The pipe down low is the primary or main condensate line from your air conditioner. Seeing water dripping or trickling from this line is normal operation, and you can probably relax. It's a good idea to have some sort of method to divert or disperse the water so that it doesn't pool or collect next to your house causing other issues/damage. See photo above.
The emergency drain line is connected to a shallow pan installed below your air handler. This pan is known as the overflow drain pan, secondary pan, or emergency drain pan. This pan is designed to catch water when your primary drain line is clogged in the hopes to protect your attic, ceiling and personal belongings – but is only meant to provide temporary protection.
If you see water coming out of a pipe on the side or rear of your home up high, it means your main condensate line is clogged and you need to call for AC service right away. It is purposely installed high up, so you notice the water dripping sooner than later.
If you are building a new house, we can't stress enough! One of the most important inspections to get done is your pre-drywall inspection! This is the perfect time to inspect all of the structural and mechanical systems in your home before it all gets covered up. Your builder will address these issues now, which could save you lots of money and issues down the road. Here are four pictures of concern I noted at one house.
1. Cracking in concrete can/will crack your new floor tiles.
2. Gaps in studs on a bearing wall will settle and create jamming doors/windows and sheetrock damage.
3. A split truss member will cause the roof to sag and increase potential water damage.
4. Unmatched material used as underlayment on the roof may not have the same life span.
A few hours and a couple hundred dollars can save you a lot of time and money down the road.
No flashing vs flashing!
1st pic- how not to transition from wall to roof.
2nd pic- correct transition from wall to roof.
Here is a great example of why it's important to have around 4" to 6" of clearance between your siding and hardscape/ground. The trapped moisture will deteriorate the paneling at a much faster rate.
Here is a great reason to inspect an attic or check your own attic. The left arrow is sagging/separating roof decking. The right arrow is moisture staining on the roof decking and trusses. Remember the roof tiles can look to be in great shape, but the story usually lies with the underlayment.
On my inspection the other day I had multiple issues before I came across this. The way this house was looking I wasn't shocked(no pun intended) to find these culprits in the electrical panel.
(1st pic)The immediate thing that jumped out, is the multiple brands of breakers being used. This is a concern because of compatibility reasons. Also tells me that someone is trying to be an electrician...not a good idea!
(2nd pic)The top two circles are what we call "double taps". This is when multiple wires are connected to one terminal on a breaker. Not good! This is definitely a safety issue due to fire. The bottom circle is a floating wire not connected to anything...an accident waiting to happen!
Getting a licensed electrician to come out and fix these issues along with other concerns I found on this property won't be cheap! Be smart...get an inspection and protect yourself and your investment.
Bringing 10+ years of plumbing experience to educate and bring awareness to home owners regarding Home Inspections.