An inspector found the following anomaly during home inspection on a home built in 2007.

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When homeowner was queried about the cause, he said it came like that when it was built (homeowner is the original owner).

Personally, I doubt a homeowner would buy a new home in that condition. Assuming that the new home was not purchased in that condition, what would cause such a hole over the water heater where the vent pipe enters the ceiling (aside from someone vandalizing the home or falling through the ceiling)?

I could understand a hole under a water heater if it were on the second floor and leaked. But, what about a hole above a water heater located on the first floor in the garage?

  • But the inspector was OK with a vent ductwork with such angles and changes in material & ID ? Jul 28, 2016 at 12:27

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It looks pretty obvious to me. Whoever installed the water heater vent intentionally scored the drywall to make a hole for the vent to pass through. I can see the square cut made by a utility knife and they used a hammer to break out the drywall. Then whoever installed the vent did not finish the job by repairing the drywall keeping proper clearances etc. It is just a sloppy job.

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    Classic case of "The guy after me will fix it" "The guy before me should have fixed it".
    – Agent_L
    Jul 28, 2016 at 12:38

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