What I'm Seeing Now


Flipper Fodder 3 - Foaming That Flashing!

Seeing this flashing "repair" from the outside, I could hardly wait to see what was going on inside to warrant such an over-the-top "solution!"  Just remember, things aren't always repaired by foaming that flashing!

I think Flipper noticed that water had been coming in and wetting the firewall between units.

This is an older neighborhood, built in the 70s, so the firewall between townhouses is masonry.

Apparently some really good Internet investigation revealed some products new to Flipper - shingle drip edges, fascia boards, counter flashing and poly foam!

Yes, the wonderful poly foam!

And he went to work!

There was step flashing on the neighbor's shingles, so that is likely not where the water was coming in.

And there was water evidence inside the attic, although the insulation did not seem as though it had gotten that wet. 

You notice the poly foam goes from the ridge all the way to the bottom and under the front gutter!  It's very uniform too!

My favorite feature is the little sentry at the top.  I'm getting the image of a prairie dog out of it.  At least that's what it looks like to me.

Prairie dogs like to look all directions, so that is the perfect perch for him.

You will also notice, to the right, how the top "counter flashing" incorrectly goes under the lower "counter flashing" (I put the quotes because the term is used VERY loosely), but fortunately that gap is totally sealed with foam!

You should know that this poly foam, which comes with different sizes of expansion, is NOT an exterior product.  The sun deteriorates it, and fairly rapidly.  This is fresh enough that it's still shiny!  So it still looks, um, good.  This time next year it will be a mess.


Thank goodness for the Internet so Flippers can research all the newest roofing techniques!  If not for that comprehensive research it might still be leaking!

Can we sing our Flipper Fodder song now?

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with you.
Stuck in the middle with you...

My recommendation:  when you pull up to a house, don't forget to look up!  There might just be a little sentry watching over you too.




Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560


Comment balloon 15 commentsJay Markanich • August 19 2011 05:30AM


Jay, it looks like the old Pillsbury Dough Boy is oozing out of the flashing. The hope of every home buyer -- dough and prairie dogs foaming on their roof.

Posted by Kate Kate about 9 years ago

Good morning Jay;  Is that seller out of his mind?  It looks terrible.  If it's that bad outside, what does it look like inside with other features?

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 -) about 9 years ago

Oh my God, that looks aweful!  That's one I haven't seen on the exterior, yet.  I've seen "spray foam gone wild" inside houses though.

Posted by Justin Dibbs, REALTOR® - Ashburn Virginia Homes for Sale (Pearson Smith Realty) about 9 years ago

The jokers are to the north of you to;


Foamed AC entry at flat roof to wall joint.

Here is a AC line entry from roof to interior. This is at the base of a wall where the roof meets. It's just foamed on top of gravel. Good luck with that.

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) about 9 years ago

Jay -- How could flipper have investigated this on the internet -- since he apparently can't read (or he would have seen this was only an interior product)?   LOL

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) about 9 years ago

Jay, I have to admit I have never seen polyfoam used this way.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Just smear a little sun block on it Jay and all is well.


Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) about 9 years ago

Jay, you lucky dog you---you got flavored whipped cream!  Awesome.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 9 years ago

Jay, I've always been confused about flashing. What's above always goes over whats below, until you get to the shingles. They they go above? No that can't be right..... So we'll just throw some foamy stuff around to make sure.

Posted by John M. Scott, Broker / Owner San Francisco Bay Area (BRE # 01442690, Scott Keys Properties) about 9 years ago

Nana - this is the first I have heard that the Pillsbury Dough Boy is poly foam!

Ken - believe me, the attic looks just as good on the inside!  The rest of the house was just as creative.

Justin - should I send it in to the Foam Gone Wild commercial and maybe get it onto the video?

Robert - every bit as clever and certainly deserving of singing the song too!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Steven - as you know, one doesn't need to read on the Internet.  There are lots of images.  Just look at the pictures!

Chris - then you haven't lived boy!  Come on south!  And apparently east in your latitude (see Robert above).

Didn't occur to me Jack.  I will have to leave a note on the door.

Thanks Charlie.  I'm thinking caramel or butterscotch.

John - you should call your suggestions in to the Flipper.  I think it's an 800 number.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Well Papa, It is a grand conspiracy perpetrated by Pillsbury to deceive the vulnerable Flipper.

Posted by Kate Kate about 9 years ago

Gotta be Nana Kate.  Gotta be.  It really is obvious if you look closely.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Just looking at that detail makes me cringe thinking about how long it must have taken to write the inspection report on that house.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) about 9 years ago

It was epic.  I should charge by the word and minute. 

But Reubs, you are the first to see the new Billy Jays product based on his observations of this house!

Don't tell anybody...

He'll have it out soon.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

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