inspected 2/22/16. Built 1997. East Windsor. Mercer County.
Inspected 2/22/16. Built 1997. East Windsor. Mercer County.
Inspected 2/20/16. Built 1978. Hazlet.
Inspected 2/20/16. Built 1978. Hazlet.
Inspected 2/20/16. Built 1960. Old Bridge. Needs some TLC.
Inspected 2/20/16. Built 1960. Old Bridge. Needs some TLC.
Inspected 2/19/16. Built 1996. Holmdel.
Inspected 2/19/16. Built 1996. Holmdel.
Inspected 2/18/16. Built 1960. Raritan Borough, Somerset County.
Inspected 2/18/16. Built 1960. Raritan Borough, Somerset County.
Inspected 2/17/16. Built 2004. Old Bridge.
Inspected 2/17/16. Built 2004. Old Bridge.
Inspected 2/13/16. Built 1947. Linden.
Inspected 2/13/16. Built 1947. Linden.
Inspected 2/12/16. Condominium built 1975. Highlands.
Inspected 2/12/16. Condominium built 1975. Highlands.
Inspected 2/11/16. Built 1976. Hazlet.
Inspected 2/11/16. Built 1976. Hazlet.
Inspected 2/9/16. Built 1968. Morganville.
Inspected 2/9/16. Built 1968. Morganville.
Inspected 2/8/16. Built 1968. Morganville.
Inspected 2/8/16. Built 1968. Morganville.
Inspected 2/8/16. Foreclosure in need of serious TLC. Built 1964. Howell.
Inspected 2/8/16. Foreclosure in need of serious TLC. Built 1964. Howell.
Inspected 2/5/16. Townhome built in 1987. Marlboro.
Inspected 2/5/16. Townhome built in 1987. Marlboro.
Inspected 2/3/16. Built 1967. Parlin.
Inspected 2/4/16. Built 1967. Parlin.
Inspected 1/29/16. Built 1948. Freehold Borough.
Inspected 1/29/16. Built 1948. Freehold Borough.
Inspected 1/28/16. Built 2007. Approximately 5500 square feet. Lincroft.
Inspected 1/28/16. Built 2007. Approximately 5500 square feet. Lincroft.
Inspected 1/26/16. Built 1967. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 1/26/16. Built 1967. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 1/22/16. Built 1913. Leonardo.
Inspected 1/22/16. Built 1913. Leonardo.
Inspected 1/21/16. Built 1979. Middletown.
Inspected 1/21/16. Built 1979. Middletown.
Inspected 1/19/16. Built mid 1960s. Aberdeen.
Inspected 1/19/16. Built mid 1960s. Aberdeen.
Inspected 1/15/16. Originally built 1920. Additions made since then. Millstone.
Inspected 1/15/16. Originally built 1920. Additions made since then. Millstone.
Inspected 1/15/16. Condominium. Marlboro.
Inspected 1/15/16. Condominium. Marlboro.
Inspected 1/14/16. Built 1993. Modular home. Middletown.
Inspected 1/14/16. Built 1993. Modular home. Middletown.
Inspected 1/10/16. Built 1937. Little Silver.
Inspected 1/10/16. Built 1937. Little Silver.
Inspected 1/9/16. Built 1966. Hazlet.
Inspected 1/9/16. Built 1966. Hazlet.

Gallery of Homes Inspected – 2015

These houses were inspected by Regal Home Inspections, LLC in 2015. They are listed in reverse chronological order to the first inspection of the year on January 3, 2015 to the final inspection of the year on New Years Eve.

