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If You Want To Slap Up A Deck, At Least Redirect The Downspout Water!

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!

Kidding.

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  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 26 commentsJay Markanich • June 20 2013 02:19AM

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Jay- I just think of how much of a waste it is.. I little extra effort and money and the deck may have lasted a long time..

Posted by Scott Fogleman, New Home Team (New Home Team 804-573-9592) almost 5 years ago

It's a no think, for sure, Scott!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

I just took over a property that the back deck is built LEVEL with the threshold to the double doors into home.....water, ice and snow will accumulate under the threshold and pepetrate under the metal threshold * YUK!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) almost 5 years ago

That's a no no too Wallace.  Some people don't figure stuff like that out!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Good grief.  Just looking at the photos leaves me speechless.

 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

You could have bounced off those stairs into a pool Lenn! 

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Water will ruin about everything in and around the home if left to so.

 

Posted by Richard Burge Realty/ Burge Homes, Broker in Charge/Owner (Richard Burge Realty/Burge Homes) almost 5 years ago

It definitely looks like it was slapped up alright! That lattice is pure class :-)

Again, I like to say that although water is our most preciuos resource, it's your homes greatest enemy!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) almost 5 years ago

Morning Jay bouncing on the deck or steps can be fun, just kidding :)

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) almost 5 years ago

Good morning, Jay.... OMG...even if those people knew nothing about the damage water can cause, that area looks horrible...it's ugly.... who would leave it like that!!!

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) almost 5 years ago

Jay you are always so against those multi-purpose household ideas...splash board,rain catcher, drain,stairs....

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) almost 5 years ago

Jay, I was at a house recently, it is in an estate and the heirs are getting ready to sell. The owner was in it for about 50 years. When we went into the basement I noticed some evidence of water issues in a certain corner. I asked him if he knew what was causing it and he said no, it didn't use to be an issue.

When we were outside I noticed a nice stone foundation, probably almost 4 feet high in the corner I had pointed out. The downspout ended right on the stone foundation, water had been pouring out of the downspout, making a beautiful waterfall effect over the stone. I pointed it out to him and said, well, that might answer the question.

Next time I came the spout had been extended out about a foot, now the water was pouring out of the spout and splashing onto the driveway. At least the angle of the driveway should direct the water away from the house.

Rain spouts can be issues for sure!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 5 years ago

I'd have to say that there is a problem here Jay.  :)

Pouring water on it can't be the solution.

Can we just flip those boards over and call it good?

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) almost 5 years ago

It is THE scourge of houses Richard!

Fred - it was that lattice work's beauty which almost discouraged me from posting this.

James - it is!  Unless you are high and it breaks...

Barbara - vacant house, and the people selling it would!

S&D - this is one busy, and multi-purpose downspout!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Andrea - those things must be extended.  My inspection this morning had the same problem and my moisture meter registered 80% moisture in the corner under the downspout.

Tom - flip them and call it a day.  Kind of like flipping this house and calling it a day.

Until I show up...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Jay, That Dihydrogen Monoxide is a very very dangerous chemical. Proper handling is always required.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Jay, I have always said, I wish you were closer, I'd invite you in so you could point out everything that is wrong.  It is not in "MY PEOPLES" heritage.

 

Glenn

Posted by Glenn Freezman (Family Abstract, Inc.) almost 5 years ago

Well, Don, between you and me, and Billy Jays, I think there should be a law.

Glenn - if you did more stand up comedy closer to me I might just show up!  But thanks!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Jay, those are those famously unsucessful, pressure treated, bannana-boards---I am quite sure of it.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 5 years ago

Didn't they use them for the bases for the banana seats for bicycles when we were kids Charlie?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Jay -- thanks for the reminder - as we enter "the dry season" that we should be sure our water removal systems are properly positioned before the weather turns wetter again.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) almost 5 years ago

I hear things get wet when water continually splashes on them Steven!  Then they dry out.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Jay, anyone that lives here near the coast knows of the problems water can cause. It is a constant battle with standing water here.

Posted by Tom Bailey (Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc.) almost 5 years ago

Jay, bannana seats were my kids---not me :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 5 years ago

Hi Jay,

What a crappy installation of the gutter system downspout.

Those steps don't look the same height. Are they?

Have a great day in Bristow and sty out of trouble with the flippers. LOL

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) almost 5 years ago

No doubt Tom.  And your soil is so squishy it doesn't do well when really wet.

Charlie - one of the kids my age in my neighborhood was riding one of those little Stingray bikes with a banana seat.  I told him they call those "sissy seats."  He got off the bike to let me have it and I had no choice but to alter the puffiness of his cheeks.  Think blow fish.

Kinda, sorta Clint.  Should they be equal in height?   ;>)   Apparently the seller didn't get that memo!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

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