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Great Blocking. Old And New. The Redskins Could Learn A Lot Here!

This represents good blocking.  Old and new.  The Redskins could learn a lot here!

The purpose of blocking is to prevent movement - in all sorts of contexts.  And good blocking prevents movement no matter what.  Would that all football teams understood that, but I digress.

This first photo shows the efforts of some diligent soul trying to make his house more comfortable and added insulation.

IT IS THE RIGHT IDEA!  HIS THINKING WAS EXACTLY CORRECT.  DOING THIS IS A CHEAP AND PERMANENT MEANS OF ADDING ENERGY SAVINGS TO THE HOUSE.

Houses, however, are systems, with things that work together, interacting for good or for bad.

In this case, by adding the insulation the way he did, he blocked all air flow from the soffit vents.

Consequently, with no air flow condensation builds up over time.  You might notice the staining on the wood sheathing, and around the rusting nails.

There are even little water droplets on some of the nails.  I could wet my finger and show my client, looking from the top of the ladder.  This is the necessary result of no air flow.  This all began when the homeowner installed the new insulation.  He did not account for air flow, and inadvertently caused this problem. 

Solving one problem (an uncomfortable upstairs level summer and winter) he caused another.

This photo is brand new construction.

A professional insulation installer has done virtually the same thing.

HE SHOULD KNOW BETTER.  HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE A PROFESSIONAL.

Uncaring, or ignorant, he blew fiberglass insulation all the way to the edge of the roof such that it blocks baffles there installed to admit air from the soffit vents.

There is so much insulation blown into that baffle it has actually pulled the cardboard away from the wood as the staples have given way.

Done properly no venting system works as well as the soffit and ridge system.  It is pure physics.  Air is encouraged in through the soffit vents, and high pressure seeks low, rising to exit the ridge vent.  Thermal convection also plays a role as the hotter the air gets the faster it rises toward cooler air (heat seeks cold).

It is pure physics.

IF, THAT IS, AIR CAN FLOW.   IF THERE IS NO AIR FLOW THE PHYSICS IS STULTIFIED.

And this problem would have been a problem for years to come.  And nobody would be the wiser.

EXCEPT THESE WISE HOMEOWNERS WHO HIRED A HOME INSPECTOR
TO DO A FINAL WALK THROUGH!

Now the work begins.  Make it right!

My recommendation:  you never know what will be found on a final walk through home inspection of new construction!  And hopefully (rarely) nothing will be found!  In that case you have paid for peace of mind.  And peace of mind is work a million bucks, as they say.   Correcting issues that are found also represents peace of mind!  And while that may also be worth a million bucks, it does not cost a million bucks to hire a diligent home inspector...

 

 

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 35 commentsJay Markanich • December 13 2014 02:12AM

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Good morning Jay Markanich. I could say something here but it is very politically incorrect. I don't want to give you all of my points.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 5 years ago

Good morning, Jay Markanich wise choice to hire a professional home inspector to inspect new construction as well as resale properties....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) almost 5 years ago

Michael - then why not just say "Oklahoma?!"  It is a Choctaw Indian word that means "Redskin..."  White man speak with blocked tongue...

It is Barbara.  You never know what you might find.  And I seem to find a lot!

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

Glad your wise clients made a wise decision in hiring you.  Big words w/ stultifyied.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 5 years ago

Thanks Debbie.  I learned that word on a final exam in college where the question asked how quadrupling the cost of a barrel of oil could "stultify" an economy...  It freaked me out because I did not know what the word meant!

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

Jay, another example of "for your protection get a home inspection"! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 5 years ago

I wish more people understood that Wayne.  I had a couple call me this week to decline the home inspection they had arranged because the builder convinced them they did not need it.

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

As these folks learned....and you already knew.."professional" doesn't mean done correctly every time !

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

Morning Jay like others I can see where the homeowner made a mistake but the other "professional".  Not so professional...

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

And professional doesn't mean professional S&D!