Inspected 12/31/15. Condominium. Union City. Built 2000.
Inspected 12/31/15. Condominium. Union City. Built 2000.
Inspected 12/22/15. Built 1988. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 12/22/15. Built 1988. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 12/21/15. Built 1990. Old Bridge.
Inspected 12/21/15. Built 1990. Old Bridge.
Inspected 12/21/15. Approximately 4000 square feet. Built 1999. Marlboro.
Inspected 12/21/15. Approximately 4000 square feet. Built 1999. Marlboro.
Inspected 12/19/15. Built 1986. Gated community, Freehold.
Inspected 12/19/15. Built 1986. Gated community, Freehold.
Inspected 12/14/15. Built 1955. Morganville.
Inspected 12/14/15. Built 1955. Morganville.
Inspected 12/11/15. Built 1958. Neptune City.
Inspected 12/11/15. Built 1958. Neptune City.
Inspected 12/11/15. Built 1940. South Amboy.
Inspected 12/11/15. Built 1940. South Amboy.
Inspected 12/6/15. Condo. Aberdeen.
Inspected 12/6/15. Condo. Aberdeen.
Inspected 12/4/15. Retirement community. Jackson.
Inspected 12/4/15. Retirement community. Jackson.
Inspected 12/2/15. Morganville. Townhouse built 1985.
Inspected 12/2/15. Morganville. Townhouse built 1985.
Inspected 11/30/15. South Amboy. 2 family house. Built 1962.
Inspected 11/30/15. South Amboy. 2 family house. Built 1962.
Inspected 11/23/15. Original section built 1953. Extensive expansion since then. Middletown.
Inspected 11/23/15. Original section built 1953. Extensive expansion since then. Middletown.
Inspected 11/23/15. Built 1970. Bayville.
Inspected 11/23/15. Built 1970. Bayville.
Inspected 11/21/15. Built 1909. Keyport.
Inspected 11/21/15. Built 1909. Keyport.
Inspected 11/20/15. Built 1966. Old Bridge.
Inspected 11/20/15. Built 1966. Old Bridge.
Inspected 11/18/15. Built 1972. Beachwood.
Inspected 11/18/15. Built 1972. Beachwood.
Inspected 11/17/15. Built 1956. Middletown.
Inspected 11/17/15. Built 1956. Middletown.
Inspected 11/16/15. Built 1984. Lincroft. Approximately 4000 square feet.
Inspected 11/16/15. Built 1984. Lincroft. Approximately 4000 square feet.
Inspected 11/13 & 14/2015. 10,000 square feet. Built 1904. Monmouth County.
Inspected 11/13 & 14/2015. 10,000 square feet. Six heating systems – 4 furnaces and 2 boilers. 21 rooms, 7 fireplaces. Built 1904. Monmouth County.
Inspected 11/11/15. Built 1965. Old Bridge.
Inspected 11/11/15. Built 1965. Old Bridge.
Inspected 11/6/15. Built 1956. Parlin.
Inspected 11/6/15. Built 1956. Parlin.
Inspected 11/5/15. Built 1996. Approximately 5600 square feet. Holmdel.
Inspected 11/5/15. Built 1996. Approximately 5600 square feet. Holmdel.
Inspected 10/31/15. Built 1973. Holmdel.
Inspected 10/31/15. Built 1973. Holmdel.
Inspected 10/30/15. Built 1989. Manalapan.
Inspected 10/30/15. Built 1989. Manalapan.
Inspected 10/27/15. Built 2004. Jackson.
Inspected 10/27/15. Built 2004. Jackson.
Inspected 10/24/15. Condominium. Long Branch.
Inspected 10/24/15. Condominium. Long Branch.
Inspected 10/23/15. Built 1994. Modular built home. Toms River.
Inspected 10/23/15. Built 1994. Modular built home. Toms River.
Inspected 10/22/15. Built 1971. Middletown.
Inspected 10/22/15. Built 1971. Middletown.
Inspected 10/19/15. Ocean Twp. Built 1973.
Inspected 10/19/15. Ocean Twp. Built 1973.
Inspected 10/11/15. Built 2013. Aberdeen.
Inspected 10/11/15. Built 2013. Aberdeen.
Inspected 10/11/15. Condo. Monmouth Beach.
Inspected 10/11/15. Condo. Monmouth Beach.
Inspected 10/8/15. Condo. Built 1982. Middletown.
Inspected 10/8/15. Condo. Built 1982. Middletown.
Inspected 10/8/15. Built 1998. Marlboro.
Inspected 10/8/15. Built 1998. Marlboro.
Inspected 10/7/15. Built 1983. Marlboro.
Inspected 10/7/15. Built 1983. Marlboro.
Inspected 10/7/15. Built 1973. Barnegat.
Inspected 10/7/15. Built 1973. Barnegat.
Inspected 10/5/15. Built 1929. Little Silver.
Inspected 10/5/15. Built 1929. Little Silver.
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Inspected 10/2/15. Built circa 1910. Englishtown.
Inspected 10/1/15. Condo. Secaucus.
Inspected 10/1/15. Condo. Secaucus.
Inspected 9/30/15. New construction. Highlands.
Inspected 9/30/15. New construction. Highlands.
Inspected 9/29/15. Built 1968. Edison.
Inspected 9/29/15. Built 1968. Edison.
Inspected 9/28/15. Built 1988. Approximately 6000 square feet. Holmdel.
Inspected 9/28/15. Built 1988. Approximately 6000 square feet. Holmdel.
Inspected 9/23/15. Built 1940. Farmingdale.
Inspected 9/23/15. Built 1940. Farmingdale.
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Inspected 9/21/15. Built 1933. Keansburg.
Inspected 9/17/15. Howell. Built 1958.
Inspected 9/17/15. Howell. Built 1958.
Inspected 9/16/15. Built 1950. Monmouth County.
Inspected 9/16/15. Built 1950. Little Silver.
Inspected 9/15/15. Built 1999. Mother/Daughter. Jackson.
Inspected 9/15/15. Built 1999. Mother/Daughter. Jackson.
Inspected 9/11/15. Condo. Asbury Park. Building built 1930. Renovations circa 2006.
Inspected 9/11/15. Condo. Asbury Park. Building built 1930. Renovations circa 2006.
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Inspected 9/10/15. Marlboro. Built 1989. Approximately 6000 square feet.
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Inspected 9/9/15. Built 1958. Parlin.
Inspected 9/6/15. Built 1993. Manalapan. Approximately 4500 square feet.
Inspected 9/6/15. Built 1993. Manalapan. Approximately 4500 square feet.
Inspected 9/4/15. Built 1992. Retirement community. Toms River.
Inspected 9/4/15. Built 1992. Retirement community. Toms River.
Inspected 9/3/15. Built 1963. Hazlet.
Inspected 9/3/15. Built 1963. Hazlet.
Inspected 9/3/15. Built 1999. Robbinsville.
Inspected 9/3/15. Built 1999. Robbinsville.
Inspected 9/3/15. Townhouse. Jackson. Built 2006.
Inspected 9/3/15. Townhouse. Jackson. Built 2006.
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Inspected 9/1/15. Middletown. Mother/daughter. Build circa 1983.
Inspected 9/1/15. Retirement community. Jackson. Built 2006.
Inspected 9/1/15. Retirement community. Jackson. Built 2006.
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Inspected 8/31/15. Brick. Built 1990.
Inspected 8/24/15. Built 1970. Morganville.
Inspected 8/24/15. Built 1970. Morganville.
Inspected 8/22/15. Built 2005. Manahawkin.
Inspected 8/22/15. Built 2005. Manahawkin.
Inspected 8/21/15. Millstone. Built 1970. Approximately 4500 square feet.
Inspected 8/21/15. Millstone. Built 1997. Approximately 4500 square feet.
Inspected 8/20/15. Built 1910. Keyport.
Inspected 8/20/15. Built 1910. Keyport.
Inspected 8/20/15. Built 1998. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 8/20/15. Built 1998. Tinton Falls.
Inspected 8/19/15. Approximately 5000 square foot home. Morganville.
Inspected 8/19/15. Approximately 5000 square foot home. Built 1985.  Morganville.
Inspected house and pool. 8/15/15. Built 1965. Howell.
Inspected house and pool. 8/15/15. Built 1965. Howell.
Inspected 8/14/15. Built 1936. Spotswood.
Inspected 8/14/15. Built 1936. New Egypt.

 

Inspected 8/14/15. Condo. Spotswood.
Inspected 8/14/15. Condo. Spotswood.
Inspected 8/13/15. Built 2013. Manalapan.
Inspected 8/13/15. Built 2013. Manalapan. Retirement community.
Inspected 8/11/15. Colts Neck. Built 1997. Approximately 5500 square feet.
Inspected 8/11/15. Colts Neck. Built 1997. Approximately 5500 square feet.
Inspected 8/10/15. Middletown. Built 1976.
Inspected 8/10/15. Middletown. Built 1976.
Inspected 8/7/15. Built 2004. Jackson
Inspected 8/7/15. Built 2004. Jackson. Retirement community.

