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