Coming around to the back of the house and seeing a mish mash of porch and deck, I saw what the downspout is doing to the deck stairs and thought that if you want to slap up a deck, at least redirect the downspout water!
Downspout water hitting anything over a long period of time will damage it.
Not much wants water draining on it all the time!
Water damages inside and out. Getting water away from the house and its outdoor structures is crucial, crucial, crucial.
WATER IS THE KILLER OF HOUSES!
I don't know how old this deck is, or the stairs, but they are dried up and dangerously weak because of this water.
And stepping on the deck stairs was fun!
They put a bounce in my step I haven't felt in a long time!
The stairs are also so weakened they wobble side to side.
All because of water.
And, for some reason, a little dam is created beside the stairs. I simply don't know why.
My recommendation: people do some things for reasons, some things for ignorance, and some things with a total lack of understanding. It might be that this homeowner does not know that the weakness in those stairs is unusual, but if so, please don't sell it to someone else! This is a danger.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
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