 

Inspected 8/7/15. Built 1978. Howell.
Inspected 8/7/15. Built 1978. Howell.
Inspected 8/6/15. Union Beach. Built 2014.
Inspected 8/6/15. Union Beach. Built 2014.
Inspected 8/5/15. Approximately 4500 square feet. Built 2006. Middletown.
Inspected 8/5/15. Approximately 4500 square feet. Built 2006. Middletown.
Inspected 8/5/15. Townhouse built 2014. Tinton Falls
Inspected 8/5/15. Townhouse built 2014. Tinton Falls
Inspected 8/4/15. Parlin. Built 1972.
Inspected 8/4/15. Parlin. Built 1972.
Inspected 8/3/15. Built 2005. Lavallette.
Inspected 8/3/15. Built 2005. Lavallette.
Inspected 7/31/15. Keyport.
Inspected 7/31/15. Keyport.
Inspected 7/31/15. Monmouth County. Originally built 1948. Rebuilt 2013.
Inspected 7/31/15. Monmouth County. Originally built 1948. Rebuilt 2013.
Inspected 7/30/15. Condo. Matawan.
Inspected 7/30/15. Condo. Matawan.
Inspected 7/29/15. Parlin. Built 1970.
Inspected 7/29/15. Parlin. Built 1970.

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Inspected 7/23/15. Aberdeen. Condo. Built 1984.
Inspected 7/23/15. Aberdeen. Condo. Built 1984.
Inspected 7/22/15. Parlin. Built 2004.
Inspected 7/22/15. Parlin. Built 2004. Retirement community.
Inspected 7/21/15. Townhouse. Old Bridge. Built 1980.
Inspected 7/21/15. Townhouse. Old Bridge. Built 1980.
Inspected 7/20/15. New construction. Toms River.
Inspected 7/20/15. New construction. Toms River. Approximately 3000 square feet.
Inspected Sunday, 7/19/15. Built 2009. Berkeley Township, Ocean County.
Inspected Sunday, 7/19/15. Built 2009. Berkeley Township, Ocean County.
Inspected 7/14/15. Built 2009. Ocean County.
Inspected 7/14/15. Built 2009. Ocean County.
Inspected 7/11/15. Built 1965. Approximately 4000 square feet. Holmdel, NJ.
Inspected 7/11/15. Built 1965. Approximately 4000 square feet. Holmdel, NJ.
Inspected 7/10/15. Built 1973. Gated, retirement community in Monroe.
Inspected 7/10/15. Built 1973. Gated, retirement community in Monroe.
Inspected 7/8/15. Built 1952. Monmouth County.
Inspected 7/8/15. Built 1952. Monmouth County.
Inspected 7/8/15. Old Bridge. Built 1984.
Inspected 7/8/15. Old Bridge. Built 1984.
Inspected 7/7/15. Built 1942. Keyport.
Inspected 7/7/15. Built 1942. Keyport.
Inspected 7/6/15. Built 2002. Approx. 4000 square feet.
Inspected 7/6/15. Built 2002. Approx. 4000 square feet.
Inspected 7/3/15. Built 1984. Marlboro.
Inspected 7/3/15. Built 1984. Marlboro.
Inspected 7/2/15. Built 1978.
Inspected 7/2/15. Built 1978. Franklin Twp., Somerset County.
Inspected 6/27/15. 5000+ square foot house. 3&1/2 bathrooms. Built 2007.
Inspected 6/27/15. 5000+ square foot house. 3&1/2 bathrooms. Built 2007.
Inspected 6/24/15. Three apartment building. Recently elevated for flood compliance. Union Beach.
Inspected 6/24/15. Three apartment building. Recently elevated for flood compliance. Union Beach.
Inspected 6/19/15. Built 1967. Monroe Twp.
Inspected 6/19/15. Built 1967. Monroe Twp.
Inspected 6/16/15. Sayreville. Built 1960s.
Inspected 6/16/15. Sayreville. Built 1960s.
Inspected 6/16/15. Townhouse. Tinton Falls. Built 1988.
Inspected 6/16/15. Townhouse. Tinton Falls. Built 1988.
Inspected 6/13/15. Built 1971. Old Bridge
Inspected 6/13/15. Built 1971. Old Bridge
Inspected 6/12/15. Built 2006. Brick
Inspected 6/12/15. Built 2006. Brick
Inspected 6/11/15. Approximately 6000 square feet. 4.5 Bathrooms. Holmdel
Inspected 6/11/15. Approximately 6000 square feet. 4.5 Bathrooms. Holmdel
Inspected 6/10/15. 3rd floor condo with 2 car garage. Built 2012.
Inspected 6/10/15. 3rd floor condo with 2 car garage. Built 2012. Retirement community.
Inspected 6/8/15. Built 1963. Jackson, NJ.
Inspected 6/8/15. Built 1963. Jackson, NJ.
Inspected 6/8/15. Townhouse. Monmouth County. Built 2012.
Inspected 6/8/15. Townhouse. Monmouth County. Built 2012.
Inspected 6/7/15. Rumson, NJ. Original house built circa 1920.
Inspected 6/7/15. Rumson, NJ. Original house built circa 1920.
Inspected 6/5/15. Built 1931. Solid brick with clay siding! Middlesex County.
Inspected 6/5/15. Built 1931. Solid brick with clay siding! Middlesex County.
Inspected 6/4/15. Built 1985. Jackson. Two family.
Inspected 6/4/15. Built 1985. Jackson. Two family.
Inspected 6/3/15. Rumson. Built circa 1900 with significant upgrades in 1988.
Inspected 6/3/15. Rumson. Built circa 1900 with significant upgrades in 1988.
Inspected 6/3/15. Manchester. Built 1974.
Inspected 6/3/15. Manchester. Built 1974. Retirement community.

