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Apparently Synthetic Stucco Does Not Hold Satellite Dishes!

Satellite dishes need a firm support and apparently synthetic stucco does not hold satellite dishes!

Looking up and seeing a dish on the side of the house, underneath its location was an odd pattern of holes in the stucco.

The dish used to be installed there!

The dish looked strong now.

Satellite dishes require a firm support or they will lose their direction as to the satellite they find, and blow in the wind.

Hard to see the hole?

Don't see it?

It's there.

Down and to the right from the center of the trapezoid, six previous holes through the stucco.

Looking at it closely the holes had been individually filled with silicone.

Asking the stucco inspector who was also present on site, he said that silicone is probably not the right material, but that it likely would not leak.

It sure is unsightly!

He had been making probing holes all over the house and later I looked around and could hardly see them.  They were small and filled with the proper caulking, very nearly the color of the stucco.

The "satellite guy" is not that professional, or careful apparently!

My recommendation:  when you have particular materials on the side of the house, no matter what the covering is, and you want satellite dishes, check with your HOA to make sure you are going to install it in the right place, and then make sure the dish installer puts it in a sound place.  And a place that will not compromise the siding of the house and leave an ugly scar if/when removed!

 

 

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 16 commentsJay Markanich • June 19 2014 03:20AM

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Good morning, Jay.....stucco houses are not my favorite....relo companies usually don't want anything to do with them either.... I know people who have had that siding and the home rotted with mold from the inside because of moisture seeping in....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 4 years ago

The earlier versions had many problems Barbara, basically because as a new product there was not great understanding as to installation.  It has improved.  But, it is synthetic!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Good morning Jay,

I do not like dishes attached to a home; tried to sell one with five on it and four had leaked into the roof area resulting in mold and eventually they reroofed that side.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 4 years ago

Again, Raymond, that gets back to the installer.  But even when installed right, over time holes can open up and leak.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

I see the results of "the cable guy" all the time Jay. They are paid to install the dishes, not the think or understand.  :)

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 4 years ago

It is evident on so many inspections Tom.  They are all about quick and dirty.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

I see that 6 hole pattern all the time. The same thing occurs on the flashings of flat roof parapets and demising wall curbs. It's a characteristic of the 'dish' bug infestastion.

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) over 4 years ago

They stick'em where they can Robert!  Sometimes it doesn't work!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Jay, I'm not thrilled with the satellite guys either. We've had two different firms as we changed companies after a couple of years. The first company didn't care how it was supported and every time we had higher winds, it would move and we'd lose the satellite connection. At least the second company recognized it had to be stable and located it in a better spot--when I pointed out the problems with installer #1's location!

Posted by Tom White, Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN (Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com) over 4 years ago

Being a professional is everything Tom.  A pro would not set people up with a wrong installation.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Jay, The old cable/satellite guys strike again. I never let them alone on my homes.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

They want in and out quick Don.  There should be rules established that the homeowner needs to approve installation locations and the how!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Good evening Jay. Why didn't the bafoons mount the dish on the roof? Oh, pardon me! That would have been too easy?

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 4 years ago

The shingles are rubber Michael.  They actually had to think about where to install it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

Jay,

You're right! A stucco home deserves special attention and not some amateur taking a stab at it, trying to experiment and make something work. Those were fools! Your trained eye knows quality and cheap tricks. You're truly good at what you do!

Posted by Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 4 years ago

Thank you Patricia.  But looking around it is easy to see things that are as out of place as this!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 4 years ago

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