Are Attics Required during Phoenix Home Inspections
Phoenix Home inspectors are required to inspect attics, however not if it us unsafe to do so. It is Hot in the summer time and if it is 112 degrees in the shade the attic is likely somewhere around 145 degrees. Because of this, many inspectors choose to only look at the attic from the access. Some home inspectors believe that you should not walk on the trusses in the attic and therefore they only look at the attic from the assess or walk boards if provided.
I never bought into the idea you cant walk on the trusses. The walk boards are installed on them, the contractors walked on them during construction and I have inspected thousands of attics by walking or crawling through the attic trusses. I understand the heat can create an unsafe condition, but that is one of the hazards of being a Phoenix home inspector
I don’t think you can properly perform a Phoenix home inspection if you do not at least try to enter the attic.
Phoenix Home Inspection finds defects in attic
Here are a few photos from today’s inspection. It was 109 degrees outside and 140 degrees in the attic, but I am getting paid to perform a home inspection in Chandler so I am going to go (sweat) in the attic.
When I first entered the attic all looked well. Then I started the monkey climb through the attic.
I found wires improperly spliced in different locations. These are a potential hazard, especially of someone crawled back here to install a light or speaker. I also found an uncovered junction box,
At the front of the attic I found a leak where the eave came through the exterior wall. By looking at the stains I determined the water actually ran down the wall on to the ceiling of the front entry.
and in the back of the attic I found a 10 square foot area where the insulation was missing.
This was a 2000 square foot house. There have been several studies done that show if 5% of the insulation is missing, it reduces the overall effectiveness of the insulation by 50%.
Think of the heat like water flowing through the home in the titanic.
Thermal Imaging on Phoenix Home Inspection
I have two thermal imaging cameras and use infrared cameras to find issues, and while I would have been able to find the missing insulation with thermal imaging, I would not have seen the wall leak or electrical splices.