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Inspected 5/31/15. Approximately 3250 square feet. Built 2004. Monmouth County.
Inspected 5/31/15. Approximately 3250 square feet. Built 2004. Monmouth County.
Inspected 5/30/15. Approximately 3500 square foot home. Built 1977. Monmouth County.
Inspected 5/30/15. Approximately 3500 square foot home. Built 1977. Monmouth County.
Inspected 5/26/15. Built 1991. Approximately 3000 square feet. Monmouth County, NJ.
Inspected 5/26/15. Built 1991. Approximately 3000 square feet. Monmouth County, NJ.
Inspected 5/26/15. Cape Cod style home. Built 1950. Monmouth County, NJ.
Inspected 5/26/15. Cape Cod style home. Built 1950. Monmouth County, NJ.
Inspected house and pool 5/22/15. Built 1963,
Inspected house and pool 5/22/15. Built 1963. Mercer County
Inspected 5/20/15. Approximately 3000 square feet. 3 & 1/2 bathrooms. Morganville, NJ.
Inspected 5/20/15. Approximately 3000 square feet. 3 & 1/2 bathrooms. Morganville, NJ.
Inspected 5/19/15. Approximately 3500 square feet. 4 & 1/2 baths. Marlboro, NJ.
Inspected 5/19/15. Approximately 3500 square feet. 4 & 1/2 baths. Marlboro, NJ.
Inspected 5/13/15. Built 1972. Monmouth County.
Inspected 5/13/15. Built 1972. Monmouth County.
Inspected 5/8/15. Built 1998. Monmouth County, NJ. Approximately 3500 square feet.
Inspected 5/8/15. Built 1998. Monmouth County, NJ. Approximately 3500 square feet.
Inspected 5/5/15. Edison, NJ. Middlesex County. Built 1947.
Inspected 5/5/15. Edison, NJ. Middlesex County. Built 1947.
Inspected 5/5/15. Two bedroom condo. River Vale, Bergen County, NJ. Built 1970.
Inspected 5/5/15. Two bedroom condo. River Vale, Bergen County, NJ. Built 1970.
Inspected 5/2/15. Aberdeen, NJ. Built 1961.
Inspected 5/2/15. Aberdeen, NJ. Built 1961.
Inspected 5/1/15. New Providence, NJ. Built 1962.
Inspected 5/1/15. New Providence, NJ. Built 1962.
Inspected 5/1/15. Townhouse. Holmdel, NJ. Built 1984.
Inspected 5/1/15. Townhouse. Holmdel, NJ. Built 1984.
Inspected 4/27/15. 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo. Aberdeen, NJ. Built 1979.
Inspected 4/27/15. 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo. Aberdeen, NJ. Built 1979.
Inspected 4/25/15. Built 1984. Brick, NJ.
Inspected 4/25/15. Built 1984. Brick, NJ.
Inspected 4/24/15. Three apartments. Union Beach. Built 1945.
Inspected 4/24/15. Three apartments. Union Beach. Built 1945.
Inspected 4/2/15. Built 1965. Parlin, NJ.
Inspected 4/22/15. Built 1965. Parlin, NJ.
Inspected 4/22/15. Built 1969. Freehold, NJ.
Inspected 4/22/15. Built 1969. Freehold, NJ.
Inspected 4/19/15. Built 1968. Marlboro, NJ
Inspected 4/19/15. Built 1968. Marlboro, NJ
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Inspected 4/18/15. Built 1972. New Egypt, NJ
Inspected 4/17/15. Built 1893. Aberdeen, NJ
Inspected 4/17/15. Built 1893. Aberdeen, NJ
Inspected 4/14/15. Built 1973. Holmdel, NJ.
Inspected 4/14/15. Built 1973. Holmdel, NJ.
Inspected 4/14/15. East Brunswick, NJ. Built 1956.
Inspected 4/14/15. East Brunswick, NJ. Built 1956.
Inspected 4/13/15. Built 1956. Parlin, NJ
Inspected 4/13/15. Built 1956. Parlin, NJ
Inspected 4/10/15. Built 1926. Monmouth County.
Inspected 4/10/15. Built 1926. Monmouth County.
Inspected 4/9/15. Townhouse. Freehold, NJ. Built 1975.
Inspected 4/9/15. Townhouse. Freehold, NJ. Built 1975.
Inspected 4/6/15. Built 1936. Woodbridge, NJ
Inspected 4/6/15. Built 1936. Woodbridge, NJ
Inspected 4/6/15. 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo, Monmouth Beach, NJ
Inspected 4/6/15. 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo, Monmouth Beach, NJ
Inspected 4/4/15. Built 1963. Colts Neck
Inspected 4/4/15. Built 1963. Colts Neck
Inspected 4/4/15. 5000+ square feet. Monmouth County.
Inspected 4/4/15. 5000+ square feet. Built 1998. Monmouth County.
Inspected 4/3/15. Built 1938. Keansburg
Inspected 4/3/15. Built 1938. Keansburg
Inspected 4/2/15. Built 1969. Colts Neck.
Inspected 4/2/15. Built 1969. Colts Neck.
Inspected 3/26/15. 3 apartments. Jersey City. Built 1895.
Inspected 3/26/15. 3 apartments. Jersey City. Built 1895.
Inspected 3/25/15. Townhouse. Monmouth County.
Inspected 3/25/15. Townhouse. Monmouth County.
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Inspected 3/24/15. Condo. Brick, NJ. Built 1984.

 

Inspected 3/23/2015. Single family attached. Built 1998. Monroe, NJ. Approximately 1300 square feet. 2 bed, 2 bath.
Inspected 3/23/2015. Single family attached. Built 1998. Monroe. Retirement community.
Inspected 3/18/15. Eatontown, NJ. Approximately 3000 square feet with addition. Originally built 1951.
Inspected 3/18/15. Eatontown, NJ. Approximately 3000 square feet with addition. Originally built 1951.
Inspected 3/16/15. Monmouth County. 4900 square feet. Mother/Daughter. Built 1986.
Inspected 3/16/15. Monmouth County. 4900 square feet. Mother/Daughter. Built 1986.
Inspected 3/14/15. Condo. Red Bank, NJ
Inspected 3/14/15. Condo. Red Bank, NJ
Inspected 3/13/15. Glen Rock, NJ. Approximately 3500 square feet. Built 1930.
Inspected 3/13/15. Glen Rock, NJ. Approximately 3500 square feet. Built 1930.
Inspected 3/2/15. Approximately 4000 square ft. Built 2003. Monmouth County.
Inspected 3/2/15. Approximately 4000 square ft. Built 2003. Monmouth County.
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Inspected 2/28/15. 2000 square foot colonial built 1985. Old Bridge, NJ.

 

Inspected 2/27/15. Approximately 4000 square feet. Built 2000. Monmouth County.
Inspected 2/27/15. Approximately 4000 square feet. Built 2000. Monmouth County.

 

Inspected 2/24/15. Approximately 3000 sq. ft. Built 1969. Monmouth County.
Inspected 2/24/15. Built 1969. Monmouth County.

 

Inspected 2/21/15. 2 bedroom 1 bath condo. Monmouth County.
Inspected 2/21/15. 2 bedroom 1 bath condo. Monmouth County. Built 1982.

