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How NOT To Flash A Chimney, Or A Roof

So often, more than seeing something flashed correctly, I see how not to flash a chimney, or a roof.

Roof tar does not flashing make!  Period.  It's great UNDER "stuff," like shingles, or vent covers, and when under it is long lasting.  But it is not intended to be installed (my word is "gooped") over "stuff!"

But it does inspire song!  Please, feel free to sing along.  It's best to bob your head too...

 


I SEE A RED CHIMNEY AND I WANT IT PAINTED BLACK,

 





NOT ONLY IN THE FRONT, BUT UNDER AND IN BACK!






I LIKE TO GOOP MY STUFF ON TOP OF EVERYWHERE...

GOOPING BUMPS AND CRACKS, ALL OVER, I DON'T CARE!

NAH, NAH, NAH, NAH, NAH, NAH, NAH,

 NAH, NAH, NAH, NAH, NAAAAAHHHH.


 

Well, you get the idea.

And just in case the gooping on the outside didn't do enough, there is always inside!

Thank goodness for the universal nature of poly foam -- the other white goop!

This poly foam is placed just under the edge of the roof line in that second photo.

Perfect!

My recommendation:  it can get frustrating, but never buy a home without a home inspection!  Many people would look at this and think it is okay!  IT IS NOT!  And a home inspector would know that.

I do have fun though.  And making up songs along the way doesn't hurt!



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 88 commentsJay Markanich • February 15 2012 06:52AM

Comments

Jay, these photos are priceless.  You can't make this stuff up!  Thanks for sharing some chimney "don'ts"!

Posted by Melissa Brown, Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale (Helen Adams Realty) almost 7 years ago

Great blog and great job. Keep up the good work. Good luck to you this year. Thanks. 

Posted by JOSH EVANS *JoshEvansHomes 516-655-5000 (Village Properties of Mineola, LLC) almost 7 years ago

Good morning Jay,

Ok, first I had to google to be sure I remembered the song correctly...

Another fun post and great photos of what a home should never have done to it.  And, more proof positive that a buyer should have a home inspection - ALWAYS!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) almost 7 years ago

Sure, Melissa, but did you sing, and bob?

Thanks Josh!  You are a loyal follower!

Lisa - everything is correct as to the song - syllables and length of sentences.  C'mon!  I have more rock and roll in my head than I care to admit!

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

Yes, you did great...but now, I can't get the song out of my head!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) almost 7 years ago

Sorry Lisa.  There are a lot of voices in my head too!  And they're competing!

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

I think this is another opportunity for Billy Jay's Goop sales.  That repair could cost thousand, but for $4.95 you can fix it yourself. 

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) almost 7 years ago

LOL

At least you didn't use Kermit singing "Rubber Ducky"...uh-oh, forget I wrote this!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) almost 7 years ago

Jay, I did sing along... thank you for the song stuck in my head.

And what is so wrong with roof tar? I remember a house built in 1900, the former owner had tarred the tin roof when he purchased it in the 40's... he wanted to preserve it.

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

In other words "Goop does not Git R Dun" and may be similar to putting duct tape on the problem ... I see.

Can't get it outta my head ...

Posted by Brian Schulte, SFR, Sierra Vista, AZ (Allison James Estates & Homes) almost 7 years ago

Mike - Billy Jays would be embarrassed by that stuff!  His wunerful wayers are superior, which, as a faithful customer, you probably know.

Lisa - I can make that happen too!  By the way, my favorite muppet is Beaker.

Andrea - superior!  Did they carry the home to the Smithsonian for future generations to enjoy?

Brian - duct tape would certainly have been the better application...     ;>)    He says with a twinkle in his eye.

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

Jay...

Bad flashing destroys homes, and once it is done improperly, it is already too late to correct it.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) almost 7 years ago

Homemade repairs and remodeling.  It certainly keeps things interesting.

Thanks for sharing it.

