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Uproar At The Soft Ice Cream Shop

Returning for a minute from my home away from home away from home I noticed an uproar at the soft ice cream shop.

One of the national chains smartly has a small, specialty location right on the beach in the center of town.

They don't serve everything  the bigger locations do.  Just the most popular things someone at the beach would want.  They do a brisk business, all day long.  It is a popular spot!

I didn't know what the uproar was about - a mob was gathering with torches and pitchforks.  This looked serious!

Getting closer I could see the two Counter Cuties were extremely flustered.  One was texting madly with a determined look on her face.  She must have been texting the boss.

Looking in I could see what the problem was.  There was dripping from the ceiling and right on to the soft ice cream machine!  It was splattering! 

Comments from the unhappy patrons were such as:  "It can't be leaking, it's not raining..." and "I don't want ice cream with water splattering on it..." and the ubiquitous conspiracy theory "Why don't 'they' want us to eat ice cream?"

Knowing immediately what the problem was I went up the stairs of the hotel next door to the open hallway and snapped this photo.

You get the general idea.

From the shadow you can see it's still morning!  The sun is to the left, but not very high.  These patrons have gathered for a mid-morning ice cream break.

One of the two AC units is using the gutter to discharge it's condensate line.  There is a deep sag in the roof.  There is leaking behind the gutter.  There is leaking from the gutter itself.  And this is RIGHT OVER the soft ice cream machine.

The shame!  The horror!  And the solution.

Returning to the front and making my way to the counter, I showed my phone to the Poor Young Girl in front of me and said, "Just tell your boss it is coming from the air conditioning unit on the roof.  There is a roof leak.  He'll hopefully know what you mean."

What do you know.  No space aliens, no hideous conspiracy.  Just a run-of-the-mill roof leak.

Bummer.

And I can't get a break.

My recommendation:  home inspections will go on and on for me.  Even after I have retired, I'm wheezing, and drooling on my chin.  I will probably make my way around the "home" my children stick me in (along with an elderly and retired Mighty Mo) and examine the upper level and roof, and any complaints about plumbing leaks.  Mo and I will look for evidence of leaking into the foundation and lower level walls.  As they wheel me around the lot, I'll look at the drainage around the facility and the condition of the exterior.  This will all be rote and habitual.  I won't be able to help myself.  I will drive people nuts.  Which, after all, will be my goal.  And truly a Best Practice.

AND I'LL WRITE A STUMBLING, STUTTERING BLOG ABOUT IT ALL.

 

 

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 22 commentsJay Markanich • July 18 2014 03:14AM

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Oh this is so funny.  Yes, once an inspector, always an inspector.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 4 years ago

And it's probably true Debbie!

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

Yea but you are handy for some things.  I wonder did they give you a free ice cream cone for the solution to their problem?

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) over 4 years ago

Didn't offer James! But I don't eat sugar anyway, so I would have politely declined.

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

Good morning Jay,

"Inspector Clouseau" to the rescue again!

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

I suppose Raymond.  Like the Godfather, every time I try to get out, they pull me back in...

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

Here you came to save the day! An inspector's work is never done...

have a great day

Rob

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) over 4 years ago

Wow, it sounds like people are serious about getting their ice cream in Virginia. Happy to hear you solved the mystery. Have a great day!

Posted by Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty) over 4 years ago

More importantly... they were able to fix it quick and get back to selling ice cream right?  What is Virginia Beach without walking around with some nice, cold, soft serve?????

Posted by Edward Hamill, Market Leader / CBInTouch Expert (NRT Southeast / Coldwell Banker) over 4 years ago

The disaster remained, but at least they knew what they were dealing with Rob.

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

Joe - apparently people come to the beach for nothing else.

Edward - they still needed to get someone there for the fix.  I think this is a long-term problem which finally came to a head and began leaking.   They can plug the hole probably, but the fix is something entirely different.

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

Once a home inspector-always a home inspector.  Glad you solved the ice cream mystery before those unruly patrons started a riot.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 4 years ago

Now the big question.

How many folks were served and consumed the ice cream from that shop before you identified the leak?

More importantly, how many were served and consumed the ice cream after you identified the leak???

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Nothing worse than the public ritual sacrifice of a Young Ice Cream Counter Cutie, Cindy.  The mob is probably booked up until next Tuesday anyway...

Lenn - that will take a local in-depth report, which will get it wrong for the first 7 or 8 broadcasts, and frighten the local community so that people will think all of the beach will be shut down until this problem is solved.  Which is why I don't watch the "news."

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

Funny.  Sometimes it is the common sense simple things.

Posted by Pamela Madore, Team Work Makes The Dream Work (The Pamela Madore Group) over 4 years ago

Jay, I hope that they got the roof fixed so that the customers will be happily served!  Have a great day!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 4 years ago

Jay, I have a feeling either one of us would be "hell on wheels" at a old folks home

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 4 years ago

Pamela - the fact that it wasn't raining threw everybody!

T&D - I walked by the place today on my way to the beach and there were ladders against the building and people on the roof.

Charlie - and together?  We would probably be thrown out, or put into a windowless panel truck and dropped off at the end of a local country road.

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

Jay Dude - You're on vacation, get down from the roof and relax.  :)

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

Jay one again to the rescue.  This time he saves soft ice cream patrons in distress. I am certain many of the ice cream lovers in Virginia thanks you. Now what is the favorite flavor of the day?

Posted by Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor (Realty One Group) over 4 years ago

Inspector Jay, you are supposed to be on your vacation! Determining the cause of a problem is in your genes, don't fight it, it's who you are!

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

Tom A. -   

When this old world starts getting me down,
And people are just too much for me to face—
I climb way up to the top of the stairs
And all my cares just drift right into space ...

I couldn't tell Sarah.  There was chocolate, vanilla and swirl.

It's because of the alien implant in my neck, Tom W.

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

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