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     The blue lines in this picture trace the “high-water lines” from previous flooding of the crawl space.  The interesting thing about this past flooding is that the three "flood lines" that one can see on the furnace indicate that the furnace was not replaced after any of the flooding.  The one blue line on the water heater, which lines up with the middle blue line on the furnace, is consistent with only one flooding of the water heater.

Appliances with high water lines

 

      Drowning of the burner components of any gas appliance----or any appliance not designed to be submerged----is likely to void the warranty of the unit.

 

     I was so glad the gas was shut off to the building so that I didn’t have to worry about whether they worked or not.  High water lines on gas appliances makes for an easy inspection.

Charles Buell

 

 

 

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Comment balloon 19 commentsCharles Buell • February 04 2009 11:59AM

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Hey, Charles. There is no way I would trust anything like that after a flood. Thanks, Jim

Posted by Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate (Brand Name Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Jim & Maria, I agree---let alone MULTIPLE events:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Think when the water hit the electronics it popped a breaker?  I hate having the furnace and/or the water heater in the crawl.  Good eye Charles.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) over 9 years ago

Jack---I think I could have killed them with my sunglasses on:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charlie,

I will admit it, I envy you. You get all these graphic photos and never have to leave your own house.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Now you're showing off by making those neat blue lines and I haven't learned how to do that yet.  Three floods!  One crawlspace.  That must be a record!

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) over 9 years ago

Steve, actually Barbara sent me these pictures from her house and asked me to put some nice blue lines on them for her.

Barbara---sort of a different version of a "broken record"

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Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charles, What a mess! Whatcha mean that the warranty might be warranted? A little Simple Green and some elbow grease and who will know the difference...

Your building consultant in Brentwood, TN - Michael

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 9 years ago

" OH MY " was this the same house as the carpet mess you shared with me?  

   You just get all the fun inspections inspections don't you? .....

Posted by Nikki Marlatt-Young (At Ease Home Inspections) over 9 years ago

Dang Michael----of course you are right:)

Nikki, you got it----same house.  It has been great blog fodder---not really good for much else:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

looks like the buyer need to put in an order for one of each.  cw

Posted by Cheryl Willis, MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law (RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI) over 9 years ago

Charlie - time for a new warranty?  No pre-existing conditions there.  Yep, go with that.

Maybe Nikki can put a box of charcoal nearby to soak up the smell...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 9 years ago

hahahaha.....

Jay.... I will ship that right over to Charlie "overnight/express"!

Charlie -  I hear charcoal works wonders!!!   

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Posted by Nikki Marlatt-Young (At Ease Home Inspections) over 9 years ago

Cheryl, yes----a long time ago.

Jay, do you think I can get the warranty extended?

Nikki, I don't think you have enough----don't matter how much you got----it won't be enough:)

 

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charlie - I had a sale pending with a boiler that got rained on (sort of) after the pipes burst. The fact that the owner painted over the walls and tried to hide mold was the real deal breaker.

Posted by Carol Culkin, Overland Park (Reece & Nichols) over 9 years ago

Carol, mold is a hard thing to hide for very long----has a tendency to like being seen:)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

Charlie, Have you heard of the Nautilus brand of submersible furnaces and water heaters?.....Neither have I. Time to scutttle those two tubs.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 9 years ago

Just when you think you've seen it all!

If the blue lines were removed, what would we be seeing? A rust line? a black mark?

Posted by Debbie DiFonzo, Lebanon MO and Buffalo Missouri Real Estate (Debbie DiFonzo - United Country VIP Realty, SW Missouri) over 9 years ago

James, are you selling stock yet?

Debbie, a mud/dirt line----I will go dig up the original picture but I don't think they will show by the time AR reduces them in the post.  Here is a picture of the back side of the furnace where one of the lines shows pretty good on the air return

high water mark

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 9 years ago

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