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Mr. Jay's School Of Inspectology 1.2

Hi boys and girls!  Mr. Jay again.  Let's follow up on yesterday's lesson!

Remember at Mr. Jay's School of Inspectology the learning never stops.  And we really don't want it to anyway!

So, we sure had a lot of answers to yesterday's question.

And good ones!

Remember what a gutter is.

A gutter is a temporary reservoir for water.  It can only hold so much.  And it is important to have a straight gutter that inclines slightly toward the downspout.  That will help the water to do what the gutter intends for it to do!  Go down and away!

So this is the answer to yesterday's question!  Look at yesterday's photo again.  Where is the lowest point of the gutter?  That means that each time it rains hard, and the gutter can't hold the water, it will spill out the front onto the porch and box window below.  Over time, this is a lot of water!

And there's a lot of evidence that this problem has been going on for some time.  How old is the house?  Twenty two years old, so this problem could be only a few or many years old!  How can you tell?

Mr. Jay saw another clue when he went to the front porch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This looks like two clues but they really represent one.  The left is the box window and the right is the front door trim.  If you want another closer look, this is the front door trim again.

 

 

 

What things does this close up make you think?

What does it reveal?

Remember, Mr. Jay said that he put all the clues together to predict the bigger problem that would follow.

All these pictures in today's lesson are a couple more clues, but not the main, and final, problem.

But they are fun to look at!

While you are thinking, have a snack!

 

 

When you feel like a snack, eat Lotsa Nuts!

Because you are what you eat.

See you again tomorrow!

 

 

 

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 19 commentsJay Markanich • March 18 2011 06:52AM

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I see that a lot around here.  I think its where water has saturated the wood and caused the paint to peel

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

Is that mold there? Or maybe rust?  It doesn't look good regardless

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

Nasty stuff....don't think the buyers will find that these additions just add "character" to their purchase..

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

What did I win???

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

You certainly had the gutter part right Lenn!  You probably know the final outcome too, but keep it to yourself for now!

Looking at that caulking, is this gutter spilling a recent problem?

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

Lack of regular maintenance certainly adds to these issues . . .  We certainly see this all too often!

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

Did everyone (well, except Lenn) miss my CO post today?

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

I detected your CO Detector post Jay, always good advice. People do need to know the molecular weight of their gasses.

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

Especially when in a crowded room...

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

I think the answer to the issue for this house is...., well I'll wait till later as Jay requested, to let others have a crack at it, but I think my observation of the garage door may be related. 

Of course it is difficult to tell from photos alone, but it it is what I suspect, it's a big issue for this house.

And of course, there could always be a whistling tap lurking somewhere.

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

And likely under a stadium...

Oh, let's see, methane is CH4 - 12+4 = 16 (light).  Gee, I guess it disburses...

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

 I have seen many houses where the gutter got a nice tap from a large branch or a full assault from a tree and was not repaired or replaced and many other issures are sure to follow if the gutters are not corrected.  I always appreciate your blogs. very informative and fun

Posted by Karen Paris, REALTOR, ASP (Keller Williams Capital Properties Fairfax) over 7 years ago

Jay, that could be my house!  I need to have a gutter replaced on my back porch, the laws of gravity being what they are!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Mr Jay,

If you want an assistant, I would be available.

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

I'm a pretty dull guy Nutsy.  Inspections, family, church, inspections, family, church.  That's about it!

You could go nuts...

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

I see that someone is a very sloppy painter Mr. Jay. They left gooey stuff all over the trim. ;)

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

Very gooey Jim.  And the mixes-well-with-mildew look makes it very hard to see!

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

This is another good example of how an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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

Hard to cure some things that go on too long Chris.

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

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