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If It's A New Roof, Why Is It Wet Around The Chimney? And I See Light!

This is exactly what I thought when I looked at the chimney on the inside of a house with a "new roof" - if it's a new roof, why is it wet around the chimney?  And I see light! 

Because of the proximity of a carport the access to the roof was way too high, so the only way to see the "new" flashing around the chimney was from the ground and 20x binocks.

All I can say is that the flashing didn't look right.  Kind of slapped up there.

That leaves the attic to see how things are going.

Above, beside and below the chimney the wood looked freshly wet, and I could see light!

Flashing should never allow light.

But if light gets in, water gets in.

And near that light the wood sure was rotting!

So the next step is beyond me.

The next step requires a roofer.

And that shouldn't be.

Why?

BECAUSE IT'S A NEW ROOF!

If you are selling the house, this puts you in a tough spot. 

Do you want to ask the same roofer who did it poorly to come back, or do you want to pay another roofer to do it right?

If you are buying the house, this puts you in a tough spot.

Do you want the seller to ask the same roofer who did it poorly to come back, or do you want the seller to pay another roofer to do it right?

Or do you, as the buyer of the house, want to pay for your own choice in roofers to fix it?

In that regard I can give little advice!  I would be happy to come back and have a look afterwards though!

My recommendation:  new is better than old.  But well done is better than not!  We all want new and well done!  And that's the way it is.

 

 

 

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 20 commentsJay Markanich • May 06 2013 03:45AM

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Jay, new and well done is the goal! I say new roofer to fix the riginal roofer's mistake!  Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 7 years ago

I want OLD and WELL DONE....having the right repair people and contractors to do the work properly the first time is PRICELESS

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 7 years ago

Good morning, Jay.... I'd make the same guy come back and do it right if I owned the house.... he's been paid....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) over 7 years ago

I think I would want another roofer if i was seller. If I was buyer, I think I would want to hire the roofer. Maybe ask seller to have repair done , but allow me ( buyer) to choose the roofer to do the job. Seller should document the poor job with pics and inspection report, and then try to get reimbursed from first roofer.

Posted by Jeff Pearl, Full Service Full Time Realtor (RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA) over 7 years ago
Jay, the roofer should be reported to the state licensing agency regardless. If this had not been revealed by your inspection, the health and financial security of the occupants and homeowner would have been paced in jeopardy.
Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) over 7 years ago

If I was the buyer, not sure if I would care who the seller used to fix the problem. As long as it was corrected and my home inspector verified the work.

Posted by Jim Palmer, Washington County, Florida (Chipola Realty - Chipley Office (850) 638-2777) over 7 years ago

You're "The Man"

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 7 years ago

Thanks Wayne.  That is truly the goal!

I do too, Wallace, until it wears out!

Barbara - the first guy no understando flashingo.  That's perfect Spanish.

All that is true Jeff!  I would want someone who knows how to install flashing!

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

If it's done right, Jim, no matter who it is.  And I am happy to verify.

Just looking around Ken!  Just looking around.

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

Having both should be a given, not one or the other. 

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

Yepper Jim.  Unless they call me back to evaluate any repair I think my job is done.  My cleint could not be there as her mother had emergency surgery that morning!  So I had to be particular in the report and with the photo.

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

Hi Jay,

I see you have one of the best in the business there in your area. Was his name BOB by any chance?

I makes me mad when I see this kind of crappy work. No pride any more it seems.

Have a good day in the Bristow area.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) over 7 years ago

Seeing light through the roof is never a good thing! I guess you could call it venting... nah! What are those spikes poking through the sheathing.... geeze, what are they, 16d?

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 7 years ago

If it is a company with only one roofer, I may consider another company.  Otherwise, I would have the same company do the repair work and would insist on them sending back one of their best roofers.  Now, if the whole roof looks to be improperly done, I would probably seek the advice of an attorney as to the best way to proceed.

Posted by Roger Stensland, Let's Move! (Keller Williams Realty Puget Sound) over 7 years ago

Clint - professionalism is lacking.  My sarcastic word for it is 7-11 construction.

Fred - I don't know.  There are only shingles above!  They are well nailed though!

Roger - the roof overall looked good.  It's a good shingle.  Might be that the flashing was poorly done though.  I stay away from attorneys at all costs!  I remember what Shakespeare said.

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

I think I can see the light Jay. That small hole can be a problem!

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 7 years ago

Jay, them darn chimney are just so special. I had one very similar last week.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Tom - that hole is probably 2.5"x1.5".  So it is sizable enough to let a lot of water in.

Don - chimneys are a problem!  In this case the real problem was the flashing...

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

Hi Jay.  No building permit was pulled for that roof or the building inspector was blind.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 7 years ago

Conrad - here no permit is required to replace a roof, but you would be right in that the county inspector would not venture into the attic!

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

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