This is the better post about something all too common - not a well-hidden repair, this time revisted with photos!
I like to raise my arm high and shine my light onto ceilings to see if there have been any previous drywall repairs.
This tells me if there may have been previous leaks from plumbing or the roof.
In this case this is the upstairs hallway.
From underneath, even with the light on, these repairs are not visible.
They are very thick, not-so-smoothed-out spackle.
The repairs were done more than once.
With the flashlight they are easy to see.
So I knew I was in for some fun in the attic space.
I was not disappointed!
There had been leaking from the furnace vent just above this photo.
From outside I could see many missing shingles.
From outside I could see many poorly-repaired shingles.
From outside I could see the flashing on the furnace vent tubing was not nailed properly.
From outside I could see we were in for some fun in the attic!
And when I shined my light inside and saw the hallway ceiling, I knew it would be interesting!
But this interesting?
Seeing that this was a slow drip, this inventive homeowner climbed up into the attic and onto the rafters.
He created a perch for himself!
Using that he draped a towel over the truss rafters.
Then about five feet below he draped a second towel.
This was a slow drip, and obviously only when it rains or snow is melting.
The upper towel may have been enough.
But this careful guy added a second, um, let's call it, insurance towel!
You can see the second towel has its own perch too!
It could be that the second spackle repair in the ceiling just below was because that first towel wasn't enough.
Obviously the second towel sealed the deal and veeeeeooola!, no more leaking!
My recommendation: repairs are indicators! Follow the trail where they lead you! You might just come to the source of the original problem, and be treated with a clever and original repair! I was!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
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