 

Inspected 2/19/15. Built 1987. Approx 3000 sq. ft. Norristown, PA.
Inspected 2/19/15. Built 1987. Approx. 3000 sq. ft. Norristown, PA.

 

Inspected 2-16-15. Built 1910. Remodeled 2006. Monmouth County.
Inspected 2/16/15. Built 1910. 3500 square feet. Remodeled 2006. Monmouth County.

 

Inspected 2/13/15. Townhouse. Built 1989. Manalapan, NJ.
Inspected 2/13/15. Townhouse. Built 1989. Manalapan, NJ.

 

Inspected 2/13/15. Manchester, NJ. Built 2009.
Inspected 2/13/15. Manchester, NJ. Built 2009. Retirement community.

 

Inspected 2/12/15. Bayville, NJ. Built 2000.
Inspected 2/12/15. Bayville, NJ. Built 2000.

 

South River, NJ. Inspected 2/12/15. Built 1951.
South River, NJ. Inspected 2/12/15. Built 1951.
Inspected 2/4/15. Edison, NJ. 2800 Sq. ft. home. Built 2002.
Inspected 2/4/15. Edison, NJ. 2800 Sq. ft. home. Built 2002.

 

 

Inspected 1/22/15. Built 1967. Monmouth County.
Inspected 1/22/15. Built 1967. Colts Neck, NJ.

 

Inspected 1/16/15. Built 1962. Lavallette, NJ.
Inspected 1/16/15. Built 1962. Lavallette, NJ.

 

Inspected 1/11/2015. Ocean County, NJ.
Inspected 1/11/2015. Ocean County. Built 1979.

 

Inspected 1/9/2015. Built 1979. Ocean County, NJ.
Inspected 1/9/2015. Built 1963. Ocean County.

 

2 family house. Built 1910. Kearny, NJ.
Inspected 1/8/2015. Two family house. Built 1910. Kearny, NJ.

 

Inspected 1/6/2015. Approx. 3000 sq ft.
Inspected 1/6/2015. Approx. 3000 sq. ft. Built 1994. Ocean County.

 

Inspected 1/5/2015. Original house (stone structure) built in 1740. The left side was built in the 1800s.
Inspected 1/5/2015. Original house (stone structure) built in 1740. The left side was built in the 1800s. Hunterdon County.

 

Inspected 1/3/15 - 5000+ sq. ft. house. 6.5 baths.
Inspected 1/3/15 – 5000+ sq. ft. house. 6.5 baths. Built 1988. Monmouth County.

P Traps and S Traps. What Letter is Your Sink’s Trap?

Plumbing – What Letter is Your Sink’s Trap?

By Frank J. Delle Donne, Licensed Home Inspector

October 24, 2014

For most people, purchasing a house is the largest purchase they have thus far made. Help ensure that you, “Buy with confidence. Sell with pride” ® by using Regal Home Inspections, LLC.

Introduction

Inspectors are required to look high and low. At the obvious and the subtle. In NJ we are required to follow the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) Standard of Practice. Within the plumbing section we are required to describe the systems and components that are part of the house’s plumbing. This includes the supply pipe material, drain and waste pipe material, location of the main shut off and more. This article will look specifically at the drainage pipes and more to the point, the trap, under the sink.

Drain Pipe System and the Trap

When water exists any sink, kitchen, bathroom, laundry, bar, etc. it makes its way toward the sewer or septic system. The obvious purpose of the drain pipe system is to route the water, without leaking, out of the house. Within the drain pipe system is the TRAP. This is the little loop directly below the sink usually seen from inside the cabinet below.   While a secondary benefit of the trap may be to trap your wedding ring when it falls off when you are doing the dishes but in fact, the primary purpose of the trap is a safety device.

The Trap as a Safety Device

Sewage gasses are created as the waste matter decomposes. Just like a garbage dump generates methane gas that has to be vented, the sewer or septic system creates methane gas and unless it is kept from rising through the drain and waste plumbing, it will enter the house. Methane gas is flammable so therefore it is dangerous.

The trap facilitates the creation and maintains a water-plug that prevents these unwanted gasses from entering the house. That is the absolute primary purpose of the trap, to hold the water plug. If it also saves your marriage, that’s a side benefit.

The trap works because there is usually a vent pipe next to it. The vent pipes are part of the piping systems that you can often see penetrating the roof of a house. The open vent above the roof helps water drain properly and helps create the water trap.

What Type of Trap Do I Have?

Most sinks have a “P” trap below it and then, in most applications, behind the wall is a vertical vent pipe that goes up through the roof as well as the pipe that goes down that carries the water.   The typical P trap looks like a P if you envision the flat section of the letter P horizontally. Take the letter P and turn it 90 degrees clockwise. The P trap in conjunction with the vent ensures that enough water will remain behind to ensure the water plug does its job.

Occasionally the plumbing under a sink is an “S” trap.   This is when the drain from the sink comes down a few inches, loops back up then loops back down. See the accompanying photos. P traps are good. S traps are bad.

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Example of a P trap.
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Example of an S trap

 

 

Why are S Traps Bad and how can it be fixed?

S traps are bad because they present the potential for water from the sink creating a siphon and as the water empties, once the water starts flowing, without a vent, the last few inches of water don’t know that they have to be the water plug and gravity and the force of the emptying water carries all of the water out of the S trap. There is no water plug and gasses can enter the house. If you’re merely running the faucet a water plug will probably be maintained. However if you ever fill the sink and pull the stopper, there’s a lot of force and a siphon can be created so that the last bit of water follows the water molecules in front and nature’s course is for every drop of water to follow the one before it and the last ones never get the message to stop and become the water plug.

Plumbers can now use Air Admittance Valves (AAV) where an S trap exists. This can be an inexpensive fix to a potentially harmful condition. The AAV is a mechanical, one way valve that can let air in behind the water to ensure that the water plug remains and when there isn’t water draining, it closes to prevent gasses from entering the house.

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Diagram of a drain and trap with an Air Admittance Valve (AAV).

 

Conclusion

Regular P traps are most common and provide a valuable function. S traps are an issue on a home inspection but rest assured that there is a fix that shouldn’t deter you from buying the home you are considering.

