Marc Posted April 6, 2010 Report Share Posted April 6, 2010 Just spoke with a client from last year. I inspected his newly constructed dwelling and found deficiencies everywhere I turned. He's since hired an attorney to sue the builder and the builder's subs. The client and attorney are both highly pleased with my HI report but they are now asking for me to back up everything I found with documents that will stand firm in a courtroom. And the client will part with no more than a portion of the original HI fee for me to do this. That's the smaller issue. The bigger issue is that I also wrote up the natural gas powered fireplace which does not have a vent. It's a ventless model. I always write them up on new construction because there's no make-up air requirement here and I've never seen make-up air (passive or active) provisions installed on dwellings in this area. Ventless gas fireplaces are permitted by the ICC fuel gas codes (up to a certain btu/hr output), so it doesn't back me up. It's just plain common sense. I explained to the client that some findings are based only on the inspector's experience and the ventless fireplace was included into the report as such and for his safety. He's not overly distraught and we shook on his new understanding of just what a HI is, but it leaves me with a feeling that I could have done more, that I 've not delivered well enough for this client. Have I? Marc Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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