Posted by Anthony Daniels, SF Bay Area REO Specialist (Coldwell Banker) almost 7 years ago

Jay - Paint It Black... Are the Stones gonna come after you for quoting them? lol Unbelievable what some people do out there..... Every day is an adventure in our business...

Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) almost 7 years ago

I am trying to think of a sneaky way to leave this post on my husband's desk. Goop, tar, duct tape ... perfectly acceptable in his eyes.

Posted by Dee Nofziger, Maumee Real Estate, Toledo Homes, Key Realty (|Key Realty | Maumee Toledo Real Estate Blog) almost 7 years ago

You are taking away the dream of many American men...that of all-around handyman and fixer-upper!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 7 years ago

The pictures say it all - I like the added song though! Great post, I'm going to reblog. Home inspections are so important!

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) almost 7 years ago

I remember when I first discovered the black tar that can stop leaks...I went nuts with it. After a big rain, I still had a leak until somebody came along and said, you are missing flashing...too much

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) almost 7 years ago

I had to laugh when I saw the photos. I am sure a professional didn't doing this job, but fortunately you are able to point out the issues to the prospective buyer. Great job.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) almost 7 years ago

Do they get an "A" for effort?  LOL.

Posted by Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist (Keller Williams Capital City) almost 7 years ago

Jay:

The thing I worry about are my elderly customers who don't know what the roofer is doing and can see the finished project.  Many roofers do not bother to pull a permit when they re-roof a home, so an inspector doesn't see it either.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) almost 7 years ago

What a mess, but the song was great!  I guess if tar is good enough to drive on, some might assume it's good enough to live under.  Glad you set the record straight!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) almost 7 years ago

When in doubt, add more Glop!  it will work until the sun cooks it, and then it will just end up making things worse! 

Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) almost 7 years ago

Great information here. I learn something every day here on Active Rain!

Posted by Donald Reich (Prudential Centennial) almost 7 years ago

Wow Jay, I had to catch this on the Re-blog by Lenn. It was well worth the chuckle... 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) almost 7 years ago

That was great!  I can almost hear you rapping to that tune.  Loved the laughs this post brought.

Posted by Jennifer Chiongbian, Real Estate Broker - NYC (Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses) almost 7 years ago

Loved this post Jay, it's great to have a nice chuckle in the morning. 

Posted by Adam Brett, The Adam and Eric Group, Fullerton's Finest (The Adam and Eric Group) almost 7 years ago

A good home inspector is worth their weight in less repairs and stress.  This kind of reminds me of the failed cake where it drops in the middle and frosting is used to level it out and make it look right.

 

Posted by Maggie Finegan (Keller Williams Preferred Realty) almost 7 years ago

I've seen advertised on tv a can of something black one can spray to stop roof leaks. Why call a professional when a DIYer can do it for a few dollars? Then it becomes an oops when it comes time to sell. Sounds like these fixes are now difficult and costly to fix the right way. Thanks for sharing, 

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) almost 7 years ago

And a special shout out to the Rolling Stones for providing your inspiration. This at least is not the worse job someone could have done, but you're right, it's wrong

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 7 years ago

Hi Jay - Funny and sad at the same time!  It is amazing how many kinds of goop there are and someone will always find the way to use them all creatively.  I was showing homes to buyers last week and we toured a house that had some yellow foam goop all through the house inside and out.  Since we also found mousetraps, I can only guess that all the goop was an attempt to keep them out by clogging up every possible opening.  Trouble was, he made a mess of it and it was all over walls and floors.  And from the traps we found, the goop probably did him no good.

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) almost 7 years ago

I let the professionals handle this, but now I know what to look for.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Luis Iniguez, Search Inland Empire Homes For Sale - Short Sale Agent (Option One Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

How do these roofers keep getting business?

Posted by Tim Bradley, Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY (Contour Investment Properties) almost 7 years ago

I am having my chimney re-flashed this spring.  I can hardly wait!  Flashing is so cheap and so easy to do I am amazed at how many times I see it not used or used incorrectly!