I would appreciate your comments about this article. Please email your comments to frank07722@gmail.com

About the author. I am a NJ Licensed Home Inspector. I am the owner and Inspector at Regal Home Inspections, LLC. In addition to being a New Jersey Licensed Home Inspector I am also a NJ-DEP certified Radon Measurement Technician and Regal Home Inspections, LLC has also collected samples for lead paint, allergens and mold. We are affiliated with the state’s best labs that perform the sample evaluation and testing. We can also help facilitate the testing of septic system and numerous aspects of oil tank evaluations. This includes oil tank integrity testing, tank locate services and soil samples. We work to ensure that the house you’re buying is sound or that you know of any issues.

 

Maintaining Your Home – Part 2; Help The Sale Go Smoothly

Maintaining Your Home – Part 2

Help the Sale Go Smoothly

Findings of a Home Inspector

By Frank J. Delle Donne, Licensed Home Inspector

July 11, 2014

For most people, purchasing a house is the largest purchase they have thus far made. Help ensure that you, “Buy with confidence. Sell with pride” ® by using Regal Home Inspections, LLC.

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Reading this article will not guarantee that you will sell your home. It offers observations of issues found in homes both new and old. However, older homes usually contain more issues. 

If you are planning to sell your home and would like to have a Seller’s Inspection conducted please call Regal Home Inspections, LLC. We can perform a thorough inspection and make recommendations that should help any buyer feel more comfortable in making an offer.   We can perform a New Jersey Administrative Code (NJAC) compliant home inspection. We can conduct a radon test and have your house professionally inspected for termites and Wood Destroying Insects and Wood Destroying Organisms (WDI/WDO). We can also conduct pool inspections. If issues are found we can help facilitate additional levels of expertise. All in an attempt so that your home, a small cape cod or a country estate, will be better prepared for the eventual buyer’s inspection and closing.

Introduction

In the first part of this two part series I tried to introduce the reader to some not-so-obvious maintenance issues that I have found during my home inspections. The reason they are important is because they are safety related and some are objectively deemed to be Material (aka Major) Defects. This article looks at a few others. The goal here is that possibly sellers will read this, consider their home and either perform a more thorough inspection on their own or, better yet, hire Regal Home Inspections, LLC to perform a Seller’s Inspection so that when it comes time for the buyer’s inspector to come through, many of the issues may have been addressed already. There are two ways that a seller can benefit from a Seller’s Inspection performed by Regal Home Inspections, LLC. First, the seller can use the findings to make corrections and/or repairs. Second, the seller can always include those items found in the Seller’s Inspection in the Seller’s Disclosure. I find that home sales hit snags when things are found by the buyer’s inspector that weren’t previously known by the seller or the seller knew but was hoping the inspector wouldn’t find. Quite the roll of the dice for all parties.

Brief Review (This section is repeated from the initial article)

The NJAC has many requirements of an inspector. However, when it comes to the actual inspection and the reporting there are a few key points. The NJAC follows the Standards of Practice of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). When it comes to the inspection, the inspector is required by law to DESCRIBE specific systems and components of the house; Plumbing, electrical, exterior, etc. The inspector is required to IDENTIFY any Material (aka Major) Defects; Findings that effect the habitability, safety or value of the home (in very simplified terms here). And the inspector is required to PREPARE a written report memorializing the previously mentioned elements.

What the inspector is not doing is determining if the curtains match the rug. If the choice of siding materials matches or clashes with the general theme of the other houses. We are looking for very specific things that are not otherwise apparent to the buyer or the seller and for this reason, it’s a very good idea for the seller to be as prepared as best as possible. You painted the walls so they look fresh, right? You had the grass fertilized and the bushes trimmed so the yard has curb appeal, right? Maybe you’ve even put some chocolate chip cookies in the oven to make the house smell good for that open house?

Preparing Your House

Does anybody decide on a Monday, out of the clear blue, that they are going to list and try to sell their home that day? Isn’t it more reasonable that people know in advance that they will be selling their home? It may not be known years in advance but a month, maybe two at least. “Honey, maybe we should plan on selling our home when we retire next year?” Or perhaps, “I just got offered a new job at work but it requires a relocation. The company wants me to move to California in 2 months.” My wife and I have been in our current home for almost 22 years with no plans to leave…yet. However, when we moved into our previous home in April, 1987, we knew that in the summer of 1991 (over 4 years later) we would be moving again. We used the summer when our oldest child would be between kindergarten and 1st grade as the target. I am not kidding when I say that we knew at the house closing in 1987 that between the end of June and early September, 1991, we’d be making another move.

Literally, the day before my son started 1st grade on September 5, 1991, we moved into our current home. That 1st grader is now 29 years old!

Sure there are exceptions. Parents pass away suddenly and the home has to be sold as part of an estate is one example and there are others. The point is that in the majority of situations planning can occur and fixing inspection related issues should be high on the priority list. Especially for estate sales!

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupt (GFCI) outlets are currently required in any outdoor outlet, kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, garages, unfinished basements and elsewhere. A home inspector must look for and test GFCI outlets. GFCI outlets (and GFCI protected circuits) protect people from stray electrical current that they may inadvertently come in contact with. Electricity wants to follow the path of least resistance to ground. When people are struck by lightning, they accidentally become the path of least resistance to ground for that lightning bolt. If there is a damaged electrical circuit in the kitchen, bath or elsewhere, a person may accidentally become the path of least resistance to ground. A GFCI outlet or circuit can detect that unintentional path and in a tiny fraction of a second, the GFCI shuts the electricity off.

When I am inspecting a house I provide the client with information that shows, for example, that GFCI outlets haven’t been required in kitchens since 1987.   I inspected a house last week that was built in 1977. Before I went inside the house I provided information to the client and stated, we may not find GFCI in the kitchen…and we didn’t. It’s a Safety item on the report.   This sale may not go through because the GFCI are one item on a not too long list of things that need to be fixed. It’s an estate sale with, “who gives a damn” sellers that just want their money.

Does your house have a door between the attached garage and the living area? If it does, is the garage door solid core or metal? Is it fire-rated? Does the garage door have a mechanism (spring loaded hinges or other device) that AUTOMATICALLY closes and latches the door between the garage and living area? Spring loaded hinges cost about $10 each at Home Depot or Lowes. Don’t have a fire rated door or it doesn’t automatically close and latch? It’s a Material Defect related to SAFETY.

