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New Construction Problems
Found During Our Inspections
Electrical panel breakers too large for the wire size (potential fire
hazard)
Reverse polarity at outlets (potential shock hazard)
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) not 100% in areas close to water or on the outside
(potential shock hazard)
Sliding glass patio/deck doors installed improperly (door seals not contacting each other,
nothing stopping outside air or possible water from a driving rain from coming inside)
Ceiling fans lights hooked up, but no electric power to the fans themselves
Missing sections of plywood on roof decking, past leakage noted on blown in fiberglass
insulation
Deck balusters excessively spaced
Deck balusters loose, fell out when physically inspected for stability (deck 8+ feet off the
ground, on an expensive property)
Temporary stairs left in place where permanent, properly supported stairs should be
Deck and stair posts have settled resulting in an out of level stairs and deck
Open wiring
Water noted on electrical wiring in basement (possible indoor air quality issue, and/or
mold/mildew potential)
Closet shelves and rods missing
Window crank handles missing
Windows and doors not properly sealed from the elements at the edges. Potential for water
entry/damage, and voiding of manufacturer warranty
Trim pieces missing
Smoke detectors not hooked up
Kitchen/cooking vent fans not hooked up
Fan light fixtures not working, pull chain jammed inside fan housing
Heat registers missing in the rooms
Air conditioner (AC) in place but not hooked up
Water actively entering the basement
Exposed nail heads on shingles, potential for water entry
Dryer vents not vented to the outside, potentially causing excessive moisture issues
Nicks and/or damage to kitchen countertops, bathroom tubs-showers and vanities (cosmetic
issue)
Living room outlets will only function if kitchen florescent light is on
Little or no insulation in attics
No insulation in rim joist area (Depending on accessibility may be a messy and/or expensive
repair)
Leaking water, condensation from a high efficiency furnace
Ductwork not completely installed, components sitting in boxes on the basement floor
Gas fireplace vent terminated in the attic not exiting through the roof
Replacement of roof coverings subject to manufacturer recalls. (Prior to PHI inspection,
homebuyer was unaware of the recall or that the shingles were defective.)
Improperly installed siding materials
Siding material buried or touching the dirt (Potential for substructure moisture entry,
damage/decay)
Inadequate grade slope around the house.  (Potential water entry and/or freezing/thawing
foundation damage)
Exposed rusty nail ends (the sharp end) sticking out through basement window trim
(Potential for water entry and physical injury)

AND WORST OF ALL-  This is really true - Condemnation of structure by city
inspector (Brand new house had to be torn down)  Buyer had concerns with
quality of work by contractor and called PHI.  After PHI noted numerous, serious
issues, buyer called city inspector who condemned the structure.  Luckily, buyer
was able to get out of the contract.

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