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“In The Field” with Jim Hardin – Documenting Gas Leaks

Welcome to “In The Field” with Jim Hardin, where you can learn about real situations that happened out in the field during a home inspection. This will be a great resource for both new and experienced inspectors to learn about a wide variety of different obstacles that a home inspector could experience while out in the field performing a home inspection. Jim will cover it all… From tough agents to naive clients to difficult defects to angry seller’s. Every week Jim will share an experience that he personally had to deal with while performing a home inspection in order to help educate other inspector’s when they come across the same situations. Please review his next post below:

Documenting gas leaks is a very important part of a home inspection. Here’s how I do it…

Once I’ve found a gas leak, I take two photos for the component area in the report. The first photo is with my gas detector with the tip pointing at the leak. The second photo is pointing to the area of the leak with your finger.

Next, I go to the camera mode on my phone and take two more photos. The first one pointing at the area of the leak and the second one pointing at the leak and showing the component. I then go to my pictures and select these two photos and e-mail them to (For those of our affiliate inspectors, e-mail the photos to the buyer and listing agent). With the photos, I’ll send a message including the address, the component, its location and the severity of the leak. The address should be in the subject line of the e-mail. This is an important step after you have documented it in your report because you want to make sure that everyone knows so the leak can be fixed as soon as possible.

Message Line Examples for Email to Office/Agents:

Gas leak detected at the gas meter, on the right front of the exterior – Minor

Gas leak detected at the water heater located in the basement – Moderate


I use three descriptions for the severity of the leak:

Minor – Only the meter detected the leak.
Moderate – The meter detected and I could slightly smell gas.
Severe – The meter detected the leak, I could smell it and someone should respond right away.

Everyone involved will always appreciate it when you find a gas leak because of the safety risk associated with a gas leak. Just make sure to document it in the report and inform all of the parties immediately so the leak can be fixed.

Good Inspecting and Be Safe.

Jim Hardin is a certified home inspector through InterNACHI and was part of the very first Axium Academy class that took place back in January of 2016. He started working for Axium Inspections in March of 2016. Since that time, Jim has performed over 1,000 home inspections by averaging around 55 inspections per month. This high volume of home inspections has turned Jim into one of the most requested inspector’s with the company in a very short period of time and he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Prior to working for Axium Inspections Jim worked in the Appraisal and Roofing industries.