How close does the soil get to your siding? In a wood framed house you have the foundation wall and then the wood frame sits on top of that. The siding, let’s assume vinyl, covers the wood framing and exterior wood sheathing. It’s not a Material Defect or a Safety item but the inspector will recommend that there is at least 6 inches of space between the top of the soil and the bottom of the siding and wood framing. Does a buyer want to close on a new house and then spend the next couple of weekends digging and raking the dirt away from the house? I’d bet the answer is a resounding, “NO”. If you’re planning to sell, hire a landscaper and pay them some money to re-grade your yard so that you can see 6 inches of concrete foundation between the top of the soil and the siding. Do you know why it’s important? Let me put it to you this way. If the soil comes to the siding and framing, the inspector will tell the buyer that the condition makes it easy (conducive) for termites to go from the soil to the wood. Do you know what the buyer thinks? They think, “if I buy this house I’ll have termites!” All they will remember is, TERMITES! An associated aspect to this is if you are planning to sell, get a termite inspection and treatment. Have the pesticide company give you a certificate and share that with the buyers. Turn a potential negative into a positive.

Conclusion

I have just shared three inspection issues that are A) Relatively easy to fix and B) Can scare the heck out of a buyer and chase them away. Regardless if you are buying or selling a home, it is a significant transaction either way. Buy with confidence and sell with pride by having Regal Home Inspections, LLC conduct your inspection. We look for things that you probably never considered. That’s why we can help you avoid issues and delays in closing when the buyer and seller are of different minds on whom should address inspection item A, B or C. We can help get some of them out of the way for the seller or help the buyer identify issues that may not be obvious.

Regal Home Inspections, LLC starts every inspection with the presentation of a folio of information for the client. That folio includes general information but also includes a written introduction to the inspection. I present an initial overview of the main elements detailed in this article; Laws that govern the inspection process, areas that will be inspected and more. I believe this is unique to the service that Regal Home Inspections, LLC provides.

I would appreciate your comments about this article. Please email your comments to frank07722@gmail.com

About the author. I am a NJ Licensed Home Inspector. I am the owner and Inspector at Regal Home Inspections, LLC. In addition to being a New Jersey Licensed Home Inspector I am also a NJ-DEP certified Radon Measurement Technician and Regal Home Inspections, LLC has also collected samples for lead paint, allergens and mold. We are affiliated with the state’s best labs that perform the sample evaluation and testing. We can also help facilitate the testing of septic system and numerous aspects of oil tank evaluations. This includes oil tank integrity testing, tank locate services and soil samples. We work to ensure that the house you’re buying is sound or that you know of any issues.

Plumbing – Part 1 – What Makes up a House’s Plumbing System?

Plumbing:

Part 1 in a Multi Part Series.

By Frank J. Delle Donne, Licensed Home Inspector

January 6, 2014

 About the author.  I am a NJ Licensed Home Inspector.  I am the owner and Senior Inspector at Regal Home Inspections, LLC.  I am a member of the New Jersey Association of Licensed Professional Home Inspectors (NJ-ALPHI) and the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI).  The standards used to inspect your home’s systems are in accordance with New Jersey State laws, the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and NACHI Standards of Practice.  Regal Home Inspections, LLC can also test your house for Indoor Air Quality; Mold and Allergens.  Radon contamination is a big issue with homes in New Jersey.  Many parts of Monmouth County and areas around it are considered “High Radon Potential” by the NJ DEP. We are certified by the NJ DEP to perform Radon Testing.

We can also facilitate testing of septic systems and oil tanks; tank integrity and soil tests below ground.

 

Never perform plumbing work yourself unless you are a licensed plumber.  Nothing in this article suggests that you should attempt to make any repairs yourself.  Any attempt to make plumbing repairs or upgrades can result in significant water damage.  ALWAYS hire a licensed plumber to perform any work.   Poorly performed plumbing work can lead to water damage, ongoing leaks and other, related issues.

Introduction

The plumbing system in a standard home inspection is extensive.  There are many aspects to a house’s plumbing systems, not just the pipes that carry water to the faucets and other appliances that use water.  The typical plumbing system in a home includes the pipes carrying cold and hot water but, not including the water heater as a separate plumbing element there are actually three (3) sets of piping in your home that are included in the plumbing inspection.

Before I get into a conversation about the plumbing systems let me point out that often times the vast majority of the plumbing systems are hidden behind finished walls, under floors and above finished ceilings.  Therefore we can actually see a very small portion of the plumbing and to the best extent possible, we make observations and come to conclusions about the entire system based upon what we can see.  In homes with extensively finished basements the amount of plumbing that is visible may be very, very little.

Plumbing Systems

In very general terms the, “plumbing” in a house consists of at least three sets of pipe, the water service entrance and water meter with its main shut off valve(s) and the water heater(s).  The appliances (sinks, toilets, tubs and showers) are also part of the plumbing system so overall the plumbing system in a house is extensive. And to make matters worse, if any one element has a defect which results in a drip, for example, you could have serious problems.  So let’s take a look at the components that comprise the plumbing in a house.

1) Supply Piping.  In a relatively modern home this is the copper piping.  The copper piping is usually ¾ or ½ inch in diameter.  It starts at the water meter (or pressure tank for a private well house) and carries the water to the isolation valves just before the appliance.  An example of an isolation valve is the valve behind the toilet bowl or under the sink.  In the case of the bowl, as you know, there is one valve as the toilet is served by cold water.  Under your sinks there is, of course, a hot and a cold isolation valve.  The copper pipes may also carry water to a hose bib that provides a convenient water valve outside your home.  These may, or may not have an isolation valve.

The supply piping is unique for a number of reasons but it is the only system that is under pressure.  Typical household water pressure is between 40psi and 60psi.  If your pressure is too low you will not get good water flow.  If it is too high, (at or above 80psi) you may have the potential to burst pipes, valves, gaskets and the like.  If you are concerned about your water pressure being too low, perform the following, simple test.  This may be an indication that your supply piping is in need of maintenance or replacement.

  1. Go to the highest bathroom in your house.  Usually it will be a full bath on the second floor.  If you have a ranch then any full bathroom will do.
  2. Turn on the sink valves and the tub and/or shower.  They should all be fully opened and running.
  3. Then, flush the toilet.  Watch the flow of water from the sink and tub/shower.  If the flow rates at the sink and tub/shower do not diminish, then you have adequate household pressure to operate your plumbing fixtures.  If they all slow down when you flush the bowl, you likely do not have adequate flow.

