The picture below was taken during a home inspection for a prospective buyer. As you can see, birds had been working on this nest for a very long time. This nest was built around the vent pipe of the water heater and extended well up into the attic. We removed just shy of 3 trash bags full of material. While it’s not the normal routine for a home inspector to remedy deficiencies, this was a fire hazard and the seller of the property was out of town. Make sure that you’re performing seasonal maintenance on your home or contact us to come out and perform a Home Maintenance Inspection in order to identify issues such as this. Problems that go unchecked for too long can become a safety risk or costly to repair.