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Inside Job

Sometimes, just looking at things from the outside, you get a sense that there's going to be an inside job.

Not every inside job is a crime, but in some cases...

So, what was going on outside?

The perfect storm between a tree, the edge of a slightly-sloped garage roof, and a gutter.

As usual, if gutters aren't kept clean (and this one had a very nice example of the screen covers, which don't work very well), they will fill with debris. 

If they fill with enough debris they get heavy.

If they stay heavy for too long, they sag.

And if they cannot therefore discharge water, on the edge of a nearly-flat roof the water collected in that reservoir will have to find somewhere to go.

In this case there are two directions.

And one of those directions is INSIDE!

You can even see staining on the brick, from water which came down from behind the wood trim!

And, from the inside, there is some real damage going on.

The rot extends along nearly the entirely of the outside of the roof.

It extends inside as far as 3' in spots.

And, as you can see, it is into the structural members of the roof.

The roof surface above is metal, which is the best roof for this location.

A metal roof can last 150 years or more!

Hopefully that can be salvaged if/when these repairs are made.

If it can't, the repair job just got much more expensive.

Necessarily, if water isn't encouraged away from the house, it will come into the house.

Water will do an inside job, and it's a crime!

WATER IS THE KILLER OF HOUSES, INSIDE AND OUT.  IT HAS TO BE MANAGED AND CONTROLLED, INSIDE AND OUT!

My recommendation:  when you are outside a house, think inside!  Is there anything going on out there that can be causing something to happen in there?  If so, make it right, or things will surely, at some point, be wrong.

 

 

 

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 14 commentsJay Markanich • January 20 2013 04:54AM

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Gotta keep those gutters clean! Especially in the fall when the leaves are falling from the trees. If you have gutters(and you should) and there are falling leaves, a light bulb should be going off in your head!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 5 years ago

That gutter was trashed Fred.  And had been for a long time.  This kind of damage doesn't happen overnight.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 5 years ago

Heads up on the routine systems maintenance....hmmm ?  We are seeing metal roofs advertised here ...sounds noisy to me .

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 5 years ago

S&D - that is one of the wonderful memories I have of my grandmother's house.  The metal roof during a rain storm was so fun to listen to.  But, unfortunately, to do so I had to venture into the dark and scary attic, by myself!  I had to be in a real strong mood to do it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 5 years ago

Good morning Jay. You are a great detective, as every home inspector should be.

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 -) over 5 years ago

This was an easy one Ken.  Even Nancy Drew would have figured it out!

We know the Hardy Boys would have...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 5 years ago

Hi Jay,

On many homes, the exterior is the map to the interiors issues.

Experience will tell you a lot when it comes to noticing the "turn here signs" and all the "Stop signs".

Good find as an inspector, it's a good feeling to do a really good job.

Have a great day in Bristow.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) over 5 years ago

This was probably the most significant thing in this house Clint.  And partially because the repair costs are unknown.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 5 years ago

We're preparing our monthly newsletter now and my buyers agent JUST wrote about this very topic!  You're right, you HAVE to keep those gutters clean as water IS so damaging to a home's structure.

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 5 years ago

Glad to be on board Debe!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 5 years ago

Jay  When I see grass sprouting in the gutters I suspect there will be an interior problem

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) over 5 years ago

I would have thought you'd recognize that as one of Billy Jays most popular products Karen:

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1725644/get-yer-gutter-garden-

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 5 years ago

Morning Jay the inside was not good not good at all.  Does that Billy Jay thing really work? Why yes, yes it did.  Where can I order one?

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) over 5 years ago

My photo did not do it justice James.  The damage was significant.  And Billys' products are all special, you know that!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 5 years ago

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