This is just another of many leaks on a one-year warranty inspection.
How can so many leaks happen in just one year?
The answer, of course, can be given in one word -
And when I say professionalism, obviously I mean the lack there of.
When different materials abut, like siding and roofs, there are well-known, tried and true techniques that have been around for many decades, if not centuries, that can permanently close gaps to prevent water penetration.
Why is it so hard to understand then?
Why is it that on one-year inspections so many leaks have opened up?
Because the people doing the work do not know how to do the work!
WHY, THEN, ARE THEY EMPLOYED?
You know the answer to that - follow the money.
I knew what was causing this leak before I even went to investigate. But I needed a photo. Not hard.
In my car I have this ladder thing. It gets me places I cannot get myself!
It's a, well, shall we say, a little giant that makes me a real giant! I can go high and far.
So what's causing this leak?
You can see from the photo above that this is a bay window.
Outside that bay window there are many angles where the roof abuts the siding.
That can represent a long area where a good sealer is needed.
The little corner is right over that leak indoors.
A closer look reveals a sizable hole.
A closer look reveals inadequate flashing.
A closer look reveals flashing improper situated behind the siding.
A closer look reveals no step flashing under the top shingles along the left edge.
A closer look reveals that all along the roof the flashing is bulging, improperly nailed and haphazardly caulked.
A closer look reveals that this buyer was set up from day one.
Remember, on new construction, EVERY builder will say something like this:
You don't need a home inspection. This house has had many inspections by the county. Our supervisor is on site every day inspecting the house, and making minor corrections every day as construction moves along. You don't need a home inspection.
My recommendation: YOU NEED A HOME INSPECTION! You need independent and objective eyes looking at your new home from the pre-drywall stage, to the final walk through and then at the one-year warranty time. Those inspections find and help avoid many things that were not seen, or completely ignored, by the other thousands of "inspections" done along the way. It's amazing what I can find in a couple of hours.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560