What does a client do when there is a double moisture whammy in a vacant house?
It's a foreclosure. No appliances left - they were taken. But there is clear evidence that two things have combined in the past to cause a current condition.
It wasn't easy to get to to see.
My tip off was a spongy, bouncy floor around a powder room toilet. That toilet, and that bath's sink, were against a wall where the washing machine's spigots and drain were inside the abutting wall.
In the laundry room, there was no washing machine or drip pan.
There was no evidence of leaking on the floor.
The dryer vent was into the wall, obviously from there turning downward.
We saw this because I removed a panel to see what I could see.
And this is what we saw!
The toilet and spongy floor are to the left.
And there was obviously previous leaking from those supply lines or the drain spout in the wall.
But they are not leaking now because the water has been turned on for some time.
Is the problem, therefore, in the drain line?
The double whammy is of course the dryer vent.
It has been disconnected for a long, long time.
How do I know it has been disconnected? Because the other end of the tube is far away, and there is lint inside.
It used to be connected, albeit a long time ago.
It has been blowing its condensation onto the floor below for some time now.
Why would they disconnect it?
Who knows. To clean it? Put in a different one?
And then never get around to it.
Maybe what they needed was a Roun-tu-it!
Well, now this buyer has a lot to get around to.
At least we were able to find it!
My recommendation: when something feels funny, like a spongy floor, and yet there is no evidence as to why, there is always a reason! It might take an extra minute, but it's always best to find out why!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560