The Hall of Shame

A collection of cringe-worthy situations from actual inspections.

Can you spot the problem with this closed valley on a brand-new roof?

Looks like the roofer forgot some adhesive. The whole overlap would have lifted up like a sail in a hurricane. An easy fix, but you'd never spot this with a drone inspection.

Double-tapping of breakers is only permitted on breakers rated as such. These aren't.

This 240V subpanel looked good at first, but why is there a single-pole breaker with no neutral? This needs to go.

This cement block will support a window header. It cracked when the crew drilled a weep hole prior to pouring. Stop, have the engineer check it out!

Here's a cracked member on a truss in a home under construction. This is why you need pre-closing and warranty inspections.

VERY overgrown shrubs provide an easy path for insects, reptiles, and rodents to get in the house. Trimming and/or removal is needed here.

I have no words

Here's a 5-year old roof that has an area of standing water (ponding) due to incorrect pitching. Also, those 3-tab shingles have no business on the flat section.

Hidden behind a stack of dishes was a cut extension cord and open-air electrical connections for an under-cabinet microwave. A fire waiting to happen.

This hastily applied flashing was permitting moisture and insects into the wall. Another simple fix to avoid big damage.

"New" construction, poor flashing. Water is getting under the tile.

Here we have a concrete tile roof that was capped with a foam/resin product designed to stop leaks and extend it's life. This will require a very expensive reroof.

This improper S-trap under a bathroom sink is a perfect example of why they're not permitted; it dumps directly to the main and will allow sewer gases into the living space.

Look closely and you'll see at least one broken strand on this main breaker conductor.

What good is a photo gallery without the obligatory dog pic??

Here, Rookie asks, "Can your house pass my Checkpoint?"