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Mr. Jay's School Of Inspectology 1.1

Hi Boys and Girls!  Mr. Jay here!

Welcome to Mr. Jay's School of Inspectology!  Where we can learn about home inspections! 

We take our school motto from this guy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

This plaque is hanging in Mr. Jay's office.  I like it!  So, we take our school motto from it and from an Eagle:

Mr. Jay's School of Inspectology.  Where the learning never stops.  You can check out, but you can never leave.

At Mr. Jay's School of Inspectology you can come as you are.  No shirt, no shoes?  You are still served!  You are welcome any time.  We have all matriculated. There is no tuition required.  Our water fountain always flows, and our cafeteria is full of milk and honey, which you can buy without money and without price!  Is that poetic enough?

So what do we have to learn about today?  Below is a photo of a house Mr. Jay inspected not long ago.  Have a long look!  What do you see?  Is there a problem?  REMEMBER - some home inspection problems take a long time to develop and sometimes even then they are hard to find.  There is indeed a problem here!  And it has contributed to a bigger problem over time!  Your clue is in this photo.

Add your comments below!  Home inspectors, let the Peanut Gallery comment first. Let's see what you come up with! Today's clue contributed to another problem which Mr. Jay predicted on the front porch before we went inside!

Tomorrow I will answer today's clue and add another!  Remember, in home inspections, some things contribute to others, which in turn contribute to others and then boom!  A BIG problem happens.

Enjoy!  Add your comments below.  And let's learn together!

 

 

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 24 commentsJay Markanich • March 17 2011 07:25AM

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:::raising my hand:::: Mr Jay, Mr Jay... is it the roof? No flashing on the roof where it meets the other sections????

(I suck at this type of thing.... )

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

 

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

Mr. Hanson is really the inspector...you aren't letting me choose the carpet and paint colors..that IS what I do best...hmmm...looks like some discoloration under the window....and is there an "advantage" to having the roof lower than the units on either side ? To catch the snow ? Leaves ?  I will leave the rest of the defective detective work to those more qualified...see ya in class !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) over 7 years ago

Mmmmm.  Is it trick photography??  Or, is the drain pipe for the roof lower in the middle than on the left side where rain water would drain into the drain pipe??? 

Hard to tell from a photo. 

 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Remember, boys and girls, Mr. Jay is NOT good enough with a camera for trick photography (!) and there are no gender roles in Mr. Jay's School of Inspectology.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

On the right hand side the roof seems to overlap the middle home.  Does this not cause a problem?  It seems to me the roof line should be even across all three homes. 

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) over 7 years ago

Windows look different, are some screens missing? Can't imagine that is an issue but as Jay would say, "have to look at that inside." Also the gutter looks as if it dips on the right. I like this, do this once in awhile to sharpen some skills!

Posted by Renée Montgomery, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Century 21 New Millennium) over 7 years ago

It's conceivable that its just lens distortion, but the gutters are sagging in the middle and won't drain properly.

Rich

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Good morning Jay. Maybe the chimney is not above the neighbors roof line so it isn't getting a good draft. I do see what Lenn mentioned though. Looks like the eaves are lower in the middle. This is why we have great inspectors to cathc these things.

Posted by Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI (Lake and Lodge Realty LLC ) over 7 years ago

Hi, Perfesser,

Does the porch stoop slab have a reverse slope and hold water against the foundation wall?

And, can you give me a "C" so I'm eligible to play basketball for the school team?

Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) over 7 years ago

Ya got me.  The only thing I can see is the brick work on the steps looks wet.  Don't know if it's a problem, it could have just rained.  Also it looks like the roof is sagging.

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -) over 7 years ago

Mike - at Mr. Jay's School of Inspectology there are no grades as we are continuing to learn.  But you may play!  Are you kidding, of course YOU can play!  We need your energy on the team.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Some good answers so far.  Don't be shy...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Roof appears to be sagging in the middle -- drain pipe?  See discoloration under the bay window -- really curious about whether the drain pipe directs the water away from the front, near the garage doors . . .

This is exactly why we NEED experts such as Mr. Jay!

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) over 7 years ago

Jay, something about the roof looks different, like something is missing... is it venting? ... that could cause moisture problems in the attic?

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 7 years ago

From the comments so far, it appears that this house has more than a few "defects".  I'm still going with the degree of slope of the gutter.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 7 years ago

I'm also concerned with the discoloration of the brick stairway going up to the first landing. It looks like a water stain, and since nothing else is stained, I would wonder why.

Rich

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Was there water or icing built up on the front stoop. The roof and gutters seem to dip at a point where the overflow would likely land on the front porch.

Also any overflow from the house on the right of incorrectly pitched would end up on this homes stairs causing problems.

Enjoy the day

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor - Homes For Sale - Franklin MA (Simolari & MacLean REMAX EXECUTIVE REALTY) over 7 years ago

It looks like there is problem w/ roof and/or gutter that is sagging/uneven.  Perhaps this is due to missing drain pipe so that water isn't draining properly.  Not sure if brick is discolored next to top half of steps or if that is a shadow.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 7 years ago

Mr Jay,

I am quite certain that the house was in Canada, so they is flying the wrong flag.

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 7 years ago

And, as a home inspector (said to be extraordinaire), I am glad you waited until the end Nutsy so you didn't influence the thinking of others.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

The roof is very dirty and needs a good power washing.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 7 years ago

I suggest a great pattern Jim!  Maybe the Redskins logo?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

I'm wondering about the garage door. It seems to have an irregular dark streak right down the middle. It is hard to tell from this photo. But if this is because it is wet then we have a problem. Or is it from something else when the door is opened or closed.

Is the building sinking to the left or is that parallax from the photography. Same thing for the apparent gutter dip.

The downspout is to the left of the garage door. Is it discharging on the surface? Is it connected to a foundation drain or is it properly directed to a storm sewer system?

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) over 7 years ago

No sinking, Robert.  It is a townhouse connected to the other two with contiguous slabs.  But the rest is correct!  See 1.2.

Here downspouts cannot drain to the storm sewers except from the street.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

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