James - not so.  Very true.  And to say uncaring is probably too polite.

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

The folks that cancelled the inspection on their new home were probably as motivated by saving a few dollars as believing that the home inspector wasn't needed.

 

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

Great example of why a few hundred dollars spent on an inspection can pay off down the road, even on a new home.

Posted by Mike Belobradic, Your Trusted Advisor in Oakville Real Estate (Johnston & Daniel Oakville) almost 5 years ago

Jay some home owners or buyers do not know a home is suppose to breathe. And scary as it is, i have had some agents who did not know, that is exactly why a GREAT home inspector is there to teach them. 

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Jay,

And if not taken cae of could add the expense of a tear off of the roof!

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 5 years ago

I am glad that your folks hired you.  You told them the truth..

Posted by Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County! (Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage) almost 5 years ago

If I had a dollar for every time I see this, I'd have, like, a bunch of dollars. 

Posted by Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart! (SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno) almost 5 years ago

I see condensation in attic or signs of it all the time. It is very common in my area due to the colder temperatures we experience. Ventilation is important, but does not explain the condensation. 

So where is the moisture coming from? 

 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) almost 5 years ago

This goes to show you how there are so many components to a house and that dealing with a savvy pro is a must

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) almost 5 years ago

Here's a recent one with the ventilation in place. The roof over all was almost entirely black from the moisture.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Ventilation and bypass work hand and hand. 

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

I think so too Lenn.  That happens a lot - people set up and inspection and cancel later.  The agent says the buyers felt one wasn't needed.  Alrighty then!

Mike - inspections on new construction are essential.  In my opinion.

Scott G. - there are new attic philosophies that shut the attic up tight, but the moisture generated in the house is carried off a different way.  Breathing works.

This is from a buddy of mine:  http://epb.lbl.gov/publications/pdf/h178sh.pdf

Raymond - tearing off the roof would eliminate the moisture!  Oh, that's not what you meant...

I have to Ginger.  A Scout is trustworthy.   ; >)

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

You and me both Scott.  We should save our half dollars and get together!

From the house Jim!  As far away as the basement.  See comment to Scott G. above.

Richie - a house is composed of a zillions interacting components.  One thing can truly lead to another.

Jim - I had one of those last summer.  I had never before seen an entirely black roof!  That venting there is newer and substandard - there's no focus.

I had to vent on the highway today getting behind a slow-moving car, fortunately to bypass it later.  That's it, right Don?  My venting was polite though.

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

I had two in one week. The one above and another a few days later. As I said very common. The problem I find is the issue is misidentified and therefore the solution is usually wrong as well. Sometimes the fix exacerbates the issue. 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Hence-o no fix-o.

That's perfect Spanish...

; >)

I love that article by Dr. Sherman.

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

Message heard loud and clear. Always hire an expert and with loads of recommendations and experience.

Posted by Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS, Selling Your Home as if it were My Own! (Panorama R.E. Limited) almost 5 years ago

How many times have you raised up and driven one of those nail tips into your skull? 

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

Boy have I seen a lot of those issues, Jay. Insulation is funny in that it's your friend or foe depending on how you install it. 

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) almost 5 years ago

Richard - that is true.  The inspector is to give people an understanding of what they are buying.

That and shoulders and backs Fred.  I have torn many shirts!

It can be both Mike.  Especially that new faux insulation...

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

What article would that be Jay?

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Sorry, I thought I had a reference to my comment to Scott G. in #21.

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

That article speaks to a different issue that can be interrelated to condensation occurring in the attic. 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Thí, Theñor.  Thcott wath thpeaking about "breathing" houtheth, tho I added to hith databathe.

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

This post give some good examples of why a home inspector should inspect new construction.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 5 years ago

Jay Markanich hope we don't see these things in new constructions. 

One more 'side-effect' of inefficient air flow we see in New England area is - mold!

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) almost 5 years ago

Joan - and one of many such posts!

Praful - moisture collects for sure.  It can do many things once that party begins!

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

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