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It Was A Dark And Stormy Night - Really!

I have begun a few posts with that phrase, but last night it was a dark and stormy night - really!

It was so stormy the dog was upset all night, looking at the windows.  I had to let her out the basement door to relieve herself before bed, which is not the routine, but she ran out, quickly did her business, and ran back in!

This is the tree in our front yard about 11pm.

The wind gusts were said to be 65mph.

The tree was flapping so furiously that the camera could not pick it up. 

It did pick up rain drops as they flew by!

But everything is blurry!

Interestingly, about 2am, the wind completely stopped!  The rains continue even today, of course.

The cloud cover was so thick this morning that it did not really get light until 745am!

Walking around and looking quickly, we sustained no damage to the house! 

There is a lonely broken shingle laying on my deck, but looking at the roof I could not see where it came from.  I will wait until it isn't raining and look with the binoculars.

One oddity, the windows in my office dripped.  These windows face due north.  They have never leaked before, but also have never sustained such a sustained force of driving rain for so long a period of time.  The pots are still there.  Yes, home inspectors don't have fancy tools for capturing rain water - we use pots too!

Hopefully large enough to control the dripping, I did not realize that the driving winds would stop so these pots worked just great!

And you can see a couple of purple drippies over where the pots are located.  That's water!

So we made out okay, had power all night, and survived to tell the glorious tale!

Here is hoping all is well with any of you who experienced this and worse.

And, maybe, this won't happen again for a long time

And, further, maybe we have learned from this storm to teach us what we need to understand to be better prepared if it happens again! 

I know I was prepared.



Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

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


Comment balloon 27 commentsJay Markanich • October 30 2012 06:23AM


I was hopeful for some Public Adjusting business this year, but it really did not happen. Would consider going to the North East, but not licensed there.

Posted by Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA (Winston Realty, Inc.) about 8 years ago

Good morning, Jay.... glad to hear that you only lost one shingle and caught the drips... we survived this one too....there are so many who didn't....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) about 8 years ago

Aww man...now do you have to disclose that on down the road when you sell someday?  You should probably get some inspector to check those out for you!!  Perhaps a handyman who will not be going to his regualr job for a few days can throw a tube of caulk on them!!! 

Of course you know I am just kidding right?   Glad you rode out the storm okay...we too are affected by Sandy...it is causing us to have temps today and tomorrow above normal for this time of year...and that is okay!!

Posted by Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker, Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940 (Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska) about 8 years ago

Jay, these posts from people in the path of the storm are so illuminating and helpful if we should ever face the same thing.  I'm glad you are okay and that your dog can get back on the normal routine.

Posted by Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate. (MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC) about 8 years ago

Is not often that I get to poke a ceiling with my golf club to make holes and allow the water to run out...I had a major caulking breakdown on one of my bay windows. . I had to use my recycling container to catch all the water last night. .my dining room "expensive" oriental rug was soaked!.. .what a night!

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) about 8 years ago

Glad you're okay and fared well.  We were lucky here too.  It was so windy/scary (esp since I'm up 16 or 17 stories), but all was fine w/ the power.  My brother/sister in law fine, too.  My parents have no power/no phone, my boyfriend has no power and tons around us are without power and  lot of mess to clean up.  Not sure how long it will take to restore power.  The faster they get it on, the less water damage to the basements.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 8 years ago

Jay, It looks like you made it through pretty well. Some of the photos from New Jersey and the beaches are devastating.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties, The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730 (Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070) about 8 years ago

Glad to know you are ok. I am laughing at your pots, they do work, don't they?

Here is my lesson, I want all the trees gone from around my house. End of story. Although 2.5 are gone now, we just have to haul them out of there. Good thing we have a few tractors to use....

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 8 years ago

Jay, Good to hear you and your family are okay. That was some storm. Good luck in the coming days.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Get that wood dried out around thoses windows! You are lucky that your dog went out there...lol, my dog would stop at the door and look up at me seeming to say, "really?"

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 8 years ago

Glad to hear another one made it through okay. I guess those that got the brunt of it won't be on for a while.

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) about 8 years ago

Having lots of pots on hand is another way to be prepared. Glad to hear you came through with out significant damage.

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) about 8 years ago

Jay -- glad to hear you and yours are doing well, and only minor issues.   Be aware that the shingle might have flown over from another house top, as I have seen happen before.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) about 8 years ago

Winston - the insurance companies may not care as to where you are licensed!

Barbara - from the sounds of it, you had it worse than we.  But, I hear, Northern Virginia was the hardest hit with rain.

Thanks Mike, and all told I will be on the hook to disclose about a pint of water!

Mona - she was happy this morning too to find out there was no wind!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Fernando - those rugs make great soaker uppers!

Debbie - power is certainly a huge issue.  Good that you're well.  Sounds like your building does not have a 13th floor, as you say 16 OR 17!

Debbie - the coastlines got it hard up and down the country!

Andrea - lots of people in your state are power free now!  That should save on the monthly bill I guess.  Good you can pull your trees out!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Don - the worst I have experienced since Agnes in 72.  I was in college then and did not know it was coming!

Fred - the wood is on the inside!  It will dry over time I guess.  The dog is happier today!

Than - still tens of thousands without power in Virginia.  I hear in the northeast it is worse.

Thanks Robert.  We have plenty of cook pots!  That cup in the image is my "bottomless" Redskin cup, which gets me free soda at the stadium.

Nobody nearby has my color roof Steven, so for sure it is mine!


Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Glad to see all is well. It was blowing good here too. Funny though we lost power. First time in over 8 years. Last year through two storms, Irene and a freak fall snow storm our lights stayed on. Fortunately they were out for only a little over 4 hours. My kids though losing power wasn't so fun. 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 8 years ago

When I heard so many lost power in CT I thought of you Jim.  Glad you are back in business!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

glad dripping windows is the most of your problem !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 8 years ago

Me too S&D!  Me too!  We were prepared otherwise.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Good evening Jay. Good to see you made it through the rough weather. What a storm!. Great use of the high tech pot tool.

Posted by Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI (Lake and Lodge Realty LLC ) about 8 years ago

We made it Randy.  Not only are the pots high tech, they were high on the wall!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

My hounds were with me all of yesterday afternoon and night and they do not want to go outside....otherwise, they are OK....

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) about 8 years ago

Morning Jay glad to see you rode it out okay however that does no good to the 15 who lost their lives.  All in all through for the population of the area Sandy hit 15 is a small number unless you were one of those.  My thoughts and prayers are with those effected by Sandy

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) about 8 years ago

Wallace - probably the best place to be!  They know you know what to do.

James - overall I guess the number is small, comparatively speaking, but for those families it is a disaster.  Things like this are always disasters.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Glad that all is well Jay.  Sounds like there's a lot of people not quite as lucky (or prepared).  

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 8 years ago

For sure Gabe and thanks.  Life experience is a cruel, but very effective, teacher, to those who are listening to the lesson anyway.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

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