At Mr. Jay's School Of Inspectology we never forget our motto:
Mr. Jay's School of Inspectology. Where the learning never stops. You can check out, but you can never leave.
Do you know why we can say that boys and girls? Because the sort of things found during a home inspection are the same over and over. It's the ground hog day of home inspections!
Another thing Mr. Jay hears a lot is this - "Oh, there aren't termites here. We have been on a maintenance contract." Sometimes they've been on one for years!
Lenn Harley had a very-well written recent post spoken from experience about this and also about a recent post that was spoken from experience. That post really set her off! I like it when Miss Harley is set off! She can come to my class anytime!
Maintenance contracts are only as good as the "professionals" who honor them. Her well-said post proclaims that you must choose very wisely! If not the consequences are expensive and gut wrenching.
Mr. Jay had two inspections in one week where the house had been under many year's worth of maintenance contract! And yet while on both termite damage was denied, both houses had them!
When we went back to this house, because Mr. Jay was in the area at the time everyone else was there, but only to remove drywall we suspected hid active termite activity. Mr. Jay is still worried there is damage beside and over the garage door, where a large header is located and is the main structural support for the house above!
Given the amount of staining in the drywall in the ceiling, do you think there might be termites there? If so, do you think they might be going upstairs too?
Very good boys and girls, you would be right!
They are there and have been there for a while! Even during the contract when a "termite technician" from a superior termite company had been coming by for years! Remember, Mr. Jay predicted this while on the porch, even before coming into the house!
There is nothing special about what Mr. Jay does boys and girls! He is merely following logic! And experience...
This is what it looked like when only a small amount of the ceiling was removed! They are going upstairs!
And look below! That is a termite! Those little buggers move quick and it is really hard to get them to pose for a picture. These were about 1/4" long and VERY active!
See the little circle? THAT'S the little termite!
Did you know boys and girls that a termite colony can have many queens? And that each queen can lay lots of eggs every day, some species as many as 2,000! And an established termite colony can have as many as 50 BILLION termites in it! And an acre of land can have 400 colonies in it! That's a big yikes, kids!
We could have a review of our class and its many lessons. It could begin like this:
This is the gutter that splashed water down, staining wood and brick, making the owner frown.
He caulked to stop the water flow, but that didn't help what he didn't know...
Well, we're too out of time to bore you with any more! We'll have another class soon! Well, THAT'S for sure!
What's the moral of the story?
There are two -
1. Water has to be controlled. If not it will kill your house, inside and out.
2. You shouldn't have to know everything. That's why people hire professionals to help. But pick the right professionals! And when a company says it's "superior," it might not be!
Thanks for attending Mr. Jay's School of Inspectology! Where the learning never stops! You can check out, but you can never leave.
And don't forget to tune in to see Mr. Jay's Neighborhood! It's always a wonderful day in his neighborhood!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560