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.
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