Posted by Jo Olson, HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt - Stevens County (HOMEFRONT Realty) almost 7 years ago

Guess I had better take the tar off my chimney at home!!

Posted by Richard and Jean Murphy, (207) 712-4796 (Harborview Properties) almost 7 years ago

Hi Jay. I wonder if it was folks who drive around in their vehicles with tar ready to repave your driveway?:)

Posted by Cheryl Thomson REALTOR Army Ret, Associate Broker in Northern Virginia ( United Real Estate (703.216.5635) cheryltee47@gmail.com) almost 7 years ago

Jay, I am not sure if I would have realised this was not OK... proof again, that your service is "priceless"

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

Jay -- flashing, I don't see any flashing.  Are you just trying to get people to read your blogs?  lol  Great song tie in, and wonderful reminder for those who are concerned about what is happening on their roofs.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) almost 7 years ago

Jay, does using that black rubber spray in a can count? LOL Thanks for the info and the importance for have a home inspection.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA almost 7 years ago

Good evening, Jay. I have seen some of those "Tar Baby" jobs in my time. Need to throw the jobber in the briar patch...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 7 years ago

Wow those pictures are something else. And there are a lot of homes out there like that as well. You have to check these things or get a realtor who knows what to check for! Instead of buying...well...the goop

Posted by Bud & Beth McKinney, Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United (RE/MAX UNITED) almost 7 years ago

Richard - you are right, it doesn't take much time for water to do damage.

Anthony - this is the epitome of home made!

Robert and Lisa - the Stones?  Who are the Stones?  Those are my words!  Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah...

Dee - a laptop cleverly placed, with the post on the screen, might go a long way!

Gary - this does put the kabosh on a bunch of homeowner repairs!

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

Thanks for the reblog Amanda!  I would say that home inspections are very important!

Richie - tar is a great product for some applications, properly applied that is!

Of course I pointed it out Joe!  You sure this isn't pro work?  Maybe someone who thinks he's a pro.

No Catherine.  They do not!

Evelyn - I worry about that circumstance too.  But still, I try very hard to see what I can see.

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

Kat - and they lived under a lot of tar!  Thanks, glad you enjoyed the song!

Robert - things were worse already all over this roof!

Me too, Donald.  One reason I am a member, for sure!

Paul - I love to give out chuckles!

Jennifer - for sure, I have too much rock and roll in my head.

 

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

Adam - that's how I like to start my day!  And sometimes I make myself laugh!

Maggie - goop comes in many forms, and covers a multitude of sins!

Pamela - this job would have been many hundreds of that can of crud!  Don't be swayed by the commercial either!

Ed - right, not the worst I have ever seen.  But fun nonetheless!

Susan - there is too much goop around!  Unfortunately people think that because of its ubiquitousness, it is the best thing to use!

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

Glad you liked it Luis.  This was not a proper job on many levels!

Who knows Tim!  And we don't know if it was a roofer!

Jo - spring is a fine time to do it, but unless it's really cold you can do it now.

Richard and Jean - small piece by small piece.  Send in some photos!

Not a bad thought Cheryl!  It could very well have been.  The stuff looked sprayed on!

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

Chris - well, now you know!  Hopefully your inspector would pick it out!

Steven - got to tie it to something!  We don't need no stinkin' flashing...

Mike - it would take many hundreds of cans of that crap!

Michael - too many tar babies.  We should call in Uncle Remus to help with telling the story!

Bud and Beth - this client backed out, but she sure would have been buying a lot of goop!

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

I agree, never buy a home without an inspection.  On the practical side, yes you're absolutely right about proper flashing, etc.  I feel sorry for people who don't have enough money to get the roof done right.  Perhaps the goop is the only solution for them for the moment?  Times can be tough on folks and roofers ain't cheap!

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) almost 7 years ago

Could be Carla.  This was a whole lot of goop!  And goop is really cheap.  But now they are selling this job to someone else, which is a whole lot to inherit!

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

Jay-thanks for the pictures, explanation and of course a song. I was checking mine out recently and was wondering the best way to flash it. Thanks.

