What I'm Seeing Now

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Eaves Of Destruction

Different wording, maybe, than the original song, but this roof's got Eaves of Destruction.

Don't you understand what I'm tryin' to say
Can't you feel the fears I'm feelin' today?

But I'll tell you, over and over and over again, my friend,
Ah, you don't believe that roof's got eaves of destruction?

Actually there were three eaves of destruction.

The one circled, the other slightly visible on the right, and another on the right side of that window penetration.

Impossible to see in the photo, but there is an issue here.

Against the wall, individually along with the shingles, is step flashing.

That's good!

There needs to be step flashing.

Without step flashing the roof is a sieve.  Water would be getting into the house at the edge of the roof at the wall.

The water runs down the step flashing, seen to the right under the broken, yellow line, to eventually end up in a gutter. 

But the step flashing here, while present, was erratic, sticking out at funny angles, and by itself.

Step flashing needs to be accompanied! 

By what?  Over it should be:

1.  Some form of house wrap.
2.  A counter flashing, another flashing over it.
3.  And/or siding.

Step flashing should not be alone.  Even under an eave!

In my opinion step flashing in combination with a kick-out flashing at the bottom would be a good idea.  Since the builder apparently isn't done with the roof or siding, I'll wait until they think the job is done before I suggest it. 

But, step flashing alone is not sufficient.  During blowing, driven rain these could be very leaky eaves!  Truly,  Eaves of Destruction!

But I'll tell you, over and over and over again, my friend,
Ah, you don't believe that roof's got eaves of destruction?

My recommendation:  interestingly, my client's father is a builder and she knew about this before I mentioned it!  I think she was waiting to see if I would bring it up!   Not only was I most impressed with her understanding, but it's good to be in sync during a home inspection, and to have a client who knows what's up!  Flashing is a very, very important aspect of any roof.  It is essential to water control, roof-and-structure damage control, and interior house health control (microbial growth issues).  Water is THE killer of houses.  It must be controlled!   ...over and over and over again, my friend.

 

 

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 29 commentsJay Markanich • April 13 2015 03:36AM

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Good morning Jay,

Water intrusion into a house is the killer of any house! So important to understand flashing and how it can control roof and structure damge from leaks...... Excellent title!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) about 4 years ago

Morning Jay I do like how you made the connection to a song I remember well.  Good information as always.  Water inside a home is devastating.

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

Thanks Dorie.  Water has to be controlled.

And eaves of destruction make an excellent anti-war title, James, as the war against water damaging the house will never end.

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

Flashing is above my pay grade.  However, I understand gutters and I

don't see any.

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

Good morning Jay,

This is one I would have to leave for the professionals like you.

Make yourself a great day.

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

Thanks Raymond.  No close up photo could get in there to see the flashing, but it doesn't matter.  In person it was quite visible!

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

Not yet Lenn.  Could be they are waiting for siding, I don't know.

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

Jay, thanks for the construction lesson. Was not aware of kickout flashing! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) about 4 years ago

It's the code, Wayne!

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

Don't forget to say Grace Jay Markanich Thank you for the lesson. 

Posted by Kevin J. May, Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida (Florida Supreme Realty) about 4 years ago

A quote by the infamous Barry McGuire - Water is our most precious resource, and your homes biggest enemy! 

He did say that... didn't he?  

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 4 years ago

Jay,

Thanks again for the education.  Following you has been very informative.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) about 4 years ago

Duh!!!

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

Amen to that Kevin!  Which I say gracefully...   ; >)

I'm sure he did Fred.  He said lots of stuff!

I'm glad for that Stephen.  That's the idea!

Short and sweet Lenn.

 

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

Little wonder that you are in high demand! Your posts are always full of information.

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 4 years ago

Thank you Barbara-Jo!  We try, we really try.

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

I have seen people put additions on with strange roof lines.   The water had no where to go  

Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com (Real Estate One) about 4 years ago

That is not uncommon Russ.  The creativity of the ill-conceived remodeling job is boundless!

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

It is important to hire good contractors for any remodeling job. Thanks for the post.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 4 years ago

The builder hires the subs Gita.  Hopefully the subs know what they are doing!

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

That's why we hire up in this business. Who can possbily know all the little things?

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 4 years ago

The subs in each trade should Richie!  We home inspectors are expected to have thousands of things on the tips of our minds!

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

Jay Markanich I don't know much about all this - however, the way you explain it, makes me more informed about this. Bookmarked, of course!

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) about 4 years ago

Jay - Funny, water seems to come up in one inspections after another for some strange reason ; )

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) about 4 years ago

Always glad to inform, Praful.

Christine - it's a killer!  It's always lurking and trying to get in or get out.

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

Kick out Kick out flashing is required by building code. There should be no need for argument.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 4 years ago

'Tis Hermano.  Giving them the benefit of the doubt, it will be noted later if not present.  I't harder to do then too!

The supervisor here was very inexperienced, I could tell by questioning him.  He learned as much from my inspection as the buyer did!

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

People want to believe that contractors know what they are doing and often don't question the construction until.....

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 4 years ago

Until a home inspector, or another objective eye shows up S&D.  And then the denying begins!

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

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