What I'm Seeing Now

head_left_image

I Was Called To Find One Problem, But Found Another Instead!

Doing inspections with a thermal image camera is a bit art and a bit science.  In this house I was called to find one problem, but found another instead!

This house had a basement with moisture problems in the past.  A company was called to fix them and dry out the basement.  It seemed to have worked.  But the homeowner felt that the basement was very humid and wondered if the basement was leaking again.  He was referred to me, called and I went over.

Not a single problem anywhere!  No moisture!  Nothing!  And in the last month we have had lots of rain!

While I was downstairs the door bell rang.  A neighbor wanted to talk over something regarding the neighborhood.  While the homeowner and neighbor were out front, I helped myself to the rest of the house, with my camera!

The image on the left views  the ceiling over the door leading from the kitchen to the rear deck.

And to the right is the corner of the high-ceiling family room!

Those lavender, blue and purple areas are moisture!  And very current!

Going outside both spots had problems with the gutters - they weren't attached well to the house and both were full of debris.

It looked to me that these gutters had been like this for a while.

This homeowner had been looking down, and instead should have been looking up!

Well, now that these problems were found, things were looking up!  I recommended that the gutters be repaired and cleaned, and because of the proximity of many large trees in back I also recommended the installation of solid gutter covers.

I did not go up to the bedrooms and these are the only issues I found on the main level.  But the homeowner was impressed!  He said, "I called you thinking I needed one thing but not knowing what I really needed."

My recommendation:  you can't always get what you want, but when you try, sometimes, you just might find, YOU GET WHAT YOU NEED!  And what most people really need is just a phone call away...  And call an experienced one!  And, as you know, the home inspectors who do thermal imaging are really cute.

 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 59 commentsJay Markanich • October 15 2011 07:00AM
I Was Called To Find One Problem, But Found Another Instead!
share
Doing inspections with a thermal image camera is a bit art and a bit science. In this house I was called to find one problem, but found another instead! This house had a basement with moisture problems in the past. A company was called to… more
Best Practices In Door Installation
share
One thing builders have to do is install a lot of doors. It's always a good thing to see Best Practices in door installation! Particularly when it comes to entry doors! One thing I see a lot of are entry doors installed with three shims on… more
Caulking, The Universal Plumbing Repair
share
What to say when you find that caulking, the universal plumbing repair was used to fix plastic CPVC plumbing? Entering the REO the agent said to my clients and me that the bank will do nothing more to repair the house? I asked, "… more
Best Practice - Window And Door Insulation
share
How often have we complained about cold air near and around windows and doors? It could be that upon installation, the Best Practice - window and door insulation was not employed. On a new construction, pre-drywall inspection I ran across… more
Please Join My New Group - Best Practices
share
Nobody has more fun than I with things that I see on home inspections that are not considered best practices. Sure, the line, "But I've always done it this way, " comes up a lot. And some things that are not done professionally can be… more
History Mystery
share
This History Mystery post is inspired by Lenn Harley having been inspired by Preston Sandlin Boy, it gets incestuous around here! The building industry changes so much. Mostly, and I say this from experience, MOSTLY it is changing in terms… more
Small Dips Sink Ships, Um, Decks…
share
Paraphrasing the famous World War II saying, "Loose lips sink ships, " well, small dips sink ships um, decks… Coming around the backside of a flipped house I was asked to inspect, I saw this new deck. When I see this I… more
Gas Line Sediment Trap Or Escape Hatch?
share
So, is this a gas line sediment trap or escape hatch? You decide. The features list in the house said, "Newly installed HVAC system 2011! " All true. And done professionally! Judging from the duct work the previous system was… more
Cobwebs
share
What are cobwebs? And why do they appear in houses? What does a multiplicity of cobwebs mean? As regards cobwebs, the word cob has nothing to do with corn! It probably originated with an Old English word - "COPPE " which meant… more
Jay's School of Inspectology - Fall/Winter Seasonal Chores List
share
It's that time of year again. Fall and winter provide excellent opportunities to do some sprucing up and getting ready for the season ahead. So, once again, it's time for: Jay's List! Specifically, the Fall/Winter Seasonal Chores… more