Posted by Adrian Willanger, Profit from my two decades of experience (206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com) almost 7 years ago

Love the song, but when it is Painted Black it gives me my 19th nervous breakdown.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) almost 7 years ago

Adrian - I could have gone with Jumping Jack Flash, but the Red Chimney just seemed more appropriate.

Jack - but after the 20th they get easier.  Trust me...

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

Jay, also you have a tendency to lose count.  

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) almost 7 years ago

Jay, it's clear that you will NEVER run out of source material for your blog. All you have to do is step foot into or around a house!

Sharon

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) almost 7 years ago

At my inspection yesterday I saw a pink door and I wanted to paint it black ;)

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 7 years ago

Good post; better photos, & great song. Thanks for posting.

Posted by George Bennett, Inactive Principal Broker, GRI (Inactive) almost 7 years ago

They all seem to fold together Jack.  I know.  And combined with all the voices, well...

Sharon - most of us could come up with blogs from the most mundane things.  I see roof tar like this a lot, but this one stood out as a blog potential.  You saw why!

Reubs - I would have too!  Not sure that song would have gone over real well in the 60s though.

Thanks George.  That was a house with a lot of material!

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

You mean tar is not a repair for bad flashing? Say it ain't so! 

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

I was shocked too Jim.  It's a darn shame too, because the stuff is so cheap!

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

What a bummer.  Seemed too good to be true I guess.....

Posted by Derrick Guevremont, Rochester MN Homes for Sale (Counselor Realty of Rochester) almost 7 years ago

Jay - Looks like Billy Jays has a customer for life. If they just keep piling on the "goop" what can possibly go wrong?

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) almost 7 years ago

I'm still trying to figure out what music to play that with!!!!

Posted by Woody Edwards, A Realtor® Who Answers His Phone! (First Choice Realty, Inc) almost 7 years ago

Loved the song, hate the "goop."

I also like the Rolling Stone's "Paint it Black" which made me one of the very few who did.

Posted by Marshall Brown, BSEE, CHI (Mid America Inspection Services, LLC) almost 7 years ago

Couldn't help but re-blog this one. I'm very partial to Home Inspection "Don't" blog pictures!

Posted by Michael Collins, CDPE, SFR , Wisconsin Short Sale Specialist Realto (*ROCK REALTY|Broker|Realtor|Real Estate|WI Short Sale Agent*) almost 7 years ago

I love it Jay! Great songwriting and hilarious, if not sad, photos. Maybe someone ran out of money...trying to give them the benefit of the doubt. I have to agree...skipping the home inspection is begging for trouble.

Posted by Rachel Tipton (KingOne Properties International) almost 7 years ago

Plop on that tar! Push in that insulation goop! Mr. Saturday at Home Depot is at it again for home repairs!

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) almost 7 years ago

It seems like this is a common misconception for a chimney flashing fix. This type of stuff comes up a lot in our home insepctions in Flagstaff. It might be good to blog about how to flash a chimney so people can do it correctly! Great post!

Posted by Sylvie Stuart, Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta (Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765) almost 7 years ago

A picture is worth a thousand words....or thousands of dollars in this instance!  Thanks for the graphics.

Posted by Warren Moore, CRS, GRI (Warren Moore Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Wow! Your pictures really tell the stiory and putting it to song really did the trick. I'm sure I will be thinking about flashing all day.

Posted by Dana Hollish Hill, Lead Associate Broker (Hollish Hill Group, Keller William Capital Properties) almost 7 years ago

Okay, it's only 8am, the sun is trying to come out from behind some dark rain clouds and I've got "Paint it Black" stuck in my head. Jay - come up with a new song ....please!

Posted by Suzi Sandore, North County San Diego Homes (RealtyONEGroup) almost 7 years ago

See this in older roofs here. People do what ever to stop the rain. Sometimes it works. Sometimes not.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) almost 7 years ago

Well Jay, thanks for the "ear worm".  But you are absolutely right about getting a home inspection!

