Just looking at it you can see this gutter has been a problem for a long time.
The mossy stain along the base of the brick wall and on the ground is indicator enough.
But even with brick such a gutter clog and leak can be a problem that comes inside.
Obviously a shady spot, the cedar shakes are mossy.
It's also obvious that the flashing at the chimney is suspect.
And a gutter that is clogged and small and water is getting behind it. Water is draining onto the brick.
That usually means it's coming inside.
And, true to form, it is making its way in, and perhaps has been for some time.
The thermal image indicates moisture in the purple, blue and lavender areas. And the moisture meter indicated 100% in that darkest area, with no recent rain.
The house is vacant - it's an REO! We have nobody to ask as to history. But we really can see what's happening.
So, what do we have?
An old, damaged roof.
An improperly-flashed chimney.
A way-too-small, clogged gutter.
All of that needs attention, replacement or repair. The bricks could be cleaned also.
Then there's the repairs inside!
AND THIS IS JUST ONE LITTLE SPOT ON A LARGE HOUSE WITH MULTIPLE SERIOUS ISSUES!
My recommendation: my clients saw this house on line and excitedly flew in from half-way across the country to attend the inspection. I'm betting the photos did not indicate any issues! To say they were disappointed would be an understatement. In this case it might have been beneficial (or would have been) to call me and have me swing by the house just for a quick walk around with photos! Just outdoors! Those alone, along with my phone analysis of each, would have saved them a lot of time and trouble, and unnecessary expenditure. That would have been a buyer Best Practice!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560