What I'm Seeing Now

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Bending A Flexible Gas Line Improperly

I see this all the time - bending a flexible gas line improperly.

In fact, I have seen it two days in a row in two different new construction final walk through inspections!

Installers know, OR SHOULD KNOW, that this is incorrect.

Flexible steel gas lines, called CSST, have very strict bend tolerances!  They can snap, easily split and where bent are quite subject to easy damage.  Severe bends cause pressure reduction and gas back up.  And all the manufacturers say not to bend the tubing too many times.

All the instruction manuals for ALL of the flexible gas tubing manufacturers have pretty much the same criteria.  This is the link to the manufacturer of the above tubing.  See page 17.

The minimum bend radius on the tubing above is 3".  More is fine, but less than 3" is NOT.

The fact that I am seeing this more and more indicates to me that builders are hiring installers who do NOT know what they are doing.

My recommendation:  the above was approved by the County likely because it wasn't seen.  Home inspections on new construction have a far, far different view of a house than the County or other jurisdictional authority providing an occupancy permit.  Home inspectors have a good look!  Find a bull dog home inspector and get him on the job.  New construction inspections are an essential part of the new home buying experience.

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 9 commentsJay Markanich • May 19 2016 03:16AM

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Thanks for this great information, I will keep my eyes out for this problem area.  

Posted by Peter Mohylsky, Your Bucket List Broker Along Scenic 30A (BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE) over 2 years ago

Bull dog home inspectors are required to bark out the infractions of all things safety to homeowners who trustred the builder to "do the right thing."

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 2 years ago

Good morning Jay. Even with new construction: "for your protection get a home inspection" applies. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 2 years ago

That is just scary.  I'll work on plumbing and electrical but NEVER gas.  It's one thing to trip a breaker or cause a little water damage, gas however can blow the house to bits along with everyone inside.  No thanks.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) over 2 years ago

You'll have to move the range and look behind it, Peter!  Keep your eyes peeled!

S&D - builders don't like my bark.  But the house is the house, I don't invent anything that I report.

It applies Wayne! 

Explosions are seldom, but certainly possible Stephen!  Don't fool with gas if you don't know what you are doing.  And when I say "you," I don't mean you.  Unless you are fooling with gas, then I mean you.  You know?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

Builders hire people that don't know what they're doing? 

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 2 years ago

7-11 Construction is alive and well, Fred.  There were three like that last week!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

I would never buy a new home without a home inspection.  Just because it's new doesn't mean it doesn't have problems.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 2 years ago

And how many times have I demonstrated that, Chris Ann?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

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