Posted by Jon Mahan, ABR Charleston, West Virginia Real Estate (Real Estate Central) almost 7 years ago

Love the song, Jay!  When I see that stuff, I have "TAR! Huh!  What is it good for?  Absolutely nuthin'!" going through my head.

Posted by Julie Babcock -Nook & Cranny Home Inspections (Nook & Cranny Home Inspections Tonawanda, NY) almost 7 years ago

Great post. What about the leaky Skylight scenario? Especially the retrofitted ones. LOL!

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) almost 7 years ago

Flashing?  We don't need no flashing.  Flashing is just something extra to spend money on... (I say jokingly)  People and their roofs...I am sure you see it all.

Posted by Karen Steed, Associate Broker Haralson Realty (Tallapoosa, Bremen, Waco, Buchanan, Temple, Carrollton) almost 7 years ago

Derrick - I was just as shocked and disappointed as you are...      ;>)

John - it will work forever!  Let's hope anyway.

Woody - I'd go with a Rolling Stones guitar, with kind of a dark twang to it.

Marshall - I have more rock and roll in my head than I care to admit.

ROCK Realty - you HAD to love my song!  And the pictures aren't bad either.

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

Rachel - I don't know about their money situation, be we all want to do things as inexpensively as possible.  Nice photo by the way!  College?

Lyn - that was plop, plop, fizz, fizz!  I really like Fizzies too!

Sylvie - the sun's UV rays deteriorates that unprotected tar quickly.  I bet it doesn't last long in Flagstaff!

Warren - pictures like that saved my client thousands of dollars, for sure!

Dana - and singing the song?  Not the Stones' words, but mine!

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

Suzi - sorry about that.  How's this song?    http://activerain.com/blogsview/2439712/seven-ways-to-kill-your-dryer

Bill - stopping the rain is the objective, but not like this!

Jon - glad you enjoyed it!  Including the ear worm!

Julie - you don't look old enough for that song to come to your head, my dear!  Now I remember it from high school!

John - I see tar all around skylights too!

Karen - every time I think that I see something new!

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

As usual excellent advice

Greetings from Innerloop Houston, Texas

Posted by Linda Jamail Marshall, Broker, ABR,QSC,RECS,ACRE - Innerloop Houston, Tex (Linda Marshall,Houston Texas, Linda Marshall, Realtors®) almost 7 years ago

Bob what about that spray on crap they are selling on TV.   Seems to me I could get a few cans and just spray my entire roof!

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Thank you Linda!  We are here nearly every day!

Gene - it would have taken a zillion cans of that stuff!  And that canned thing isn't as good as this tar!

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

Hmmm...that chinmey looks very similar to a chimney on ahouse my buyer bought last summer, lol.

Posted by Justin Dibbs, REALTOR® - Ashburn Virginia Homes for Sale (Pearson Smith Realty) almost 7 years ago

Looks like someone bought a 5 gallon bucket of the stuff and didn't want it to go to waste.

Posted by Rob Ernst, Reno, NV-775-410-4286 Inspector & Energy Auditor (Certified Structure Inspector) almost 7 years ago

Jay - this is common practice here in New York. The diyer's think that it's a better long lasting fix. For many home owners duct tape, tar, and spray foam is the cure all.

Posted by Eric Middleton, Professional Property Inspector (Closer Look Property Inspections Inc.) almost 7 years ago

Hi Jay, great post.  I can almost count on every inspection having an issue with flashing and/or vents.

Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) almost 7 years ago

Justin - yeah, but that one had a bunch of concrete too!

Robert - you sure it was only one bucket?

Eric - and fine products all!  But not here...

Bob - that's because people see things on TV and think they can do it themselves!

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

Good post. I had a tenant move out and they tried to fix their damage with that poly foam stuff. That was a new one for me.

Posted by Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI (Oregon First) about 6 years ago

Not good Wayne!  That stuff is not meant for outdoors, as the sun destroys it.  Great when tenants try to take care of stuff!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

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