Most Common Problems

Even the best built and best maintained homes will always  have a few items in less than perfect condition. Below are some of the items we most commonly find when inspecting a home.


  • Weathered shingles are the single most common defect we find. Usually it doesn't mean the roof needs replaced, simply that it is in need of maintenance or repair.  Weathering and aging are typical.  More concerning are missing shingles, significant loss of granules and improper flashing.

Ceiling  Stains

  • Caused by past or present leaks, ceiling stains are very common. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell whether the stains are from leaks still present, or were caused by leaks which have since been repaired. We have moisture detection equipment that we can use to determine if it is an active leak.

Electrical Hazards

  • Most common in older homes, but often found in newer homes as well. Electrical hazards come in many forms, from minor reversed polarity, ungrounded outlets and double tapped breakers to more concerning issues like over fusing and improper wiring.

Rotted Wood

  • Caused by being wet for extended periods of time, most commonly found around tubs, showers and toilets or roof eaves and trim outside.

Water Heater Installations

  • Many water heaters are not installed properly which may result in safety issues.  Common problems are improper venting, a missing TPR overflow pipe and galvanic electrolysis. 

Gas Furnaces

  • Most gas furnaces seem to be in need of routine maintenance such as new filters, cleaning and servicing. Many have other issues such as, faulty operation or inadequate fire clearance.  We also see flame rollout, short cycling, gas leaks and rusted burn chambers.

Plumbing Defects

  • Plumbing issues commonly found include dripping faucets, leaking fixtures, slow or leaking drain pipes, etc. Even in brand new homes it is common to identify minor plumbing defects. Other concerns are aging cast iron drain waste pipe, poor system ventilation, inoperative sump pumps, missing drain traps or corroded galvanized pipes, that result in loss of pressure or damage.