Warning- sarcasm to follow. Is this a pro job or not?
To be truthful, I saw the brick work from the parking lot and knew it would be a thermal camera issue inside.
Is it a pro job? Probably not.
Likely the front hose bib was not winterized and it froze.
However, to repair that you don't have to remove masonry.
Why was the masonry removed here? Probably because an amateur did the work.
Really amateur - the cute brick work is one clue. And it was done not too long ago!
The other clue is the hose bib sticking out too far from the wall.
What does that bode indoors? Drywall and insulation issues!
I could see the drywall installation. It looked like a 10 year old did it.
And I asked my client how we could find out if the insulation was done well behind the drywall.
Shrug. The Realtor was smiling though.
Breaking out Mighty Mo we could see the professional installation inside.
The professional installer obviously ripped out the insulation because he had to solder two joints - an elbow at the top of the wall and another down near the level of the hose bib.
The hose bib location can be seen on the right side of the image.
Did a plumber do the pipe repair? Maybe. They are famous for cutting out joists and removing insulation. But who did the rest? An amateur.
My recommendation: the clues are everywhere on home inspections. My biggest clue is poor drywall repairs that indicate previous leaks. I find them in walls and ceilings, and they lead me to investigate further. And my thermal camera is the sharpest arrow in my tool quiver. It will often reveal more.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560