For a home built in 2014, the supply piping may not be made of metal.  There are a number of plastics used in current construction.  In homes built in the early 1900s and up to about 1940 you might actually find lead in the residential piping.  This should be replaced.   Galvanized steel was also used up to about the 1950s.  Galvanized steel rusts from the inside out and it is prone to becoming clogged inside the pipe from the rust build up.  Also, with this inside-out rusting the thinner areas where the pipe is threaded is  prone to leaking.   Brass may have been used in homes built in the early 1900s as well.

Copper has been in use since the middle 1900s.  It is durable, resistant to corrosion unlike the galvanized steel, and it’s relatively easy to work with. In summary, depending on the age of the home you may find different supply pipe materials, some of which should (must) be replaced.

2) Waste Piping.  The waste piping carries all the waste water and solids from the sink drains, washing machines and toilet bowls outside the house to the sewer system or to a private, septic system.  Modern waste piping is made of economical and easy to install PVC or a similar plastic material.  This is either white or the other forms of plastic piping may be black.  If it is visible, perhaps from an unfinished basement, you will see a series of feeder pipes running vertically into larger horizontal pipes and eventually the larger pipes will exit through the foundation wall in either a basement or perhaps in a crawl space.  This waste piping is not pressurized and for those sections that are not vertical, the slope should be relatively mild; about ¼ inch of slope per foot of horizontal pipe.

In older homes the waste piping may be cast iron.  Much heavier than modern materials and more difficult to handle and install.  There are all manners of interconnection devices so if a home improvement is being done you can remove sections of cast iron and replace it with PVC and they will interconnect very reliably.

3) Vent Piping.  Vent piping is the series of pipes that run (mainly) vertically and allows the waste water to flow properly.  To explain how the vent piping works and why it’s important think for a minute about a soda bottle.  If it’s full and you hold it upside down and then remove the cap the soda will gulp, gulp out and not evenly flow.  If you then poke a hole in the upper part of the inverted bottle the soda will pour out because the hole allows air to enter behind the soda.  The vent piping performs the same basic function as poking a hole in the soda bottle.  The vents allow air to follow the water as the water exits the house.  Without the vent piping the waste water would gulp, gulp, gulp its way out of your home.

The tops of the vent piping can usually be seen along the rear roof line of the home.  The vents penetrate the roof and allows air to flow behind the water.

These plumbing vents should NEVER terminate inside the attic or any living area.  Sewage gasses pass up through the vents and you do not want these gasses getting into the attic or any other living are of the house.  Vents should also not terminate near windows as the gasses could flow back into the house through the open window.  The gas needs to dilute quickly with the outside air and become benign.

So those are the three types of piping; Supply, waste and vent.

The entire plumbing system also consists of the water heater and the fixtures or appliances (sinks, bowls, etc.) that are connected to the supply and waste piping.

Water Heaters

Most water heaters are of the storage tank variety.  A few years ago instant-hot water heaters became popular and only made hot water when it was needed.  Personally, I believe the “instant” hot water is a slight misrepresentation.  The “instant” hot water maker begins to generate hot water as soon as a hot water valve is turned on but it could take a few minutes for the hot water to actually get to the faucet where the person is.  I don’t think that’s instantaneous as the name implies.

True, a tank hot water heater will maintain the desired hot water temperature in the tank whether the hot water is needed or not so this is somewhat inefficient.  The system I have is ideal in my opinion.  True, it is not as energy efficient as the “instant” water heater but in my case energy efficiency is not my primary concern.  And to tell you the truth, the simple convenience of being able to step into the shower 10 seconds after I turn on the water is also, not my primary objective.  In my house our water comes from a private well and the waste goes into a private septic.  If I didn’t have the system I have over the course of 1 year I would have pulled thousands of extra gallons of water from my well and dumped thousands of extra gallons of perfectly clean water down the septic system.  My primary goals are to be as efficient as possible with my water consumption and with my water disposal.  Conservatively I calculate that I have saved well over 12,000 gallons of water in the 6 years that I have had my hot water circulating system.  That’s 12,000+ fewer gallons pumped from the well and 12,000+ fewer gallons unnecessarily  poured into the septic.

A tank water heater with a re-circulating pump and a parallel hot water line is the best system for my needs.  I constantly have hot water circulating though my hot water pipes.  When none of the hot water valves is open the system is closed but constantly circulating hot water.  In the case of the master bath shower, 110 degree water is about 8 feet away from the shower head.  It’s like having a dedicated water heater a few feet away from every hot water valve.  In contrast, if I didn’t have the re-circulating pump the hot water from the tank would have to travel over 80 feet from the tank to the shower head.

So in this case, I am saving many gallons of water every day.  Yes it is costing me a little more in energy (natural gas) to keep the water hot but for my application, the system I have is what I need.

If you are interested in a hot water circulating pump for your house call Regal Home Inspections, LLC or email and I’ll put you in touch with the local plumber that installed mine.

When inspecting a home I look for a number of things associated with the water heater.  Not all are mentioned here but on an inspection the heater is thoroughly checked.   Let’s start with the make and serial number and capacity of the tank.  The first two data points will help indicate the year of manufacture.  If the heater is very old the buyer will be informed that the water heater may be nearing the end of its useful service life.

Where the pipes enter the tank on the top surface there is usually stamped into the metal the words, “Hot” and “Cold”.  Let’s make sure the heater is installed correctly!

The water heater may be electric but if it’s natural gas or oil I will check some other things including the exhaust vent piping and the burner area.

Of course I am looking for rust on the tank and indications that it may be leaking.   These are a few of the things that I look for on the water heating appliance within the overall household plumbing system.

Finally there are the appliances that use water that are considered part of the plumbing system.  The sinks, toilets, tubs, showers, clothes washing machine and dishwasher are parts of the plumbing system too.  Details on what I am looking for on these appliances will be covered in a future article.

If you are planning to sell your home, give Regal Home Inspections a call and hire us to perform a pre-listing inspection.  Here’s the logic.  If you allow Regal Home Inspections to perform an inspection before you list you can take care of some of the things up front.  You can use the inspection findings to make a list for the seller’s disclosure. More importantly, you can set the price with this knowledge.  Think about it…if you ignore the issues now, then when it comes time to execute the contract, the buyer’s home inspector will find these problems.  Then you are either negotiating away premium dollars to appease the buyer or you’re hiring an electrician (or a plumber, etc.) at the last minute to make corrections and that will cost you top dollar as well.  Deal with the issues you can and disclose the other issues.  That’s why at Regal Home Inspections we say, “Buy with confidence.  Sell with Pride.”

I would appreciate your comments about this article.  Please email your comments to frank07722@gmail.com