20 Home Inspection Pictures That Will Send Chills Down Your Spine

Yikes! This picture looks like a post-apocalyptic scene from a zombie movie.

In reality, this was one of our home insurance inspections.  We come across all kinds of scary stuff insuring Virginia homes and thought you might be interested in seeing them. And while fall is a great time for important home maintenance, Halloween fun is right around the corner but we also don't want your home DIY to become a nightmare!



When you need a home repair or decide to do an improvement, it's important to know when to hire a professional and to always put your safety first. Hire a licensed and certified professional with good references rather than the stranger who comes knocking at the front door. Otherwise home repair and maintenance scenarios can turn a bad dream into a frightening reality, like a fire or the injury of a family member, not to mention an expensive home claim you weren't planning on. 

Now- cover your eyes, peak through your fingers and check out these frightfully entertaining pictures of things gone wrong. From neglect to well-intended home repairs, one thing is for sure: a little duct tape and a ladder can get folks and their homes into some scary situations! 



1. The Invisible Man



Photo: Structure Tech

You're looking down into a chimney and your eyes aren't deceiving you. There's a boot down there. We hope the poor guy who lost it isn't somewhere down there too! Prevent home chimney fires by having your chimney and wood stove cleaned and inspected before the weather gets cold. You don't want to light up something other than wood.





No escape out this dryer vent! This lint-clogged duct is a serious home fire hazard. Be sure to clean out the lint trap on your dryer after each load and have your dryer exhaust duct to the outside cleaned professionally every year!


3. Ghostbuster's Slime



If you've seen the movie, you might think that ghoul goo came all the way from the New York sewer system into this homeowner's A/C condensation drain pipe. If you don't clean this important drainage pipe every year, you could end up with some costly interior home water damage. If you have your system serviced annually, the technician should do that.


4.  I'm Melting!



This is actually really scary. Some electrical issue is causing this outlet to heat up to the point the plastic cover is melting. What a dangerous fire hazard! Time to turn off the power main and call a reputable electrician.


5. Little Shop of Home Horrors




Feed me, Seymour! This home's gutters have been neglected for so long, weeds have been able to root and grow tall and healthy. These gutters certainly are NOT going to help this home divert away winter's watery assault!


6. Deck of Cards


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This deck needed to come down and fast! This homeowner decided to tie the deck to his pickup truck and put the pedal to the metal. But the deck was attached to the house as it should be, so a little more came off than he bargained for.  By the way,check out our  4 signs you should stop using your deck so you're sure your deck is safe too!


7. The Monster Melter



This poor homeowner forgot to move the grill away from their home's vinyl siding at their last BBQ or put it back too quickly. Either way they ended up with a home claim. Always grill at least 10 feet from your home or any property and keep kids and pets safely away too. We also have a few other scary grilling hazards to watch out for!


8. Medusa



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Be sure not to look this plumbing mess in the eye or you might turn to stone! We're not sure what was going here but these water lines should be much shorter. This homeowner's home may not be in danger, but they probably don't have very good water pressure.


9. Frankenstein's Gutter



Better send Igor to find some spare parts for this home's GUT-ter system! When it rains, it pours, and missing gutter parts leave your home vulnerable to basement flooding and expensive interior water damage. Make sure you've got elbow connected to the downspout, and the downspout connected to the... you get the picture.


10. Creepy Crop Circles in the Attic



Photo: Structure Tech

Strange things are happening in this homeowner's attic! What does it mean?! We have one idea. There's water leaking in from a faulty roof and wetting the insulation. There's a can light in the ceiling of the room underneath re-drying the insulation. Have your roof inspected annually by a certified roofer. This looks like a mold takeover waiting to happen!


11. The Mad Scientist 



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Oh look! We found those missing gutter parts! Maybe this saved the homeowner a trip to the hardware store, but it's much smarter to use designated heating ductwork when you're connecting to your return air. 


12. The Levitating Ladder



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This ladder's just a tad too short. It's a good idea to measure BEFORE you buy and install your attic ladder. Did you know there are over 500,000 falls from ladders annually and 97% of those happen at home?  Be sure the ladder you're using is the appropriate length for the job and is securely standing on firm level ground.  Avoid using ladders in high winds or storms and always have a friend or family member spot you. And leave the highest jobs, like roof inspections and repairs to the experts!


13.  Voldemort's Nagini




This almost looks like the Hogwarts sewer system with Voldemort's giant slithering viper rather than a homeowner's flooded crawl space. Nothing wrong with the air ducts running under this house, but we see this type of flooding and water damage all the time. Clean your gutters annually and make sure they run rain away from your home's foundation.


14. The Electrocution Chamber




We doubt this homeowner is trying to carry out the death penalty in their basement, but this electric DIY job is not only dangerous with its exposed wires, it's also a serious fire hazard. Leave electrical work to a license and certified professional. It's just not worth the risk.


15. The Smoking Gun




It wasn't the grill this time that caused this charred insurance claim, but it was an unattended cigarette. The number one creepy culprit for home fires is unattended cooking, followed by supplemental heating equipment. Keep flammables at least 3 feet away from fire or heating equipment and never turn your back on any potential fire hazard around your home!


16. The (No)Funhouse



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We sure hope this homeowner is not having a party on this deck! The floor is bowing like the unlevel floors of a carnival fun house because it does not have the proper support and could collapse while being used. Did you know there are 40 million decks in the United States and approximately half of those are not code compliant? Make sure your deck is safe and was built by the proper building codes for your Virginia locale. 


17. The Phantom Chewer




Forget about termites! It looks like there was a beaver in this attic! Actually, rodents and squirrels are voracious chewers and most likely did this damage. They love to chew wood as well as the plastic insulation around electrical wiring. Electrical wires often lay across wooden beams in an attic, and the exposed wire can overheat the wood and cause a fire. A good reason to schedule an attic inspection annually.

We're going to call this next group of pictures from the same house Trilogy of Terror! Let's start with...


18. The Kitchen Floor of No Return




This homeowner's claim was quite unfortunate and just the beginning of a neglectful nightmare. What could have caused a kitchen floor to collapse, you ask? Take a look at the ceiling:


19. It's Alive!


Water coming from somewhere above caused this same homeowner's moldy mayhem. Black mold causes serious health issues! But what is causing it to grow? Read on!


20. Rustic Roof?




Ahhhh- the roof! We don't even know if this qualifies as a roof anymore, but at one time it was protecting this home from the elements. Your roof is your home's first line of protection! It's so important to have it inspected annually to make sure there are no issues. High winds and hail from severe weather and hurricanes can wreak havoc on your home. Most damage is NOT this obvious, but this poor roof should have been replaced a long time ago. Then most likely all the other interior damage would not have occurred.

We hope you've enjoyed these crazy creepy pictures. Do that needed fall home maintenance if you safely can, leave the stuff you can't to the pros, and leave the scary to Halloween!