This is the second post of a couple regarding a circumstance uncovered during a home inspection - one of intentionally trying to hide problems on a flip - chapter 2.
While walking around a flipped house I noticed the ground quite disturbed and then smoothed out at the top end of the house.
The soil was a different color than the rest surrounding the house.
It was shaped unusually, very smooth where the rest of the yard was erratic, full of leaves and sticks from the trees.
It was perfectly level.
The downspouts had new drain lines attached, running away from the house.
In a phrase, the area looked out of place.
When I was approached by some neighbors telling me the history of the house, I found out what happened.
It was found that the house had foundation cracks all along the masonry-block wall on the chimney side of the house.
The ground slopes toward the house above it, and water had been getting in for a long time.
The "repairs" involved a couple of guys with shovels, and a couple of buckets of tar.
One neighbor actually watched them fill one sizable gap with tar, and then they painted the rest of the wall with it.
BUT ONLY DOWN ABOUT THREE FEET! EXCELLENT...
The neighbor assured me the two workers were NOT engineers.
We did go into the house, but only for a while and only because I was curious.
At this front foundation wall I found it to be covered with some form of Styrofoam panels covered with a foil.
They were glued on so that none of the wall was visible.
There is no reason for such a product to be there, except to hide the wall.
It adds nothing structural, it adds little to no insulating value, and was cut to fit entirely over the wall.
About two days prior to the inspection there was a small snowfall, about 1/4". That represents very minor precipitation.
Entering the basement room at that wall there was a puddle of fresh water on the floor. It did not photograph well, so I have outlined it here.
The floor had been recently painted, likely to cover up mud stains from recent inundations.
You can see that the floor was painted AFTER the walls nearby, which were painted to cover up mold.
I have to wonder if the gray paint we see now is not a coat over a PREVIOUS paint job on the floor!
If this much water gets in during such a minor precipitation event, do we not wonder how much gets in EVERY time it rains?
In unison you say "We do! We do!"
My recommendation: I started bowling at 7 and as a result can add really well. And things are beginning to add up here! Obvious is obvious, and I am just as disgusted seeing this as I was seeing the termite damage in the previous post!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
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